Excerpt from Social Evils, and Their Remedy, Vol. 1: Mechanic, And, the Lady and the Lady's Maid
At last I was roused from my gloom by a ring at the door hell, or, I should say, a ring several times repeated. I heard it, without attending to the sound at first. I found Mary Armstrong, a kins woman of my father, and a farmer's wife, at the door. I tell thee what, she said, as she put down her large covered basket, and, after staring me in the face, turned a searching look round the room, I tell thee what, lad! Thou shalt come and pass a day or two with us at Castle Bromwich, in the old farm-house. The master will be right glad to see thee, and if younger company should be wanted, there's John, and Jem, and Margaret, all at home. Our clock, too, is sadly out of order, and, as it was the first your father, that's now dead and buried, ever made, we set great store by it.
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