The High Road to Ruin

The High Road to Ruin

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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. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...what have I done 1 If so--if the last breath has fled--then I am a murderer." As this overwhelming reflection came upon him, he staggered against the lamp-post, covered his face with his hands, allowed his head to sink upon his breast, and appeared about to abandon himself to despair. Mildred touched him lightly on the arm, whispering in his ear, "Come away, John! For my sake, as well as your own, come away! We can do this wretched man at our feet no good! The body will be shortly discovered by the police, and they will render him all the assistance in their power. Come, John; think of me and the little ones at home.' There may be danger in staying longer." He yielded to her solicitations, and reluctantly left the spot, with a raging fire at his heart, which no flood of contrite tears could quench. Was not the brand of Cain upon his brow? Alas! there was just and reasonable ground to suppose so. A very miserable walk home was that of John Millington and his wife. They were both agitated in the extreme. Mildred trembled like an aspen; and, at times, would have fallen, had it not been for the support he afforded her. The noisy Bacchanals who had accompanied John from the public-house had long ago disappeared. The signal for this flight was Varney Vaillant's prolonged insensibility. They feared something serious, and did not wish to be implicated in an affair which had all the appearance of ending in an unpleasant manner. When all her furniture was taken away, her home made desolate, Mildred thought her cup of affliction was full to the brim. But she had to learn a stern lesson of life, which teaches that, however gloomy the horizon may be, it can assume a darker hue--that however bad affairs are, it is within the bounds of...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236840348
  • 9781236840349