Filigree Ball cover

Filigree Ball

Anna Katharine Green (1864-1935)

1. 'The Moore House?'
2. I Enter
3. I Remain
4. Signed, Veronica
5. Master and Dog
6. Gossip
7. Sly Work
8. Slyer Woes
9. Jinny
10. Francis Jeffrey
11. Details, Part 1
12. Details, Part 2
13. Thrust and Parry
14. Chiefly Thrust
15. 'Let Us Have Tallman!'
16. White Bow and Pink, Part 1
17. White Bow and Pink, Part 2
18. An Egotist of the First Water
19. A Fresh Start
20. In the Grass
21. In Tampa
22. 'The Colonel's Own', Part 1
23. 'The Colonel's Own', Part 2
24. The Heart of the Puzzle
25. A Thread in Hand
26. Words in the Night, Part 1
27. Words in the Night, Part 2
28. Tantalizing Tactics
29. 'Who Will Tell the Man!', Part 1
30. 'Who Will Tell the Man!', Part 2
31. Rudge
32. 'You Have Come!'

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[The Moore House] was standing when Washington was a village. It antedates the Capitol and the White House. Built by a man of wealth, it bears to this day the impress of the large ideas and quiet elegance of colonial times; but the shadow which speedily fell across it made it a marked place even in those early days. While it has always escaped the hackneyed epithet of "haunted," families that have moved in have as quickly moved out, giving as their excuse that no happiness was to be found there and that sleep was impossible under its roof. That there was some reason for this lack of rest within walls which were not without their tragic reminiscences, all must acknowledge. Death had often occurred there, and while this fact can be stated in regard to most old houses, it is not often that one can say, as in this case, that it was invariably sudden and invariably of one character. A lifeless man, lying outstretched on a certain hearthstone, might be found once in a house and awaken no special comment; but when this same discovery has been made twice, if not thrice, during the history of a single dwelling, one might surely be pardoned a distrust of its seemingly home-like appointments, and discern in its slowly darkening walls the presence of an evil which if left to itself might perish in the natural decay of the place, but which, if met and challenged, might strike again and make another blot on its thrice-crimsoned hearthstone. - Excerpt from Chapter I