The Christmas Child, and Other Stories. by Hesba Stretton

The Christmas Child, and Other Stories. by Hesba Stretton

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...but she could not get him exiled from the study; and as time went on the study became distasteful to her, partly on his account, and partly because of the little cross that could be seen from its window. Does sin stop with ourselves; or does it descend as an evil influence upon the lower animals which we associate closely with our own habits and lives? Does not ill-temper in the master make the dog snappish and uncertain? Does not the general tone of moral life in a house operate for good or evil on every brain and heart within the circle of its sway? Jock was no longer the free and happy creature he had been. Hitherto he had met with no dislike anywhere in the parish, which constituted his whole world; and he began to pine. Doors that had once been open to him were now shut; and Nelly's voice spoke to him in sharp tones. The change perplexed him; it awoke in him a feeling of being in fault. He was no longer so fleet-footed or light-hearted as he had been; and if his master was going out he would linger in his quiet corner in the study until he heard himself summoned by a whistle, instead of being first out on the lawn, awaiting his master's tardy appearance with impatience. He was expected to stay more in the stables, and this he felt to be a degradation, after being used to his master's society. His silky black-andtan hair lost something of its shining lustre, and his beautiful eyes grew dimmer. Much of his happy trustfulness was gone, and he crept about the house and cringed as he had never done before. Jock's whole moral nature was lowered in tone, and it may be that Latimer was carelessly unconscious of the change. When spring came round again at last, one of the neighbouring farmers gave his Vicar's wife a curiously small bantam...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123690236X
  • 9781236902368