For Richer, for Poorer Volume 2

For Richer, for Poorer Volume 2

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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. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...up and his coat buttoned to the chin, pounding through the deep miry winter lanes and across the sea-blown moor to visit remote parishioners who seldom came to church. He was not ashamed to announce already that he had _not time to read, and he found admirers silly enough to commend him for it. He was young and he was vain, with his experience all to buy, and his first investment (a very costly one) was in vulgar flattery--his misfortune rather than his fault. His father was a shrewd, excellent old gentleman. "I hope they won't make a fool of Bob!" was his anxious reflection when his son's praises began to be sung in the village. His mother did not fear for him; she said people always did make a fuss over a clever young unmarried curate, and it was much pleasanter than if they found fault with him: he had made the rector already that he was not regretted. "I doubt that," said the less partial father. "No one's good word is worth having who would exalt our Bob above either the rector or the curate. Don't you help to puff him up, wife." Mrs. Raustrown trusted that he had too much sagacity to be easily puffed up; but after all, it is not safe to rely on the strength of unseasoned heads. An atmosphere loaded with praises is highly intoxicating, and in a very little while it began to tell on Robert Raustrown's senses, to afi'ect his speech, his gait, his look, his manner. It is a vast temptation to be invested with too holy a character. If we are classed as very good people, we try to look good, and unless we soon tire of our role or are blessed with a happy sense of the ridiculous, we put on demure airs, and modulate our honest voices with piety prepense. So did Robert...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236829492
  • 9781236829498