Cranford, and Other Tales

Cranford, and Other Tales

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...John Grifliths had been beating her, and keeping her without food to try and tame her, she ran away, and came to Nest's cottage in the dead of night, all shivering and starved, for she did not know Eleanor was dead, and thought to meet with kindness from her, I've no doubt; and Nest remembered how her mother used to feed and comfort the poor idiot, and made her some gruel, and wrapped her up by the fire. And in the morning, when John Griffiths came in search of Mary, he found her with Nest; and Mary wailed so piteously at the sight of him, that Nest went to the parish officers, and ofiered to take her to board with her for the same money they gave to him. John says he was right glad to be ofi his bargain." David Hughes knew there was a kind of remorse which sought relief in the performance of the most difficult and repugnant tasks. He thought he could understand how, in her bitter repentance for her conduct towards her mother, Nest had taken in the first helpless creature that came seeking shelter in her name. It was not what he would have chosen, but he knew it was God that had sent the poor Wandering idiot there. He went to see Nest the next morning. As he drew near the cottage--it was summer-time, and the doors and windows were all open--he heard an angry, passionate kind of sound that was scarcely human. That sound prevented his approach from being heard; and, standing at the threshold, he saw poor Mary Williams pacing backwards and forwards in some wild mood. Nest, cripple as she was, was walking with her, speaking low, soothing words till the pace was slackened, and time and breathing was given to put her arm around the crazy woman's neck, and soothe her by this tender caress into the quiet luxury of tears--tears which give the...
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  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 349g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236961900
  • 9781236961907