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His Family - Chapter 44 His Family - Chapter 44

His Family - Chapter 44
CHAPTER XLIVAnd his dreams were of children. Their faces passed before him. Now they were young again in the house. They were eating their suppers, three small girls, chattering like magpies. From her end of the table their mother smiled quietly across at him. "Come children," she was saying, "that will do for a little while." But Roger said, "Oh, let them talk."... Then he saw new-comers. Bruce came in with Edith, and George and young Elizabeth, and Allan came with Deborah who had a baby in her arms, and Laura stood beside them. Here were his three daughters, grown, but... Long Stories - Post by : otto_jurscha - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 2942

His Family - Chapter 43 His Family - Chapter 43

His Family - Chapter 43
CHAPTER XLIIIAfter John had gone away the house was very quiet. Only from the room upstairs there could be heard occasionally the faint clear cry of Deborah's child. And once again to Roger came a season of repose. He was far from unhappy. His disease, although progressing fast, gave him barely any pain; it rather made its presence felt by the manner in which it affected his mind. His inner life grew uneven. At times his thoughts were as in a fog, again they were amazingly clear and vistas opened far ahead. He could not control his thinking. This bothered him... Long Stories - Post by : otto_jurscha - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 1800

His Family - Chapter 42 His Family - Chapter 42

His Family - Chapter 42
CHAPTER XLIIOf that greater family, one member had been in the house all through the month which had just gone by. But he had been so quiet, so carefully unobtrusive, that he had been scarcely noticed. Very early each morning, day after day, John had gone outside for his breakfast and thence to the office where he himself had handled the business as well as he could, only coming to Roger at night now and then with some matter he could not settle alone, but always stoutly declaring that he needed no other assistance. "Don't come, Mr. Gale," he had urged.... Long Stories - Post by : otto_jurscha - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 3218

His Family - Chapter 41 His Family - Chapter 41

His Family - Chapter 41
CHAPTER XLIDeborah had not yet stopped work. Again and again she put it off. For in her busy office so many demands both old and new kept pressing in upon her, such unexpected questions and vexing little problems kept cropping up as Deborah tried to arrange her work for the colleague who was to take her place in the spring, that day after day she lingered there--until one afternoon in March her husband went to her office, gave her an hour to finish up, and then brought her home with him. She had a fit of the blues that night. Allan... Long Stories - Post by : otto_jurscha - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 2121

His Family - Chapter 40 His Family - Chapter 40

His Family - Chapter 40
CHAPTER XLThere came an interruption. One night when Deborah was out and Roger sat in his study alone, the maid came in highly flustered and said, "Mr. Gale! It's Miss Laura to see you!" He turned with a startled jerk of his head and his face slowly reddened. But when he saw the maid's eager expression and saw that she was expecting a scene, with a frown of displeasure he rose from his chair. "Very well," he said, and he went to his daughter. He found her in the living room. No repentant Magdalene, but quite unabashed and at her ease,... Long Stories - Post by : otto_jurscha - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 895

His Family - Chapter 39 His Family - Chapter 39

His Family - Chapter 39
CHAPTER XXXIXThe next morning on his arrival in town, Roger went to his office. He had little cause for uneasiness there, for twice in the summer he had come down to keep an eye on the business, while John had taken brief vacations at a seaside place nearby. The boy had no color now in his cheeks; as always, they were a sallow gray with the skin drawn tight over high cheek bones; his vigor was all in his eyes. But here was a new John, nevertheless, a successful man of affairs. He had on a spruce new suit of brown,... Long Stories - Post by : otto_jurscha - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 1933

His Family - Chapter 35 His Family - Chapter 35

His Family - Chapter 35
CHAPTER XXXVThere came a season of sleet and rain when the smaller children were shut indoors and it was hard to keep them amused. They did not look well, and Edith was worried. She had always dreaded the spring, and to carry her family safely through she had taken them, in former years, to Atlantic City for two weeks. That of course was impossible now. Trouble was bound to come, she thought. And it was not long in coming. Bobby, who was ten years old and went to school with his brother George, caught a wretched cold one day. Edith popped... Long Stories - Post by : otto_jurscha - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 1542

