Helbeck of Bannisdale - Volume I
Excerpt: ...the man of scrupulous and fastidious character, were alike expressed in them. The Jesuit pondered a little. "No; you will have to keep watch. Why not distract her? You must have plenty of other neighbours to show her." Helbeck shook his head. "I live like a hermit. My sister is in the first year of her widowhood and very delicate." "I see." The Jesuit hesitated, then said, smiling, in the tone of one who makes a venture: "The Bishop and I allowed ourselves to discuss these cloistered ways of yours the other day. We thought you would forgive us as a pair of old friends." "I know," was the somewhat quick interruption, "the Bishop is of Manning's temper in these things. He believes in acting on and with the Protestant world-in our claiming prominence as citizens. It was to please him that I joined one or two committees last year-that I went to the hunt ball--" Then, suddenly, in a very characteristic way, Helbeck checked his own flow of speech, and resumed more quietly: "Well, all that--" "Leaves you of the same opinion still?" said the Jesuit, smiling. "Precisely. I don't belong to my neighbours, nor they to me. We don't speak the same language, and I can't bring myself to speak theirs. The old conditions are gone, I know. But my feeling remains pretty much, what that of my forefathers was. I recognise that it is not common nowadays-but I have the old maxim in my blood: 'Extra ecclesiam nulla salus.'" "There is none which has done us more deadly harm in England," cried the Jesuit. "We forget that England is a baptized nation, and is therefore in the supernatural state." "I remind myself of it very often," said Helbeck, with a kind of proud submission; "and I judge no man. But my powers, my time, are all limited. I prefer to devote them to the 'household of faith.'" The two men walked on in silence for a time. Presently Father Leadham's face showed amusement, and he said: "Certainly we modern converts have a better time of it than our...
- Paperback | 64 pages
- 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
- 13 Sep 2013
- Illustrations, black and white