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Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 57. Vengeance Is Mine Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 57. Vengeance Is Mine

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 57. Vengeance Is Mine
CHAPTER LVII. VENGEANCE IS MINEThat same morning, Mr. Raymount had found it, or chosen to imagine it necessary--from the instinct, I believe to oppose inner with outer storm, to start pretty early for the county-town, on something he called business, and was not expected home before the next day. Assuming heart in his absence, Cornelius went freely wandering about the house, many parts of which had not yet lost to him the interest of novelty, and lunched with his mother and Hester and Saffy like one of the family. His mother, wisely or not, did her best to prevent his feeling... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 1855

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 56. The Sick Room Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 56. The Sick Room

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 56. The Sick Room
CHAPTER LVI. THE SICK ROOMAt Yrndale things went on in the same dull way, anger burrowing like a devil-mole in the bosom of the father, a dreary spiritual fog hanging over all the souls, and the mother wearying for some glimmer of a heavenly dawn. Hester felt as if she could not endure it much longer--as if the place were forgotten of God, and abandoned to chance. But there was one dayspring in the house yet--Mark's room the major sat by the bedside of the boy, now reading to him, now telling him stories, and now and then listening to... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 3466

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 55. Miss Dasomma And Amy Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 55. Miss Dasomma And Amy

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 55. Miss Dasomma And Amy
CHAPTER LV. MISS DASOMMA AND AMYMiss Dasomma was quite as much pleased with Amy as she had expected to be, and that was not a little. She found her very ignorant in the regions of what is commonly called education, but very quick in understanding where human relation came in. A point in construction or composition she would forget immediately; but once shown a possibility of misunderstanding avoidable by a certain arrangement, Amy would recall the fact the moment she made again the mistake. Her teachableness, coming largely of her trustfulness, was indeed a remarkable point in her character. It was... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 748

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 54. Mother And Son Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 54. Mother And Son

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 54. Mother And Son
CHAPTER LIV. MOTHER AND SONIn the meantime Cornelius kept his bed. The moment her husband was gone, his mother rose and hastened to her son! Here again was a discord! for the first time since their marriage, a jarring action: the wife was glad the husband was gone that she might do what was right without annoying him: with all her strength of principle, she felt too weak to go openly against him, though she never dreamt of concealing what she did. She tottered across his floor, threw herself on the bed beside him, and took him to her bosom. With... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 3074

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 53. A Sad Beginning Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 53. A Sad Beginning

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 53. A Sad Beginning
CHAPTER LIII. A SAD BEGINNINGTowards morning he went to bed, and slept late--heavily and unreposefully; and, alas! when he woke, there was the old feeling returned! How _could he forgive the son that had so disgraced him! Instead of betaking himself afresh to the living strength, he began--not directly to fight himself, but to try to argue himself right, persuading himself on philosophical grounds that it was better to forgive his son; that it was the part of a wise man, the part of one who had respect to his own dignity, to abstain from harshness, nor drive the youth to... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 2378

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 49. An Arrangement Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 49. An Arrangement

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 49. An Arrangement
CHAPTER XLIX. AN ARRANGEMENTHester had not yet gone to see Miss Dasomma because of the small-pox. Second causes are God's as much as first, and Christ made use of them as his father's way. It were a sad world indeed if God's presence were only interference, that is, miracle. The roundabout common ways of things are just as much his as the straight, miraculous ones--I incline to think more his, in the sense that they are plainly the ways he prefers. In all things that are, he is--present even in the evil we bring into the world, to foil it and... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 1542

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 48. Mr. Christopher Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 48. Mr. Christopher

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 48. Mr. Christopher
CHAPTER XLVIII. MR. CHRISTOPHEROn the Sunday evening, the last before she was to leave for Yrndale, Hester had gone to see a poor woman in a house she had not been in before, and was walking up the dismal stair, dark and dirty, when she heard a moaning from a room the door of which was a little open. She peeped in, and saw on a low bed a poor woman, old, yellow, and wrinkled, apparently at the point of death. Her throat was bare, and she saw the muscles of it knotted in the struggle for life.--Is not death the... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 1913

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 47. Miss Vavasor Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 47. Miss Vavasor

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 47. Miss Vavasor
CHAPTER XLVII. MISS VAVASORAbout three weeks after lord Gartley's call, during which he had left a good many cards in Addison square, Hester received the following letter from Miss Vavasor: "My dear Miss Raymount, I am very anxious to see you, but fear it is hardly safe to go to you yet. You with your heavenly spirit do not regard such things, but I am not so much in love with the future as to risk my poor present for it. Neither would I willingly be the bearer of infection into my own circle: I am not so selfish as to... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 2218

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 46. Amy And Corney Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 46. Amy And Corney

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 46. Amy And Corney
CHAPTER XLVI. AMY AND CORNEYThe Frankses remained at rest until the funeral was over, and then Hester would have father and sons go out to follow their calling, while the mother and she did what could be done for the ailing baby, who could not linger long behind Moxy. Hester had a little money of her own--not much, but enough to restore to decency, with the help of the wife's fingers, the wardrobe of the family. For the present she would not let them leave the house; she must have them in better condition first, and with a little money in... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 2525

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 45. More Yet Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 45. More Yet

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 45. More Yet
CHAPTER XLV. MORE YETBut she could not sleep. She rose, went back to the room where the dead Moxy lay, and sent Sarah to get breakfast ready. Then came upon her an urgent desire to know the people who had come, like swallows, to tenant, without leave asked, the space overhead. She undid the screw, opened the door, and stole gently up the stair, steep, narrow and straight, which ran the height of the two rooms between two walls. A long way up she came to another door, and peeping through a chink in it, saw that it admitted to the... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 1421

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 44. On The Way Up Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 44. On The Way Up

