The Bishop's Purse

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D. Appleton, 1913 - 354 pages
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Hester Storm is a nearly reformed thief, but when she overhears the bishop sitting in the train with her discussing the 5000 he has collected for charity, her instinct wins out. In order not to be caught with the goods, however, she hides it in the golf bag of the bishop's young traveling companion, an act which requires her to chase the bag to Hiram Baxter's estate at Ippingford, where she poses as a domestic in hopes of securing her prize. But Ipping House is also home to various impecunious distant cousins of Baxter's wife, who are discomfited when a ghost scare drives away all of the servants, forcing them to reform their dependent lives. Hester seeks to reform as well, but can't manage to return the money with Detective Grimes of Scotland Yard on her trail. Charming. 

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Page 312 - For nowhere either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a man retire than into his own soul, particularly when he has within him such thoughts that by looking into them he is immediately in perfect tranquillity ; and I affirm that tranquillity is nothing else than the good ordering of the mind.
Page 162 - The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.
Page 175 - For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful.
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Page 347 - We've got to rummage round and find something to cook for supper," she said. "Everyone's weak and starved. Some hot food will help to stay us. Besides, we mustn't give way altogether. Our own lives have been spared. We'll pray Peggy's wound mends. And Robert," she added, turning to Mr. Hanna, addressing him by his Christian name for the first time in her life, "don't you despair, either. Mrs. Hanna and the girls weren't slain with the rest. That's one thing. Maybe the Injuns will continue to spare...
Page 294 - You know I'll be glad to do whatever I can to help you. Now then ?" Hester sighed wearily. "You can't help me, lady, except to—believe what I say—wish me luck when I've gone.

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