The Blackhall Ghosts

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 278 pages
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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. 1888. Excerpt: ... he had put faith, into saying a great deal more than he ought, and making something of a fool of himself. What had she to do, sending him to reelaiyi Lucy Endicott, and drawing him into a discussion about her afterwards? The personal soreness blunted his perceptions for a time to another conclusion to which, thinking over the scene, he came ultimately--a conclusion similar to one at which George Fielding had arrived some time before, in reference to the identical person--'That woman must have had great trials and sorows of her own, to be moved as she was by what she conceived the wrong done to another--to a stranger. CHAPTER XXVin. BURLY JEM COME TO GRIEF. The long-delayed thunderstorm bursts in the end over town and country; the bolt, suspended for a space, falls at last; the cry of 'wolf' is no longer a purely mischievous, or a nervously apprehensive feint, but the desperate sign of an appalling reality. As happens frequently in the experience of most of us, the elaborate preparation for the encounter was of no service, save to lull to sleep under a false impression of continued security fears for which there was only too solid a foundation. Sally Beaver had been summoned by Beaver to aid in his field-work. Beaver had Jem's authority for spiriting his wife away, at any moment, on his and his master's business--a privilege which the girls had resented and resisted to the best of their ability, in vain. A cow on the moor--the only cow kept for the use of the family--had hung out a signal of distress, and wanted a woman to see to her; for, as everybody knew, and Beaver remarked in agreement with the general opinion, 'women volk, but pewer company for men volk as a rule, were main handy when cow-ill were going round; nor were they to be despised when a man ...

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