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The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XXI The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XXI

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XXI
It was the beginning of winter when Don Silverio Frascara, having been put upon his trial and no evidence of any sort having been adduced against him, was declared innocent and set free, no compensation or apology being offered to him."Were it only military law it had been easy enough to find him guilty," said Senator Giovacchino Gallo to the Syndic of San Beda, and the Count Corradini warmly agreed with his Excellency that for the sake of law, order, and public peace it would be well could the military tribunals be always substituted for the civil; but alas! the monarchy... Long Stories - Post by : halwaku - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 3149

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XX The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XX

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XX
Don Silverio rose with the dawn of day, and entered his church at five of the clock. There were but a few women gathered in the gaunt, dark vastness of the nave. The morning was hot, and the scent of buds and blossoms and fresh-cut grass came in from the fields over the broken walls and into the ancient houses.When Mass was over, old Alaida crept over the mouldy mosaics timidly to his side, and kneeled down on the stones."Most reverend," she whispered, "'twas not my fault. I slept heavily; she must have unlocked the door, for it was undone at... Long Stories - Post by : outsourcing - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 2385

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XIX The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XIX

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XIX
The people of Ruscino went early to their beds; the light of the oil-wicks of the Presbytery was always the only light in the village half an hour after dark. Nerina went uncomplainingly to hers in the dark stone house within the walls where she had been told that it was her lot to dwell. She did not break her fast; she drank great draughts of water; then, with no word except a brief good-night, she went to the sacking filled with leaves which the old woman Alaida pointed out for her occupancy."She is soon reconciled," thought the old crone. "They... Long Stories - Post by : kenonline - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 1900

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XVIII The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XVIII

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XVIII
To this apple-tree field there was a high hedge of luxuriant elder and ash, myrtle and field-roses. Behind this hedge old Gianna was waiting for him; the tears were running down her face. She took the skirt of his coat between her hands. "Wait, your reverence, wait! The child is in the cattle stable."Don Silverio looked down on her a few moments without comprehension. Then he remembered."Is she there indeed? Poor little soul! She must not go to the house.""She does not dream of it, sir. Only she cannot understand why Madonna Clelia's anger is so terrible. What can I do... Long Stories - Post by : BlogD - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 811

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XVII The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XVII

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XVII
Gianna before it was dawn went out in the hope that she might meet Adone on his return, and be able to speak to him before he could see his mother. She was also in extreme anxiety for Nerina, of whom she had grown fond. She did not think the little girl would dare return after the words of Clelia Alba. She knew the child was courageous, but timid, like an otter or a swallow.She went to the edge of the river and waited; he must cross it to come home; but whether he would cross higher up or lower down... Long Stories - Post by : Maurice2 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 2491

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XVI The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XVI

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XVI
Of course his absence could not be hidden from any in his parish. The mere presence of the rector of an adjacent parish, who had taken his duties, sufficed to reveal it. For so many years he had never stirred out of Ruscino in winter cold or summer heat, that none of his people could satisfactorily account to themselves for his now frequent journeys. The more sagacious supposed that he was trying to get the project for the river undone; but they did not all have so much faith in him. Many had always been vaguely suspicious of him; he was... Long Stories - Post by : zional81 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 1723

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XV The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XV

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XV
To neglect no possible chance, he resolved to see the Prefect, if the Prefect consented to see him. This great official dwelt in a seaport city, whence he ruled the province, for such a period at least as his star should be in the ascendant, that is, whilt his political group should be in power. It was scarcely likely that a government official would be accessible to any arguments which a poor country priest could bring forward against a government project. Still, he resolved to make the effort, for at the Prefect's name apprehension, keen and quaking, had leapt into Count... Long Stories - Post by : tcrooks - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 1308

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XIV The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XIV

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XIV
One morning in early April Adone received a printed invitation to attend in five days' time at the Municipality of San Beda to hear of something which concerned him. It was brought by the little old postman who went the rounds of the district once a week on his donkey; the five days had already expired before the summons was delivered. Adone's ruddy cheeks grew pale as he glanced over it; he thrust it into the soil and drove his spade through it. The old man waiting, in hopes to get a draught of wine, looked at him in dismay."Is that... Long Stories - Post by : AllenMacCannell - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 752

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XIII The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XIII

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XIII
The autumn and winter passed without more being heard in the Valdedera of the new invasion. The peasantry generally believed that such silence was favourable to their wishes; but Don Silverio knew that it was otherwise. The promoters of the work did not concern themselves with the local population, they dealt with greater folks; with those who administered the various communes, and who controlled the valuation of the land through which the course of the Edera ran; chiefly those well-born persons who constituted the provincial council. A great deal of money would change hands, but it was intended, by all through... Long Stories - Post by : CMartin371 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 1875

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XII The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XII

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XII
All that day the people of Ruscino crowded round the Presbytery."What of the Edera water, sir?" they asked him a hundred times in the shrill cries of the women, in the rude bellow of the men, in the high-pitched, dissonant clamour of angry speakers. And all the day his patience and kindness were abused, and his nerves racked and strained, in the effort to persuade them that the river which ran beneath their walls was no more theirs than the stars which shone above it.It was hopeless to bring home to their intelligence either the invalidity of their claim, or the... Long Stories - Post by : cjdnnm - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 1362

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XI The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XI

