Derrick Vaughan-Novelist; And the Autobiography of a Slander

Derrick Vaughan-Novelist; And the Autobiography of a Slander

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...Major were pretty uniform. Derrick used to hand them over to me when he had read them; but, by tacit consent, the Major's name was never mentioned. Meantime, besides rewriting "At Strife," he was accumulating material for his next boo: and working to very good purpose. Not a minute of his day was idle; he read much, saw various phases of life hitherto unknown to him, studied, observed, gained experience, and contrived, I believe, to think ve little and very guardedly of Freda. ' But on Christmas Eve I noticed a change on him---and that very night he spoke to me. For such an impressionable fellow he had really extraordinary tenacity, and spite of the course of Herbert Spencer that I had put him through, he retained his unshaken faith in many things which to me were at that time the merest legends. I remember very well the arguso ments we used to have on the vexed question of "Free-will," and being myself more or less of a fatalist, it annoyed me that I never could in the very slightest degree shake his convictions on that point. Moreover, when I plagued him too much with Herbert Spencer he had a way of retaliating, and would foist upon me his favourite authors. He was never a worshipper of any one writer, but always had at least a dozen prophets in whose praise he was enthusiastic. Well, on this Christmas Eve we had been to see dear old Ravenscroft and his granddaughter, and we were walking back through the quiet precincts of the Temple, when he said abruptly "I have decided to go back to Bath to-morrow." "Have you had a worse account?" I asked, much startled at this sudden announcement. "N 0," he replied; "but the one I had a week ago was far from good, if you...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236755804
  • 9781236755803