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Lavengro: The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest - Chapter 100 Lavengro: The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest - Chapter 100

Lavengro: The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest - Chapter 100
CHAPTER C. Nothing but Gloom--Sporting Character--Gouty Tory--Servants' Club--Politics--Reformado Footman--Peroration--Good Night. "We arrived in England, and went to our country seat, but the peace and tranquillity of the family had been marred, and I no longer found my place the pleasant one which it had formerly been; there was nothing but gloom in the house, for the youngest daughter exhibited signs of lunacy, and was obliged to be kept under confinement. The next season I attended my master, his son, and eldest daughter to London, as I had previously done. There I left them, for hearing that a young baronet,... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 1737

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CHAPTER XCIX. A Cloister--Half English--New Acquaintance--Mixed Liquors--Turning Papist--Purposes of Charity--Foreign Religion--Melancholy--Elbowing and Pushing--Outlandish Sight--The Figure--I Don't Care for You--Merry Andrews--One Good--Religion of My Country--Fellow of Spirit--A Dispute--The Next Morning--Female Doll--Proper Dignity--Fetish Country. "The day after our arrival," continued the postillion, "I was sent, under the guidance of a lackey of the place, with a letter, which the priest, when he left, had given us for a friend of his in the Eternal City. We went to a large house, and on ringing, were admitted by a porter into a cloister I saw some ill-looking, shabby young fellows walking about,... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 2801

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CHAPTER XCVI. A Shout--A Fire Ball--See to the Horses--Passing Away--Gap in the Hedge--On Three Wheels--Why Do You Stop?--No Craven Heart--The Cordial--Across the Country--Small Bags. I listened attentively, but I could hear nothing but the loud clashing of branches, the pattering of rain, and the muttered growl of thunder. I was about to tell Belle that she must have been mistaken, when I heard a shout, indistinct it is true, owing to the noises aforesaid, from some part of the field above the dingle. "I will soon see what's the matter," said I to Belle, starting up. "I will... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 1559

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CHAPTER XCV. Wooded Retreat--Fresh Shoes--Wood Fire--Ash, when Green--Queen of China--Cleverest People--Declensions--Armenian--Thunder--Deep Olive--What Do You Mean?--Koul Adonai--The Thick Bushes--Wood Pigeon--Old Goethe. Nearly three days elapsed without anything of particular moment occurring. Belle drove the little cart containing her merchandise about the neighbourhood, returning to the dingle towards the evening. As for myself, I kept within my wooded retreat, working during the periods of her absence leisurely at my forge. Having observed that the quadruped which my companion drove was as much in need of shoes as my own had been some time previously, I had determined to provide it... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 2874

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CHAPTER XCIV. Prerogative--Feeling of Gratitude--A Long History--Alliterative Style--Advantageous Specimen--Jesuit Benefice--Not Sufficient--Queen Stork's Tragedy--Good Sense--Grandeur and Gentility--Ironmonger's Daughter--Clan Mac-Sycophant--Lick-Spittles--A Curiosity--Newspaper Editors--Charles the Simple--High-flying Ditty--Dissenters--Lower Classes--Priestley's House--Saxon Ancestors--Austin--Renovating Glass--Money--Quite Original. "So you hope to bring these regions again beneath the banner of the Roman See?" said I; after the man in black had prepared the beverage, and tasted it. "Hope," said the man in black; "how can we fail? Is not the Church of these regions going to lose its prerogative?" "Its prerogative?" "Yes; those who should be the guardians of the religion of England are about to grant Papists emancipation and... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 1484

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CHAPTER XCIII. Another Visit--_A la Margutte_--Clever Man--Napoleon's Estimate--Another Statue. One evening Belle and myself received another visit from the man in black. After a little conversation of not much importance, I asked him whether he would not take some refreshment, assuring him that I was now in possession of some very excellent Hollands which, with a glass, a jug of water, and a lump of sugar, were heartily at his service; he accepted my offer, and Belle going with a jug to the spring, from which she was in the habit of procuring water for tea, speedily returned with it... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 565

