Of Course

Of Course

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... though needy, gave them his blessing, and married them without a fee, and Hugh, who was offered the post of consulting engineer to a mining company in South Africa, sailed for the Cape, accompanied by his wife. He remained in the land of dust and diamonds for ten years. At the end of that time he had lost his wife, but made a fortune. Maggie--she was the third, and only surviving child of the union--was nearly seven at the time, and he resolved to return to Scotland and devote himself to her education. After establishing himself in his native city, however, certain difficulties began to appear. He bought a very fine house; he engaged a sufficient and competent staff of domestics; he subscribed liberally to all the local institutions. But though he conducted himself on the most approved lines, and was speedily cited as a "light and an example," the awkwardness of a man attempting to fulfil a mother's duties became daily more manifest to the widower. Maggie had grown too old, and was still too young, for his undivided supervision. He eyed the nurse he had provided for her with increasing disapproval, and decided that she was altogether inadequate and would not do. Now on his arrival he had paid a visit to his late wife's family. The minister was dead, but the mother and the daughters---none of them married--were in the same place still, eating up the deceased's insurancemoney. After turning the project over in his mind for several weeks, Hugh came to the natural conclusion that what was wanted for the void was a lady, and that of all the ladies obtainable nobody was more eminently fitted to supeIintend his child's development than one of her aunts. He was not the man to make a selection hastily. He took the...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236824660
  • 9781236824660