Excerpt: ...to do with the cross?' 'Lock it up as safely as I can, ' I said; 'what else is there to do with it?' He looked into my face and said, 'You are a rationalist.' 'I am.' 'You do not believe in a supernatural world?' 'My disbelief of it, ' I said, 'is something more than an exercise of the reason. It is a passion, an angry passion. But ...Read MoreExcerpt: ...to do with the cross?' 'Lock it up as safely as I can, ' I said; 'what else is there to do with it?' He looked into my face and said, 'You are a rationalist.' 'I am.' 'You do not believe in a supernatural world?' 'My disbelief of it, ' I said, 'is something more than an exercise of the reason. It is a passion, an angry passion. But what should you do with the cross if you were in my place?' 'Put it back in the tomb.' I had great difficulty in suppressing my ridicule, but I merely said, 'That would be, as I have told you, to insure its being stolen again.' 'There is the promise to the dead man or woman on whose breast it lay.' 'This I intend to keep in the spirit like a reasonable man-not in the letter like-' 'Promises to the dead must be kept to the letter, or no peace can come to the bereaved heart. You are talking to a man who knows!' 'I will commit no such outrage upon reason as to place a priceless jewel in a place where I know it will be stolen.' 'You will replace the cross in that tomb.' As he spoke he shook my hands warmly, and said, 'Au revoir. Remember, I shall always be delighted to see you.' It was not till I saw him disappear amongst the crowd that I could give way to the laughter which I had so much difficulty in suppressing. What a relief it was to be able to do this! VI THE SONG OF Y WYDDFA I After this I had one or two interviews with our solicitor in Lincoln's Inn Fields, upon important family matters connected with my late uncle's property. I had been one night to the theatre with my mother and my aunt. The house had been unusually crowded. When the performance was over, we found that the streets were deluged with rain. Our carriage had been called some time before it drew up, and we were standing under the portico amid a crowd of impatient ladies when a sound fell or seemed to fall on my ears which stopped for the moment the very movements of life. Amid the rattle of wheels and horses' feet and cries of messengers about carriages...Read Less
Book Good + No Dustjacket. World Classics No. LII. 6" Tall. xxiii + 509 pages incl two appendices + 8 page World's Classics catalogue. Book has clean green binding with gilt titles & decoration to spine. Some wear to spine-ends & boards' corners. Light surface wear to binding. Light forward lean to book. Ink name to flyleaf. Page-edges lightly yellowed. Contents clean.
Very Good. Dustjacket Good. World Classics 52. 6" Tall. 509 pages of index etc, . Pocket-sized book. Age-darkened red dustjacket with some small nicks & wear. Clean dark blue binding. Gilt titles to spine. Light wear to spine-ends & boards' corners. Light yellowing to page-edges o/w contents very clean.
Used-Acceptable. Fair hardback in green cloth. The World's Classics, no. LII (52), reprint with 2 appendices. Ribbon page-marker present; binding tight; green cloth discoloured, with small loss on front board; gilt on spine dull & worn.
Book Very Good. No Dustjacket. The World's Classics LII. 6" Tall. xxiii + 509 pages incl two appendices + 16 page World's Classics catalogue & index. Book has a very clean moss-green binding with gilt titles & impressed, blind decoration to spine. Very light/minimal wear to spine-ends & boards' corners, very clean condition. Page-edges lightly yellowed. Contents very clean.
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