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The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 25. A Game Of Bluff The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 25. A Game Of Bluff

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 25. A Game Of Bluff
CHAPTER TWENTY-FIFTH. A GAME OF BLUFF Had Perez Hamlin been her sweetheart, her brother, her dearest friend, the announcement that he was to be captured and brought to Stockbridge for punishment would not have come upon her with a greater effect of consternation. After hearing that news it would have been impossible for her to have retained her composure sufficiently to have avoided remark had she remained in the parlor. But there were other reasons why she had fled to the seclusion of her chamber. It was necessary that she should think of some plan to evade the humiliation of being... Long Stories - Post by : karma69_us - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2853

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 24. The Battle Of West Stockbridge The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 24. The Battle Of West Stockbridge

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 24. The Battle Of West Stockbridge
CHAPTER TWENTY-FOURTH. THE BATTLE OF WEST STOCKBRIDGE One day, three days before the end of January, as Perez, returning from a walk, approached the guardhouse, he saw that it was in possession of Deputy Sheriff Seymour and a posse. The rebel garrison of three or four men only, having made no resistance, had been disarmed and let go. Perez turned on his heel and went home. That same afternoon about three o'clock, as he was sitting in the house, his brother Reuben, who had been on the watch, came in and said that a party of militia were approaching. "I've saddled... Long Stories - Post by : karma69_us - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 3317

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 23. Snow-Bound The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 23. Snow-Bound

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 23. Snow-Bound
CHAPTER TWENTY-THIRD. SNOW-BOUND All through the first half of December one heavy snow storm had followed another. The roads about Stockbridge were often blocked for days together. In the village the work of digging paths along the sidewalks, between the widely-parted houses, was quite too great to be so much as thought of, and the only way of getting about was in sleighs, or wading mid-leg deep. Of course, for the women, this meant virtual imprisonment to the house, save on the occasion of the Sunday drive to meeting. In these days, even the disciplinary tedium of a convict's imprisonment is... Long Stories - Post by : karma69_us - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2576

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 22. Brace Of Proclamations The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 22. Brace Of Proclamations

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 22. Brace Of Proclamations
CHAPTER TWENTY-SECOND. BRACE OF PROCLAMATIONS Perez profited by the fact that, however a man may have abused a woman, that is all forgotten the moment he protects her against another man, perhaps no worse than himself. Ever so little gratitude is fatal to resentment, and the instinct of her sex to repay protection with esteem is so deep, that it is no wonder Desire found her feelings toward Perez oddly revolutionized by that scene at the husking. Try as she might to resume her former resentment, terror, and disgust toward the young man, the effort always ended in recalling with emotions... Long Stories - Post by : karma69_us - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2981

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 21. The Husking The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 21. The Husking

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 21. The Husking
CHAPTER TWENTY-FIRST. THE HUSKING Scarcely had Perez left, when Edwards entered the parlor. "Did you get it?" he asked of Desire. "Yes, yes," cried the girl. "Oh, that horrible, horrible fellow! I am sick with shame all through, sick! sick! But if I can only get away out of his reach, I shall not mind. Do let Cephas harness the horse into the chaise at once. He may change his mind. Oh, hurry, father, do; don't, oh, don't lose a minute." Half an hour later, Cephas, an old freedman of Edwards, drove the chaise up to the side door, and a... Long Stories - Post by : karma69_us - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 1708

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 20. Two Critical Interviews The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 20. Two Critical Interviews

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 20. Two Critical Interviews
CHAPTER TWENTIETH. TWO CRITICAL INTERVIEWS The news of the riot at Great Barrington, brought by Sedgwick, excited a ferment of terror among the gentlemen's families in Stockbridge. Later in the day when the report got around that the mob intended to visit the latter place, and treat it in like manner, there was little less than a panic. The real facts of the Great Barrington outrages, quite bad enough in themselves, had been exaggerated ten-fold by rumor, and it was believed that the town was in flames and the streets full of murder and rapine. Some already began to barricade their... Long Stories - Post by : karma69_us - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2441

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 19. Perez Gets His Title The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 19. Perez Gets His Title

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 19. Perez Gets His Title
CHAPTER NINETEENTH. PEREZ GETS HIS TITLE As Desire entered the headquarters room, which Parson West had barely left, Perez was sitting at a table with his back to the door. He turned at the noise of her entrance and seeing who it was gave a great start. Then he rose slowly to his feet and confronted her. It was the first time he had seen her since that Sunday when she cut him dead before all the people, coming out of meeting. For a moment the two stood motionless gazing at each other. Then she came quickly up to him and... Long Stories - Post by : karma69_us - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 865

