Ethne, Ed. [Or Rather Written] by Mrs. E.M. Field

Ethne, Ed. [Or Rather Written] by Mrs. E.M. Field

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ... rapid way in which they had spread. The night was very dark; the moon had set, and clouds had come up and covered the stars. I looked at the heavens, which seemed inky black with that blaze below. If only it would rain, there might even yet be hope. A faint hope indeed. The fire had possession of the building, and was greedily devouring it, and roaring like a wild beast over its prey. Dense masses of smoke belched forth, heavy and choking; it seemed almost as if they ought to smother the flame. But no; it crawled about the windows and sent forked tongues to lick up the woodwork of the frames, and run up the hangings within. Greediness, eager haste to devour, seemed to possess it, as though its time might be short. But what could our people do? To run to and fro with buckets to the lake would be utterly vain. There was no hope except in the heavens. And as I thought that, a whispering rain did begin to fall, and a cry went up from the people who had assembled hastily in the yard, a great gathering already. But scarcely had that shout of hope died away before there arose another shout, this time of terror or dismay. "The Captain! Where is Captain Standfast?" There was a hurried calling, a running to and fro, a pause of terror. And still the rain fell lightly--so lightly! Sometimes in the midst of hay harvest the heavens will open and the rain descend in bucketfuls, drenching every field, soaking the hay so that a fresh making must be gone through, laying the corn flat on the ground. We cannot understand the ways of God. How hard it seemed now to watch this soft gentle shower! But all eyes were turned to the upper window, that window where I had seen the light burning for so long. All was dark there, and the flames had not reached so high...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236492919
  • 9781236492913