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Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 37. His Visitor Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 37. His Visitor

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 37. His Visitor
CHAPTER XXXVII. HIS VISITOR"The fairy woman maketh moan, 'Well-a-day, and well-a-day, Forsooth I brought thee one rose, one, and thou didst cast my rose away.' Hark! Oh hark, she mourneth yet, 'One good ship--the good ship sailed, One bright star, at last it set, one, one chance, forsooth it failed.' "'Clear thy dusk hair from thy veiled eyes,... Long Stories - Post by : hotlinkz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 2639

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 34. Valentine And Laura Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 34. Valentine And Laura

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 34. Valentine And Laura
CHAPTER XXXIV. VALENTINE AND LAURA"The flower out of reach is dedicate to God." Tamil Proverb. Some one passing Valentine as he walked home in the gloaming, started, and hurried on. "He came up so still-like," she said, afterwards, "that I e'en took him for a sperit, he being a Melcombe, and they having a way of _walking_." She did not speak without book, for old Madam Melcombe was already said to haunt the churchyard. Not as a being in human guise, but as a white, widewinged bird, perfectly noiseless in its movements, skimming the grass much as owls do, but having... Long Stories - Post by : hotlinkz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 2039

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 33. The True Ghost Story Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 33. The True Ghost Story

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 33. The True Ghost Story
CHAPTER XXXIII. THE TRUE GHOST STORY_Horatio._--"Look, my lord, it comes!" Hamlet the Dane.Valentine was at Melcombe again. He had begun several improvements about the place which called for time, and would cost money. It was not without misgiving that he had consented to enter on the first of them. There was still in his mind, as he believed, a reservation. He would give up the property if he ever saw fit cause. Now, if he began to tie himself by engaging in expensive enterprises, or by undertaking responsibilities, it might be impossible to do this. Therefore he... Long Stories - Post by : hotlinkz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 2036

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 32. Mr. Brandon Is Made The Subject Of An Honourable Comparison Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 32. Mr. Brandon Is Made The Subject Of An Honourable Comparison

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 32. Mr. Brandon Is Made The Subject Of An Honourable Comparison
CHAPTER XXXII. MR. BRANDON IS MADE THE SUBJECT OF AN HONOURABLE COMPARISONJohn Mortimer, thanks to a strong frame and an excellent constitution, was soon able to rise. He stood by his little Janie when she was laid in the grave, and felt, when he could think about it, how completely he and his had been spared the natural sorrow they would have suffered by the overshadowing gloom of greater misfortunes. There was no mother to make lamentation. It was above all things needful to keep up Johnnie's spirits, and not discourage him. He had gone through a harder struggle for his... Long Stories - Post by : hotlinkz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 1856

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 31. A Woman's Sympathy Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 31. A Woman's Sympathy

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 31. A Woman's Sympathy
CHAPTER XXXI. A WOMAN'S SYMPATHY"Midsummer night, not dark, not light. Dusk all the scented air, I'll e'en go forth to one I love, And learn how he doth fare. O the ring, the ring, my dear, for me, The ring was a world too fine, I wish it had sunk in a forty-fathom sea, Or ever thou mad'st it mine. "Soft... Long Stories - Post by : hotlinkz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 992

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 30. A Chapter Of Troubles Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 30. A Chapter Of Troubles

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 30. A Chapter Of Troubles
CHAPTER XXX. A CHAPTER OF TROUBLES"She's daft to refuse the laird of Cockpen." Scotch Ballad. And now John Mortimer had again possession of his ring. Emily had sent it, together with a little book that she had borrowed some time previously, and the whole was so done up in stiff paper that Miss Christie Grant supposed herself to be returning the book only. "So you gave it to John, auntie," said Emily, when Miss Christie came back, "and told him I was going out, and he read the note?" "Yes," answered Miss Christie curtly. "Is he looking well?" asked Emily with... Long Stories - Post by : hotlinkz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 1315

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 29. Unheard-Of Liberties Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 29. Unheard-Of Liberties

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 29. Unheard-Of Liberties
CHAPTER XXIX. UNHEARD-OF LIBERTIES"If he come not then the play is marred: it goes not forward, doth it?" _Midsummer Night's Dream._Miss Christie Grant, sitting with Emily at ten o'clock in the morning, heard a ring at the bell, which she thought she knew. She pricked up her head to listen, and as it ceased tinkling she bustled out of the room. The first virtue of a companion in Miss Christie Grant's view, was to know how to be judiciously absent. "Mr. Mortimer." Emily was writing, when she looked up on hearing these words,... Long Stories - Post by : hotlinkz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 2867

