Parson Kelly  (1900) 
by A. E. W. Mason and Andrew Lang

It is easy to guess that Mr. Lang has furnished the flavor of Stuart romance and the historical details of the political plotting, while to Mr. Mason is undoubtedly due the main work of story-telling and incident-weaving—a work in which his first book, "The Courtship of Morrice Buckler," showed him an adept. Lovers of Dumas and Weyman will find this a story eminently to their taste. It has spirit, dash, and excitement, and withal some serious study of motive and character.—Review in The Outlook, Dec 2, 1899.

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"BUT I'M GRIEVED I HAVE NO VIRGIL."



PARSON KELLY

BY

A. E. W. MASON

AND

ANDREW LANG

LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.
39, PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON
NEW YORK AND BOMBAY
1899


TO THE
BARON TANNEGUY DE WOGAN

The Representative of a House illustrious for its Antiquity:
In Prosperity splendid: in Exile and Poverty gay
and constant: of Loyalty unshaken;

Is Dedicated

This Narrative, founded on the deeds of his Ancestor,

The Chevalier Nicholas De Wogan.

A. E. W. M.
A. L.


PREFACE

The authors wish to say that the proceedings of Lady Oxford are unhistorical. Swift mentions a rumour that there was such a lady, but leaves her anonymous.



CONTENTS

CHAPTER

  1. The Parson expresses Irreproachable Sentiments at the Mazarin Palace.
  2. Mr. Wogan refuses to Acknowledge an Undesirable Acquaintance in St. James's Street.
  3. Mr. Wogan instructs the Ignorant Parson in the Ways of Women.
  4. Shows the Extreme Danger of knowing Latin.
  5. A Literary Discussion in which a Critic, not for the first time, turns the tables upon an Author.
  6. Mr. Nicholas Wogan reminds the Parson of a Night at the Mazarin Palace.
  7. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu has a word to say about Smilinda.
  8. Mr. Kelly has an Adventure at a Masquerade Ball.
  9. Wherein the Chivalrous Mr. Kelly behaves with Deplorable Folly.
  10. What came of Mr. Kelly's Winnings from the South Sea.
  11. The Parson departs from Smilinda and learns a number of Unpalatable Truths.
  12. The Parson meets Scrope for the Third Time, and what came of the Meeting.
  13. Of the Rose and the Rose-Garden in Avignon.
  14. Of the Great Confusion produced by a Ballad and a Drunken Crow.
  15. At the Deanery of Westminster.
  16. Mr. Wogan acts as Lightning Conductor at Lady Oxford's Rout.
  17. Lady Oxford's 'Coup De Théâtre'.
  18. Wherein a New Fly discourses on the innocence of the Spider's Web.
  19. Stroke and Counter-stroke.
  20. Mr. Scrope bathes by Moonlight and in his Peruke.
  21. In which Mr. Kelly surprises Smilinda.
  22. An Eclogue which demonstrates the Pastoral Simplicity of Corydon and Strephon.
  23. How the Messengers captured the wrong Gentleman; and of what Letters the Colonel burned.
  24. Mr. Wogan wears Lady Oxford's Livery, but does not remain in her Service.
  25. How the Miniature of Lady Oxford came by a Mischance.
  26. Mr. Wogan Traduces his Friend, with the Happiest Consequences.
  27. How, by keeping Parole, Mr. Kelly broke Prison.
  28. Mr. Wogan again invades England, meets the elect Lady, and bears witness to her Perfections.

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