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The Willing Horse: A Novel

The Willing Horse: A Novel

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THE WILLING HORSE

THE WILLING HORSE

A Novel

BY

IAN HAY

AUTHOR OF "A MAN'S MAN," "A SAFETY MATCH," "THE RIGHT STUFF,"
"THE FIRST HUNDRED THOUSAND," ETC.

BOSTON AND NEW YORK
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY
The Riverside Press Cambridge
1921

COPYRIGHT, 1921, BY IAN HAY BEITH

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

TO

H. M. B.

TO THE READER

One is informed that novels touching upon the war are no longer read. This, if true, reduces the novelist to the following alternatives:

(1) Writing a novel of some period of the world's history antecedent to the year nineteen-fourteen. This is undoubtedly a wide field—the Christian era alone covers twenty centuries—but it has been cultivated by several writers already.

(2) Writing a post-war novel in which it is assumed that the war never happened. This would make it rather difficult to know what to do with the graves of our dead.

(3) Writing a post-war novel about people who took no part in the war. This would restrict one's choice of hero, heroine, and characters generally to Certified Lunatics, Convicts in residence, and Conscientious Objectors.

I have therefore decided to take a chance. The tale which follows is based:

(a) Upon a frank admission that there has been a war.

(b) Upon a humble belief that the people chiefly worth writing about in these days are those who gave body, soul—everything—to win that war.

That explains my choice of title.

CONTENTS

  1. The Valleys Stand so Thick with Corn

  2. Rebellious Marjorie

  3. Der Tag

  4. A Tryst

  5. The Inevitable

  6. Solo

  7. Duet

  8. Chorus

  9. The Book of the Words

  10. Discipline! Discipline! Discipline!

  11. Enfin!

  12. Tom Birnie

  13. Albert Clegg

  14. Two Sparrows

  15. The Explorer

  16. The Great Pretend

  17. The Undefeated

  18. The Old Order

  19. The Last Throw

  20. Fountain Keep

  21. Identities

  22. The Mills of God

  23. The Soul of Eric Bethune

  24. Through

THE WILLING HORSE

CHAPTER I

THE VALLEYS STAND SO THICK WITH CORN

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