The Brontes; Fact and Fiction

The Brontes; Fact and Fiction

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...made and lost. One of the younger members of this family was the famous Hugh II., the Paragon, at this time aged five. Suddenly appears on the scene the infamous Welsh, who represents himself as a rich but childless man pining to adopt a little boy. He succeeds, of course, in his nefarious scheme and carries off little Hugh II., having first exchanged a melodramatic oath with the father--Welsh and his wife swearing that they will never let Hugh II. know where his family live, and the little boy's father swearing that he will never inquire about him. Then they drive off, and before the lights of home have disappeared Welsh begins to beat the child brutally. Then follow eleven years of the most cruel oppression, and at last, when aged sixteen, Hugh II. runs away and begins life for himself. He never succeeds, however, in discovering any trace of his father or his family. Surely nothing but the improbabilities are necessary to expose the falsity of this so-called history. Hugh II.'s father, in common with all the family, knew Welsh to be an unmitigated scoundrel of the deepest dye; why then should he and his wife give up to him a son to whom they were tenderly attached? The plea of poverty does not come in, for they were rich and prosperous. Again, what possible object could Welsh, too poor to support himself, have in burdening himself with a little child? Later on it is stated that he was promised. 50 with the child, which he did not receive. But Welsh, in his feigned character of a rich man, could not have asked for money, and if he had, that at least would have opened the father's eyes to his real motives. Again, how are we to suppose that his wife, the excellent Mary, could have lent herself to the diabolical scheme? And the way in...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236679814
  • 9781236679819