The Fifth Wheel (Prouty)

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The Fifth Wheel  (1916) 
by Olive Higgins Prouty
The
FIFTH WHEEL
OLIVE HIGGINS PROUTY

THE FIFTH WHEEL

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"'Why, Breck, don't be absurd! I wouldn't marry you for anything in the world'"—Page 24

THE
FIFTH WHEEL

A NOVEL

BY
OLIVE HIGGINS PROUTY

AUTHOR OF
"BOBBIE, GENERAL MANAGER"

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WITH FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS BY
JAMES MONTGOMERY FLAGG


NEW YORK
FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY
PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1916, by
Frederick A. Stokes Company
Copyright, 1915, 1916, by
The Phillips Publishing Company
All rights reserved, including that of translation into foreign languages.

DEDICATED
TO
MY MOTHER

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE
I. Ruth Vars Comes Out 1
II. Breckenridge Sewall 10
III. Episode of a Small Dog 18
IV. A Back-Season Débutante 27
V. The Unimportant Fifth Wheel 36
VI. Breck Sewall Again 44
VII. The Millions Win 50
VIII. The Horse-Show 56
IX. Catastrophe 69
X. A University Town 80
XI. A Walk in the Rain 90
XII. A Dinner Party 101
XIII. Lucy Takes Up the Narrative 112
XIV. Bob Turns Out a Conservative 124
XV. Another Catastrophe 135
XVI. A Family Conference 142
XVII. Ruth Goes to New York 156
XVIII. A Year Later 166
XIX. Ruth Resumes Her Own Story 177
XX. The Fifth Wheel Gains Wings 181
XXI. In the Sewall Mansion 198
XXII. The Parade 206
XXIII. An Encounter with Breck 212
XXIV. The Open Door 222
XXV. Mountain Climbing 232
XXVI. The Pot of Gold 239
XXVII. Van de Vere's 248
XXVIII. A Call from Bob Jennings 258
XXIX. Longings 266
XXX. Again Lucy Narrates 274
XXXI. Ruth Draws Conclusions 282
XXXII. Bob Draws Conclusions Too 291

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THE FIFTH WHEEL

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