The Musgrove Ranch; A Tale of Southern California

The Musgrove Ranch; A Tale of Southern California

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...glossy foliage of the long ranks of orange-trees the fruit was beginning to mellow into spheres of gold. The house itself, with all the signs of taste and opulence, had never impressed her as looking so attractive as it did in contrast to the rude dwelling of the Ashleighs. In the long, shaded dining-room the table was set for lunch with snowy linen, delicate china, luscious fruits and other delicacies. Mrs. Musgrove, looking rather anxious, sat awaiting them. " You have been a long time gone," she said a little querulously. " Bruce took Nettie over to the Croftons to spend the day, and I thought I should have to sit down to luncheon alone." "I wish you had been with us, dear auntie," said Ada, as she took her place at the table beside her, while Hugh took his brother's seat at the head of the table. "We have had a beautiful service, and Hugh will tell you what a dear little church it is." " Why---was Hugh at church with you P" There was a look of surprise, half painful, half pleasurable, in the mother's face. She was devoted to all her children, but Hugh was perhaps her favorite child, the most responsive to his mother's affection. " Why, Hughie! I wish I had been with you." And then she said, half to herself, "It is years since I was at church." Ada was unspeakably touched by her aunt's look and words. " You will come with us next time, auntie," she said tenderly; "it will be a happy, happy day for me when we go together." " But Bruce--" faltered Mrs. Musgrove. "Who knows but we shall conquer Bruce himself," said Ada, almost gayly, encouraged by success to be unreasonably sanguine. The three...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236829530
  • 9781236829535