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Page 127 - ... age between them. His two elder children by his first marriage had long since left the home. The girl was in service. It troubled him to think of the boy, who had fallen into bad ways early. Bessie's children were all small, and she herself still young, though over thirty. When Bessie came up to him, she looked round to see that no one could hear. Then she stooped and told him her errand in a panting whisper. He must go down and fetch the box at once. She had promised John Borrofull that they...
Page 107 - The fact that they did things, that they refused to drown: shouldn't that give us hope and pride?' 'No, I would feel better if a rope was thrown at me. Something I can catch on to . . .' she was silent for a few seconds. Then she said in a changed tone of voice. 'Sometimes there is no greatness in the past. Sometimes one would like to hide the past even from oneself.
Page 42 - She was perfectly white and her eyes looked as if they were going to fall out of her head. She was clutching the letter with her two hands and staring at it.