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 44. On The Way Up
CHAPTER XLIV. ON THE WAY UPHearing only the sounds of a peaceful talk, Sarah had ventured near enough to the door to hear something of what was said, and set at rest by finding that the cause of her terror was but a poor family that had sought refuge in the cellar, she woke up to better, and was ready to help. More than sufficiently afraid of robbers and murderers, she was not afraid of infection: "What should an old woman like me do taking the small-pox! I've had it bad enough once already!" She was rather staggered, however, when she... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 2163

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 43. Deliverance Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 43. Deliverance

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 43. Deliverance
CHAPTER XLIII. DELIVERANCEHester had been to church, and had then visited some of her people, carrying them words of comfort and hope. They received them in a way at her hand, but none of them, had they gone, would have found them at church. How seldom is the man in the pulpit able to make people feel that the things he is talking about are things at all! Neither when the heavens are black with clouds and rain, nor when the sun rises glorious in a blue perfection, do many care to sit down and be taught astronomy! But Hester was... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 639

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 39. The Major And The Small-Pox Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 39. The Major And The Small-Pox

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 39. The Major And The Small-Pox
CHAPTER XXXIX. THE MAJOR AND THE SMALL-POXHis lordship was scarcely gone when the major came. So closely did the appearance of the one follow on the disappearance of the other, that there was ground for suspecting the major had seen his lordship enter the house, and had been waiting and watching till he was gone. But she was not yet to be seen: she had no fear of the worst small-pox could do to her, yet was taking what measures appeared advisable for her protection. Her fearlessness came from no fancied absence of danger, but from an utter disbelief in chance.... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 2642

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 38. In The House Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 38. In The House

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 38. In The House
CHAPTER XXXVIII. IN THE HOUSEThe two were silent on their way, but from different causes. Lord Gartley was uneasy at finding Hester in such a position--led into it by her unreflecting sympathies, no doubt, so unbefitting the present century of the world's history! He had gathered from the looks and words of the following remnants of the crowd that she had been involved in some street-quarrel--trying to atone it no doubt, or to separate the combatants. For a woman of her refinement, she had the strangest proclivity for low company! Hester was silent, thinking how to begin her communication about Cornelius.... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 1562

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 37. Rencontres Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 37. Rencontres

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 37. Rencontres
CHAPTER XXXVII. RENCONTRESThere was no news of Cornelius. In vain the detective to whom the major had made liberal promises continued his inquiries. There was a rumour of a young woman in whose company he had lately been seen, but she too had disappeared from public sight. Sarah did her best to make Hester comfortable, and behaved the better that she was humbled by the consciousness of having made a bad job of her caretaking with Cornelius. One afternoon--it had rained, but the sun was now shining, and Hester's heart felt lighter as she took deep breaths of the clean-washed air--she... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 1992

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 36. A Talk With The Major Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 36. A Talk With The Major

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 36. A Talk With The Major
CHAPTER XXXVI. A TALK WITH THE MAJORWhile she meditated thus, major Marvel made his appearance. He had been watching outside, saw her uncle go, and an hour after was shown to the room where she still sat, staring out on the frosty trees of the square. "Why, my child," he said, with almost paternal tenderness, "your hand is as cold as ice! Why do you sit so far from the fire?" She rose and went to the fire with him. He put her in an easy chair, and sat down beside her. Common, pudgy, red-faced, bald-headed as he was, she come... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 2572

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 35. In London Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 35. In London

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 35. In London
CHAPTER XXXV. IN LONDONIt was much too early to do anything when they arrived. Nor could Hester go to her uncle's house: it was in one of the suburbs, and she would reach it before the household was stirring. They went therefore to Addison square. When they had roused Sarah, the major took his leave of Hester, promising to be with her in a few hours, and betook himself to his hotel. As she would not be seen at the bank, with the risk of being recognized as the sister of Cornelius and rousing speculation, she begged the major when he... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 3432

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 34. Calamity Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 34. Calamity

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 34. Calamity
CHAPTER XXXIV. CALAMITYOne afternoon the post brought side by side with a letter from lord Gartley, one in a strange-looking cramped hand, which Mrs. Raymount recognized. "What can Sarah be writing about?" she said, a sudden foreboding of evil crossing her mind. "The water-rate perhaps," answered Hester, opening her own letter as she withdrew to read it. For she did not like to read Gartley's letters before her mother--not from shyness, but from shame: she would have liked ill to have her learn how poor her Gartley's utterances were upon paper. But ere she was six slow steps away, she turned... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 2243

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 33. Courtship In Earnest Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 33. Courtship In Earnest

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 33. Courtship In Earnest
CHAPTER XXXIII. COURTSHIP IN EARNESTI do not care to dwell upon what followed. Christmas was a merry day to all but the major, who did not like the engagement any better than before. He found refuge and consolation with Mark. The boy was merry in a mild, reflected way, because the rest were merry, but preferred his own room with "dear Majie," to the drawing-room with the grand lady. He would steal from it, assured that in a moment the major would be after him, to keep him company, and tell him such stories! Lord Gartley now began to make love... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 3035

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 29. A Brave Act Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 29. A Brave Act

Weighed And Wanting - Chapter 29. A Brave Act
CHAPTER XXIX. A BRAVE ACTThe major had indeed taken a strong fancy to Hester, and during the whole of his visit kept as near her as he could, much to the annoyance of Vavasor. Doubtless it was in part to keep the other from her that he himself sought her: the major did not take to Vavasor. There was a natural repulsion between them. Vavasor thought the major a most objectionable, indeed low fellow, full of brag and vulgarity, and the major thought Vavasor a supercilious idiot. It is curious how differently a man's character will be read by two people... Long Stories - Post by : voltaire11 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Macdonald - Read : 2954