The World and a Man Volume 1

The World and a Man Volume 1

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...He spoke about the new hotel, and her face lighted up. It was evidently a favourite subject. The workmen had been brought down from London by the contractors. There had been constant delays, for the bricklayers had struck first, and then the labourers. Local men would have been glad of the job, but were afraid to take it. Now work was kept on up till nine o'clock each night that the contract might be finished in time. He perceived with some annoyance that the girl's tone was contemptuous when she spoke of these workmen, and, from her remarks, he divined a jealousy in the district of this imported labour. They were a lazy, drunken set, she alleged, who did nothing but cause mischief. They wouldn't work themselves, and they wouldn't let others have a chance. Luke did not accept her version; his own sympathy was always with strikers. Mrs. Farnham, in the adjoining kitchen, hearing some mention of labourers, pricked up her ears eagerly, and came in to denounce them, relating how one of the bricklayers, whom, out of sheer kindness, she had allowed to have a little back-room, had come home drunk every evening at eleven. She had The World and a Man. 1. 1 been used to a quiet life, and couldn't put up with it. With the superfluous iteration of garrulous femininity, she narrated how she had called her son, who had told him to walk straight out, and described the ensuing scuffle and final ejectment of the offender, living over again in the recital all the fire and fury of the actual skirmish. Nevertheless, on the following day she had been magnanimous enough to cook two pork chops for the man, and she proceeded to repeat in full the moral discourse she had then administered to him. There was a vindictive triumphant...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236809254
  • 9781236809254