St. Aldins Abbey, by Four Authors

St. Aldins Abbey, by Four Authors

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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...you, St. Aldins, I can only apologise. My intentions were for your good; if my mode of action has not your approval, I am sorry.' 'Well, never mind; we will say nothing more about the matter; pray don't think of apologising. And now, what do you want me to do?' CHAPTER X. Brown's Watch. This night shall fix our fate Irene. As the morning had prognosticated, the night was cold and gusty, with constant driving showers of rain, and Brown, as he issued from a small clump of stunted trees and bushes that grew in a little hollow close to the headland on which the beacon was, and where he had been for some time concealed, began to wish that the smugglers would make haste about it, and if they were coming at all, would come at once. He consulted his watch by the light of the dark lantern he carried; it was about half-past eleven, and he then began to walk up and down to try and unstiffen his limbs, which were cramped with sitting still for about an hour in the rain. He moved as quietly as he could, keeping his attention fixed on the sea. Not a sound was to be heard but the howling of the wind, which increased more and more, and the descending rain beat pitilessly upon him, soon drenching him through, though, as he from time to time ascertained, the beacon was so securely thatched that it was not even damp. At last, by about midnight, he determined to descend as far as the village and walk along the cliff, to see if no one was stirring in that direction. But no; in the village all seemed quiet, and leaving it to the left he crossed the common and went towards the plantations, when the clouds suddenly parted with the wind, and the moon shone out so brightly that he was afraid it would betray him on the exposed spot where he now stood, and hastily...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236977211
  • 9781236977212