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The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 1. Dramatis Personae The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 1. Dramatis Personae

The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 1. Dramatis Personae
Chapter I. DRAMATIS PERSONAE"How goes it, Frank? Down first, as usual.""The early bird gets the worm, Major.""Deuced ungallant speech, considering that the lovely Octavia is the worm," and with a significant laugh the major assumed an Englishman's favorite attitude before the fire.His companion shot a quick glance at him, and an expression of anxiety passed over his face as he replied, with a well-feigned air of indifference, "You are altogether too sharp, Major. I must be on my guard while you are in the house. Any new arrivals? I thought I heard a carriage drive up not long ago.""It was General... Long Stories - Post by : codebluenj - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 3479

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - IX. LADY COVENTRY Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - IX. LADY COVENTRY

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - IX. LADY COVENTRY
IX. LADY COVENTRYWhen the first excitement of Edward's return had subsided, and before they could question him as to the cause of this unexpected visit, he told them that after dinner their curiosity should be gratified, and meantime he begged them to leave Miss Muir alone, for she had received bad news and must not be disturbed. The family with difficulty restrained their tongues and waited impatiently. Gerald confessed his love for Jean and asked his brother's pardon for betraying his trust. He had expected an outbreak, but Edward only looked at him with pitying eyes, and said sadly, "You too!... Long Stories - Post by : Valanar42 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 3261

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - VIII. SUSPENSE Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - VIII. SUSPENSE

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - VIII. SUSPENSE
VIII. SUSPENSEAll the next day, Jean was in a state of the most intense anxiety, as every hour brought the crisis nearer, and every hour might bring defeat, for the subtlest human skill is often thwarted by some unforeseen accident. She longed to assure herself that Sir John was gone, but no servants came or went that day, and she could devise no pretext for sending to glean intelligence. She dared not go herself, lest the unusual act should excite suspicion, for she never went till evening. Even had she determined to venture, there was no time, for Mrs. Coventry was... Long Stories - Post by : dreamkeeper - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2753

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - VII. THE LAST CHANCE Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - VII. THE LAST CHANCE

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - VII. THE LAST CHANCE
VII. THE LAST CHANCE"She will tell Sir John, will she? Then I must be before her, and hasten events. It will be as well to have all sure before there can be any danger. My poor Dean, you are no match for me, but you may prove annoying, nevertheless."These thoughts passed through Miss Muir's mind as she went down the hall, pausing an instant at the library door, for the murmur of voices was heard. She caught no word, and had only time for an instant's pause as Dean's heavy step followed her. Turning, Jean drew a chair before the door,... Long Stories - Post by : MichaelS - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2720

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - VI. ON THE WATCH Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - VI. ON THE WATCH

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - VI. ON THE WATCH
VI. ON THE WATCH"If you please, Mr. Coventry, did you get the letter last night?" were the first words that greeted the "young master" as he left his room next morning."What letter, Dean? I don't remember any," he answered, pausing, for something in the maid's manner struck him as peculiar."It came just as you left for the Hall, sir. Benson ran after you with it, as it was marked 'Haste.' Didn't you get it, sir?" asked the woman, anxiously."Yes, but upon my life, I forgot all about it till this minute. It's in my other coat, I suppose, if I've not... Long Stories - Post by : roedrpx - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 633

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - V. HOW THE GIRL DID IT Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - V. HOW THE GIRL DID IT

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - V. HOW THE GIRL DID IT
V. HOW THE GIRL DID ITAt home he found a party of young friends, who hailed with delight the prospect of a revel at the Hall. An hour later, the blithe company trooped into the great saloon preparations had already been made for a dramatic evening.Good Sir John was in his element, for he was never so happy as when his house was full of young people. Several persons were chosen, and in a few moments the curtains were withdrawn from the first of these impromptu tableaux. A swarthy, darkly bearded man lay asleep on a tiger skin, in the... Long Stories - Post by : Rawkin - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2260

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - IV. A DISCOVERY Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - IV. A DISCOVERY

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - IV. A DISCOVERY
IV. A DISCOVERYFor several days Coventry was confined to his room, much against his will, though everyone did their best to lighten his irksome captivity. His mother petted him, Bella sang, Lucia read, Edward was devoted, and all the household, with one exception, were eager to serve the young master. Jean Muir never came near him, and Jean Muir alone seemed to possess the power of amusing him. He soon tired of the others, wanted something new; recalled the piquant character of the girl and took a fancy into his head that she would lighten his ennui. After some hesitation, he... Long Stories - Post by : kurlic - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2927

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - III. PASSION AND PIQUE Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - III. PASSION AND PIQUE