His Family - Chapter 34 His Family - Chapter 34

His Family - Chapter 34
CHAPTER XXXIVBut the quiet was dark to Roger now. Each night he spent in his study alone, for instinctively he felt the need of being by himself for a while, of keeping away from his children--out of whose lives he divined that other events would soon come forth to use up the last of the strength that was in him. And Roger grew angry with the world. Why couldn't it let a man alone, an old man in a silent house alive for him with memories? Repeatedly in such hours his mind would go groping backward into the years behind him.... Long Stories - Post by : otto_jurscha - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 1146

His Family - Chapter 33 His Family - Chapter 33

His Family - Chapter 33
CHAPTER XXXIIIBut as he watched Laura in the house, Roger's first emotions were complicated more and more by a feeling of bewilderment. At dinner the next evening he noticed with astonishment that she appeared like her natural self. "She's acting," he decided. But this explanation he soon dismissed. No, it was something deeper. She was actually unashamed, unafraid. That first display of feelings, the night of her arrival, had been only the scare of an hour. Within a few days she was back on her feet; and her cure for her trouble, if trouble she felt, was not less but more... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 2320

His Family - Chapter 32 His Family - Chapter 32

His Family - Chapter 32
CHAPTER XXXIIOn the floor below she met her father, who was coming out of his room. He looked at her keenly: "What's the trouble?" "Laura's here," she answered. "Trouble again with her husband. Better leave her alone for the present--she's going to stay in my room for a while." "Very well," her father grunted, and they went down to dinner. There Deborah was silent, and Edith did most of the talking. Edith, quite aware of the fact that Laura and all Laura's ways were in disgrace for the moment, and that she and her ways with her children shone by the... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 3084

His Family - Chapter 31 His Family - Chapter 31

His Family - Chapter 31
CHAPTER XXXIIf there were any cloud upon his horizon, it was the thought of Laura. She had barely been to the house since Edith had come back to town; and at times, especially in the days when things had looked dark for Roger, he had caught himself reproaching this giddy-gaddy youngest child, so engrossed in her small "menage" that apparently she could not spare a thought for her widowed sister. Laura on her return from abroad had brought as a gift for Edith a mourning gown from Paris, a most alluring creation--so much so, in fact, that Edith had felt it... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 3131

His Family - Chapter 30 His Family - Chapter 30

His Family - Chapter 30
CHAPTER XXXAnd now he felt the approach at last of another season of quiet, one of those uneventful times which come in family histories. As he washed and dressed for dinner, one night a little later, he thought with satisfaction, "How nicely things are smoothing out." His dressing for dinner, as a rule, consisted in changing his low wing collar and his large round detachable cuffs; but to-night he changed his cravat as well, from a black to a pearl gray one. He hoped the whole winter would be pearl gray. The little storm which Edith had raised over John's presence... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 2415

His Family - Chapter 29 His Family - Chapter 29

His Family - Chapter 29
CHAPTER XXIXBut later in the evening, when Allan and Deborah came in, Roger, who in the meantime had had a good hour in Japan and was somewhat relaxed and soothed, decided at once this was the time to tell her and have done with it. For Deborah was flushed with triumph, the meeting had been a huge success. Cooper Union had been packed to the walls, with an overflow meeting out on the street; thousands of dollars had been pledged and some big politicians had promised support; and men and women, rich and poor, had volunteered their services. She started to... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 3397

His Family - Chapter 25 His Family - Chapter 25

His Family - Chapter 25
CHAPTER XXVRoger saw little of Deborah in the weeks that followed. She was gathering her forces for the long struggle she saw ahead. And his own worries filled his mind. On his house he succeeded in borrowing five thousand dollars at ten per cent, and in his office he worked out a scheme along the lines of Deborah's plan. At first it was only a struggle to save the remnants of what was left. Later the tide began to turn, new business came into the office again. But only a little, and then it stopped. Hard times were here for the... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 1143

