The Speaker Volume 20

The Speaker Volume 20

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ..."too good not to be true." Her virginal dignity surviving a workhouse childhood, low domestic service, society of tramps and tinkers; her immense strength, beauty, stature, frank yet modest mien; her gradual liking for Borrow which he parries and puts by; her departure and return; her thoughtful rejection of his wooing at the last; the parting scene, where, standing in the sunshine at the mouth of Dumper's Dingle, she slowly lifts her arms and waves a last farewell, make an episode equal in affecting interest to anything we can recall in narrative or fiction. Formed for each other, if ever man and maiden were, yet artistically we approve of her departure; their union might have broken the spell which is riveted by their severance. There ensues a period of seven years, during which it is difficult to follow him. He called it the "Veiled Period," and wished it to be inferred that he had spent the time in European and Asiatic wanderings. Dr. Knapp believes these voyagings to have been imaginary, except for an undoubted period of travel in Spain and France, where he became acquainted with Vidocq, thief, spy, detective, translating and publishing his memoirs--a book which fascinated us, we remember, in our own school-days. The greater part of the time was employed in toiling at booksellers' work to gain his daily bread. At its expiration comes his introduction to the Bible Society by Mr. Cunningham, rector of Lowestoft, who recommended him to their Committee as a man who could read the Bible in thirteen languages. He was invited to visit Russia in order to superintend the publication of the Bible in the difficult Manchu Tartar, or Court language of China; and after six months spent in acquiring the new dialect, more

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  • Paperback | 486 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 862g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236779088
  • 9781236779083