Recollections of a Scottish Novelist

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Longmans, Green & Company, 1910 - Authors - 317 pages
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Page iv - Look not mournfully into the Past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the Present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and with a manly heart.
Page 78 - Not for a meaner use ascend Her columns or her arches bend ; Nor of a theme less solemn tells That mighty surge that ebbs and swells, And still, between each awful pause, From the high vault an answer draws In varied tone prolonged and high That mocks the organ's melody.
Page 284 - Wyatt accordingly hands her the book they have just gone through, and proceeds to show Nan the new ones. This is too much, and not at all what the intruder bargained for. She looks at two, and flounces back into the drawing-room. It gets too dark to see, so Dick promises to keep the rest for to-morrow. He and Nan are talking together, with one lying on her lap. By-and-by the drawing-room door opens, and a shower of people emerge. They are going out of doors to get cool. " But we shan't interrupt...
Page 316 - And then the party of girls come along the terrace, and stroll off towards the garden, and at last he comes. A whisper, a pause, something else, and she goes off with him like a tame dove. Well, of course it is all right. No one who knows Lord and Lady Wyatt would doubt that. Nan escapes at last, with half the life kissed and pressed out of her, and finds the maid raging up and down in her bedroom, and stuffing all her best garments maliciously into the bottom of the trunk, in revenge for having...
Page 314 - What hidden wells lie there, unknown and undreamed of; simply because they have never been probed before ! Let them spring up fearlessly now, and unchecked ; the little northcountry girl with the magic of her bright, loving, contented spirit has broken the spell. And she will be a happy woman, and you have won a treasure. God bless you both ! Six hours later, and breakfast is going slowly on. One by one the stragglers have dropped in : Miss...
Page 263 - Madam, wished to be allowed to ask you to delineate in some future work the habits of life, and character, and enthusiasm of a clergyman, who should pass his time between the metropolis and the country, who should be something like Beattie's Minstrel — Silent when glad, affectionate tho' shy, And in his looks was most demurely sad ; And now he laughed aloud, yet none knew why.
Page 300 - Augusta has finished her song, she finds that her audience is sadly diminished. Nan comes in with a flushed face and shining eyes. Glow-worms ? Oh yes, plenty. There is no dew fallen and their feet are quite dry. Lady Wyatt orders them all off to bed. Everybody is to sleep as long as they can, and be as fresh as possible for the ball. The Ladies Ann and Harriet are faintly amused. Ball after ball they go to, as regularly as the nights come round, and such precautions are strange in their eyes. Dick...
Page 282 - Yet when he does come — ah, well, it is the old thing over again with our poor little Nan. Edith drives her in the pony-carriage ; but the thoughts of both are elsewhere. She and Detty play croquet, and Detty wins every game. Then there is this Augusta. Miss Bushe is, as Edith said, a very fine lady, but Nan declines to be put down by her, for all that ; and what is more, Augusta in her secret heart is jealous of the bright, popular, merryhearted girl. All Nan's regrets, and remembrances of Queen's...
Page 312 - She is only there in compliance with his request. At last he makes the plunge. " Nan, I want to ask you a question ! " "Yes?" " What made you go on so, to-night ? " Go on so ! Go on how ? What does he mean ? What has she done? After all, is there to be nothing but this? Has she been dreaming of a love -tale, and is she to have nothing but a lecture ? Mortifying, miserable thought ! Wretched Nan ! She strings herself up, and answers slowly and proudly,
Page 304 - Dick is not going to dance. He is lounging in the doorway, in the midst of a bundle of black coats, little Hefton with him. Pax Burnand is dancing again and again with Edith, and Mr. Dallie is engaged to every girl in the room. Nan's eyes begin to turn wistfully towards that doorway, but she has not much breathing-space, for she is in great request. Must she accept every proposal? So she supposes, Aunt Eliza's teaching being that under no circumstances can a young lady refuse to dance, unless she...

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