Excerpt from Mrs. Lord's Moonstone, and Other Stories
Mr. Lord was a man of means. He had enough to do in looking after his real estate, collecting his rents, and clipping his coupons to keep him busy a good part of the time; and, being as fond of leisure as the average man of his years, the rest of his days he spent in idleness or in the indulgence of a taste which, with him, had grown to be little short of a mania, - the collecting of geological specimens. Geology was his hobby, and, if at times he seemed to neglect his wife, it was that he might explore this or that belt of country in which he felt sure he should find something of scientific importance.
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