The Wizard's Daughter, and Other Stories

The Wizard's Daughter, and Other Stories

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There had been a norther during the day, and at sunset the valley, seen from Dysart's cabin on the mesa, was a soft blur of golden haze. The wind had hurled the yellow leaves from the vineyard, exposing the gnarled deformity of the vines, and the trailing branches of the pepper-trees had swept their fallen berries into coral reefs on the southerly side. A young man with a delicate, discontented face sat on the porch of the Dysart claim cabin, looking out over the valley. A last gust of lukewarm air strewed the floor with scythe-shaped eucalyptus-leaves, and Mrs. Dysart came out with her broom to sweep them away. She was a large woman, with a crease at her waist that buried her apron-strings, and the little piazza creaked ominously as she walked about. The invalid got up with a man's instinctive distrust of a broom, and began to move away. "Don't disturb yourself, Mr. Palmerston," she said, waving him back into his chair with one hand, and speaking in a large, level voice, as if she were quelling a mob, -"don't disturb yourself; I won't raise any dust. Does the north wind choke you up much?show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 4.83mm | 181.44g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508557667
  • 9781508557661

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