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. 1891 Excerpt: ...with the invisible and giant Hand that launched the world itself into motion, and at whose pre-decree we hold the dark boons of life and death?" It was not till evening that Aram, utterly worn out and ex1 Eastern saying. hausted, found himself in the neighborhood of Lester's house. The sun had only broken forth at its setting, and it now glittered, from its western pyre, over the dripping hedges, and flung a brief but magic glow along the rich landscape around,--the changing woods clad in the thousand dyes of autumn; the scattered and peaceful cottages, with their long wreaths of smoke curling upward, and the gray and venerable walls of the manor-house, with the church hard by, and the delicate spire, which, mixing itself with heaven, is at once the most touching and solemn emblem of the faith to which it is devoted. It was a Sabbath eve; and from the spot on which Aram stood he might discern many a rustic train trooping slowly up the green village lane towards the church, and the deep bell which summoned to the last service of the day now swung its voice far over the sunlit and tranquil scene. But it was not the setting sun, nor the autumnal landscape, nor the voice of the holy bell, that now arrested the step of Aram. At a little distance before him, leaning over a gate, and seemingly waiting till the ceasing of the bell should announce the time to enter the sacred mansion, he beheld the figure of Madeline Lester. Her head at the moment was averted from him, as if she were looking after Ellinor and her father, who were in the church-yard among a little group of their homely neighbors; and he was half in doubt whether to shun her presence, when she suddenly turned round, and, seeing him, uttered an exclamation of joy. It was now too late for. avoidanc...
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