Atherton, and other tales

9780217333948: Atherton, and other tales

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.1854 Excerpt: ... ought to have occurred, considering the reserve and prudence of his fair mistress, (but when did jealousy listen to reason!) "was sure to avenge himself by threatening to turn soldier; a threat of all others most grievous to Dame Wharton's ears, whose eldest grandson, having enlisted during his father's life, had thereby occasioned to his affectionate relatives a species of trouble and anxiety unknown in the traditions of that peaceful family since the time of a certain Rupert Wharton, some great-greatgreat-grandfather of poor James, who had followed the fortunes of his illustrious namesake, and fallen in the king's service during the civil wars. Jem's delinquency, and the threat to follow his example so frequently held out by Eobert Goring, had so strongly impressed Dame Wharton's imagination, that her natural pride and pleasure at the sight of her blooming grandchildren was somewhat lessened by the martial array in which the two boys presented themselves. "I suppose it's some foolish present of Robert Goring's,' said the good dame to her faithful adherent, Jenny Stubbs, a short damsel, who assisted in the care of the cows, as well as in carrying milk and butter about the town, and had been left to attend her mistress during the absence of her grandchildren; "It 's certainly some folly of Eobert's, for I am sure that Susan would never have given the boys such nonsensical toys, fit only to put war, and soldiering, and such nonsensical notions into their heads, poor children! But where is Robin?" added she, as Susan approached; "and what ring is that upon your finger? You have not gone to church without leave or licence, to be sure, Susan, now that all's arranged for your being married at Christmas, when Robert is settled in his own little farm? I wonder wha...

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