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter XI
Adone's sight was troubled as soon as he passed out of the dusky room into the blaze of noonday sunshine. His eyes seemed filled with blood. His brain was dizzy. That which had been his sheet-anchor in all doubts and contrition, his faith in and his reverence for Don Silverio, availed him nothing now. A blind sympathy with his most violent instincts was the only thing which could now content or console him.He was in that state to which all counsels of moderation appear but so much treason and unkindness. As he went out of the priest's house in that dazzling... Long Stories - Post by : NicheProf - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 1335

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter X The Waters Of Edera - Chapter X

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter X
"I SHALL not write," Don Silverio had said to Adone. "As soon as I know anything for certain I shall return. Of that you may be sure."For he knew that letters took a week or more to find their slow way to Ruscino, and he hoped to return in less than that time; having no experience of "what hell it is in waiting to abide," and of the endless doublings and goings to earth of that fox-like thing, a modern speculation; he innocently believed that he would only have to ask a question to have it answered.Day after day Adone mounted... Long Stories - Post by : Happyman10 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 1975

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter IX The Waters Of Edera - Chapter IX

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter IX
It was now the season to plough the reapen fields, and he had always taken pleasure in his straight furrows; as straight as though measured by a rule on the level lands; and of the skill with which on the hilly ground Orlando and Rinaldo moved so skillfully, turning in so small a space, answering to every inflection of his voice, taking such care not to break a twig of the fruit trees, or bend a shoot of the vines, or graze a stem of the olives."Good hearts, dear hearts, faithful friends and trusty servants!" he murmured to the oxen. He... Long Stories - Post by : pearsonbrown - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 3066

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter VIII The Waters Of Edera - Chapter VIII

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter VIII
Like the cooper Ruffo, Clelia Alba had received the tidings with incredulity, though aghast at the mere suggestion."It is impossible," she said. She had seen the water there ever since she had been a babe in swaddling clothes."It is not possible," she said, "that any man could be profane enough to alter the bed which heaven had given it."But she was sorely grieved to see the effect such a fear had upon Adone."I was afraid it was a woman," she thought; "but this thing, could it be true, would be worse than any harlot or adulteress. If they took away the... Long Stories - Post by : cyberpaul - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 2346

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter VII The Waters Of Edera - Chapter VII

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter VII
Don Silverio drew to him his unfinished letter to the Prior; the young monk who would take it back in the morning to San Beda was already asleep in a little chamber above. But he could not write, he was too perturbed and too anxious. Although he had spoken so calmly he was full of carking care; both for the threatened evil in itself, and for its effects upon his parishioners; and especially upon Adone. He knew that in this age it is more difficult to check the devouring monster of commercial covetousness than it ever was to stay the Bull... Long Stories - Post by : autumn - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 1315

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter VI The Waters Of Edera - Chapter VI

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter VI
On the morning of the fourth day which followed on the priest's visit to San Beda, about ten in the forenoon, Adone, with his two oxen, Orlando and Rinaldo, were near the river on that part of his land which was still natural moorland, and on which heather, and ling, and broom, and wild roses, and bracken grew together. He had come to cut a waggon load of furze, and had been at work there since eight o'clock, when he had come out of the great porch of the church after attending mass, for it was the twentieth of June, the... Long Stories - Post by : haden - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 3516

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter V The Waters Of Edera - Chapter V

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter V
Fruits ripen quickly in these provinces, and children become women in a summer hour; but with Nerina, through want and suffering and hunger, physical growth had been slow, and she remained long a child in many things and many ways. Only in her skill and strength for work was she older than her actual age.She could hoe and reap and sow: she could row and steer the boat amongst the shallows as well as any man; she could milk the cow, and put the steers in the waggon; she could card hemp and flax, and weave and spin either; she could... Long Stories - Post by : wappmanb - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 847

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter IV The Waters Of Edera - Chapter IV

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter IV
The church in which Don Silverio officiated every morning and evening for the benefit of a few old crones, had once been a Latin temple; it had been built from the Corinthian pillars, the marble peristyle, the rounded, open dome, like that of the Pantheon, of a pagan edifice; and to these had been added a Longobardo belfry and chancel; pigeons and doves roosted and nested in it, and within it was cold even in midsummer, and dark always as a vault. It was dedicated to St. Jerome, and was a world too wide for the shrunken band of believers who... Long Stories - Post by : TheWebContent - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 3100

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter III The Waters Of Edera - Chapter III

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter III
The Valdedera is situated on the south of the Marches, on the confines of what is now the territorial division of the Abruzzo-Molese, and so lies between the Apennines and the Adriatic, fanned by cool winds in summer from the eternal snow of the mountain peaks, and invigorated in all seasons by breezes from the Adrian Sea.Ruscino, placed midway in the valley, is only a village to which no traveller has for many years come, and of which no geographer ever speaks; it is marked on the maps of military topographers, and is, of course, inscribed on the fiscal rolls, but... Long Stories - Post by : Tumbarumba - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 1790

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter II The Waters Of Edera - Chapter II

The Waters Of Edera - Chapter II
The large square fresh-water fishing-net had sunk under the surface, the canes which framed it were out of sight; only the great central pole, which sustained the whole, and was planted in the ground of the river-bank, remained visible as it bent and swayed but did not yield or break. Such nets as this had been washed by the clear green waters of the pools and torrents of the Edera ever since the days of Etruscan gods and Latin augurs; religions had changed, but the river, and the ways of the men of the river, had not altered.Adone did not touch... Long Stories - Post by : insure - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ouida - Read : 964