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Kismet
Julia Constance Fletcher (George Fleming) (1853–1938)
 
Kismet, by “George Fleming” (Julia Fletcher), is a tale which describes the fortunes of a party of traveling Americans and English who loiter up the Nile in dahabeahs, and make excursions to the tombs of the Pharaohs. The heroine, Bell Hamlyn, is an impulsive, straightforward Western girl, unsophisticated and unspoiled; the hero is a lazy, cynical, clever man of thirty-five, convinced that he is incapable of the foolishness of falling in love. The minor personages are all amusing enough: English squire, Irish captain, American archæologist, etc., all talking exactly alike with point and fluency, on any subject that may be started. Though there is a good deal of “scenery,” it is never obtrusive, and never interferes with the flow of the narrative, which tells the course of a simple love-affair. The story is very readable, and at times even witty; and is fairly to be reckoned among the best specimens of American minor fiction.  1
 
 
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