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Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 62. A Duet, Trio, And Quartet Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 62. A Duet, Trio, And Quartet

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 62. A Duet, Trio, And Quartet
CHAPTER LXII. A DUET, TRIO, AND QUARTETThe next day things went much the same, only that Elsie was not in the field. Cosmo, who had been thinking much over what Aggie had said, and was not flattered that she should take him for the goose he did not know himself to be, could hardly wait for the evening to have another talk with her. "Aggie," he said, as he overtook her in a hollow not many yards from the verge of the farm, "I dinna like ye to think me sic a gowk! What gars ye suppose a lass could hae... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 3460

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 61. The Third Harvest Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 61. The Third Harvest

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 61. The Third Harvest
CHAPTER LXI. THE THIRD HARVESTAs the days went by, Cosmo saw his engagement to Mr. Henderson drawing near, nor had the smallest inclination to back out of it. The farmer would have let him off at once, no doubt, but he felt, without thinking, that it would be undignified, morally speaking, to avoid, because he was now in plenty, the engagement granted by friendship to his need. Nor was this all, for, so doing, he would seem to allow that, driven by necessity, he had undertaken a thing unworthy, or degrading; for Cosmo would never have allowed that any degree of... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 731

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 60. Repose Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 60. Repose

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 60. Repose
CHAPTER LX. REPOSECosmo had no need of a very searching examination of his heart to know that it was mainly the wish to make her some poor return for her devotion, conjoined with the sincere desire to retain her company, that had influenced him in the offer she had been too wise and too genuinely loving to accept. He did not fall into any depths of self-blame, for, whatever its kind, his love was of quality pure and good. The only bitterness his offer bore was its justification of Agnes's departure. But Grizzie saw no justification of it anywhere. "What I'm... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 1901

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 56. Mr. Burns Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 56. Mr. Burns

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 56. Mr. Burns
CHAPTER LVI. MR. BURNS"Grizzie," he said, "I'm gaein' a lang tramp the morn, an' I'll need a great poochfu' o' cakes." "Eh, sirs! An' what's takin' ye frae hame this time, sir?" returned Grizzie. "I'm no gaein' to tell ye the nicht, Grizzie. It's my turn to hae a secret noo! But ye ken weel it's lang sin' there's been onything to be gotten by bidin' at hame." "Eh, but, sir! ye're never gaein' to lea' the laird! Bide an' dee wi' him, sir." "God bless ye, Grizzie! Hae ye ony baubees?" "Ay; what for no! I hae sax shillin's, fower... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 1402

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 55. A Great Discovery Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 55. A Great Discovery

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 55. A Great Discovery
CHAPTER LV. A GREAT DISCOVERYThe instant the rays of the candle-end were thrown into the cavity, he saw what, expectant as he was, made him utter a cry. He seemed to be looking through a small window into a toy-stable--a large one for a toy. Immediately before him was a stall, in which stood ahorse, with his tail towards the window. He put in his hand and felt it over. For a toy it would have been of the largest size below a rocking horse. It was covered with a hairy skin. So far all was satisfactory, but alas! more stones... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 2650

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 54. A Greater Discovery Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 54. A Greater Discovery

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 54. A Greater Discovery
CHAPTER LIV. A GREATER DISCOVERYIn the middle of the night he was wakened by a loud noise. Its nature he had been too sound asleep to recognize; he only knew it had waked him. He sprang out of bed, was glad to find his father undisturbed, and stood for a few moments wondering. All at once he remembered that he had left the windows of the best bedroom open; the wind had risen, and was now blowing what sailors would call a gale: probably something had been blown down! He would go and see. Taking a scrap of candle, all he... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 1701

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 53. A Small Discovery Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 53. A Small Discovery

