The Living Age Volume 233

The Living Age Volume 233

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...between them and starvation. Perhaps--after all--He looked at the patient white face. "Lass," he said gently, "pa'son were advisin' me to go into th' House. What dost a say? I conno' give thee all I would--" His voice broke. So very bitter a thing is it for a man to have to confess that he cannot provide as he would for one dearer to him than himself. Though it be not through any fault of his own, though there be no shame in it, the bitterness is there, and all the greater from the fact that a clean and sober life has left him capable of feeling it so keenly, and offers him neither palliatives nor reproaches. He was by her side looking down on her, and her eyes smiled up at him. He dropped on his knees beside her, heedless of the creaking of the rusty joints, and put his rough, sandy arms round her, "Lass! lass!" he cried, "thou'rt all the world to me. I conno' let thee go. I see thee always as thee wast, Mary, bright an' shinin'--shinin' hair an' shinin' eyes, like the sunshine runnin' ower the sands to meet me. Oh, my lass! my lass!" The gentle face shone with a great glory as she tried to stroke his hair with her hand--a hand which had become so strangely soft with its five years of undesired idleness. In her sudden exaltation of spirit even the agony of movement was forgotten, and her hand fluttered to and fro over the grizzled head like a benedictory dove. "Praise the Lord!" she said softly. "He's kept us till now, my man. He'll keep us to th' end;" and from both their hearts went up the silent prayer, "May it be soon--soon!" Peter piled some of his choicest bits of wood on the fire, pieces which his experienced eye told him held prisoners the most more

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  • Paperback | 486 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 862g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236841123
  • 9781236841124