Plain and Veldt; Being Studies, Stories, and Sketches of My Own People, in Peace and at War

Plain and Veldt; Being Studies, Stories, and Sketches of My Own People, in Peace and at War

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...contest, save the gasps of hard breathing and the shuffling of their feet in the short grass. At one time the drover, with the experience of a hundred hard-pressed fights along the roads, had driven back the red Daly, following up each advantage with a savage persistency awful to behold--grimly resolute to win, and fiercely raging because to win was not an easy business. And then, suddenly, the mainten ance man threw all his hard strength into a rushing charge. His great arms whirled and crashed about the head of Billy Keenan. His mighty fists smote, and smote mercilessly. Billy Keenan stumbled, half blind with blood. A final driving blow hurled him senseless against the rough tree trunk, and he collapsed in a heap against its wide butt. "Mr Kay," gasped Tom Daly. " Mr Kay, will ye make it eight bob now, an' I'll put back th' planks, or you can?" "Oh, Tom, I'll try and make it half a sovereign. Oh, Baillie, did you ever see anything like it? Oh, my aunt!" TERRIBLE BILLY E was lame, and limped painfully. A straggling, dirty grey beard half hid the squareness of his jaw, and a battered straw hat cast a shadow over the deep-set eyes, that made them twinkle even more fiercely than usual. One brown band clutched in its gnarled grasp a little black wooden pipe of the kind aptly designated " nose-warmer," and apparently almost as ancient as its owner. The other manipulated an equally venerable knife in a slow and intricate operation of scraping out the bowl. The bright sunlight made dark shadows in the wrinkles of the dirty white moleskins and cheap "store " shirt hanging loosely over the gaunt angles of his shrunken frame. There was an air of dryness, of brownness, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236893166
  • 9781236893161