The Long Vacation

The Long Vacation

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Excerpt: ... as much as any one else, and his attachment to you seems to have been his great offence." "Thank Heaven! Then he was deceived?" "I am afraid there was some previous ceremony. But stay, Gerald! There is no certainty that it was valid in the first place, and in the next, nothing is known of Benista since 1865, when he was an old man, so that there is a full chance that he was dead before---" "Before April 1868. I say, Uncle Lance, they want to make no end of a bear-fight for my coming of age. I must be out of the way first." "Don't cry out too soon. Even if the worst came to the worst, as the property was left to you by will individually, I doubt whether this discovery, if real, would make any difference in law. I do not know." "But would I take it on those terms? It would be simply defrauding Clement, and all of you---" "Perhaps, long before, we may be satisfied," said Lance. "For the present, I think nothing can be done but endeavour to ascertain the facts." "One comfort is," said Gerald, "I have gained a sister. I have walked with her to the corner of her place---the marble works, you know---and she really is a jolly little thing, quite innocent of all her mother's tricks, thinking Mrs. Henderson the first of human beings, except perhaps Flight, the aesthetic parson. I should not have selected him, you know, but between them they have kept her quite a white sheet---a Miranda any Ferdinand might be glad to find, and dreading nothing so much as falling into the hands of that awful brute. Caliban himself couldn't have been worse! I have promised her to do what I can to save her---buy her off---anything." "Poor child," said Lance. "But, Gerald, nothing of this must be said these next few days. We can't put ourselves out of condition for this same raree-show." "I'm sure it's a mere abomination to me," said Gerald disconsolately. "I can't think why we should be dragged into all this nuisance for what is not even our own concern." "I'm sure I thought...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
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  • 9781236697332