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After all that has been written, the reader will not be surprised to learn that the partners of Meeson's were rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

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Their palaces would have been a wonder even in ancient Babylon, and might have excited admiration in the corruptest and most luxurious days of Rome. Where could one see such horses, such carriages, such galleries of sculpture, or such collections of costly gems as at the palatial halls of Messrs.

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Meeson, Addison, and Roscoe? Why, young man, I tell you that if all the money that has been paid to you scribblers since the days of Elizabeth were added together it would not come up to my little pile; but, mind you it ain't so much fiction that has done the trick -- it's religion. It's piety as pays, especially when it's printed. One day King Meeson sat in his counting-house counting out his money or, at least, looking over the books of the firm. He was in a very bad temper, and his heavy brows were wrinkled up in a way calculated to make the counting-house clerks shake on their stools.

Meeson's had a branch establishment at Sydney, in Australia, which establishment had, until lately, been paying -- it is true not as well as the English one, but still fifteen or twenty percent. But now a wonder had come to pass. A great American publishing firm had started an opposition house in Melbourne, and their "cuteness" was more than the "cuteness" of Meeson. Did Meeson's publish an edition of the works of any standard author at threepence per volume, the opposition company brought out the same work at twopence-halfpenny; did Meeson's subsidise a newspaper to puff their undertakings, the opposition firm subsidised two to cry them down, and so on.

And now the results of all this were becoming apparent: for the financial year just ended the Australian branch had barely earned a beggarly net dividend of seven percent. No wonder Mr. Meeson was furious, and no wonder that the clerks shook upon their stools.

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Meeson, bringing his fist down with a bang on to the balance-sheet. He had once been a writer of promise; but somehow Meeson's had got him for its own, and turned him into a publisher's hack. Meeson fiercely, "but suggest something. Meeson, with a snarl, "all those fools out there can be sacked, and sacked they shall be; and, what's more, I'll go and sack them myself.

That will do, No. As he went a clerk arrived, and gave a card to the great man. She was a tall, well-formed young lady of about twenty-four, with pretty golden hair, deep grey eyes, a fine forehead, and a delicate mouth; just now, however, she looked very nervous. Meeson -- I came about my book. Oh yes, I remember: Jemima's Vow. Oh, well, I believe it is going on fairly. Miss Smithers rose, and then, with a spasmodic effort, sat down again. Meeson," she said -- "the fact is, I thought that, perhaps, as Jemima's Vow had been such a great success, you might perhaps -- in short, you might be inclined to give me some small sum in addition to what I have received.


Meeson looked up. His forehead was wrinkled till the shaggy eyebrows nearly hid the sharp little eyes. This young man had not, indeed, even taken the trouble to remove his hat, which was perched upon the back of his head; his hands were in his pockets, a sacrilegious whistle hovered on his lips, and he opened the door of the sanctum sanctorum of the Meeson establishment with a kick!

Meeson sharply. You will remember that you were paid a sum of fifty pounds for the copyright of Jemima's Vow. Meeson contracted his hairy eyebrows and gazed at the poor girl in a way that was, to say the least, alarming. But Augusta, though she felt sadly inclined to flee, still stood to her guns, for, to tell the truth, her need was very great.

Meeson," she said humbly. See All Customer Reviews.

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