An Only Son; First Published in America, in Littell's Living Age

An Only Son; First Published in America, in Littell's Living Age

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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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...but a more serious mischief arose from Job's peculiar way of attempting to meet them. With the vicious cunning of a fool, he contrived to raise a second, and this time, fraudulent mortgage on his own land, -the proceeds of which did as little for the success of his tenant farming, as those of his honester folly had done before. Both transactions had become known in course of time to Burkitt and Goring, omniscient, as it sometimes appeared to the neighborhood, in all such matters round about the town of Freshet. The young head of that old firm was, for reasons of his own, desirous of obtaining some footing as landed proprietor in the county, no matter on how small a scale. Job Sanger's mortgages seemed to offer an opportunity. He bought them both on advantageous terms from their respective holders; and Job, once freeholder, became of course, Keane's thrall. The first exercise of Li- new lord's power over him, which Job thought cruel and arbitrary, was truly both judicious and kind, although dictated by no special tenderness for him. Keane had business relations with a substantial man hankering after the very farm which Job occupied as tenant, and to the occupation of which he still clung with all the obstinacy of a knavish muddlepate. Keane, oiling his transactions with the man of substance by promise of the coveted holding, signified to Job his will and pleasure that it should at once be vacated--being helpless, he obeyed. Wretched Job, unable to find, as his great patriarchal namesake, motives to patience in consciousness of his own integrity, withdrew into his original snail-shell, there to live in continual dread not only of foreclosure, which should leave him lackland, homeless, and penniless; but likewise of exposure and indefinite...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236557476
  • 9781236557476