This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. When Shakspeare wrote that sonnet he little thought what a cause of mystery, perplexity and suspicion it would one ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. When Shakspeare wrote that sonnet he little thought what a cause of mystery, perplexity and suspicion it would one day prove in a quiet family residing in his native place. Mrs. Godfrey, like a careful mother who bears in mind that she was once a girl herself, and did many things which her mother never dreamed of, felt seriously alarmed at the idea of her daughter's room having been entered by Arthur; for since it appeared that Sarah knew nothing about how the paper came there--it was clear to her that he was the only person who did. Mr. Godfrey acknowledged there was great difficulty in explaining the occurrence, and therefore did not attempt it. Relying, however, upon Arthur's veracity, he felt none of his wife's alarm respecting the supposed intrusion into Sarah's room. He had his doubts, indeed, about the reasons which induced Arthur to copy the lines; but these he very wisely kept to himself for the present. Sarah was less surprised, strange to say, at the sonnet being found in her room than at the fuss that was made about the discovery. But she took the first opportunity of turning to the volume which contained it, and copied it for herself, that she might peruse it at her leisure, and find out what it meant. She read it so often before she could get at the meaning, that she very soon knew it by heart. Arthur was the most puzzled of any, because he knew nothing of where it was found, but only that it came into Mr. Godfrey's possession; and why he should take him to task upon the subject in the way he VOL. I. H had, he could not at all understand. He discussed this point with himself by moonlight that same evening, as he crossed the fields to Shottery, whither he was proceeding to fetch home Sarah alone from a friend's house, ...Read Less
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