Chronicles of a Quiet Family

Chronicles of a Quiet Family

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...said Ralph, with a pleasant smile, as he set her on her feet. Ten minutes later Edith was jogging along in the cart, and talking as merrily as if there were no sorrow in the world. But the others could not forget so easily. They missed William in the evenings most of all; for though he was generally silent, and sat with his dark pale face bent over his books, they knew that he was always near at hand to give them advice or sympathy. They had all grown into the habit of relying on him; even Mr. Ellery scarcely ever did anything of importance without first consulting his elder son. Indeed, it was the father who missed William most. For years they had worked on the farm together. Their tastes and dispositions were alike, and they never tired of each other's company. Although Mr. Ellery missed his son so much, he had never raised an obstacle in the way of William's entering the calling for which he seemed so well fitted. It was the one of all others which, as a young man, he would have liked to enter; but, as we have before said, he had felt that he was not qualified for it. But William! all the father's unfulfilled hopes had been made over to his son. He would do the work that the father had been unable to do. But in spite of all this, he missed the dutiful son, who at one time he had hoped would be the stay of his old age. True, he had another son, but Balph was altogether different to William. He had different views of life. He was smart and business-like, and wanted to throw aside the old rules and introduce new ones. The father did not feel in harmony with his younger son, he was so smart, quick, and abrupt in his ways, and decided on doing things with such promptness, that the father felt almost dizzy. He had to acknowledge that Ralph was a far...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236507878
  • 9781236507877