Owen Volume 2

Owen Volume 2

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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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...surely a brighter one, for his heart beat at the thought, and his eyes swam till the picture before him became blurred and indistinct. He was in the railway train and making for Ansted that afternoon. He was at Oaklands long before sundown. He must study this Mr. Cherbury, who might rob him of his ward, playing the thief in his turn. The change in his late employer was still progressing; five more years off the man's age, and his "confounded head," in a figurative sense entirely thrown aside. No mistake in the man's motives either; all clear as noonday to every one but Mary Chickney. Fifty-nine years or more a bachelor, and now his withered, tough, old heart pierced by the arrow--evidence of that in his attention to Mary, in his desire to ingratiate himself with Owen, in the change in everything about him, even to his past inflexible bell-metal voice. "Mr. Owen, you should be proud of your ward," he said that night. "Why?" was the quiet response. "She has the priceless gift of bringing sunshine to a house--to a man's heart," he said, enthusiastically. Quite gone, thought Owen, and drifting into romance. What an old ass, to be sure! "Well, I am proud of her," answered Owen. "Doubtless." Mr. Cherbury seemed inclined to add a little more; but his natural taciturnity got the better of him. Fortunately too; for Owen was inclined to acerbity that evening, and might have answered more sharply than courtesy warranted. Mr. Cherbury walked slowly away across the lawn--the short dialogue had taken place on the grass-plot--and left Owen to his own thoughts concerning him. The man was in love, no doubt of it, thought Owen; he would be frivolous and drivelling...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236923634
  • 9781236923639