Excerpt from Two Bad Brown Eyes
Every one walked fast, the fur-coated and those who had no overcoats, alike. It was Christmas Eve, and people were going home. The scripture reader was not going home; but he was always in a hurry. He rarely walked, in the strict interpretation of the word his numerous and varied duties in the parish obliging him to go at a perpetual trot.
These daily exercises of his began at dawn and often did not cease till midnight. A thoughtful observer, perambulating the parish of St. Mark's, might have noticed that its scripture reader was as omnipresent as was drunkenness (st. Mark's had a well-deserved, viler reputation than most other parishes). The scripture reader's movements were nu noticed by the people among whom he dwelt, and for whose sake, as well as for their Maker's, he toiled and fought with want and sin and shame, by night and day, year in, year out.
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