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The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 35 The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 35

The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 35
>From the window they looked over a sober valley, whose sides werenot too sloping to be ploughed, and whose trend was followed by agrass-grown track. It was late on Sunday afternoon, and thevalley was deserted except for one labourer, who was coastingslowly downward on a rosy bicycle. The air was very quiet. A jayscreamed up in the woods behind, but the ring-doves, who roostearly, were already silent. Since the window opened westward, theroom was flooded with light, and Stephen, finding it hot, wasworking in his shirtsleeves."You guarantee they'll sell?" he asked, with a pen between histeeth. He was tidying up a... Long Stories - Post by : strobes - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 2464

The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 34 The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 34

The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 34
The carriage that Mrs. Failing had sent to meet her nephewreturned from Cadchurch station empty. She was preparing for asolitary dinner when he somehow arrived, full of apologies, butmore sedate than she had expected. She cut his explanationsshort. "Never mind how you got here. You are here, and I am quitepleased to see you." He changed his clothes and they proceeded tothe dining-room.There was a bright fire, but the curtains were not drawn. Mr.Failing had believed that windows with the night behind are morebeautiful than any pictures, and his widow had kept to thecustom. It was brave of her to persevere,... Long Stories - Post by : Chillin - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 3343

The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 33 The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 33

The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 33
That same day Rickie, feeling neither poor nor aimless, left theAnsells' for a night's visit to Cadover. His aunt had invitedhim--why, he could not think, nor could he think why he shouldrefuse the invitation. She could not annoy him now, and he wasnot vindictive. In the dell near Madingley he had cried, "I hateno one," in his ignorance. Now, with full knowledge, he hated noone again. The weather was pleasant, the county attractive, andhe was ready for a little change.Maud and Stewart saw him off. Stephen, who was down for theholiday, had been left with his chin on the luncheon table.... Long Stories - Post by : rubyfusion - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 2560

The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 32 The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 32

The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 32
Mr. Pembroke did not receive a clear account of what had happenedwhen he returned for the interval. His sister--he told herfrankly--was concealing something from him. She could make noreply. Had she gone mad, she wondered. Hitherto she had pretendedto love her husband. Why choose such a moment for the truth?"But I understand Rickie's position," he told her. "It is anunbalanced position, yet I understand it; I noted its approachwhile he was ill. He imagines himself his brother's keeper.Therefore we must make concessions. We must negotiate." Thenegotiations were still progressing in November, the month duringwhich this story draws to its close."I understand... Long Stories - Post by : magicat90 - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 2766

The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 31 The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 31

The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 31
Hither had Rickie moved in ten days--from disgust to penitence,from penitence to longing from a life of horror to a new life, inwhich he still surprised himself by unexpected words. Hullo,Stephen! For the son of his mother had come back, to forgive him,as she would have done, to live with him, as she had planned."He's drunk this time," said Agnes wearily. She too had altered:the scandal was ageing her, and Ansell came to the house daily."Hullo, Stephen!"But Stephen was now insensible."Stephen, you live here--""Good gracious me!" interposed Herbert. "My advice is, that weall go to bed. The less said the better... Long Stories - Post by : calvin_thompson - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 3380

The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 30 The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 30

The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 30
Stephen, the son of these people, had one instinct that troubledhim. At night--especially out of doors--it seemed rather strangethat he was alive. The dry grass pricked his cheek, the fieldswere invisible and mute, and here was he, throwing stones at thedarkness or smoking a pipe. The stones vanished, the pipe wouldburn out. But he would be here in the morning when the sun rose,and he would bathe, and run in the mist. He was proud of his goodcirculation, and in the morning it seemed quite natural. But atnight, why should there be this difference between him and theacres of land that... Long Stories - Post by : Pennejac - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 687

The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 29 The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 29

The Longest Journey - PART 3 - WILTSHIRE - Chapter 29
Robert--there is no occasion to mention his surname: he was ayoung farmer of some education who tried to coax the aged soil ofWiltshire scientifically--came to Cadover on business and fell inlove with Mrs. Elliot. She was there on her bridal visit, and he,an obscure nobody, was received by Mrs. Failing into the houseand treated as her social equal. He was good-looking in a bucolicway, and people sometimes mistook him for a gentleman until theysaw his hands. He discovered this, and one of the slow, gentlejokes he played on society was to talk upon some cultured subjectwith his hands behind his back... Long Stories - Post by : On_Track - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 2970

