Patricia Kemball; A Novel Volume 1

Patricia Kemball; A Novel Volume 1

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...of a noble life seemed to be worse than nothing to the children of an age which reverences chiefly blafe and tinsel. For his own part, when he was told that he ought to do something and make a fortune, he used 1:0 answer that he thought those who had enough should be contented; and that he held it ignoble in the well-en-dowed to still further crowd the glutted labour-market, lessening the wages of the workers by necessity by just so much as they earned for their superfluities. This might be bad political economy, he used to add with a smile. Some of his friends said it was; but it was human justice all the same; and, for the rest, political economy must go. He deprecated the race for wealth, the greed of gain, characteristic of the present day. He deprecated the tumult and excitement and clamour of our social life, the luxury and sensuality of our homes; and what he deprecated in others that he refused for himself. But Milltown did not endorse his doctrines. Indifferent to fear, to pleasure, to ambition, merely a calm, wise, just thinker who appraised things at their real value, and was content to accept certain theorems as unprovable--the well-fed lives and uninquiring minds of that little paradise of conservative respectability had no sympathy with such an iconoclast and blasphemer of its gods! The old proverb was verified; the prophet had no honour among his townsfolk, and the most charitable interpreta-tion of a life that dared to be real and a mind that dared to be ignorant was, that Henry Fletcher was mad. And many added, his sister Catherine with him. Dr. Fletcher seldom called anywhere; but perhaps less frequently at Abbey Holme than even other places.._, Dora Drummond's pretty manners pleased him, certainly, for he had a...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236987055
  • 9781236987051