How Families Are Rendered Happy or Miserable

How Families Are Rendered Happy or Miserable

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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. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...facts which the following morning disclosed were most affecting. A slight search led to the discovery of the body of poor Nancy, exhibiting sad testimony of the cruel usage she had experienced. Excessive intemperance had produced its usual effect on her husband. He was now suffering from brain fever, delirious, and violent in the extreme, constantly crying, "I'm burning! I'm burning! some drink! give me some drink, or I'll murder you!" then he poured out oaths and curses with a volubility that seemed to partake of the inspiration of hell itself, venting them especially on his wife and children. On the third day he sank into a state of exhaustion; it was the harbinger of death. A short time before this took place, some glimmerings of returning consciousness were visible. "Where am I?" he inquired; "how is it Nancy's not here? Does she not know I'm dying? O! what will become o'me? I shall go to hell--the drunkard's hell! Ah! there's no drink there! Not a drop o' water! What shall I do? I daren't die! I daren't die! his last. For the children, there was no refuge but the Union-house; and there, no doubt, they experienced comforts and advantages far superior to anything they had known in their father's dwelling. CHAPTER V. Uncle David's Visits--Some Further Account or Prudence--NEIGHBOURLY CONCERN--A BENEVOLENT PROPOSAL--VARIOUS WATS OF DOING GOOD--A NOVEL TEA-MEETING--WHAT PASSED AT THE TEA TABLE. I Had become acquainted with Prudence soon after her marriage, and her house was one of the many I was in the habit of visiting; for the reader must know that I have been long accustomed to pursue a course of friendly visitation wherever a suitable door was open, for the purpose of dropping a word of advice, or comfort, or...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236947398
  • 9781236947390