The seamy side, by W. Besant and J. Rice. Vol. 1, 2nd ed.; 2,3, 3rd ed, Volume 1

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Pagina 215 - As he grew older, and became, througli his own wastefulness, entirely dependent on his brother, he hated her more and more, daily saying to himself that if it had not been for her he would have been the heir. Yet he might have known that no insurance company, which could have got at the facts, would consider his life as so good as his brother's, although there were eight years between them. At first he accepted Anthony's statement. The girl was his child ; his wife was dead : no use asking any more...
Pagina 192 - You now understand the general situation," continued the lawyer, sitting down again, " and are prepared no doubt to meet my proposal in a favorable spirit ? " " What is your proposal ? " " It is one which was suggested by Mr. Augustus Hamblin, in the first place, and put into shape by me. It is this. Miss Hamblin wants about fifteen months before she comes of age. That is a very short period of guardianship. We are willing, so as to avoid all suspicion of scandal, that you should be nominally the...
Pagina 263 - Dorado, this railway of Golconda, this iron road of Ophir, ran through diamond-fields, silver-mines, gold-mines, rich ranches boasting of ten thousand cattle ; past meadows smiling — nay, grinning — with perpetual crops; through vineyards whose grapes were better for pressing and fermenting than any on the Johannisberg or belonging to the Chateau Lafitte ; and among a population numerous as the ants in an ant-hill, prosperous as an early engineer, and as rich as Nebuchadnezzar, Vanderbilt, or...
Pagina 177 - Esquire by courtesy, with never a title to your back. Stephen's courteous and considerate demeanour was due mainly to a grievous doubt which constantly afflicted and possessed him. Panurge was not a greater martyr to a doubt than Stephen Hamblin. Consider his position. He had been for nearly twenty years dependent on his brother, Anthony never offered to make him any allowance. He seemed perfectly to realise that Stephen's pretence at business, financing or broking, was only the shallowest form ;...
Pagina 61 - ... back in his chair and grasped the arms as if he wanted physical as well as moral support. " Eight years ! " he gasped. " You know what it means. Come, Mr. Hamblin, have the courage to tell me what that means." " It means," he said, with white lips — " it means — forgery." " Forgery," she repeated, with manifest enjoyment. "That is exactly what it means. I kept all those drafts, never thinking what might happen. When the ninth first of January came and brought no draft, I knew that my sister...
Pagina 158 - ... tears at hearing of a brother's sudden death ; some have instinctively considered how the calamity would affect his widow and children. Stephen and a certain American boy (he, on learning that his father was drowned, lamented that his own pocket-knife was gone with him) are the only two of whom I have heard that they immediately thought of their personal and selfish interests. Some feeling of regret might have been looked for, some expression of sorrow for a brother who had done so much for him....
Pagina 19 - who use slang come to the gallows. Boko is ' ' Conk or boko,' said Nicolas the vulgar. ' It's all the same. Took it home in a bag made out of a pocket-handkerchief.' ' I believe he fell down on purpose, so as to bring all the others down too,
Pagina 128 - ... was not of that I was thinking — not at all. Well, Alison child, you will have your own way, I hope, though at present I don't see how. But what shall I do without you? I think I shall give you up this house to yourselves, and ask for a couple of rooms at the top, where I can stay and watch you.
Pagina 291 - We agreed,' replied Mrs. Cridland, with a little flutter of anxiety, 'that the honorarium should be fixed at three hundred pounds a year.' ' Three hundred a year !' Stephen lifted his eyes, and whistled. ' And board and lodging, of course. My poor brother was very, very easily cajoled. Even washing, too, I dare say.' ' If you mean that I cajoled him,' cried the lady, in great wrath,
Pagina 26 - ... they are given in trust for the children. That is the difference ; and it is not one over which we need to groan and cry. Presently carriage-wheels were heard. The earliest of the guests had arrived. Anthony Hamblin started, sprang to his feet, and ran up the stairs as lightly as a boy, to dress. ' O papa,' cried Alison, coming from her room radiant in white, 'you very, very bad man, what have you been about ? I can only give you a quarter of an hour.

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