Eva Desmond: or, Mutation

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Page 81 - Well, if it is an estate, if you buy nothing to put on it you '11 get nothing to sell off it." " I do not understand. Why do not the tenants buy and sell and pay you the rent, like they used to papa ? " " For a very good reason ; there are no tenants on it.
Page 80 - Desmond had two or three very business-like expressions by heart which he often produced : indeed, so often, as to lead one to suppose that there was rather a paucity of them. Myra was frightened. She thought her guardians had a right to speak when they had to supply the money, but she did not say so ; she said nothing. In one particular she was to blame ; she made no attempt at resistance, no struggle against oppression, no effort to manage her husband, since management he required.
Page 347 - Ernest's sympathies ran too much with the High Church party for him not to approve of the practice, and partly out of contradiction to him said it. " Why do you not like it, Miss Boare ? " he asked sharply. "Because I do not think it right: indeed I think it very wrong.
Page 345 - Ernest had entered on the duties of the parish. He attended her during the last fortnight of her life, but she was taken for interment to a neighbouring parish where the burial-ground of her family lay. " I should have thought you would have been at the funeral," remarked Eva to him, on his mentioning that he had been at Oakstone the day it took place.
Page 79 - Randal, love," said the young wife, one day as they sat together after dinner in their lodgings at Winchester, " when will the rents of Glenmore become due ? " Her husband's eye turned upon her with a glance that made her quail. "What piece of extravagance are you at now, that you are looking after the rents of Glenmore ? " " Nothing, dear : I want nothing,
Page 78 - ... receiving his pay, and so on. He never seemed to think of returning the money. Once, with a burning blush, she hinted a reminder; but it met with no attention; at last she found her purse was empty. Some men, from policy, are cross when their wives talk about money to them ; this makes it an unpleasant subject to the wife ; — Randal Desmond was one of such.
Page 79 - I thought not ; we never seem to have much money." " It would not be easy to have money for everything you want." Myra made no reply. She wept bitterly when alone, to think how little he thought she needed, and how little he cared whether she had it. Desmond always seemed needy : he never even could wait for the day on which the interest of his wife's money became due ; but was always writing to ask the guardians to advance it. Once they had written to Myra to remonstrate on her thus forestalling...
Page 81 - One day, with the baby in her arms, she entered the room where her husband was writing : she saw him put a bank-note, just received (part of her fortune), into a letter, which letter was directed to his brother. For a while she hesitated ; at length, taking courage, she asked — " Randal, why are you sending money to Edward ? " Her husband looked as if he would as soon she and her baby had been elsewhere.
Page 293 - she exclaimed, suddenly catching sight of a tall, gentlemanly- looking man who was standing on the hearth-rug with his back to the fire, and who turned round as the door opened. " I didn't know he was coming. I wonder what has brought him here...
Page 348 - Is not the worship of God the business in both places ? " " Of course it is." " Then, if to chant it be right in the one, how can it be wrong in the other ? Does God accept worship for its own sake, or according to the kind of house it is offered up in ? " " Mr. Clifton, you can never persuade me that chanting is right in churches.

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