In Cotton Wool Volume 2

In Cotton Wool Volume 2

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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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...He tested himself. Suppose he happened to be walking across Westminster Bridge, and a woman clambered upon the parapet and jumped over--what would he do? He ought to dive in--but the mere notion of the dizzy height, the awful drop, the darkly running stream, made him supremely uncomfortable. These sensations surprised and mortified him. They seemed to indicate something strangely amiss. He knew that he had started life with fully the average share of pluck. And he thought of his youth--of how he liked a row; of how he enjoyed those riots at Cleckhampton, when his militia had all they could do to hold the mob in check; of how he laughed when the tiles came rattling down, and the air grew thick with stones. And after that period, when he saw a crowd in the street, he always bustled towards it, feeling stimulated by the idea of trouble--yes, even of danger. If there was to be wrangling, violent altercation, finally a general me"le'e of excited spectators, he felt that he must take part; he pushed his way through outer rings, meaning to pacify the strong or support the weak, anyhow to assert himself by getting into the thick of it. But now he would not do that. He thought of his riding--the joy of a horse that took hold; the search for animals that were really big bold fencers; a point-to-point race when he distinguished himself on a brute called "Touch and Go," a sketchy performer that possessed the one virtue of speed. And he tested'himself again. He could not do that now. He remembered how of late years, hacking in the Row, he did not by any means wish that his gentle hirelings should take hold. He asked many questions at the livery stables in Park Lane before engaging his hacks. He wanted something with good...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236897943
  • 9781236897947