This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...little place, --he who had wondered whether he was doomed to pass all his life in Shadbrook, now trembled with terror at ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...little place, --he who had wondered whether he was doomed to pass all his life in Shadbrook, now trembled with terror at the bare idea of leaving it. "Let me persuade you,"--he heard the Squire say--"to accept another living. I shall miss you from my own part of the country, of course, --but I'm sure it would be kinder to you to remove you from the scene of the awful tragedy that has befallen you. I have no other living vacant in my own gift, but I can help you to secure an excellent one where you will be among more congenial people and surroundings, and then--perhaps--in time, --the wound will heal" So far Everton listened, silently, --then he answered in low and trembling accents. "It is a wound too deep for healing!"--he said--" And I cannot leave Shadbrook, --not new!" "Why not?" persisted the Squire--"My dear Everton, think of it! You will be insufferably lonely here, --the whole character and type of the place is opposed to your character and type, --besides your capabilities fit you for a wider field of action" "A man makes his own field of action,"--answered Everton, gaining strength as the burden of his thoughts found relief in speech--" It is my own fault that I have not made mine yet--but I will, --and in Shadbrook! It is large and wide enough to contain a great sorrow--perhaps it will also hold a great love! My dear Mr. Hazlitt, you are goodness itself, and I thank you from my heart!--but, do not urge me to accept your offer! My work is cut out for me here." The Squire looked distressed. "The work is not important,"--he began, --" And much of it must be distasteful" "All the more reason why I should do it,"--said...Read Less
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