The Guarded Flame Volume 1

The Guarded Flame Volume 1

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...and at night they were carried to Effie's bedroom, where a fire was lit for their benefit on each cold evening. All the household comprehended that there were two ways of dealing with mice--to destroy them with traps, etc., or to retain them as pets. When they were pets you could not do too much for them. All realised this, and no one grumbled if Miss Effie so arranged matters that, from Mary downwards to the man who cleaned the boots, each now had a little more work to do day by day. Jack Stone was made to feel that he was completely restored to favour. Nothing explicit was said, but he could feel that he was pardoned. In the case of Dr. Wren, no whisper of apology was heard for sharp words spoken in hot haste; but Dr. Wren was permitted to infer that the past was to be forgotten. All was happiness and smiles now: he might bask in the smiles without uneasy dread that by any allusion or veiled hint he would be reminded of a very dark episode in his career. It was for him now to live it down. All was smiles and happiness; all went smoothly and joyously with Effie and her mice--until the night of the amateur theatricals. Miss Granger and other clever amateurs were presenting--for the second time in five years--that charming drama, Plot and Passion. All intelligent Whitebridge that liked a really good evening's entertainment must to the Assembly Rooms--Effie with the rest. But the weather was diabolically unpropitious. There had been sharp frost, then a half-hearted thaw; and now came boisterous wind, and driving rain that tapped the window-panes with ice needles instead of washing them with rain-drops. There were difficulties, but they were surmounted. The roads were slippery, but Benson's cab-horses had all been roughed; Sturgess was an...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123696666X
  • 9781236966667