Excerpt from Captivating Mary Carstairs In a rear room of a quaint little house uptown, a great bronzed-faced man sat at a pia, a dead pipe be tween his teeth, and absently played the most difficult of Beethoven's sonatas. Though he played it divinely, the three men who sat smoking and talking in a nearby corner paid t the least attention to him. The player, it seemed, did t expect them to: he paid very little attention himself. Next to the selection of members, that is, doubt, the most highly prized thing about the Curzon Club: you are t expected to pay attention unless you want to. It is a sanctuary where one can bore you, ex cept yourself. The members have been chosen with this in mind, and t chosen carelessly. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.