The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground

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W. A. Townsend and Company, 1859 - Large type books - 463 pages
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User Review  - AliceaP - LibraryThing

It's important to remember the time period that a book was written in when delving into a work of classical literature. For example, The Spy came out in 1821 when American novelists were still focused ... Read full review

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It has been forever since I've read this, but I remember it as gripping and fun to read. In my naive youth, I never thought about spies before the Cold War. :) Read full review

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Page 439 - Green be the turf above thee, Friend of my better days ! None knew thee but to love thee, Nor named thee but to praise.
Page 111 - twas a famous victory. "My father lived at Blenheim then, Yon little stream hard by; They burnt his dwelling to the ground, And he was forced to fly; So with his wife and child he fled, Nor had he where to rest his head.
Page 389 - His horse, who never in that sort Had handled been before, What thing upon his back had got Did wonder more and more. Away went Gilpin, neck or nought ; Away went hat and wig ; He little dreamt, when he set out, Of running such a rig.
Page 139 - The place of fame and elegy supply : And many a holy text around she strews That teach the rustic moralist to die.
Page 457 - By this he learned that a pedler of a different name, but similar appearance, was toiling through the new settlements that were springing up in every direction, and that he was struggling with the advance of years and apparent poverty. Death prevented...
Page 26 - England bloom'd on Gertrude's cheek — What though these shades had seen her birth, her sire A Briton's independence taught to seek Far western worlds ; and there his household fire The light of social love did long inspire. And many a halcyon day he lived to see Unbroken but by one misfortune dire, When fate had 'reft his mutual heart — but she Was gone — and Gertrude climb'da widow'd father's knee.
Page 455 - These!" said the pedler, stretching forth his hands, that were already embrowned with toil. "But those may fail you; take enough to secure a support to your age. Remember your risks and cares. I have told you that the characters of men who are much esteemed in life depend on your secrecy: what pledge can I give them of your fidelity ?
Page 455 - There are many motives which might govern me, that to you are unknown. Our situations are different ; I am known as the leader of armies — but you must descend into the grave with the reputation of a foe to your native land. Remember that the veil which conceals your true character cannot be raised in years — perhaps never.
Page 454 - During this address Harvey gradually raised his head from his bosom until it reached the highest point of elevation : a faint tinge gathered in his cheeks, and as the officer concluded it was diffused over his whole countenance in a deep glow, while he stood proudly swelling with his emotions, but with eyes that modestly sought the feet of the speaker.
Page 465 - Circumstances of political importance, which involve the lives and fortunes of many, have hitherto kept secret what this paper now reveals. Harvey Birch has for years been a faithful and unrequited servant of his country. Though man does not, may God reward him for his conduct.

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