The neighbours round declared that the Lady Mary Kemp's farm was a hotbed of disorder . I expect it was , too ; three of our men were hung up at Canterbury on one day — for horse - stealing and arson . Anyhow , that was my mother .
I had an intense longing to go with him out into the great world that brooded all round our foothills . You are to remember that I knew nothing whatever of that great world . I had never been further away from our farm than just to ...
Now , boys , get round them . The great horses formed an irregular half - circle round us ; men descended clumsily , like sacks of corn . The lanthorn was seized and flashed upon us ; there was a confused hubbub . I caught my own name .
“ Blindfold ' em , lads , ” he cried , and turned me sharply round . “ Don't struggle , ” he whispered in my ear ; his silk handkerchief came cool across my eyelids . I felt hands fumbling with a knot at the back of my head .
I pulled my horse's head round and galloped down the hill . The main body had halted before setting out over the shingle to the shore . Rangsley was waiting to conduct us into the town , where we should find a man to take us three ...
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“And on this ghostly sigh, on this breath, with the feeble click of beads in the nun’s hands, a silence fell upon the room, vast as the stillness of a world of unknown faiths, loves, beliefs, of ... Read full review