His Family - Chapter 24 His Family - Chapter 24

His Family - Chapter 24
CHAPTER XXIVIt had rained so hard for the past two days that no one had gone to the village, which was nearly three miles from the farm. But when the storm was over at last, George and Elizabeth tramped down and came back at dusk with a bag full of mail. Their clothes were mud-bespattered and they hurried upstairs to change before supper, while Roger settled back in his chair and spread open his New York paper. It was July 30, 1914. From a habit grown out of thirty odd years of business life, Roger read his paper in a fashion... Long Stories - Post by : Wayne_A. - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 3307

His Family - Chapter 23 His Family - Chapter 23

His Family - Chapter 23
CHAPTER XXIIIGeorge met him at the station, as he had done a year before. But at once Roger noticed a difference. In the short time since his father's death certain lines had come in the boy's freckled face, and they gave him a thoughtful, resolute look. George's voice was changing. One moment it was high and boyish, again a deep and manly bass. As he kept his eyes on the horses and talked about his mother, his grandfather from time to time threw curious side glances. "Oh, yes," George was saying, "mother's all right, she's doing fine. It was pretty bad... Long Stories - Post by : Wayne_A. - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 1310

His Family - Chapter 22 His Family - Chapter 22

His Family - Chapter 22
CHAPTER XXIIBut there was a rugged practical side to the character of Roger Gale, and the next morning he was ashamed of the brooding thoughts which had come in the night. He shook them off as morbid, and resolutely set himself to what lay close before him. There was work to be done on Bruce's affairs, and the work was a decided relief. Madge Deering, in the meantime, had offered to go with Edith and the children to the mountains and see them all well settled there. And a little talk he had with Madge relieved his mind still further. What... Long Stories - Post by : Wayne_A. - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 2876

His Family - Chapter 21 His Family - Chapter 21

His Family - Chapter 21
CHAPTER XXIRoger went through the next two days in a kind of a stupor. He remembered holding Edith and feeling her shudder as though from a chill. He remembered being stopped in the hall by George who had dressed himself with care in his first suit with long trousers. "I just wanted you to remember," the boy whispered solemnly, "that I'm nearly sixteen and I'll be here. He said to stand by her and I will." The rest of that ghastly time was a blank, punctuated by small quiet orders which Roger obeyed. Thank God, Deborah was there, and she was... Long Stories - Post by : Wayne_A. - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 619

His Family - Chapter 20 His Family - Chapter 20

His Family - Chapter 20
CHAPTER XXRoger had been spending a long quiet evening at home. He had asked John to dine with him and they had chatted for a time. Then John had started up to his room. And listening to the slow shuffling step of the cripple going upstairs, Roger had thought of the quick eager feet and the sudden scampers that would be heard as the silent old house renewed its life. Later he had gone to bed. He awakened with a start. The telephone bell was ringing. "Nice time to be calling folks out of bed," he grumbled, as he went into... Long Stories - Post by : Wayne_A. - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 3333

His Family - Chapter 19 His Family - Chapter 19

His Family - Chapter 19
CHAPTER XIXEdith was radiant at the news. "I do hope they're not going to grudge themselves a good long wedding trip!" she exclaimed. "They're going abroad," said Roger. "Oh, splendid! And the wedding! Church or home?" "Home," said Roger blissfully, "and short and simple, not a frill. Just the family." "Oh, that's so nice," sighed Edith. "I was afraid she'd want to drag in her school." "School will be out by then," he said. "Well, I hope it stays out--for the remainder of her days. She can't do both, and she'll soon see. Wait till she has a child of her... Long Stories - Post by : Wayne_A. - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ernest Poole - Read : 2587