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The Right Of Way - Chapter 34. In Ambush The Right Of Way - Chapter 34. In Ambush

The Right Of Way - Chapter 34. In Ambush
CHAPTER XXXIV. IN AMBUSHWeeks went by. Summer was done, autumn was upon the land. Harvest-home had gone, and the "fall" ploughing was forward. The smell of the burning stubble, of decaying plant and fibre, was mingling with the odours of the orchards and the balsams of the forest. The leafy hill-sides, far and near, were resplendent in scarlet and saffron and tawny red. Over the decline of the year flickered the ruined fires of energy. It had been a prosperous summer in the valley. Harvests had been reaped such as the country had not known for years--and for years there had... Long Stories - Post by : Mark624 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 1663

The Right Of Way - Chapter 33. The Edge Of Life The Right Of Way - Chapter 33. The Edge Of Life

The Right Of Way - Chapter 33. The Edge Of Life
CHAPTER XXXIII. THE EDGE OF LIFEMeantime Charley was alone with his problem. The net of circumstances seemed to have coiled inextricably round him. Once, at a trial in court in other days, he had said in his ironical way: "One hasn't to fear the penalties of one's sins, but the damnable accident of discovery." To try to escape now, or, with the assistance of Jo Portugais, when en route to Quebec in charge of the constables, and find refuge and seclusion elsewhere? There was nothing he might ask of Portugais which he would not do. To escape--and so acknowledge a guilt... Long Stories - Post by : Mark624 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 1585

The Right Of Way - Chapter 32. Jo Portugais Tells A Story The Right Of Way - Chapter 32. Jo Portugais Tells A Story

The Right Of Way - Chapter 32. Jo Portugais Tells A Story
CHAPTER XXXII. JO PORTUGAIS TELLS A STORYJo Portugais had fastened down a secret with clasps heavier than iron, and had long stood guard over it. But life is a wheel, and natures move in circles, passing the same points again and again, the points being distant or near to the sense as the courses of life have influenced the nature. Confession was an old principle, a light in the way, a rest-house for Jo and all his race, by inheritance, by disposition, and by practice. Again and again Jo had come round to the rest-house since one direful day, but had... Long Stories - Post by : Mark624 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 2402

The Right Of Way - Chapter 31. Charley Stands At Bay The Right Of Way - Chapter 31. Charley Stands At Bay

The Right Of Way - Chapter 31. Charley Stands At Bay
CHAPTER XXXI. CHARLEY STANDS AT BAYCharley turned quickly to the woodsman. "Listen," he said, and he told Jo how things stood. "You will not hide, M'sieu'? There is time," Jo asked. "I will not hide, Jo." "What will you do?" "I'll decide when they come." There was silence for a moment, then the sound of voices on the hill-side. Charley's soul rose up in revolt against the danger that faced him--not against personal peril, but the danger of being dragged back again into the life he had come from, with all that it involved--the futility of this charge against him! To... Long Stories - Post by : Mark624 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 796

The Right Of Way - Chapter 30. Rosalie Warns Charley The Right Of Way - Chapter 30. Rosalie Warns Charley

The Right Of Way - Chapter 30. Rosalie Warns Charley
CHAPTER XXX. ROSALIE WARNS CHARLEYCharley's eyes met Rosalie's with a look the girl had never seen in them before. It gave a glow to his haggard face. Rosalie turned to Jo and greeted him with a friendlier manner than was her wont towards him. The nearer she was to Charley, the farther away from him, to her mind, was Portugais, and she became magnanimous. Jo nodded' awkwardly and left the room. Looking after the departing figure, Rosalie said: "I know he has been good to you, but--but do you trust him, Monsieur?" "Does not everybody in Chaudiere trust him?" "There is... Long Stories - Post by : Mark624 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 2534

The Right Of Way - Chapter 29. The Wild Ride The Right Of Way - Chapter 29. The Wild Ride

