Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. v

Acknowledgments

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p. vii

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Introduction

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pp. xi-lviii

Sydney Fowler Wright was born on 6 January 1874 in the Midlands town of Smethwick. He was the son of Stephen Wright (1841-1936), an accountant, and Emily Gertrude Fowler (1843-82). He was sent to King Edward's School in Birmingham, but he left in January 1885, having completed only two terms, shortly after his eleventh birthday. ...

Deluge

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p. lix

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Prelude

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pp. 1-5

To an observer from a distant planet the whole movement would have appeared trivial. There was probably no point at which land either sank or rose to one five-thousandth of the earth's diameter. But water and land were so nearly at one level that the slightest tremor was sufficient either to drain or flood them. ...

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BOOK I. Martin and Helen

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pp. 7-38

May 31 was Whit-Sunday. It was one of those rare days that the English climate would sometimes give to those who had grown weary of its more sinister vagaries, green and cool and sunny after a week of showers. It was on that day that Mrs. Templeton lunched at the Websters. ...

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BOOK II. Claire

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pp. 39-76

Claire Arlington stood on the edge of what had once been a steep hillside in the Upper Cotswolds.1 Now it was lapped by a tide that rose within eighty feet of the summit. ...

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BOOK III. Martin and Claire

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pp. 77-147

The later summer came, and Martin was still alone. He had made his headquarters about a mile away from his first location. ...

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BOOK IV. Helen and Claire

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pp. 149-219

There are women who are incapable of tragedy. An invincible triviality protects them. ...

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BOOK V. Three

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pp. 221-300

Martha Barnes cleaned her pre-deluge doorstep. It was the only part of her original tenement which was still available for such ministrations. Martha was a widow. She was the sister-in-law of Navvy Barnes, of whose end we know, ...

Appendix: Fowler Wrights's Prefoace to the Second Edition of Deluge

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pp. 301-305

Notes

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pp. 307-322

Bibliography

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pp. 323-329