A Race for Life and Other Tales [By E. Wood?]

A Race for Life and Other Tales [By E. Wood?]

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...that David might escape, as it was generally believed he had taken refuge in England. Meantime the promise of Saint Chad's day regarding the weather had not been fulfilled. The autumn continued cold and wet, so that corn could be gathered in with difficulty; and what the farmers did save was spoiled by damp, and was every way inferior. In consequence, meal, at this time the sole dependence of the Scottish populace, began to rise in price, and one of those terrible dearths so frequent in past ages threatened the country. Mrs. Margery had not been more fortunate than her neighbours. The farm yielded a poor erop that year, while much of even that little was lost; and the dame had no resource against what she called being ' robbed and rouped' but a most rigid winter's economy. Her government had never been lax in that particular, and now it was hard times indeed with the household. But measure the barley and weigh the meal as she might, Mrs. Margery could make no saving to her mind. As the frost and snow came on early, poor famishing creatures also came in search of bread to the farmhouse. Willy would not hear of their being refused; and, to do Mrs. Maxwell justice, avarice had not so far hardened her heart as to deny them a share of a meal, though their numbers increased every day, and sad accounts came from the border shires. Two of her great designs, however, Mrs. Margery executed to the letter that season. The first was to keep out the friars, especially Brother Nigel; and the second, to give an unqualified negative to Father Giles' augmented demands. Willy supported her steadily even in the latter, from a belief that the priest sought more than his legal dues; and the good father, as his last subduing weapon, at length began to hint that...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 123657298X
  • 9781236572981