The Right Of Way - Chapter 29. The Wild Ride
CHAPTER XXIX. THE WILD RIDEThere had been a fierce thunder-storm in the valley of the Chaudiere. It had come suddenly from the east, had shrieked over the village, levelling fences, carrying away small bridges, and ending in a pelting hail, which whitened the ground with pebbles of ice. It had swept up to Vadrome Mountain, and had marched furiously through the forest, carrying down hundreds of trees, drowning the roars of wild animals and the crying and fluttering of birds. One hour of ravage and rage, and then, spent and bodiless, the storm crept down the other side of the mountain... Long Stories - Post by : Mark624 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 1728

The Right Of Way - Chapter 26. A Song, A Bottle, And A Ghost The Right Of Way - Chapter 26. A Song, A Bottle, And A Ghost

The Right Of Way - Chapter 26. A Song, A Bottle, And A Ghost
CHAPTER XXVI. A SONG, A BOTTLE, AND A GHOSTAll day John Brown, ex-clergyman and quack-doctor, harangued the people of Chaudiere from his gaily-painted wagon. He had the perfect gift of the charlatan, and he had discovered his metier. Inclined to the picturesque by nature, melodramatic and empirical, his earlier career had been the due fruit of habit and education. As a dabbler in mines he had been out of his element. He lacked the necessary reticence, and arsenic had not availed him, though it had tempted Billy Wantage to forgery; and because Billy hid himself behind the dismal opportunity of silence,... Long Stories - Post by : Mark624 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 2760

The Right Of Way - Chapter 25. The Colonel Tells His Story The Right Of Way - Chapter 25. The Colonel Tells His Story

The Right Of Way - Chapter 25. The Colonel Tells His Story
CHAPTER XXV. THE COLONEL TELLS HIS STORYThe Colonel had lunched very well indeed. He had done justice to every dish set before him; he had made a little speech, congratulating himself on having such a well-trained body of men to command, and felicitating Chaudiere from many points of view. He was in great good-humour with himself, and when the Notary asked him--it was at the Manor, with the soldiers resting on the grass without--about the tale of bravery he had promised them, he brought his fist down on the table with great intensity but little noise, and said: "Chaudiere may well... Long Stories - Post by : Mark624 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 1087

The Right Of Way - Chapter 24. The Seigneur Takes A Hand In The Game The Right Of Way - Chapter 24. The Seigneur Takes A Hand In The Game

The Right Of Way - Chapter 24. The Seigneur Takes A Hand In The Game
CHAPTER XXIV. THE SEIGNEUR TAKES A HAND IN THE GAMEIt was St. Jean Baptiste's day, and French Canada was en fete. Every seigneur, every cure, every doctor, every notary--the chief figures in a parish--and every habitant was bent for a happy holiday, dressed in his best clothes, moved in his best spirits, in the sweet summer weather. Bells were ringing, flags were flying, every road and lane was filled with caleches and wagons, and every dog that could draw a cart pulled big and little people, the old and the blind and the mendicant, the happy and the sour, to the... Long Stories - Post by : Mark624 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 2493

The Right Of Way - Chapter 23. The Woman Who Did Not Tell The Right Of Way - Chapter 23. The Woman Who Did Not Tell

The Right Of Way - Chapter 23. The Woman Who Did Not Tell
CHAPTER XXIII. THE WOMAN WHO DID NOT TELL"Oh, M'sieu', I am afraid." "Afraid of what, Margot?" "Of the last moment, M'sieu' le Cure." "There will be no last moment to your mind--you will not know it when it comes, Margot." The woman trembled. "I am not sorry to die. But I am afraid; it is so lonely, M'sieu' le Cure." "God is with us, Margot." "When we are born we do not know. It is on the shoulders of others. When we die we know, and we have to answer." "Is the answering so hard, Margot?" The woman shook her head... Long Stories - Post by : Mark624 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 804

