Dariel: A Romance of Surrey (1897)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from ... Show synopsis 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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...I am sorry to say there is no honesty among them. Even the people at the British Museum, when I lent them for comparison, kept back three most valuable--the gems, the gems of my whole collection! " " Well, sir, I don't blame them. It was for the instruction of the nation." I knew that my father was even more proud than indignant at this fact--if fact it was, and he had long ago made it one, by telling it at least twice a-day. " But I don't want to disturb you, sir, and I don't often do it. Only there are two things that I am bound to consult you about immediately, if you can spare me a few minutes, without having to put more important work aside." My father sighed; for he hated business, as he had good cause to do, while Grace walked away with a lofty air, like a lady denied the franchise. Finding myself rather nervous, I began in a craven manner with other people's business. " Bandilow wants to know, sir, whether he may break up half-moon meadow, and plant it with apple-and pear-trees. He says it is the only chance of his being able to pay his rent, next Lady day." "But, my dear George," Sir Harold replied, while he spread a silk handkerchief over his coins, lest the atmosphere of business should corrode them, "does the silly fellow expect to realise a fruit-crop betwixt this and then 1 " " Very likely he does, for he has found an apple on a tree he planted not more than two years ago; and the Society for the Promotion of British Fructiculturo has sent him a coloured print of apples bigger than turnips and brighter than prize carnations. And you know what Lord Melladew did for him; they would not advance him any money, --in fact, he had to subscribe to them, --but for a ' nominal price ' they supplied him with a list of fifteen hundred kinds " ..".