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 53. A Small Discovery
CHAPTER LIII. A SMALL DISCOVERYWhen they had had a little talk over the narrative, the laird desired Cosmo to replace the papers, and rising he went to obey. As he approached the closet, the first beams of the rising sun were shining upon the door of it. The window through which they entered was a small one, and the mornings of the year in which they so fell were not many. When he opened the door, they shot straight to the back of the closet, lighting with rare illumination the little place, commonly so dusky that in it one book could... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 2317

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 52. An Old Story Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 52. An Old Story

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 52. An Old Story
CHAPTER LII. AN OLD STORYHe was roused before sunrise by his father's cough. After a bad fit, he was very weary and restless. Now, in such a condition, Cosmo could almost always put him to sleep by reading to him, and he therefore got a short story, and began to read. At first it had the desired effect, but in a little while he woke, and asked him to go on. The story was of a king's ship so disguising herself that a pirate took her for a merchant-man; and Cosmo, to whom it naturally recalled the Old Captain, made some... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 1799

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 51. It Is Naught, Saith The Buyer Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 51. It Is Naught, Saith The Buyer

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 51. It Is Naught, Saith The Buyer
CHAPTER LI. IT IS NAUGHT, SAITH THE BUYERWhen Cosmo reached the gate of his lordship's policy, he found it closed, and although he rang the bell, and called lustily to the gate-keeper, no one appeared. He put a hand on the top of the gate, and lightly vaulted over it. But just as he lighted, who should come round a bend in the drive a few yards off, but Lord Lick-my-loof himself, out for his morning walk! His irritable cantankerous nature would have been annoyed at sight of anyone treating his gate with such disrespect, but when he saw who it... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 1478

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 50. Discovery And Confession Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 50. Discovery And Confession

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 50. Discovery And Confession
CHAPTER L. DISCOVERY AND CONFESSIONIn the morning he woke wondering whether God would that day let him know what he had to do. He was certain he would not have him leave his father; anything else in the way of trouble he could believe possible. The season was now approaching the nominal commencement of summer, but the morning was very cold. He went to the window. Air and earth had the look of a black frost--the most ungenial, the most killing of weathers. Alas! that was his father's breathing: his bronchitis was worse! He made haste to fetch fuel and light... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 3293

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 46. A Rest Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 46. A Rest

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 46. A Rest
CHAPTER XLVI. A RESTBut now James Gracie fell sick. They removed him therefore from the men's quarters, and gave him Cosmo's room, that he might be better attended to, and warmer than in his own. Cosmo put up a bed for himself in his father's room, and Grizzie and Aggie slept together; so now the household was gathered literally under one roof--that of the kitchentower, as it had been called for centuries. James's attack was serious, requiring much attention, and involving an increase of expenditure which it needed faith to face. But of course Cosmo did not shrink from it: so... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 1809

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 45. The Final Conflict Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 45. The Final Conflict

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 45. The Final Conflict
CHAPTER XLV. THE FINAL CONFLICTAs there was no more weekly pay for teaching, and no extra hands were longer wanted for farm-labour, Cosmo, hearing there was a press of work and a scarcity of workmen in the building-line, offered his services, at what wages he should upon trial judge them worth, to Sandy Shand, the mason, then erecting a house in the village for a certain Mr. Pennycuik--a native of the same, who, having left it long ago, and returned from India laden with riches, now desired, if not to end, yet to spend his days amid the associations of his... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 1043

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 44. Another Harvest Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 44. Another Harvest

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 44. Another Harvest
CHAPTER XLIV. ANOTHER HARVESTThe harvest brought again the opportunity of earning a pound or two, and Cosmo was not the man to let it slip. But he would not go so far from home again, for, though his father never pined or complained, Cosmo could see that his days shrunk more rapidly when he was not with him: left alone, he began at once to go home the faster--as if another dragging anchor were cast loose, and he was drawn the more swiftly whither sets the tide of life. To the old and weary man the life to come showed as... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 1685

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 43. Grizzie's Rights Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 43. Grizzie's Rights

