His Mother's Portrait, and Other Stories
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... Rhodda. "But what did he say?" urged Martha Ann. "Oh! he put it down to being illwished." "Well?" and she looked up, waiting for something more. "Of course I wasn't going to listen to such old nonsense as that"--and he spoke with an impatience that silenced his daughter. "If he would only see it he could find out how to break the spell," she said to herself when her father was gone. "But there--he won't." Meanwhile Martha Ann had become engaged to a neighbouring farmer and was shortly to be married, when came a sadder token than all, and her heart was torn in two between love to her sweetheart and duty to her father. It was Mr Rhodda himself who gave the village the subject of its wonder and gossip. He was ill; very ill. So bad indeed that he had to go to the doctor--always the last resort in Trejorran, except the parson, who immediately preceded the undertaker, and sometimes was overtaken by him. Blossom was still unfit for service, and so a neighbour's mare was borrowed, and Mr Rhodda was driven to the market town. The doctor examined him carefully with growing anxiety. Gently, but beyond all possibility of mistake, Mr Rhodda was told that his illness was serious, very serious, --that at any moment it might end mortally. Once more the old man mounted the cart, and was driven home to break the news as best he could to Martha Ann. She sat at the end of the clean white table that was set by the window, gay with its geraniums and fuchsias. Her arms and clasped hands were laid out on the boards, and her face, filled with a troubled eagerness, was turned toward the old man. He sat in his chair by the open hearth, where the pans of milk were put to "cream," and where the big crock...
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- 27 Jun 2012
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