The Writings of Thomas Hardy in Prose and Verse; A Changed Man, the Waiting Supper and Other Tales

The Writings of Thomas Hardy in Prose and Verse; A Changed Man, the Waiting Supper and Other Tales

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...His course was along a passage which ended in a central octagonal hall; crossing this he knocked at a door. A faint, though deep, voice told him to come in. The room he entered was the library, and it was tenanted by a single person only--his patron the Duke. Dining this long interval of years the Duke had lost all his heaviness of build. He was, indeed, almost a skeleton; his white hair was thin, and his hands were nearly transparent. ' Oh--Mills?' he murmured. 'Sit down. What is it?' 'Nothing new, your Grace. Nobody to speak of has written, and nobody has called.' 'Ah--what then? You look concerned.' 'Old times have come to life, owing to something waking them.' ' Old times be cursed--which old times are they?' 'That Christmas week twenty-two years ago, when the late Duchess's cousin Frederick implored her to meet him on Marlbury Downs. I saw the meetingit was just such a night as this--and I, as you know, saw more. She met him once, but not the second time.' 'Mills, shall I recall some words. to you--the words of an oath taken on that hill by a shepherd-boy?' 'It is unnecessary. He has strenuously kept that oath and promise. Since that night no sound of his shepherd life has crossed his lips--even to yourself. But do you wish to hear more, or do you not, your Grace?' 'I wish to hear no more, ' said the Duke sullenly. 'Very well; let it be so. But a time seems coming--may be quite near at hand-----when, in spite of my lips, that episode will allow itself to go undivulged no longer.' 'I wish to hear no more!' repeated the Duke. 'You need be under no fear of treachery from me, ' said the...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236534794
  • 9781236534798