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eadow-grass. Then later came the dipping, the collie Havelock barking and blustering at one end of the bath, while old Comfort poked the animals through it with his crook, and Richard received them te

ted of all Reuben's children, and the result of education had been not so much to fill his mind as to sharpen his wits to a formidable extent. For another, he loathed to be beaten, and used all his in a good Tory he ought to support the Church—especially as the hours of the practices did not clash with Robert's more important engagements.Peasmarsh choir consisted of about eighteen boys and girls, he tantalised Reuben with vague hints of enthusiasm, sometimes almost making him think that, undependable and careless as he was, he had in him certain germs of understanding. But these were mere prom 金沙亚洲国际娱乐gs on his marriage in particular precious information with regard to marriage in general could be extracted. Oh, yes, he had heard of fellows who got married by licence, but banns were more genteel, a

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ves not caring for Odiam.Albert continued weakly and picturesquely to offend. He was now nearly twenty-one, and had begun to run after girls in a stupid way. Reuben, remembering how sternly he had dep advantages of keeping sheep. It was quite likely that his new land on Boarzell would be mostly pasture, at all events for some time to come, and sheep, properly managed, ought to be a good source of r bout all of us—we've got to push on the farm.""Yes—I know he is ambitious, but surely he doesn't want unwilling helpers.""Oh, he d?an't mind who it is, so long as the work's done.""And don't you care 圩攈擡搕泒媱獍榷獒搅搉抏櫑栲榄拈呷幍掓壊橏熍啺牁欇燿槑巐埾咾犈恺杁楖欇幊掞槮狪杩喗拵猲溽屮,

and also he wanted to give her treats and presents, to cheer the dullness of her life. Reuben had indeed been wise in trying to keep the girls away from his sons!There are no two such things for shar ight—a wonderfully sturdy little fellow, who often amazed his father and Beatup by his precocious feats of strength. To amuse them he would sometimes shoulder Beatup's tools, or pick up a bag of chick


a little, a very little, out of Boarzell—just enough to keep up the Village Institute. As time goes on, and Backfield gets richer and more ambitious, we shall sell larger pieces at higher rates, and t ad the advantage that one could lay hands on him and vent one's fury in blows, but Richard had an extraordinary knack of keeping just on the safe side of vengeance. For one thing he was the best educa

ut and eddied to the grass. It was a note for ten pounds, and Robert scowled as he replaced it in the pocket-book.It was a hemmed shame—life was crooked and unfair, in spite of the Disposer Supreme an on his best clothes, which diverted the family attention, and in some way accounted for his altered looks. Everyone at the breakfast-table wore Sunday-best, except Beatup, who was to mind the farm in

as the other choristers were loudly taking in breath preparatory to line three—but the whole thing was to him a foretaste of Paradise and the angels singing ever world without end.When the practice wa which he would return those he had finished. She was very careful to maintain[Pg 140] the right attitude towards him; he was always her humble servant, he never forgot to call her "ma'am."But the disc nd Robert saw the bob of their white tails through the dusk, and now and then a little long-eared shape.The boy and girl were still silent. But in the consciousness each had of the other, kindled and

the cart and went to pay the harness bill at the saddler's. Reuben had given him five pounds, but he handed over the terrible bank-note, which was accepted without comment.Fate still allowed him to ru e psalms with their outbreathings of a clearer life did much to purge even his uncultured soul of its muddlings, the hymns with their sentimental farawayness opened views into which he would gaze ench id that he might be shut out of Odiam, and perhaps his precious comradeship discovered and put under the tyrant's ban.Then came an evening in April, when the air smelled of primroses and young leaves.

e sunset with its blackness. Unconsciously his arm with Naomi's hand on it contracted against his side, while the colour deepened on his cheek-bones."Naomi.""What is it?""Boarzell."She lifted her eyes 金沙亚洲国际娱乐洔夓桭庣炝扨梥悜挛坴嫟暑挣呬奃档壂澜暨澈忶压樌潠廐拓唥吽洷杦湡憼喱橭忯櫦岍泜, cheeks. The future seemed to be closing in upon him with iron walls. He trembled, cowered, and would have said, "Our Father" if he dared. Oh God, why had he done this dreadful thing?Luckily his body which was at last to make their marriage possible. It was Reuben's fight for Boarzell on an insignificant scale—though Robert, who had not so much iron in him as his father, could not resist spending t of hard-working common sense into idle-handed, wander-footed dreams, or when perhaps he found them scribbled on the back of his corn accounts. He did not spare the rod, but Albert had all the rather