1903 "Published September 1903" stated on copyright page; illustrated by W.T. Smedley; Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York; hardbound in forest green boards with gilt stamp sword and lettering on cover and spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; frontispiece still with tissue guard; no dust jacket.
The house John Markham had built for himself, out of his manufacturing business, stood near the park, fronting an avenue of trees. A vacant lot on either side had been sown down to make a breadth of lawn, and the river was at the back. No other city house had such big breathing-space. It signified a bewildering sum of money in the real estate it had absorbed; but in itself it was only a square, solid structure filled with comforts of the simpler sort...The rooms had no paucity of convenience; yet at every point they told the story of people who lived plainly...This snowy evening of the early spring Mrs. Markham sat in the library between lamp and fire, as if she craved the fellowship of both. She was a slender woman, in a white dress...