Griffith Gaunt; or, Jealousy

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Ticknor and Fields, 1866 - Drama - 214 pages
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Page 50 - I give and recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth, to be buried in a decent...
Page 8 - He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, Who fears to put it to the touch, To win or lose it all.
Page 50 - Castle and Bolton Grange, in the county of Cumberland, Esquire, being of sound mind, memory, and understanding — thanks be to God — do make this my last will and testament as follows : — First I commit my soul to God who gave it, and my body to the earth from which it came. I desire my executors to discharge my funeral and testamentary expenses, my just debts, and the legacies hereinafter bequeathed, out of my personal estate.
Page 50 - Gaunt, I give and bequeath the sum of two thousand pounds, the same to be paid to him within one calendar month from the date of my decease. " And as to all my messuages, or tenements, farms, lands, hereditaments, and real estate, of what nature or what, kind soever, and wheresoever situate...
Page 100 - And now it is time to visit that extraordinary man, who was the cause of all this mischief; whom Gaunt called a villain, and Mrs. Gaunt a saint ; and, as usual, he was neither one nor the other. Father Leonard was a pious, pure, and noble-minded man, who had undertaken to defy nature, with religion's aid ; and, after years of successful warfare, now sustained one of those defeats to which such warriors have been liable in every age. If his heart was pure, it was tender ; and nature never intended...
Page 53 - D' ye think I need to be told it ? She was too far above me before, and now she is gone quite out of my reach. But why come and fling it in my face ? Can't you give a poor, undone man one hour to draw his breath in trouble ? And when you know I have got to play the host this bitter day, and smile, and smirk, and make you all merry, with my heart breaking...
Page 29 - And now the young creature clung to the man of business, and prayed and prayed him earnestly to avert bloodshed. Mr. Houseman was staggered by this passionate appeal from one who so rarely lost her ^self-command. .He soothed her as well as he could, and said he would do his best ; but added, which was very true, that he thought her interference would be more effective than his own. " What care these young bloods for an old attorney ? I \ should fare ill, came I between their rapiers. To be sure,...
Page 57 - ... them a shade, and lit her great gray eyes and made them gleam astoundingly ; but the ruby firelight rushed at her from behind, and flowed over her golden hair, and reddened and glorified it till it seemed more than mortal. And all this in a very picture-frame of snow. Imagine, then, how sweet and glorious she glowed on him who loved her, and who looked at her perhaps for the last time. The sight did wonders to clear his head ; he stood open-mouthed, with his heart beating. She looked him all...
Page 61 - She blushed and declined, and, with the refusal on her very lips, fished it out with her taper fingers. She eyed it with a sort of tender horror. The sight of it made her feel faint a moment. She told him so, and that she would keep it to her dying day. Presently her delicate finger found something was written on it. She did not ask him what it was, but withdrew, and examined it by her candle. Griffith had engraved it with these words : "I LOVE KATE.

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