The Right Of Way - Chapter 22. The Woman Who Saw The Right Of Way - Chapter 22. The Woman Who Saw

The Right Of Way - Chapter 22. The Woman Who Saw
CHAPTER XXII. THE WOMAN WHO SAWUp to the moment of her meeting with Charley, Rosalie Evanturel's life had been governed by habit, which was lightly coloured by temperament. Since the eventful hour on Vadrome Mountain it had become a life of temperament, in which habit was involuntary and mechanical. She did her daily duties with a good heart, but also with a sense superior to the practical action. This grew from day to day, until, in the tragical days wherein she had secretly played a great part, she moved as in a dream, but a dream so formal that no one... Long Stories - Post by : Mark624 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 1155

The Right Of Way - Chapter 21. The Cure Has An Inspiration The Right Of Way - Chapter 21. The Cure Has An Inspiration

The Right Of Way - Chapter 21. The Cure Has An Inspiration
CHAPTER XXI. THE CURE HAS AN INSPIRATIONWhite and malicious faces peered through the doorway. There was an ugly murmur coming up the staircase. Many habitants had heard Louis Trudel's last words, and had passed them on with vehement exaggeration. Chaudiere had been touched in its most superstitious corner. Protestantism was a sin, but atheism was a crime against humanity. The Protestant might be the victim of a mistake, but the atheist was the deliberate son of darkness, the source of fearful dangers. An atheist in their midst was like a scorpion in a flower-bed--no one could tell when and where he... Long Stories - Post by : Mark624 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 1007

The Right Of Way - Chapter 20. The Return Of The Tailor The Right Of Way - Chapter 20. The Return Of The Tailor

The Right Of Way - Chapter 20. The Return Of The Tailor
CHAPTER XX. THE RETURN OF THE TAILORTwenty minutes later the tailor was lying in his bed, breathing, but still unconscious, the Notary, M'sieu', and the doctor of the next parish, who by chance was in Chaudiere, beside him. Charley's face was drawn and haggard with pain, for he had helped to carry old Louis to bed, though every motion of his arms gave him untold agony. In the doorway stood Rosalie and Margot Patry. "Will he live?" asked the Notary. The doctor shook his head. "A few hours, perhaps. He fell downstairs?" Charley nodded. There was silence for some time, as... Long Stories - Post by : Mark624 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 1236

The Right Of Way - Chapter 19. The Sign From Heaven The Right Of Way - Chapter 19. The Sign From Heaven

The Right Of Way - Chapter 19. The Sign From Heaven
CHAPTER XIX. THE SIGN FROM HEAVENThe agitation and curiosity possessing Rosalie all day held her in the evening when the wooden shutters of the tailor's shop were closed and only a flickering light showed through the cracks. She was restless and uneasy during supper, and gave more than one unmeaning response to the remarks of her crippled father, who, drawn up for supper in his wheel-chair, was more than usually inclined to gossip. Damase Evanturel's mind was stirred concerning the loss of the iron cross; the threat made by Filion Lacasse and his companions troubled him. The one person beside the... Long Stories - Post by : hazror - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 2856

The Right Of Way - Chapter 16. Madame Dauphin Has A Mission The Right Of Way - Chapter 16. Madame Dauphin Has A Mission

The Right Of Way - Chapter 16. Madame Dauphin Has A Mission
CHAPTER XVI. MADAME DAUPHIN HAS A MISSIONOne day Charley began to know the gossip of the village about him from a source less friendly than Jo Portugais. The Notary's wife, bringing her boy to be measured for a suit of broadcloth, asked Charley if the things Jo had told about him were true, and if it was also true that he was a Protestant, and perhaps an Englishman. As yet, Charley had been asked no direct questions, for the people of Chaudiere had the consideration of their temperament; but the Notary's wife was half English, and being a figure in the... Long Stories - Post by : Craig - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 2942

The Right Of Way - Chapter 15. The Mark In The Paper The Right Of Way - Chapter 15. The Mark In The Paper

