Below the Surface; A Story of English Country Life

Below the Surface; A Story of English Country Life

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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ... the farthest extremity of the field, where, breaking with reckless energy through the hedge, he leaped the ditch on the other side, and was soon out of sight. Clinton, seeing nothing more of the man in the water, now guided his horse to shore. The horse, nothing loth, struck his forefeet into the bank, and strove to scramble up; but his hoofs slipped from the slimy clay as if it had been glass. Clinton urged his horse up the bank with spur and rein, and words of hearty encouragement. The animal, with dilated nostril and panting flank, and every muscle strained, struggled hard to gain a footing, and had almost succeeded when suddenly the girths gave way, the saddle slipped round, and Clinton was precipitated into the stream. The current was so strong that for a moment he was whirled away into the middle of the stream, and could with difficulty keep his head above water. By a desperate effort, however, and aided by a bend in the river, he succeeded in reaching the bank, and, clinging hold of the coarse flags and rushes growing there, raised his head and shoulders out of the water, and saved himself from being washed away. Nevertheless, the situation was precarious. At the smallest effort to draw himself farther upwards, the rushes and grass to which he clung began to give way. Clinton, exhausted, could only faintly call out for help, and cling with desperation to the yielding herbage overhanging the bank. He now heard with perfect distinctness the voices of men at no great distance, and even his own name mentioned in a careless manner by Nugent, who asked if Sir Reginald had passed that way. The voices grew fainter as if those who spoke were going away, and still Clinton called in vain, for his strength was failing, and his tongue clove to the...show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236513320
  • 9781236513328