Doings in Maryland

Doings in Maryland

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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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...She felt, as noble natures always do, a desire to make a return for kindness, and this had been an unusual display. But what had the destitute woman to give? Ouly a sight of the precious box. This, then, was produced, and the eloquent declaimer of her husband's fame was in full flood of glorious recital when--oh, horrors! whose shadow darkens the door?--Abbettor's! The sight of the box transfixed him to the spot, and from that moment its fate was sealed. Nothing now would pay the rent but that box; the rent must be paid, and that box must pay it. Day and night he haunted the hut, and his constant howl was box, box, box! "I have nothing upon God's earth left me now but that box," cried the poor woman, wringing her hands. "Oh, in his holy name, let me keep it till I die! I shall not live long, and I did intend having that box put into my coffin and buried with me; but if you will let me keep it until I die, I promise it to you. I will give you a writing to prove it is yours at my death. But let, oh, let me keep it until then!" The monster's clutch was on it, and as well might she have asked a hungry tiger to release his tongue from lapping blood as to ask this brute in human form for pity. She had not thought to place the precious relic in the keeping of some one else for safety (and here was her mistake), because she could not sometimes sleep unless it was by her side; so Mr. Abbettor, by violence, gained possession of the prize, and bore it away amid shrieks and wails of anguish that would have pierced any heart save that which had lain in a coffin. The next charitable visitor found the old woman dead. The loss of the box had broken her heart, had severed the last tie that bound her to existence. The poor, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123680998X
  • 9781236809988