Fitz James O'Brien (also spelled Fitz-James; December 31, 1828 - April 6, 1862) was an Irish-born American writer, some of whose work is often considered one of the forerunners of today's science fiction.
Elsie and I were to be married in less than a week. It was rather a strange match, and I knew that some of our neighbors shook their heads over it and said that no good would come. The way it came to pass was thus.
I loved Elsie Burns for two years, during which time she refused me three times.
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