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 28 The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 28

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 28
The soul has her own currency. She mints her spiritual coinageand stamps it with the image of some beloved face. With it shepays her debts, with it she reckons, saying, "This man has worth,this man is worthless." And in time she forgets its origin; itseems to her to be a thing unalterable, divine. But the soul canalso have her bankruptcies.Perhaps she will be the richer in the end. In her agony shelearns to reckon clearly. Fair as the coin may have been, it wasnot accurate; and though she knew it not, there were treasuresthat it could not buy. The face, however... Long Stories - Post by : kevingaunt - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 2344

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 27 The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 27

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 27
The parlour-maid took Mr. Wonham to the study. He had been in thedrawing-room before, but had got bored, and so had strolled outinto the garden. Now he was in better spirits, as a man ought tobe who has knocked down a man. As he passed through the hall hesparred at the teak monkey, and hung his cap on the bust ofHermes. And he greeted Mrs. Elliot with a pleasant clap oflaughter. "Oh, I've come with the most tremendous news!" hecried.She bowed, but did not shake hands, which rather surprised him.But he never troubled over "details." He seldom watched people,and never thought... Long Stories - Post by : nuwww - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 1780

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 26 The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 26

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 26
Poor Mr. Ansell was actually sitting in the garden of DunwoodHouse. It was Sunday morning. The air was full of roasting beef.The sound of a manly hymn, taken very fast, floated over the roadfrom the school chapel. He frowned, for he was reading a book,the Essays of Anthony Eustace Failing.He was here on account of this book--at least so he told himself.It had just been published, and the Jacksons were sure that Mr.Elliot would have a copy. For a book one may go anywhere. Itwould not have been logical to enter Dunwood House for thepurpose of seeing Rickie, when Rickie had... Long Stories - Post by : Althea_Wright - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 1558

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 25 The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 25

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 25
"I am afraid," said Agnes, unfolding a letter that she hadreceived in the morning, "that things go far from satisfactorilyat Cadover."The three were alone at supper. It was the June of Rickie'ssecond year at Sawston."Indeed?" said Herbert, who took a friendly interest. "In whatway?"Do you remember us talking of Stephen--Stephen Wonham, who by anodd coincidence--""Yes. Who wrote last year to that miserable failure Varden. Ido.""It is about him.""I did not like the tone of his letter."Agnes had made her first move. She waited for her husband toreply to it. But he, though full of a painful curiosity, wouldnot speak. She moved... Long Stories - Post by : martyr - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 811

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 24 The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 24

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 24
The coming months, though full of degradation and anxiety, wereto bring him nothing so terrible as that night. It was the crisisof this agony. He was an outcast and a failure. But he was notagain forced to contemplate these facts so clearly. Varden leftin the morning, carrying the fatal letter with him. The wholehouse was relieved. The good angel was with the boys again, orelse (as Herbert preferred to think) they had learnt a lesson,and were more humane in consequence. At all events, thedisastrous term concluded quietly.In the Christmas holidays the two masters made an abortiveattempt to visit Italy, and at... Long Stories - Post by : JackieC - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 2335

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 23 The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 23

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 23
Riekie went straight from Varden to his wife, who lay on the sofain her bedroom. There was now a wide gulf between them. She, likethe world she had created for him, was unreal."Agnes, darling," he began, stroking her hand, "such an awkwardlittle thing has happened.""What is it, dear? Just wait till I've added up this hook."She had got over the tragedy: she got over everything.When she was at leisure he told her. Hitherto they had seldommentioned Stephen. He was classed among the unprofitable dead.She was more sympathetic than he expected. "Dear Rickie," shemurmured with averted eyes. "How tiresome for you.""I wish... Long Stories - Post by : knopka - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 1764

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 22 The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 22

