A King's Ransom, by the Author of 'The Martyrs of the Cornhill'
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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...will scarce desire to cross my threshold again." "And yet you would undertake a toilsome journey to London to have news of him," said the other, glancing sharply at Roger. "Ye be strange folk, ye Sparowes. For your mother's sake, say you. Well, be it so. Natheless," he continued, in a mollified tone, "since he will trouble us no more, and your mother perchance may be won over to forsake her evil ways, and your household be thereby purified, --it may be, --I must have time. I will consider more closely of the matter." Master Burroughs stroked his short grey beard with a satisfied air. He had a strong dislike to innocent Mistress Margaret, considering her, with her dainty, extravagant ways and invincible attachment to the proscribed Church, a most blameworthy woman. But her prelatical tendencies could not blind him to the advantages of the proposed connection with her son. Strict Puritan as he was, Master Burroughs did not overlook the fact that Roger Sparowe was socially above him. A parvenu himself, he was inclined rather to overrate than depreciate the prestige of ancient birth and honourable lineage. And Roger Sparowe, though only a country squire, could boast of noble descent and broad lands, then the most precious of worldly possessions. The more he thought the matter over, the more feasible, nay desirable, did it appear. Something of these favourable dispositions Master Nehemiah allowed Roger to see; and as he took his homeward way, the young man was not wholly in despair. For a time he had thrown off the burden of his cares and troubles. True, they all came thronging back upon him, as he rode down the long street that led to the heart of the town; but he was able to put a brave face upon them. There...show more
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- 13 Sep 2013
- Illustrations, black and white