Arminel of the West

Arminel of the West

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...him, and he recognised that the young gentleman did indeed mean to marry his daughter. She stood by laughing and wonderfully pretty. The father perceived she was good enough for anyone, and he felt exceedingly proud of her. He promised he would be secret. The widow was in bed and asleep. She should not get to hear of it And then he went to the old sideboard, produced two glasses and a bottle of sloe-gin, and asked Brian politely if he would drink with him. The answer being favourable he poured out the rosy liquor, and stood glass in hand, beaming with child-like innocence above and below his big spectacles. "I'll give ye the old Dartmoor toast," he said. "Here's to them we love. Here's to them that love us." "To the girl that I love," Brian whispered to Arminel. "The girl that loves you," said she. CHAPTER XII. CONCERNING WIDOWS RAMPANT. The conduct of Widow Lampey and young man Coneybear had become a public scandal. Tordown folk were shocked. The local courting-ground was Stokey Moor, but the lovers rejected tradition and refused to follow custom and conduct their amours among the firs. They courted in the village street, right in front of the Challacombe Arms. When she saw her young man approaching, the fat lady would gambol forth like a Brobdingnagian kitten. She would frisk up to Coneybear and clap her hands in his face, while he would respond with cackling noises which expressed approbation. Then they would embrace. There was not much poetry about that courtship. It was sound, realistic prose. It was a mercenary business altogether. Old Coneybear spent his days in chuckles and his nights in dreams. He would not go to the Workhouse when past labour. He would have his cushioned chair beside the fireplace...
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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236499859
  • 9781236499851