Old Anthony's Secret, and Other Stories

Old Anthony's Secret, and Other Stories

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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. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...the white clouds were high up in the heavens; now, the road was bordered by rich brown woods, and hedges coloured with the solemn grandeur of autumn, and the clouds hung so low that they seemed almost to rest upon the highest tree-tops. The kittens that had peeped and scuffled in the stable-loft, were now growing into fine cats, and both lay quietly asleep in the afternoon sun. Again the rattle of wheels was heard upon the road, and presently a one-horse fly could be seen coming along between the russet hedges. As it drew nearer, Sam recognised it as the vehicle that was kept at the railway station, six miles away, for the benefit of the few passengers who alighted there. This shabby conveyance stopped at the inn door, and out of it got a gentleman in a fashionable shooting suit. Landlord and landlady hastened forth to receive him; and, following his directions, Sam took from the carriage a leather portmanteau and a gun. Then the driver was paid and dismissed, and the old fly rumbled off, leaving the stranger to settle himself at the " Eed Deer." "I want a bedroom and sitting-room," he said to the landlady. "I daresay I shall stay a week--perhaps a fortnight." At this welcome announcement, the good woman congratulated herself that her best bedstead had not been stripped of its hangings, and she led the way to the chamber with some pride. It was by no means sumptuously furnished. The clean boards were only partially covered by dingy pieces of carpet; there were four dark wooden chairs with lyre backs, and a black chest of drawers with brass knobs. The bedstead, which had once been a cherished possession of Noah Bence's mother, was still draped with the chintz curtains that her own hands had made. In her day, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236824601
  • 9781236824608