Jessica Trent

Jessica Trent

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Excerpt: ... that he felt as if he were again that little boy of hers who needed the usual corporal punishment. "Yes, but mother-what have I done?" "Done? Nothing! Not a man jack of you! Let that viper warm himself at her very fireside, least to say, south porch, and not show him up for what he was. Land! The men! I never saw one yet was worth shucks, savin' hers and mine. If you was half the fellow your father was, John Benton, or that noble Cass'us was-oh! if ever I wanted to be a man in my life I want to be this minute!" The carpenter darted into his chamber and reappeared with a vial and spoon. "To please me, mother, 'fore you say any more, just take a spoonful of this dandelion relish. Made it myself, you know, and warrant no alcohol in it!" 108 The jester was rewarded by a boxed ear, but he had effectually arrested his parent's wandering thoughts, and she burst forth with her news: "That viper-lawyer-man has come to this Sobrante to accuse Cass'us Trent of stealing! lyin! cheating! Cass'us, your best friend and mine. Says there's a power of money missing, that was all consigned to him, to purchase that Paraiso d'Oro for a community and never reported on!" "What? W-h-a-t!" John had laid his hand upon her shoulder like a vise, and she began to whimper. "Needn't pinch me, child. 'Twasn't I said it. You told me to find out what he wanted here and I have. He pretends he lost his way, got off the road he was showed to take and met Lady Jess in the canyon. Says his own horse is up to Pedro's sheep pasture. Says -- " "And you let him? Had him right there in your power and didn't knock his old teeth down his lying throat?" As John's wrath increased his mother's ebbed. She had passed her indignation on to another, as it were, and felt the relief of this confidence....show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236685059
  • 9781236685056