Another's Burden, and Two Essays

Another's Burden, and Two Essays

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... permanently affected by asingle profound experience. Richard, Lord Larkspur, was by no means turned into a "goody-goody" young man, by the awful fate of his dear friend Harry, nor would he ever have been described as a "reformed character" by that self-elected Board of Inquiries which gives us our certificates of having "passed" in religion and morals. But he was no longer our old acquaintance "Dare-devil Dick." As sometimes happens, it was not the consciousness of ill-doing, but the effect of an exceptional act of well-doing that had wrought this change. In having taken the sin of his friend upon his own shoulders, he had also indirectly removed from his memory a deeper stain which would otherwise--with some folks at least--und0ubtedly have clung to it; as it was, no one (except the doctor) suspected that his death had not been an accidental one, and even the doctor was in doubt about it, because he knew of no possible reason why he should have committed self-destruction. The consciousness of having saved Harry's mother from the possibility of the suspicion of this heinous crime was not only a source of selfsatisfaction to him, and enabled him to endure the obloquy that fell upon him on Lucy's account, but put more serious thoughts into his head to which it had hitherto been a stranger. He was not a saint--indeed the saints would have vehemently repudiated his companionship--but life was no longer to him the mere pleasure trip it had been. Young men who have money and position are looked upon with not unnatural contempt for devoting their whole lives to amusements, and never bestowing a thought upon the relievable wretchedness of the poor; they are older lOSc the faculty of...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236870115
  • 9781236870117