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s By Elizabeth Schoen Cobb
,, (Copyright by Wr-GChapman.)
"The girl don't fit," was implacable
announcement of the man who de
cided what and what not hooks
should go forth from the great At
0' "H'm!" uttered Cyril Dane, popular
author and dilletante, "make her fit,
"It can't be done," voiced the cen
sor, critic and ruler of the destinies
1 of current authorship. "You'll have
t to find a new one. See here, Dane,
( don't get stale and cynical because
., you are rich in paying copyright roy
alties. You've struck quite a new
lead in your last manuscript. The
characters are natural and charming.
I All but the girl. She spoils it"
$ "She's the fair average of the so-
cial ton," adhered Dane,
j. The great editor viewed Dane crit
ically and speculatively.
"Dane," he spoke bluntly, "what's
. the matter with you? Been crossed
in love at some time or other in your
"I?" laughed the author. "I should
say not! Lovg there's no such
,. thing in the world."
"Mistake," observed the other sen-
..tentiously. "Go out and hunt up the
real thing, revise your manuscript on
ra basis of later information and you
i' will be giving the world a real literary
i Dane swung out of the office in his
usual self-willed, indifferent way, but
when he got home in the quiet and
calm of his library he began to think
, over what ihe editor had said of him.
- "He had not thought much of the story
heTiad just-submitted. In fact, it was
the result of a four weeks' stay in a
far northern Test resort, where he had
tioarded with a quaint, old-fashioned
family, every member of which was
unique as to mannerisms and charac
ter. More "to get this new experi
ence out of his system" than any
thing 'else, Dane had strung together:
a simple, but pretty story. There was
no visible heroine in the family he"
had lived with. She was away at
school, but he constructed a heroine.
He depicted the absent daughter as
"the home product" going out in a
world-wise way. He made her ambi
tious, unnatural, selfish and harmless.
That was the kind of women Cyril
Dane had met in the social circle in
which he had moved. The first
beauty of the story was marred, as
Shouted at the Despoiler t
might be a lovely melody by a false
and discordant note.
"It's so, what Rossiter said." ad
knowledged Dane, after re-reading
the manuscript "Pshaw! Let it go
through. It's only a pot boiler and
out of my line."
He found it.not so easy to adhere
to this indifferent position, however.
Criticisms of the editor, while disturb
ing his self-esteem, also conveyed a
compliment as to his ability in.a new;
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