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - III. PASSION AND PIQUE
III. PASSION AND PIQUEFor several weeks the most monotonous tranquillity seemed to reign at Coventry House, and yet, unseen, unsuspected, a storm was gathering. The arrival of Miss Muir seemed to produce a change in everyone, though no one could have explained how or why. Nothing could be more unobtrusive and retiring than her manners. She was devoted to Bella, who soon adored her, and was only happy when in her society. She ministered in many ways to Mrs. Coventry's comfort, and that lady declared there never was such a nurse. She amused, interested and won Edward with her wit and... Long Stories - Post by : epsftp - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 3096

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - II. A GOOD BEGINNING Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - II. A GOOD BEGINNING

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - II. A GOOD BEGINNING
II. A GOOD BEGINNINGOnly the housemaids were astir when Miss Muir left her room next morning and quietly found her way into the garden. As she walked, apparently intent upon the flowers, her quick eye scrutinized the fine old house and its picturesque surroundings."Not bad," she said to herself, adding, as she passed into the adjoining park, "but the other may be better, and I will have the best."Walking rapidly, she came out at length upon the wide green lawn which lay before the ancient hall where Sir John Coventry lived in solitary splendor. A stately old place, rich in oaks,... Long Stories - Post by : Jorge - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1799

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - I. JEAN MUIR Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - I. JEAN MUIR

Behind A Mask; Or A Woman's Power - I. JEAN MUIR
I. JEAN MUIR"Has she come?""No, Mamma, not yet.""I wish it were well over. The thought of it worries and excites me. A cushion for my back, Bella."And poor, peevish Mrs. Coventry sank into an easy chair with a nervous sigh and the air of a martyr, while her pretty daughter hovered about her with affectionate solicitude."Who are they talking of, Lucia?" asked the languid young man lounging on a couch near his cousin, who bent over her tapestry work with a happy smile on her usually haughty face."The new governess, Miss Muir. Shall I tell you about her?""No, thank you. I... Long Stories - Post by : nickdmt - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 3068

Flower Fables - FAIRY SONG Flower Fables - FAIRY SONG

Flower Fables - FAIRY SONG
FAIRY SONGThe moonlight fades from flower and tree, And the stars dim one by one; The tale is told, the song is sung, And the Fairy feast is done. The night-wind rocks the sleeping flowers, And sings to them, soft and low. The early birds erelong will wake: 'T is time for the Elves to go. O'er the sleeping earth we silently pass, Unseen by mortal eye, And send sweet dreams, as we lightly float Through the quiet moonlit sky;-- For the stars' soft eyes alone may see, And the flowers alone may know, The feasts we hold, the tales we... Long Stories - Post by : jamgem - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1212

Flower Fables - RIPPLE, THE WATER-SPIRIT Flower Fables - RIPPLE, THE WATER-SPIRIT

Flower Fables - RIPPLE, THE WATER-SPIRIT
RIPPLE, THE WATER-SPIRITDOWN in the deep blue sea lived Ripple, a happy little Water-Spirit; all day long she danced beneath the coral arches, made garlands of bright ocean flowers, or floated on the great waves that sparkled in the sunlight; but the pastime that she loved best was lying in the many-colored shells upon the shore, listening to the low, murmuring music the waves had taught them long ago; and here for hours the little Spirit lay watching the sea and sky, while singing gayly to herself.But when tempests rose, she hastened down below the stormy billows, to where all was... Long Stories - Post by : bali2002 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2282

Flower Fables - LITTLE ANNIE'S DREAM; OR, THE FAIRY FLOWER Flower Fables - LITTLE ANNIE'S DREAM; OR, THE FAIRY FLOWER

Flower Fables - LITTLE ANNIE'S DREAM; OR, THE FAIRY FLOWER
LITTLE ANNIE'S DREAM; OR, THE FAIRY FLOWERIN a large and pleasant garden sat little Annie all alone, and she seemed very sad, for drops that were not dew fell fast upon the flowers beside her, who looked wonderingly up, and bent still nearer, as if they longed to cheer and comfort her. The warm wind lifted up her shining hair and softly kissed her cheek, while the sunbeams, looking most kindly in her face, made little rainbows in her tears, and lingered lovingly about her. But Annie paid no heed to sun, or wind, or flower; still the bright tears fell,... Long Stories - Post by : rsgreen - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1804

Flower Fables - CLOVER-BLOSSOM Flower Fables - CLOVER-BLOSSOM

Flower Fables - CLOVER-BLOSSOM
CLOVER-BLOSSOMIN a quiet, pleasant meadow, Beneath a summer sky, Where green old trees their branches waved, And winds went singing by; Where a little brook went rippling So musically low, And passing clouds cast shadows On the waving grass below; Where low, sweet notes of brooding birds Stole out on the fragrant air, And golden sunlight shone undimmed On all most fresh and fair;-- There bloomed a lovely sisterhood Of happy little flowers, Together in this pleasant home, Through quiet summer hours. No rude hand came to gather them, No chilling winds to blight; Warm sunbeams smiled on them by day,... Long Stories - Post by : colynbh - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1936