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 15. What Happened After Meeting The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 15. What Happened After Meeting

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 15. What Happened After Meeting
CHAPTER FIFTEENTH. WHAT HAPPENED AFTER MEETING There had been considerable discussion during the week as to whether Squire Woodbridge, in view of the public humiliation which had been put upon him, would expose himself to the curious gaze of the community by coming to meeting the present Sunday. It had been the more prevalent opinion that he would find in the low condition of Mrs. Woodbridge, who was hovering between life and death, a reason which would serve as an excuse for not "attending on the stated ordinances of the gospel," the present Sabbath. But now from those whose position enabled... Long Stories - Post by : karma69_us - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2416

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 14. Perez Goes To Meeting The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 14. Perez Goes To Meeting

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 14. Perez Goes To Meeting
CHAPTER FOURTEENTH. PEREZ GOES TO MEETING The very next day, as Squire Edwards and his family were sitting down to dinner, the eldest son Jonathan, a fine young fellow of sixteen, came in late with a blacked eye and torn clothes. "My son," said Squire Edwards, sternly, "why do you come to the table in such a condition? What have you been doing?" "I've been fighting Obadiah Weeks, sir, and I whipped him, too." "And I shall whip you, sir, and soundly," said his father, with the Jove-like frown of the eighteenth century parent. "What have I told you about fighting?... Long Stories - Post by : maurypb - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2806

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 13. A Praise Meeting The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 13. A Praise Meeting

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 13. A Praise Meeting
CHAPTER THIRTEENTH. A PRAISE MEETING As a fever awakes to virulent activity the germs of disease in the body, so revolution in the political system develops the latent elements of anarchy. It is a test of the condition of the system. The same political shock which throws an ill-constituted and unsound government into a condition of chaos, is felt in a politically vigorous and healthful commonwealth, as only a slight disturbance of the ordinary functions. The promptness with which the village of Stockbridge relapsed into its ordinary mode of life after the revolt and revolution of Tuesday, was striking testimony to... Long Stories - Post by : maurypb - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2604

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 12. A Fair Suppliant The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 12. A Fair Suppliant

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 12. A Fair Suppliant
CHAPTER TWELFTH. A FAIR SUPPLIANT Dr. Partridge lived at this time on the hill north of the village, and not very far from the parsonage, which made it convenient for him to report promptly to Parson West, when any of his patients had reached that point where spiritual must be substituted for medical ministrations. It was about ten o'clock by the silver dialed clock in the living room of the doctor's house, when Prudence Fennell knocked at the open kitchen door. "What do you want, child?" said Mrs. Partridge, who was in the kitchen trying to instruct a negro girl how... Long Stories - Post by : maurypb - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2781

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 11. End Of The Goings On At Barrington The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 11. End Of The Goings On At Barrington

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 11. End Of The Goings On At Barrington
CHAPTER ELEVENTH. END OF THE GOINGS ON AT BARRINGTON Then, presently, the jail was full of cries of horror and indignation. For each cell door as it was unbarred and thrown open revealed the same piteous scene, the deliverers starting back, or standing quite transfixed before the ghastly and withered figures which rose up before them from dank pallets of putrid straw. The faces of these dismal apparitions expressed the terror and apprehension which the tumult and uproar about the jail had created in minds no longer capable of entertaining hope. Ignorant who were the occupants of particular cells it was... Long Stories - Post by : maurypb - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2411

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 10. Great Goings On At Barrington Continued The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 10. Great Goings On At Barrington Continued

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 10. Great Goings On At Barrington Continued
CHAPTER TENTH. GREAT GOINGS ON AT BARRINGTON CONTINUED When Perez and the men who with him were in the act of advancing on the jail, were so suddenly recalled by the cry that the people were stoning the judges, Prudence had been left quite alone, sitting on Perez' horse in the middle of the street. She had no clear idea what all this crowd and commotion in the village was about, nor even what the Stockbridge men had come down for in such martial array. She only knew that Mrs. Hamlin's son, the captain with the sword, had said he would... Long Stories - Post by : maurypb - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 480

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 9. Judge Dwight's Signature The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 9. Judge Dwight's Signature

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 9. Judge Dwight's Signature
CHAPTER NINTH. JUDGE DWIGHT'S SIGNATURE As soon as the Stockbridge battalion had arrived on the green at Great Barrington, and broken ranks, Perez had directed Abner to pass the word to all who had friends in the jail, and presently a party of forty or fifty men was following him, as he led the way toward that building, accompanied by Prudence, who had not dismounted. The rest of them could attend to the stopping of the court. His concern was with the rescue of his brother. But he had not traversed over half the distance when the cry arose: "They're stoning... Long Stories - Post by : maurypb - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 1658

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 5. That Means Rebellion! The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 5. That Means Rebellion!