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CHAPTER XCII. The Landlord--Rather Too Old--Without a Shilling--Reputation--A Fortnight Ago--Liquids--The Main Chance--Respectability--Irrational Beings--Parliament Cove--My Brewer. Amongst other excursions, I went several times to the public-house to which I introduced the reader in a former chapter. I had experienced such beneficial effects from the ale I had drunk on that occasion, that I wished to put its virtue to a frequent test; nor did the ale on subsequent trials belie the good opinion which I had at first formed of it. After each visit which I made to the public-house, I found my frame stronger, and my mind more cheerful... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 3148

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Lavengro: The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest - Chapter 91
CHAPTER XCI. Excursions--Adventurous English--Opaque Forests--The Greatest Patience. Time passed on, and Belle and I lived in the dingle; when I say lived, the reader must not imagine that we were always there. She went out upon her pursuits, and I went out where inclination led me; but my excursions were very short ones, and hers occasionally occupied whole days and nights. If I am asked how we passed the time when we were together in the dingle, I would answer that we passed the time very tolerably, all things considered; we conversed together, and when tired of conversing I... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 641

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CHAPTER XC. Buona Sera--Rather Apprehensive--The Steep Bank--Lovely Virgin--Hospitality--Tory Minister--Custom of the Country--Sneering Smile--Wandering Zigan--Gypsies' Cloaks--Certain Faculty--Acute Answer--Various Ways--Adio--Best Hollands. The man in black and myself stood opposite to each other for a minute or two in silence; I will not say that we confronted each other that time, for the man in black, after a furtive glance, did not look me in the face, but kept his eyes fixed, apparently on the leaves of a bunch of ground nuts which were growing at my feet. At length, looking around the dingle, he exclaimed, "Buona Sera, I hope I don't intrude."... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 2940

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CHAPTER LXXXIX. The Dingle--Give them Ale--Not over Complimentary--America--Many People--Washington--Promiscuous Company--Language of the Roads--The Old Women--Numerals--The Man in Black. The public-house where the scenes which I have attempted to describe in the preceding chapters took place, was at the distance of about two miles from the dingle. The sun was sinking in the west by the time I returned to the latter spot. I found Belle seated by a fire, over which her kettle was suspended. During my absence she had prepared herself a kind of tent, consisting of large hoops covered over with tarpaulin, quite impenetrable to rain,... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 1283

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CHAPTER LXXXVI. At Tea--Vapours--Isopel Berners--Softly and Kindly--Sweet Pretty Creature--Bread and Water--Two Sailors--Truth and Constancy--Very Strangely. In the evening of that same day the tall girl and I sat at tea by the fire, at the bottom of the dingle; the girl on a small stool, and myself, as usual, upon my stone. The water which served for the tea had been taken from a spring of pellucid water in the neighbourhood, which I had not had the good fortune to discover, though it was well known to my companion, and to the wandering people who frequented the dingle. "This tea is... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 2569

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CHAPTER LXXXV. Free and Independent--I Don't See Why--Oats--A Noise--Unwelcome Visitors--What's the Matter?--Good Day to Ye--The Tall Girl--Dovrefeld--Blow on the Face--Civil Enough--What's This?--Vulgar Woman--Hands off--Gasping for Breath--Long Melford--A Pretty Manoeuvre--A Long Draught--Signs of Animation--It Won't Do--No Malice--Bad People. Two mornings after the period to which I have brought the reader in the preceding chapter, I sat by my fire at the bottom of the dingle; I had just breakfasted, and had finished the last morsel of food which I had brought with me to that solitude. "What shall I now do?" said I, to myself; "shall I continue here, or decamp--this is... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 2999

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CHAPTER LXXXIV. Several Causes--Frogs and Eftes--Gloom and Twilight--What should I Do?--"Our Father"--Fellow Men--What a Mercy!--Almost Calm--Fresh Store--History of Saul--Pitch Dark. Heaviness had suddenly come over me, heaviness of heart, and of body also. I had accomplished the task which I had imposed upon myself, and now that nothing more remained to do, my energies suddenly deserted me, and I felt without strength, and without hope. Several causes, perhaps, co-operated to bring about the state in which I then felt myself. It is not improbable that my energies had been overstrained during the work, the progress of which I... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 1222

