The Novels and Stories of Frank R. Stockton: Rudder Grange

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C. Scribner's sons, 1899

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Page 151 - Here was butter, and here was green corn and lima beans and trophy tomats, far more than I ere could use. And here was a horse, idly cropping the fol-i-age in the field, for as my employer had advis-ed and order-ed, I had put the steed to grass. And here was a wagon, none too new, which had it the top taken off, or even the curtains roll-ed up, would do for a licen-sed vender.
Page 160 - ... looked over the fence an' saw the house all shut up an' not a livin' soul about, — for I had both the dogs in the house with me, — he shook his head an...
Page 157 - I know'd he must be pretty nigh famished, for there was nothin' that he could get at to eat. As soon as I went in, he came runnin' to me ; but I could see he was shaky on his legs. He looked a sort of wicked at me, and then he grabbed the meat. He was all right then.
Page 155 - a' torn the tendons out of that fellow's legs in no time. I never see a dog in such a boiling passion, and yet never making no sound at all but blood-curdlin
Page 154 - The boy kinder laughed, and said I needn't mind, which I didn't. Then I went to the gate, and I clicked to the horse which was standin' there, an' off he starts, as good as gold, an' trots down the road. The boy, he said somethin' or other pretty bad, an' away he goes after him; but the horse was a-trottin' real fast, an' had a good start." "How on earth could you ever think of doing such things?" said Euphemia. "That horse might have upset the wagon and broken all the lightning-rods, besides running...
Page 153 - ... fastened him to the bottom rung of the ladder. Then I walks over to the front fence with Lord Edward's chain, for I knew that if he got at that bull -dog there'd be times, for they'd never been allowed to see each other yet. So says I to the boy, 'I'm goin...
Page 23 - I'd see somebody after her afore long. Anything aboard?" Anything ! I could not answer the man. Anything, indeed ! I hurried up the river without a word. Was the boat a wreck ? I scarcely dared to think of it. I scarcely dared to think at all. The man called after me, and I stopped. I could but stop, no matter what I might hear. "Hello, mister,
Page 78 - ... by the side of the shed, and I sprang on this, and was on the roof just as the dog came bounding and barking from the barn. Instantly Euphemia had me in her arms, and we came very near going off the roof together. "I never feared to have you come home before," she sobbed. "Ithought he would tear you limb from limb.
Page 147 - ' I could say no more. The dreadful thought arose that the place might pass away from us. We were not yet ready to buy it. But I did not put the thought in words. There was a field next to our lot, and I got over the fence and helped Euphemia over. Then we climbed our side fence. This was more difficult, but we accomplished it without thinking much about its difficulties; our hearts were too full of painful apprehensions. I hurried to the front door; it was locked. All the lower windows were shut....
Page 147 - ... hearts were too full of painful apprehensions. I hurried to the front door ; it was locked. All the lower windows were shut. We went around to the kitchen. What surprised us more than anything else was the absence of Lord Edward. Had he been sold ? Before we reached the back part of the house, Euphemia said she felt faint and must sit down. I led her to a tree near by, under which I had made a rustic chair.

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