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 22
That same term there took place at Dunwood House another event.With their private tragedy it seemed to have no connection; butin time Rickie perceived it as a bitter comment. Its developmentswere unforeseen and lasting. It was perhaps the most terriblething he had to bear.Varden had now been a boarder for ten months. His health hadbroken in the previous term,--partly, it is to be feared, as theresult of the indifferent food--and during the summer holidays hewas attacked by a series of agonizing earaches. His mother, afeeble person, wished to keep him at home, but Herbert dissuadedher. Soon after the death of the... Long Stories - Post by : dsmith0542 - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 1789

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 21 The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 21

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 21
The mists that had gathered round Rickie seemed to be breaking.He had found light neither in work for which he was unfitted norin a woman who had ceased to respect him, and whom he was ceasingto love. Though he called himself fickle and took all the blameof their marriage on his own shoulders, there remained in Agnescertain terrible faults of heart and head, and no self-reproachwould diminish them. The glamour of wedlock had faded; indeed, hesaw now that it had faded even before wedlock, and that duringthe final months he had shut his eyes and pretended it was stillthere. But now... Long Stories - Post by : ECLDogStar - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 2197

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 20 The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 20

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 20
Ansell was in his favourite haunt--the reading-room of the British Museum.In that book-encircled space he always could find peace. He lovedto see the volumes rising tier above tier into the misty dome. He lovedthe chairs that glide so noiselessly, and the radiating desks, and the centralarea the catalogue shelves curve, round the superintendent's throne.There he knew that his life was not ignoble. It was worth while to grow oldand dusty seeking for truth though truth is unattainable, restating questionsthat have been stated at the beginning of the world. Failure would await him,but not disillusionment. It was worth while reading... Long Stories - Post by : John_Pawlett - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 866

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 19 The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 19

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 19
They did not get to Italy at Easter. Herbert had the offer ofsome private pupils, and needed Rickie's help. It seemedunreasonable to leave England when money was to be made in it, sothey went to Ilfracombe instead. They spent three weeks among thenatural advantages and unnatural disadvantages of that resort. Itwas out of the season, and they encamped in a huge hotel, whichtook them at a reduction. By a disastrous chance the Jacksonswere down there too, and a good deal of constrained civility hadto pass between the two families. Constrained it was not in Mr.Jackson's case. At all times he was... Long Stories - Post by : Jim_mitchell - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 1466

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 18 The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 18

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 18
Meanwhile he was a husband. Perhaps his union should have beenemphasized before. The crown of life had been attained, the vagueyearnings, the misread impulses, had found accomplishment atlast. Never again must he feel lonely, or as one who stands outof the broad highway of the world and fears, like poor Shelley,to undertake the longest journey. So he reasoned, and at firsttook the accomplishment for granted. But as the term passed heknew that behind the yearning there remained a yearning, behindthe drawn veil a veil that he could not draw. His wedding hadbeen no mighty landmark: he would often wonder whether such... Long Stories - Post by : myonlineincome - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 455

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 17 The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 17

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 17
In practical matters Mr. Pembroke was often a generous man. Heoffered Rickie a good salary, and insisted on paying Agnes aswell. And as he housed them for nothing, and as Rickie would alsohave a salary from the school, the money question disappeared--ifnot forever, at all events for the present."I can work you in," he said. "Leave all that to me, and in a fewdays you shall hear from the headmaster.He shall create a vacancy. And once in, we stand or falltogether. I am resolved on that."Rickie did not like the idea of being "worked in," but he wasdetermined to raise no... Long Stories - Post by : patrick_dowd - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 1576

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 16 The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 16

The Longest Journey - PART 2 - SAWSTON - Chapter 16
In three years Mr. Pembroke had done much to solidify theday-boys at Sawston School. If they were not solid, they were atall events curdling, and his activities might reasonably turnelsewhere. He had served the school for many years, and it wasreally time he should be entrusted with a boarding-house. Theheadmaster, an impulsive man who darted about like a minnow andgave his mother a great deal of trouble, agreed with him, andalso agreed with Mrs. Jackson when she said that Mr. Jackson hadserved the school for many years and that it was really time heshould be entrusted with a boarding-house. Consequently, whenDunwood... Long Stories - Post by : bembaman - Date : March 2011 - Author : E M Forster - Read : 2701