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 43. Grizzie's Rights
CHAPTER XLIII. GRIZZIE'S RIGHTSIn those days Mistress Gracie fell sick, and though for a while neither husband nor grand-daughter thought seriously of her ailment, it proved more than her age, worn with labour, could endure, and she began to sink. Then Grizzle must go and help nurse her, for, Cosmo being at home all day long, the laird could well enough spare her. Father and son were now seldom out of each other's sight. When Cosmo was writing, the laird would be reading in the same room; and when, after their dinner, the laird slept, Cosmo would generally read his New-testament... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 2189

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 42. Obstruction Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 42. Obstruction

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 42. Obstruction
CHAPTER XLII. OBSTRUCTIONAll this time Cosmo had never written again to Joan; both his father and he thought it better the former only should for the present keep up the correspondence. But months had passed without their hearing from her. The laird had written the third time, and received no answer. The day was now close upon them when the last of their land would be taken, leaving them nothing but the kitchen-garden--a piece of ground of about half an acre, the little terraced flower-garden to the south of the castle, and the croft tenanted by James Gracie. They applied to... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 3415

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 41. Grannie And The Stick Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 41. Grannie And The Stick

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 41. Grannie And The Stick
CHAPTER XLI. GRANNIE AND THE STICKThis winter, the wind that drops the ripened fruit not plucked before, blew hard upon old Grannie, who had now passed her hundredth year. For some time Agnes had not been able to do much for her, but another great-grandchild, herself a widow and a mother, was spending the winter with her. On his way to or from school, Cosmo every day looked in to see or enquire after her; and when he heard she had had a bad night he would always think how with her would fail the earthly knowledge of not a little... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 1719

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 40. The Schoolmaster Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 40. The Schoolmaster

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 40. The Schoolmaster
CHAPTER XL. THE SCHOOLMASTERIt is time I told my readers something about Joan. But it is not much I have to tell. Cosmo received from her an answer to his letter concerning the ring within a week; and this is what she wrote: "MY DEAR COSMO, of course I cannot understand why you went away as you did. It makes me very unhappy, lest I should be somehow to blame. But I trust you ENTIRELY. I too hope for the day when it will be impossible to hide anything. I always find myself when I wake in the morning, trying to... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 2806

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 37. The Dawn Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 37. The Dawn

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 37. The Dawn
CHAPTER XXXVII. THE DAWNStrange to say, there was no return of his fever. He seemed, through the utter carelessness of mental agony, so to have abandoned his body, that he no longer affected it. A man must have some hope, to be aware of his body at all. As the darkness began to yield he fell asleep. Then came a curious dream. For ages Joan had been persuading him to go with her, and the old captain to go with him--the latter angry and pulling him, the former weeping and imploring. He would go with neither, and at last they vanished... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 2373

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 36. The Thick Darkness Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 36. The Thick Darkness

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 36. The Thick Darkness
CHAPTER XXXVI. THE THICK DARKNESSThe next day he was still better, and could not think why the doctor would not let him get up. As the day went on, he wondered yet more why Joan did not come to see him. Not once did the thought cross him that it was the doctor's doing. If it had, he would but have taken it for a precaution--as indeed it was, for the doctor's sake, not his. Jermyn would have as little intercourse between them as might be, till he should have sprung his spiritual mine. But he did all he could to... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 2772

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 35. Pull His Tail Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 35. Pull His Tail

Warlock O' Glenwarlock: A Homely Romance - Chapter 35. Pull His Tail
CHAPTER XXXV. PULL HIS TAILAbout noon, when both the doctors happened to be out, Joan came to see him, and was more like her former self than she had been for many days. Hardly was she seated when he took the stick, and said, "Did you ever see that before, Joan?" "Do you remember showing me a horse just like that one, only larger?" she returned. "It was in the drawing-room." "Quite well," he answered. "It made me think of this," she continued, "which I had often seen in that same closet where I suppose you found it yesterday." Cosmo unscrewed... Long Stories - Post by : jptia - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 2502