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CHAPTER LXXXIII. Highly Poetical--Volundr--Grecian Mythology--Making a Petul--Tongues of Flame--Hammering--Spite of Dukkerin--Heaviness. It has always struck me that there is something highly poetical about a forge. I am not singular in this opinion: various individuals have assured me that they can never pass by one, even in the midst of a crowded town, without experiencing sensations which they can scarcely define, but which are highly pleasurable. I have a decided _penchant for forges, especially rural ones, placed in some quaint quiet spot--a dingle, for example, which is a poetical place, or at a meeting of four roads, which is still... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 486

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CHAPTER LXXXII. Offence and Defence--I'm Satisfied--Fond of Solitude--Possession of Property--Chal Devlehi--Winding Path. And when I heard Mr. Petulengro talk in this manner, which I had never heard him do before, and which I can only account for by his being fasting and ill-tempered, I had of course no other alternative than to accept his challenge; so I put myself into a posture which I deemed the best both for offence and defence, and the tuzzle commenced; and when it had endured for about half an hour, Mr. Petulengro said, "Brother, there is much blood on your face; you had better wipe... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 2940

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CHAPTER LXXXI. At a Funeral--Two Days Ago--Very Coolly--Roman Woman--Well and Hearty--Somewhat Dreary--Plum Pudding--Roman Fashion--Quite Different--The Dark Lane--Beyond the Time--Fine Fellow--Such a Struggle--Like a Wild Cat--Fair Play--Pleasant Enough Spot--No Gloves. So I turned back with Mr. Petulengro. We travelled for some time in silence; at last we fell into discourse. "You have been in Wales, Mr. Petulengro?" "Ay, truly, brother." "What have you been doing there?" "Assisting at a funeral." "At whose funeral?" "Mrs. Herne's, brother." "Is she dead, then?" "As a nail, brother." "How did she die?" "By hanging, brother." "I am lost in astonishment," said I; whereupon Mr.... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 1195

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CHAPTER LXXX. The Border--Thank you Both--Pipe and Fiddle--Taliesin. We were now drawing very near the hills, and Peter said, "If you are to go into Wales, you must presently decide, for we are close upon the border." "Which is the border?" said I. "Yon small brook," said Peter, "into which the man on horseback who is coming towards us, is now entering." "I see it," said I, "and the man; he stops in the middle of it, as if to water his steed." We proceeded till we had nearly reached the brook. "Well," said Peter, "will you go into Wales?"... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 1609

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CHAPTER LXXIX. Deep Interest--Goodly Country--Two Mansions--Welshman's Candle--Beautiful Universe--Godly Discourse--Fine Church--Points of Doctrine--Strange Adventures--Paltry Cause--Roman Pontiff--Evil Spirit. On the morrow I said to my friends, "I am about to depart; farewell!" "Depart!" said Peter and his wife, simultaneously, "whither wouldst thou go?" "I can't stay here all my days," I replied. "Of course not," said Peter; "but we had no idea of losing thee so soon: we had almost hoped that thou wouldst join us, become one of us. We are under infinite obligations to thee." "You mean I am under infinite obligations to you," said I.... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 2720

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CHAPTER LXXVI. Hasty Farewell--Lofty Rock--Wrestlings of Jacob--No Rest--Ways of Providence--Two Females--Foot of the Cross--Enemy of Souls--Perplexed--Lucky Hour--Valetudinarian--Methodists--Fervent in Prayer--You Saxons--Weak Creatures--Very Agreeable--Almost Happy--Kindness and Solicitude. "Where was I, young man? Oh, I remember, at the fatal passage which removed all hope. I will not dwell on what I felt. I closed my eyes, and wished that I might be dreaming; but it was no dream, but a terrific reality: I will not dwell on that period, I should only shock you. I could not bear my feelings; so, bidding my friends a hasty farewell, I abandoned myself... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 3219

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Lavengro: The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest - Chapter 75
CHAPTER LXXV. Taking a Cup--Getting to Heaven--After Breakfast--Wooden Gallery--Mechanical Habit--Reserved and Gloomy--Last Words--A Long Time--From the Clouds--Ray of Hope--Momentary Chill--Pleasing Anticipation. "I was born in the heart of North Wales, the son of a respectable farmer, and am the youngest of seven brothers. "My father was a member of the Church of England, and was what is generally called a serious man. He went to church regularly, and read the Bible every Sunday evening; in his moments of leisure he was fond of holding religious discourse both with his family and his neighbours. "One autumn afternoon, on a week day,... Long Stories - Post by : redbrad0 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Borrow - Read : 1193