Mother and Son

Mother and Son

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ... narrow path; or downwards, with still increasing speed, upon a wide and smooth one, --remained to be seen. That was the issue to be determined amid the coming trials and temptations of life. And such an issue could only be contemplated with the deepest anxiety. The vessel was already in the midst of the waves of this troublesome world, and the fears of those who watched its progress would be that there was no ballast on board to steady it, and that the steersman was thinking nothing of rocks and shoals, --driving on his own wilful way. But for the present there was a lull. To drop our metaphor, Walter's sick bed had effectually interrupted for the time his wandering, irregular habits; Ikey Nixon was safe in gaol; and Harry Martin was gaining, as it seemed, a steadily increasing influence; while even the vicar's visits were less dreaded, and Walter's conversations with him had got beyond "Yes" and "No." All these were helps. But a greater than these was in prospect, of which we shall speak hereafter. Nevertheless, as time went on, and health and high spirits gradually replaced the weakness and listlessness of disease, Markham began to pine after old haunts and old companions. Everything was so dull. He was so tired of everything. He had read all the books in the house, and didn't want to read any more. He was so tired of his mother's knitting-needles and grey worsted; of seeing her spit upon the iron to see if it was hot enough, when she removed it from the hanging-bar, and of hearing the clink of the metal as she lifted it from the finished shirt, and let it fall with a jerk upon its barred trivet; of listening to the tick of the clock; and of wondering what possible amusement the flies could find in making those slow circles...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236600703
  • 9781236600707