I BELIEVE that a well-known anecdote exists to the effect that a young writer, determined to make the
commencement of his story forcible and original enough to catch and rivet the attention of the most blasé of editors, penned the following sentence:
'"Hell!" said the Duchess.'
Strangely enough, this tale of mine opens in much the same fashion. Only the lady who gave utterance to the exclamation was not a duchess.