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I remember the rattling of the bolts on that door , and the tall figure that appeared there , snuffbox in hand . In that land of white clothes , that precise , ancient , Castilian in black was something to remember .
He had been an inventor , a projector , and my mother had been a poor beauty , brought up on the farm we still lived on — the last rag of land that had remained to her father . Then she had married a good man in his way ; a good enough ...
Ralph's land was just on the other side of the Street , and the shepherds on the downs used to see of nights a dead - andgone Rooksby , Sir Peter that was , ride upon it past the quarry with his head under his arm .
Besides he did not know the lie of the land , and believed the Free Traders were mere bogeys . They'll never touch us , ” Lillywhite grumbled . “ We've a warrant King's name . He was flashing his lanthorn aimlessly up the hill .
We embarked , and , as we drew further out , the land turned to a shadow , spotted here and there with little lights . Behind us a cock crowed . The shingle crashed at intervals beneath the feet of a large body of men .
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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