Chronicles of Carlingford: A Novel

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Harper [& brothers,], 1863 - English fiction - 291 pages
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Page 30 - that is true ; what a blessing things are so changed ; and these blessed young creatures," she added softly, with tears falling out of her gentle old eyes — " these blessed young creatures are near the Fountain-head." With this speech Miss Wodehouse held out her hand to the Rector, and they parted with a warm mutual grasp. The Rector went straight home — straight to his study, where he shut himself in, and was not to be disturbed ; that night was one long to be remembered in the good man's history....
Page 27 - But as he went hastily on, he heard sobs and screams from one of the houses — sounds which a man who hid a good heart under a shy exterior could not willingly pass by. He made a troubled pause before the door from which these outcries proceeded, and while he stood thus irresolute whether to pass on or to stop and inquire the cause, some one came rushing out and took hold of his arm. " Please, sir, she's dying — oh, please, sir, she thought a deal o
Page 119 - em a coorse ; there's nothing takes like a coorse in our connection. Whether it's on a chapter or a book of Scripture, or on a perticklar doctrine, I'd make a pint of giving 'em a coorse if it was me. There was Mr Bailey, of Parson's Green, as was so popular before he married — he had a historical coorse in the evenings, and a coorse upon the eighth of Romans in the morning ; and it was astonishing to see how they took. I walked over many and many's the summer evening myself, he kep
Page 248 - She is asleep," said Dr Rider ; "and, if I can, I will remain till she wakes ; it is life or death." They parted thus — the doctor to the little room below-stairs, where Vincent's dinner awaited him, and the young minister himself to his own room, where he went into the darkness with a kind of bewildered uncertainty and incomprehension...
Page 300 - The ladies were all in their best bonnets in that favored circle, and Tozer stood glorious in his Sunday attire — but in his own mind privately a little anxious as to the effect of all this upon the sensitive mind of the minister— by the side of the empty chair which had been left for the president of the assembly. When Vincent was seen to enter, it was Tozer who gave the signal for a burst of cheering, which the pleased assembly, newly aware of the treat thus provided for it, performed heartily...
Page 152 - ... and Hawthorne. He is Carlylean too, discovering the wondrous darkness surrounding human life, and in it both ecstasy and diabolism. Through the discovery his ministry is transformed and he ceases to belong to the narrow manners life of earlier chapters. But his chronicler remains divided in focus. "What, then, were the poor dialectics of Church and State controversy, or the fluctuations of an uncertain young mind feeling itself superior to its work, to such a spectacle of passionate life, full...
Page 145 - My young brother looks sadly low and out of spirits," said jolly Mr Raffles. " What do you mean by being so unkind to the minister, Miss Phoebe, eh?" Poor Phoebe blushed pinker than ever, while the rest laughed. It was pleasant to be supposed " unkind " to the minister ; and Phoebe resolved to do what she could to cheer him when she sat by his elbow at the platform table making tea for the visitors of the evening. The evening came, and there was not a ticket to be had anywhere in Carlingford : the...
Page 94 - If you had made up your mind to this, what was the use of driving me desperate ?" cried Nettie, in a sudden outburst of that uncomprehension which aches in generous hearts. Then she stopped suddenly and looked from her sister, uttering suppressed sobs, and hiding her face in her handkerchief on the sofa, to the Australian before the fire.
Page 271 - Tufton meant to do exactly what was right; she knew he did; but to sit still and hear him making such a muddle of it all! Such penalties have to be borne by dutiful wives. She had to smile feebly, when he concluded, to somebody who turned round to congratulate her upon the minister's beautiful speech. The beautiful speech had done poor Vincent a great deal more harm than Pigeon's oration. Salem folks, being appealed to on this side, found out that they had, after all, made great allowances for their...
Page 30 - ... of love ? Nobody, however, knew anything about those conflicting thoughts which rent his sober bosom. He preached next Sunday as usual, letting no trace of the distressed, wistful anxiety to do his duty which now possessed him gleam into his sermon. He looked down upon a crowd of unsympathetic, uninterested faces, when he delivered that smooth little sermon, which nobody cared much about, and which disturbed nobody. The only eyes which in the smallest degree comprehended him were those of good...

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