The Cambric Mask; A Romance Volume 4

The Cambric Mask; A Romance Volume 4

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...away. " He'll sober fast enough when it comes to pulling back again," said Sark; " now, Reggie, fling your tackle to the breeze, open your eyes, shut your mouth, and see what heaven will send you! " Heaven must have been listening for its cue; a heavy splash, another, and then a swirling flop and a slack line told a heartbreaking tale of lost opportunity. " Confound it! " muttered Lanark, "he jumped at the flies but I struck too slowly. I'm all in a tangle, Jack." He reeled in to disengage the line; Sark set the lantern beside him, then settled back comfortably to smoke and stare at the stars that seemed to grow brighter and yellower while he looked. ' Mr. Battyfs feeble warble had ceased; in the evening silence the slap of tiny waves on bow and stern made mellow music, accented at intervals by the dull splash of a fish surging from dusky depths to spring quivering into the starlight. Against the pale radiance of the heavens a mass of black foliage detached itself from the invisible shore; tiny lights gleamed in the north where Murden's store and the shanties stood, and a single yellow lantern hung from the flag-pole of the dark distillery. Shoreward, too, the thin chorus of the night insects came faintly to their ears when the wind set right; sometimes they heard the breeze rufie the lily-pads, sometimes a water fowl came whistling past to drop into the lake with a whirring spatter. Lanark, swearing in eloquent whispers, was still picking at the tangled flies as they drifted along a shore where the wild laurel and rhododendron swept the dark water with great clusters of pink and white bloom. A mink swam across the bows, leaving a shimmering fan-shaped trail in his wake, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236888723
  • 9781236888723