Millicent Kendrick; or, The search after happiness

9780217237680: Millicent Kendrick; or, The search after happiness

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.1862 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. EPISODES. The flinty soil, indeed, their feet annoys; Chill blasts of trouble nip their springing joys; An envious world will interpose its frown, To mar delights superior to its own; And many a pang, experienced still within, Reminds them of their hated innate sin. But ills of every shape, and every name, Transformed to blessings, miss their cruel aim; And every moment's calm, that soothes the breast, Is given in earnest of eternal rest. Cowpee. So much did I enjoy the quiet of my own chamber, and the society of Nurse Dent, that I was inclined to prolong the period of my seclusion to the very farthest extent. We had more conversations about Mr. Eyland and his little daughter: nurse was never tired of relating certain passages of his life, setting forth his kindness and gentleness, and his great love of truth and justice; and she loved to tell me about little Florence--her affection for her father, and her promising disposition. But one thing I could not fail to notice: nurse never referred to her beloved master as the husband of my aunt; all the anecdotes that she was so fond of repeating had sole reference to himself; and if, in the relation of her tale, Mrs. Eyland's name unavoidably occurred, it seemed only as that of an indifferent person; and anything concerning his domestic happiness, or his feelings towards his wife, was strictly avoided. And I remembered, also, that, although my aunt occasionally mentioned her husband's name, she never talked about him; had it not been for the portrait, and Nurse Dent's revelations, I should not, for a length of time, have known what manner of man he was. How strange it all was! Why, my mother could not talk five minutes without bringing in "Mr. Kendrick" fifty times. And when, to our infinite satisfact...

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