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 28. Melcombe Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 28. Melcombe

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 28. Melcombe
CHAPTER XXVIII. MELCOMBE"In the pleasant orchard closes 'God bless all our gains,' say we, But, 'May God bless all our losses,' Better suits with our degree" E.B. BROWNING.The shade of twilight was but just fleeting, a faint glow waxed over the eastern hills, and the great orchard of pear-trees that pressed up to one end of Melcombe House showed white as an army of shrouded ghosts in the dim solemnities of dawn. The house was closely shut up, and no one... Long Stories - Post by : hotlinkz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 1136

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 27. The Pleasures Of Memory Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 27. The Pleasures Of Memory

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 27. The Pleasures Of Memory
CHAPTER XXVII. THE PLEASURES OF MEMORY"Pleasures of memory! O supremely blest And justly proud beyond a poet's praise, If the pure confines of thy tranquil breast Contain indeed the subject of thy lays." (Said to be by Rogers.)A few days after this Emily was coming down the lane leading to John Mortimer's house, having taken leave of Justina at the railway station. She was reading a letter just received from Valentine, signed for the first time in full, Valentine Melcombe. The young gentleman, it appeared,... Long Stories - Post by : hotlinkz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 965

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 24. Self-Wonder And Self-Scorn Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 24. Self-Wonder And Self-Scorn

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 24. Self-Wonder And Self-Scorn
CHAPTER XXIV. SELF-WONDER AND SELF-SCORN"Something there is moves me to love, and I Do know I love, but know not how, nor why." A. BROME.As John and his children withdrew together through the garden, Justina Fairbairn sat with her work on her knees, watching them. "Mr. Mortimer is six-and-thirty, is he not?" she asked. "Yes," answered Emily. "How much he improves in appearance!" she observed; "he used not to be thought handsome when he was very young--he is both handsome and stately now." "It is the way with the Mortimers, I think," said... Long Stories - Post by : epsilon7 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 2432

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 23. Dante And Others Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 23. Dante And Others

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 23. Dante And Others
CHAPTER XXIII. DANTE AND OTHERS"He climbed the wall of heaven, and saw his love Safe at her singing; and he left his foes In vales of shadow weltering, unassoiled, Immortal sufferers henceforth, in both worlds."It was the middle of April. Valentine was gone, and the Mortimer children were running wild, for their nurse had suddenly departed on account of the airs of the new lady-housekeeper, who, moreover, had quarrelled with the new governess. John was now without doubt Mr. Mortimer, the head of his family and all alone of... Long Stories - Post by : epsilon7 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 2959

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 22. Sophistry Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 22. Sophistry

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 22. Sophistry
CHAPTER XXII. SOPHISTRY"'As he has not trusted me, he will never know how I should scorn to be a thief,' quoth the school boy yesterday, when his master's orchard gate was locked; but, 'It's all his own fault,' quoth the same boy to-day while he was stealing his master's plums, 'why did he leave the gate ajar?'" "Val," said Brandon, "I do hope you will give yourself time to consider this thing in all its bearings before you decide. I am afraid if you make a mistake, it will prove a momentous one." He spoke with a certain feeling of restraint,... Long Stories - Post by : epsilon7 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 849

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 21. The Dead Father Entreats Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 21. The Dead Father Entreats

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 21. The Dead Father Entreats
CHAPTER XXI. THE DEAD FATHER ENTREATS"_Prospero. I have done nothing but in care of thee, Of thee, my dear one." The Tempest.Valentine rose early the morning after the funeral; John Mortimer had left him alone in the house, and gone home to his children. John had regarded the impending death of his father more as a loss and a misfortune than is common. He and the old man, besides being constant companions, had been very intimate friends, and the rending of the tie between them was very keenly felt by the son. Nothing,... Long Stories - Post by : epsilon7 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 1325

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 20. The River Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 20. The River

