Gerard, Or, the World, the Flesh, and the Devil; a Novel
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 Excerpt: ...I begin to understand you, Lilian. That tall ill-looking curate--Mr. Cumberland--has something to do with your hesitations." "Do you think him so very ugly?" asked Lilian, with a distressed look. "I didn't say very ugly; but I certainly don't think him handsome. That knotted and bulging brow means brains, I suppose." "He was fifth wrangler, and he is a splendid musician," said his sister. "I wish you would stop till Sunday to hear what he has made of the choir." "If he has made them sing in tune he must be a wonderful man. And so he is the person whose merits and fortunes are to colour your future, Lilian. I had no idea of it when I saw him hanging over your piano last night. I thought he was only a pis-atter. I suppose he is just the type of man girls in country parsonages admire--tall, athletic, with fine eyes, and dark overhanging brows, large strong hands, thick wavy hair, and a powerful baritone voice. I can quite understand your liking Mr. Cumberland; but what does the governor think of it all?" "Father does not mind," Lilian answered naively, "Jack is of very good family, but he will have to get a living before we are married." "He shall have a living--if he is worthy of my sister," said Gerard. "Money will buy livings--he shall be a pluralist if he likes." "Oh, Gerard, he is the last man to like that. He has such a strong idea of duty. He would like a big parish in a sea-port, I think, with plenty of work. His best gifts are wasted in such a place as this, but all our people adore him. Father owns that he never had such a helper." "My sweet enthusiast, we will look out for a big sea-port. You shall be a ministering angel to sailors and sailo...
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