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The Coming of Bill (Their Mutual Child)
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US Title: Their Mutual Child
First published in US: 1919 by Boni and Liveright, New York
UK Title: The Coming of Bill
First published in UK: July 1 1920 by Herbert Jenkins, London
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To begin with, Kirk and Ruth's marriage was blissfully happy and in due course a son, Bill, was born. But then Ruth comes firmly under the thumb of Aunt Lora whose strong views on the care of children do not accord with Kirk's own natural, fatherly instincts.

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Characters

Mrs. Lora Delane Porter — Strong, firm, unpleasant author on Eugenics. A suffragette, atavist and physical fitness nut.
Ruth Bannister — Niece and disciple of Lora. Strongly determined, tall, healthy, dark-haired daughter of millionaire John Bannister who marries Kirk.
Bailey Bannister — Ruth's 27 year old brother who is an oldmaidish busybody and dislikes his Aunt Lora. Junior member) of the Wall Street firm of Bannister & Son.
George Pennicut — Kirk's English odd job man who has ginger hair
Kirk Winfield — 26 year old large and well-built artist with a medium private income
Percy Shanklyn — Kirk's English actor friend who is chronically "between jobs"
Hank Jardine — Kirk's childhood friend who is a prospector
Steve Dingle — Hank's 28 year old prize-fighting friend. Also Kirk's friend who becomes John and Bailey Bannister's gym instructor. In love with Mamie.
John Bannister — Ruth and Bailey's father who is head of Bannister & Son
William Bannister Winfield — Ruth and Kirk's son — The White Hope
Keggs — John Bannister's English butler
Mamie — 19 year old Nurse who likes Steve
Whiskers — Bill's Irish Terrier given by Hank
Sybil Wilbur — Married Bailey
Basil Milbank — A social butterfly who toyed with Ruth's affections
Robert Dwight Penway — Kirk's artist friend who is an alcoholic
Clarence Grayling (*)
Freda Recce (*)
Hilda Vince (*)

Synopsis
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