Flower Fables - LITTLE BUD Flower Fables - LITTLE BUD

Flower Fables - LITTLE BUD
LITTLE BUDIN a great forest, high up among the green boughs, lived Bird Brown-Breast, and his bright-eyed little mate. They were now very happy; their home was done, the four blue eggs lay in the soft nest, and the little wife sat still and patient on them, while the husband sang, and told her charming tales, and brought her sweet berries and little worms.Things went smoothly on, till one day she found in the nest a little white egg, with a golden band about it."My friend," cried she, "come and see! Where can this fine egg have come from? My four... Long Stories - Post by : gtpinc - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2140

Flower Fables - LILY-BELL AND THISTLEDOWN Flower Fables - LILY-BELL AND THISTLEDOWN

Flower Fables - LILY-BELL AND THISTLEDOWN
LILY-BELL AND THISTLEDOWNONCE upon a time, two little Fairies went out into the world, to seek their fortune. Thistledown was as gay and gallant a little Elf as ever spread a wing. His purple mantle, and doublet of green, were embroidered with the brightest threads, and the plume in his cap came always from the wing of the gayest butterfly.But he was not loved in Fairy-Land, for, like the flower whose name and colors he wore, though fair to look upon, many were the little thorns of cruelty and selfishness that lay concealed by his gay mantle. Many a gentle flower... Long Stories - Post by : olman - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1384

Flower Fables - THE FLOWER'S LESSON Flower Fables - THE FLOWER'S LESSON

Flower Fables - THE FLOWER'S LESSON
THE FLOWER'S LESSONTHERE grew a fragrant rose-tree where the brook flows, With two little tender buds, and one full rose; When the sun went down to his bed in the west, The little buds leaned on the rose-mother's breast, While the bright eyed stars their long watch kept, And the flowers of the valley in their green cradles slept; Then silently in odors they communed with each other, The two little buds on the bosom of their mother. "O sister," said the little one, as she gazed at the sky, "I wish that the Dew Elves, as they wander lightly by,... Long Stories - Post by : digitalgoods - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 3163

Flower Fables - EVA'S VISIT TO FAIRY-LAND Flower Fables - EVA'S VISIT TO FAIRY-LAND

Flower Fables - EVA'S VISIT TO FAIRY-LAND
EVA'S VISIT TO FAIRY-LANDDOWN among the grass and fragrant clover lay little Eva by the brook-side, watching the bright waves, as they went singing by under the drooping flowers that grew on its banks. As she was wondering where the waters went, she heard a faint, low sound, as of far-off music. She thought it was the wind, but not a leaf was stirring, and soon through the rippling water came a strange little boat.It was a lily of the valley, whose tall stem formed the mast, while the broad leaves that rose from the roots, and drooped again till they... Long Stories - Post by : carryon - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1640

Flower Fables - THE FROST-KING; OR, THE POWER OF LOVE Flower Fables - THE FROST-KING; OR, THE POWER OF LOVE

Flower Fables - THE FROST-KING; OR, THE POWER OF LOVE
THE FROST-KING; OR, THE POWER OF LOVETHREE little Fairies sat in the fields eating their breakfast; each among the leaves of her favorite flower, Daisy, Primrose, and Violet, were happy as Elves need be.The morning wind gently rocked them to and fro, and the sun shone warmly down upon the dewy grass butterflies spread their gay wings, and bees with their deep voices sung among the flowers; while the little birds hopped merrily about to peep at them.On a silvery mushroom was spread the breakfast; little cakes of flower-dust lay on a broad green leaf, beside a crimson strawberry, which,... Long Stories - Post by : paulanto - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1018

Flower Fables - PREFACE Flower Fables - PREFACE

Flower Fables - PREFACE
PREFACETHE summer moon shone brightly down upon the sleeping earth, while far away from mortal eyes danced the Fairy folk. Fire-flies hung in bright clusters on the dewy leaves, that waved in the cool night-wind; and the flowers stood gazing, in very wonder, at the little Elves, who lay among the fern-leaves, swung in the vine-boughs, sailed on the lake in lily cups, or danced on the mossy ground, to the music of the hare-bells, who rung out their merriest peal in honor of the night.Under the shade of a wild rose sat the Queen and her little Maids of Honor,... Long Stories - Post by : gem2015 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2622