The Bread-winners (Google eBook)

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Harper, 1899 - Speeches, addresses, etc., American - 315 pages
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I picked this up because I was reading a biography of John Hay and thought it would be fun to read his novel, which made quite a stir when it was first published. It definitely did shed some light on ... Read full review

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Page 311 - COULD ye come back to me, Douglas, Douglas, In the old likeness that I knew, I would be so faithful, so loving, Douglas, Douglas, Douglas, tender and true.
Page 311 - ... that I knew, I would be so faithful, so loving, Douglas, Douglas, Douglas, tender and true. There had been tears of vexation in her eyes when her mother had forced her to sing this song of all songs; but after she had begun, the music took her own heart by storm, and she sang as she had never sung before no longer fearing, but hoping that the cry of her heart might reach her lover and tell him of her love. Farnham listened in transport ; he had never until now heard her sing, and her beautiful...
Page 89 - He called himself Andrew Jackson Offitt a name which, in the "West, is an unconscious brand. It generally shows that the person bearing it is the son of illiterate parents, with no family pride or affections, but filled with a bitter and savage partisanship which found its expression in a servile worship of the most injurious personality in American his-
Page 308 - Belding came home with the news that he was to drive out that afternoon. Alice sat in the shade by the front porch for an hour, waiting to see him pass ; and when at last his carriage appeared, she rose and waved her handkerchief by way of greeting and congratulation. He bowed as he went by, and Alice retired to her own room, where she used her handkerchief once more to dry her wet and happy eyes. It was not long after that Farnham came to dine with them. They both looked forward to this dinner as...
Page 19 - English blood, and had never seemed to imbibe into his veins the restless haste and hunger to rise which is the source of much that is good and most that is evil in American life. In the dreams of his early married days he created a future for his children, in the image of his own decent existence. The boys should succeed him in his shop, and the daughters should go out to service in respectable families. This thought sweetened his toil. When he got on well enough to build a shop for himself, he...
Page 215 - The worst symptoms seemed to be that many shops were striking without orders. The cessation of work was already greater than seemed at first contemplated by the leading agitators themselves. They seemed to be losing their own control of the workingmen, and a few tonguey vagrants and convicts from the city and from neighboring towns, who had come to the surface from nobody knew where, were beginning to exercise a wholly unexpected authority. They were going from place to place, haranguing the workmen,...
Page 247 - ... which had come so near to an issue of fire and blood. In this city of two hundred thousand people, two or three dozen politicians continued as before to govern it, to assess and to spend its taxes, to use it as their property and their chattel. The rich and intelligent kept on making money, building fine houses, and bringing up children to hate politics as they did, and in fine to fatten themselves as sheep which should be mutton whenever the butcher was ready. There was hardly a millionaire...
Page 218 - There is not one chance in a million that there will be anything to do." The two men were walking toward the house. Temple said : " Don't be too sure of it. As I passed by the corner of the Square ten minutes ago, there was a fellow in front of Mouchem's gin-mill, a longhaired, sallow-looking pill, who was making as ugly a speech to a crowd of ruffians as I ever heard. One phrase was something like this : ' Yes, my fellow-toilers ' he looked like he had never worked a muscle in his life except...
Page 196 - Do I understand it will be without expense to my to the city government?" Mr. Quinlin was anxious to make a show of economy in his annual message. "Entirely," Farnham assured him. "It is done, sir. Come to-morrow morning and get what papers you want. The sperrit of disorder must be met and put down with a bold and defiant hand. Now, gentlemen, if there is a back door to this establishment, I will use it to make me way home.
Page 74 - a' finished him then and had no more bother." He felt a hand on his shoulder, and, turning, saw a face grinning a friendly recognition. It was a face whose whole expression was oleaginous. It was surmounted by a low and shining forehead covered by reeking black hair, worn rather long, the ends being turned under by the brush.

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