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 5. That Means Rebellion!
CHAPTER FIFTH. THAT MEANS REBELLION! Elnathan was the only one of the family who went to church the following day. Mrs. Hamlin was too infirm to climb the hill to the meeting-house, and Perez' mood was more inclined to blood-spilling than to God's worship. All day he walked the house, his fists clenched, muttering curses through his set teeth, and looking not unlike a lion, ferociously pacing his cage. For his mother was tearfully relating to him the share of the general misery that had fallen to their lot, as a family, in the past nine years, how Elnathan had not... Long Stories - Post by : maurypb - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 755

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 4. The People Ask Bread And Receive A Stone The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 4. The People Ask Bread And Receive A Stone

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 4. The People Ask Bread And Receive A Stone
CHAPTER FOURTH. THE PEOPLE ASK BREAD AND RECEIVE A STONE As Captain Hamlin, leaving behind him Great Barrington and its tavern-jail, was riding slowly on toward Stockbridge, oblivious in the bitter tumult of his feelings, to the glorious scenery around him, Stockbridge Green was the scene of a quite unusual assemblage. Squire Sedgwick, the town's delegate, was expected back that afternoon from the county convention, which had been sitting at Lenox, to devise remedies for the popular distress, and the farmers from the outlying country had generally come into the village to get the first tidings of the result of its... Long Stories - Post by : maurypb - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 1358

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 3. The Tavern-Jail At Barrington The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 3. The Tavern-Jail At Barrington

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 3. The Tavern-Jail At Barrington
CHAPTER THIRD. THE TAVERN-JAIL AT BARRINGTON Peleg's information, although of a hearsay character, was correct. Perez Hamlin was coming home. The day following the conversation in the barroom of Stockbridge tavern, which I have briefly sketched in the last chapter, about an hour after noon, a horseman might have been seen approaching the village of Great Barrington, on the road from Sheffield. He wore the buff and blue uniform of a captain in the late Continental army, and strapped to the saddle was a steel hilted sword which had apparently experienced a good many hard knocks. The lack of any other... Long Stories - Post by : maurypb - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2990

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 2. Nine Years After The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 2. Nine Years After

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 2. Nine Years After
CHAPTER SECOND. NINE YEARS AFTER Early one evening in the very last of August, 1786, only three years after the close of the Revolutionary war, a dozen or twenty men and boys, farmers and laborers, are gathered, according to custom, in the big barroom of Stockbridge tavern. The great open fireplace of course shows no cheery blaze of logs at this season, and the only light is the dim and yellow illumination diffused by two or three homemade tallow candles stuck about the bar, which runs along half of one side of the apartment. The dim glimmer of some pewter mugs... Long Stories - Post by : maurypb - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2672

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 1. The March Of The Minute Men The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 1. The March Of The Minute Men

The Duke Of Stockbridge: A Romance Of Shays' Rebellion - Chapter 1. The March Of The Minute Men
CHAPTER FIRST. THE MARCH OF THE MINUTE MEN The first beams of the sun of August 17, 1777, were glancing down the long valley, which opening to the East, lets in the early rays of morning, upon the village of Stockbridge. Then, as now, the Housatonic crept still and darkling around the beetling base of Fisher's Nest, and in the meadows laughed above its pebbly shoals, embracing the verdant fields with many a loving curve. Then, as now, the mountains cradled the valley in their eternal arms, all round, from the Hill of the Wolves, on the north, to the peaks... Long Stories - Post by : maurypb - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 3229

Miss Ludington's Sister - Chapter 15 Miss Ludington's Sister - Chapter 15

Miss Ludington's Sister - Chapter 15
CHAPTER XVIt was Miss Ludington herself who, stirring unusually early, discovered Ida's flight on going to her room. Paul opened his eyes a few minutes later to see her standing by his bedside, the picture of consternation. "She is gone!" she exclaimed. "Who is gone?" he asked, rubbing his eyes. "Ida has gone. Her room is empty." Hastily dressing, he rejoined her in Ida's chamber, and together they went over the letters she had left. If the revelation which they contained had been made when she had been in the house a shorter time, its effect might have been very different.... Long Stories - Post by : maurypb - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Bellamy - Read : 2118