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Unformatted text preview: both of them dying. No, didn't see that coming at all." She walked past Gerald, and past the Mayfairs assembled around the gate and the path to the steps. "Yeah, OK," she said to those who tried to speak to her. "I've got to get out of these ridiculous clothes." Fourteen JULIEN S STORY IT is not the story of my life which you require, but let me explain how I came upon my various secrets. As you know I was born in the year 1828, but I wonder if you realize what this means. Those were the very last days of an ancient way of life-the last decades in which the rich landowners of the world lived pretty much as they had for centuries. We not only knew nothing of railroads, telephones, Victrolas, or horseless carriages. We didn't even dream of such things! And Riverbend-with its vast main house crammed with fine furni- ture and books, and all its many outbuildings sheltering uncles and aunts and cousins, and its fields stretching as far as the eye could see from the riverbank, south...
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