The Right Of Way - Chapter 15. The Mark In The Paper
CHAPTER XV. THE MARK IN THE PAPERChaudiere was nearing the last of its nine-days' wonder. It had filed past the doorway of the tailor-shop; it had loitered on the other side of the street; it had been measured for more clothes than in three months past--that it might see Charley at work in the shop, cross-legged on a bench, or wielding the goose, his eye glass in his eye. Here was sensation indeed, for though old M. Rossignol, the Seigneur, had an eye-glass, it was held to his eye--a large bone-bound thing with a little gold handle; but no one in... Long Stories - Post by : Craig - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 633

The Right Of Way - Chapter 14. Rosalie, Charley, And The Man The Widow Plomondon Jilted The Right Of Way - Chapter 14. Rosalie, Charley, And The Man The Widow Plomondon Jilted

The Right Of Way - Chapter 14. Rosalie, Charley, And The Man The Widow Plomondon Jilted
CHAPTER XIV. ROSALIE, CHARLEY, AND THE MAN THE WIDOW PLOMONDON JILTEDFrom the moment there came to the post-office the letter addressed to "The Sick Man at the House of Jo Portugais at Vadrome Mountain," Rosalie Evanturel dreamed dreams. Mystery, so fascinating a thing in all the experiences of life, took hold of her. The strange man in the lonely hut on the hill, the bandaged head, the keen, piercing blue eyes, the monocle, like a masked battery of the mind, levelled at her--all appealed to that life she lived apart from the people with whom she had daily commerce. Her world... Long Stories - Post by : Craig - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 3225

The Right Of Way - Chapter 13. How Charley Went Adventuring And What He Found The Right Of Way - Chapter 13. How Charley Went Adventuring And What He Found

The Right Of Way - Chapter 13. How Charley Went Adventuring And What He Found
CHAPTER XIII. HOW CHARLEY WENT ADVENTURING AND WHAT HE FOUNDA week passed. Charley's life was running in a tiny circle, but his mind was compassing large revolutions. The events of the last few days had cut deep. His life had been turned upside down. All his predispositions had been suddenly brought to check, his habits turned upon the flank and routed, his mental postures flung into confusion. He had to start life again; but it could not be in the way of any previous travel of mind or body. The line of cleavage was sharp and wide, and the only connection... Long Stories - Post by : Craig - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 1106

The Right Of Way - Chapter 12. The Coming Of Rosalie The Right Of Way - Chapter 12. The Coming Of Rosalie

The Right Of Way - Chapter 12. The Coming Of Rosalie
CHAPTER XII. THE COMING OF ROSALIECharley Steele saw himself as he had been through the eyes of another. He saw the work that he had done in the carpentering shed, and had no memory of it. The real Charley Steele had been enveloped in oblivion for seven months. During that time a mild phantom of himself had wandered, as it were in a somnambulistic dream, through the purlieus of life. Open-eyed, but with the soul asleep, all idiosyncrasy laid aside, all acquired impressions and influences vanished, he had been walking in the world with no more complexity of mind than a... Long Stories - Post by : Craig - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 2329

The Right Of Way - Chapter 11. The Raising Of The Curtain The Right Of Way - Chapter 11. The Raising Of The Curtain

The Right Of Way - Chapter 11. The Raising Of The Curtain
CHAPTER XI. THE RAISING OF THE CURTAINM. Marcel Loisel did his work with a masterly precision, with the aid of his brother and Portugais. The man under the instruments, not wholly insensible, groaned once or twice. Once or twice, too, his eyes opened with a dumb hunted look, then closed as with an irresistible weariness. When the work was over, and every stain or sign of surgery removed, sleep came down on the bed--a deep and saturating sleep, which seemed to fill the room with peace. For hours the surgeon sat beside the couch, now and again feeling the pulse, wetting... Long Stories - Post by : Craig - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 1574