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indistinguishable syllables, a kind of coma intervened

She fastened her eyes on Emil’s scarlet face; his lips were still puttering over indistinguishable syllables, his fingers working like a spider’s legs.
      A kind of coma intervened and then she noticed that the night had flowed out of the sky. The electric lights were pallid and foggy. The telephone rang. Putney spoke softly into it, then nodded, and whispered...

Rupert Hughes, Love Song (1934) : 260 (of 532) : link (snippet only)

cannot find the passage in Hearst’s International combined with Cosmopolitan, where the story originally ran, illustrated by McClelland Barclay, in eight parts (December 1933 through July 1934)

  1. “Here begins the greatest American novel of music and musicians ever written . . . the masterpiece of Rupert Hughes”
    95:6 (December 1933) : 14-19, 148-157 : link
  2. “A great and revealing novel of the stage door of grand opera — and what goes on behind the scenes”
    96:1 (January 1934) : 42-45, 145-153 : link
    note : this is the only part at archive.org that is in color, not scan from poor microfilm
  3. “A novel of love and life behind the footlights of New York’s great Metropolitan Opera House — a vivid, deeply moving drama of the conflicts that sear the souls of those who give the world its music”
    96:2 (February 1934) : 48-51, 161-169 : link
  4. “Rupert Hughes, himself a composer, knows music and musicians. For years his friends have begged him to write the story of musical America as he alone among writers can do it — and here it is . . . a thrilling and sophisticated novel of the life and loves of the glamorous stars of the opera world”
    96:3 (March 1934) : 58-61, 144-151 : link
  5. “A magnificent novel of American music — and the story of Meriel, who had to learn that great singing is born of deep despair as well as happiness”
    96:4 (April 1934) : 44-47, 139-148 : link
  6. “Himself a composer, and friend of world-famous musicians, Rupert Hughes has poured a lifetime of personal observation and literary achievement into this great and moving novel of American-opera-behind-the-scenes”
    96:5 (May 1934) : 64-67, 135-142 : link
  7. “Love or career? The fascinating story of an American prima donna who demanded — and got — both”
    96:6 (June 1934) : 76-79, 86-94 : link
  8. “The last act of a great American opera — and the divine Meriel drifting down from heaven, singing as the very soul of the carillon bells”
    97:1 (July 1934) : 78-79, 101-104 : link

Rupert Hughes (1872-1956)
wikipedia : link
McClelland Barclay (1891-1943)
wikipedia : link

3 May 2023