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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...despised one another. Herbert, who knew the relation between them, involuntarily lifted his eyebrows as he took up his pen. 'You are thinking it strange, ' said Mr. Lyster, 'that I should have anything to say to Mr. Roden at a time like this. But when one is dying one clings, as if one was drowning, to straws. When I am gone, Clare will be absolutely without a counsellor. It had been my hope that you yourself' Herbert shook his head. 'No, sir. I should be of no use in that way; indeed, I should be worse than useless. Any interference of mine would be resented excessively.' 'No doubt--though not, I am sure, by Clare, ' answered the other earnestly. He had had in his mind quite another hope respecting Herbert; but it was just as well that he had been thus prevented from attending to it. Perhaps the other read his thoughts in his face, for the pen trembled in his hand. Our tender might-have-beens are like the jessamine and the rose, which can turn even strong men sick and faint. 'What shall I write, sir? I have only got the date, December 6th.' 'The sixth? Alas, I hoped it was the seventh, ' murmured the other, unconsciously. 'Why the seventh?' 'Aye, you may well say that, lad, ' answered the sick man, recovering himself, and calling up a smile. 'The fancies of a sick man are inexplicable, even to himself. Go on, please, from my dictation: 'Dear Roden, 'I am in very bad health--so bad that, unless you come to see us this Christmas, I fear we shall never meet again. I especially wish you to make the acquaintance of your niece; remember you are the only near relative she will possess when I am gone. We shall be able to make you pretty comfortable, I hope, at Oak Lodge, and I am sure my partner, Sir Peter, will do everything in his power to make...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236957229
  • 9781236957221