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The Slim Princess
by George Ade
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1907. After graduating from the newly built Purdue University, Ade wrote for some newspapers in Lafayette before moving to Chicago where he found work at The Morning News, which later became the Chicago Record. He began publishing his own work in 1896, and kept writing for the rest of his life. He was well known as a humorist and for his tongue-in-cheek style of writing. Contents: Woman in Morovenia; Kalora's Affliction; The Cruelty of Law; The Garden Party; He Arrives; He Departs; The Only Koldo; By Messenger; As to Washington, D.C.; On the Wing; An Outing-A Reunion; The Governor Cables; The Homecoming; and Heroism Rewarded.
Never in all her life had she walked out alone. The sweet privilege of courting adventure had been denied her. And yet she felt, on this morning, an almost intimate acquaintance with the outside world, for had she not talked with a valorous young man who could leap over high walls and subdue giants and pay compliments? He had thrown a sudden glare of romance across her lonesome pathway. The few minutes with him seemed to encompass everything in life that was worth remembering. She told herself that already she liked him better than any other young man she had met, which was not surprising, for he had been the first to sit beside her and look into her eyes and tell her that she was beautiful.
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