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 20. The River
CHAPTER XX. THE RIVER"Now there was a great calm at that time in the river; wherefore Mr. Standfast, when he was about half way in, he stood awhile, and talked to his companions that had waited upon him thither; and he said,...'I have formerly lived by hearsay and faith; but now I go where I shall live by sight, and shall be with Him in whose company I delight myself. I have loved to hear my Lord spoken of; and wherever I have seen the print of his shoe in the earth, there have I coveted to set my foot too.'"--_Pilgrim's... Long Stories - Post by : epsilon7 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 1018

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 19. Mr. Mortimer Goes Through The Turnpike Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 19. Mr. Mortimer Goes Through The Turnpike

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 19. Mr. Mortimer Goes Through The Turnpike
CHAPTER XIX. MR. MORTIMER GOES THROUGH THE TURNPIKE "I hear thee speak of the happy land." Swan looked down as Miss Crampton and Miss Christie emerged into the garden. "Most impertinent of Swan," he heard the former say, to be arguing thus about political affairs in the presence of the children. And what Mr. Mortimer can be thinking of, inviting young Crayshaw to stay so much with them, I cannot imagine. We shall be having them turn republican next." "Turn republican!" repeated Miss Christie with infinite scorn; "there's about as much chance of that as of his ever seeing his native... Long Stories - Post by : epsilon7 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 758

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 18. A Morning Call Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 18. A Morning Call

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 18. A Morning Call
CHAPTER XVIII. A MORNING CALL"Learn now for all That I, which know my heart, do here pronounce By the very truth of it, I care not for you."--_Cymbeline._"John," said Valentine, ten days after this dinner party, "you have not called on D. yet, nor have I." "No," John answered, observing his wish, "and it might not be a bad plan for us to go together." "Thank you, and if you would add the twins to--to make the thing easier and less formal." "Nonsense," said John; "but yes, I'll take some of the children,... Long Stories - Post by : epsilon7 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 3280

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 17. An Easy Dismissal Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 17. An Easy Dismissal

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 17. An Easy Dismissal
CHAPTER XVII. AN EASY DISMISSAL"Admired Miranda! Indeed the top of admiration! worth What's dearest to the world." _The Tempest._"Well, father, it's too true!" "You don't say so?" "Yes; he died, Dr. Mainby's housekeeper says, at five o'clock this morning. The doctor was there all night, and he's now come home, and gone to bed." "One of the most unfortunate occurrences I ever heard of. Well, that that is, is--and can't be helped. I'd have given something (over and above the ten-and-sixpence) to have had it otherwise; but I 'spose,... Long Stories - Post by : epsilon7 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 2088

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 14. Emily Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 14. Emily

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 14. Emily
CHAPTER XIV. EMILY"Not warp'd by passion, awed by rumour, Not grave through pride, nor gay through folly, An equal mixture of good humour, And sensible, soft melancholy. "'Has she no faults then,' Envy says, 'Sir?' 'Yes, she has one, I must aver; When all the world conspires to praise her The woman's deaf, and does not hear.'"John Mortimer was sitting at breakfast the very morning after this... Long Stories - Post by : epsilon7 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 1057

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 13. Venerable Ancientry Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 13. Venerable Ancientry

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 13. Venerable Ancientry
CHAPTER XIII. VENERABLE ANCIENTRY"Even as the sparrow findeth an house, and the swallow a nest for herself where she may lay her young, so I seek thine altars, O Lord of Hosts, my King and my God."--Psalm lxxxiv., Marginal Translation. Rising early the next morning, Brandon found that he had an hour to spare before breakfast, and sallied forth for an early walk. A delicate hoarfrost still made white the shade, and sparkled all over the sombre leaves of some fine yew-trees that grew outside the garden wall. Walking up a little rise, he saw the weathercock and one turret of... Long Stories - Post by : epsilon7 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 2320

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 12. Valentine Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 12. Valentine

Fated To Be Free: A Novel - Chapter 12. Valentine
CHAPTER XII. VALENTINE"If he had known where he was going to fall, he could have put down straw."--Russian Proverb. Laura wrote with difficulty an answer to Lizzy Grant's letter. It is easier for the sister to say, "My brother is a dishonourable young fellow, and has behaved shamefully," than for the friend to answer without offence, "I quite agree with you." But the next letter made matters in some degree easier, for it at least showed the direction that his family gave to the excuses they now offered for the behaviour of the young scapegrace. First, he had been very unwell... Long Stories - Post by : ShawnaMeguess - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jean Ingelow - Read : 952