Rachel Ray: A Novel, Volume 1

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Chapman and Hall, 1863

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Luke Rowan comes to Baslehurst to enforce his right to inherit a half-share in the brewery. He is resisted in this by the existing partner, Mr Tappitt. Through Mr Tappitt's daughters Luke meets Rachel ... Read full review

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I do love books by Anthony Trollope, but I had to knock off half a star for this one because the anti-Semitism bothered me too much. A couple others of his that I’ve read had something like this – but ... Read full review

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Page 129 - She was bright, well-featured, with speaking lustrous eyes, with perfect complexion, and full bust, with head of glorious shape and figure like a Juno; — and yet with all her beauty she had ever about her an air of homeliness which made the sweetness of her womanhood almost more attractive than the loveliness of her personal charms. I have seen in Italy and in America women perhaps as beautiful as any that I have seen in England, but in neither country does it seem that such beauty is intended...
Page 1 - There are women who cannot grow alone as standard trees; — for whom the support and warmth of some wall, some paling, some post, is absolutely necessary; who, in their growth, will bend and incline themselves towards some such prop for their life, creeping with their tendrils along the ground till they reach it when the circumstances of life have brought no such prop within their natural and immediate reach.
Page 2 - B A woman in want of a wall against which to nail herself will swear conjugal obedience sometimes to her cook, sometimes to her grandchild, sometimes to her lawyer. Any standing corner, post, or stump, strong enough to bear her weight will suffice ; but to some standing corner, post, or stump, she will find her way and attach herself, and there will she be married.
Page 95 - I'll write to Cherry, and explain it to her at once. I don't care a bit about the party, — as far as the party is concerned." But Mrs. Ray would not now pronounce any injunction on the matter. She had made up her mind as to what she would do. She would call upon Mr. Comfort at the parsonage, explain the whole thing to him, and be guided altogether by his counsel. Not a word was said in the cottage about the invitation when Mrs. Prime came back in the evening, nor was a word said on the following...
Page 40 - Dolly, don't speak with that terrible voice, as though the world were coming to an end," said Rachel ; and she looked up almost savagely, showing that she was resolved to fight. But it may be as well to say a few words about the firm of Messrs.
Page 121 - He was a devout, good man ; not self-indulgent ; perhaps not more self-ambitious than it becomes a man to be ; sincere, hard-working, sufficiently intelligent, true in most things to the instincts of his calling, — • but deficient in one vital qualification for a clergyman of the Church of England; he was not a gentleman.
Page 120 - He was, however, deficient in one vital qualification for a clergyman of the Church of England; he was not a gentleman. I do not mean to say that he was a thief or a liar; nor do I mean hereby to complain that he picked his teeth with his fork and misplaced his *h's.
Page 103 - She was approaching that stage of discipline at which ashes become pleasant eating, and sackcloth is grateful to the skin. The self-indulgences of the saints in this respect often exceed anything that is done by the sinners.
Page 85 - But he was conceited, prone to sarcasm, sometimes cynical, and perhaps sometimes affected. It may be that he was not altogether devoid of that Byronic weakness which was so much more prevalent among young men twenty years since than it is now. His two trades had been those of an attorney and a brewer, and yet he dabbled in romance, and probably wrote poetry in his bedroom. Nevertheless, there were worse young men about Baslehurst than Luke Rowan. " And now for Mr. Tappitt," said he, as he slowly...
Page 25 - It was now in July, when the summer sun is at the hottest, — and in those southern parts of Devonshire the summer sun in July is very hot. There is no other part of England like it. The lanes are low and narrow, and not a breath of air stirs through them. The ground rises in hills on all sides, so that every spot is a sheltered nook. The rich red earth drinks in the heat and holds it, and no breezes come up from the southern torpid sea. Of all counties in England Devonshire is the fairest to the...

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