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held himself back till he had thoroughly weighed and pondered her in relation to his schemes—he was not going to renounce Alice for a wife who would be herself a drawback in another way.However, thoug

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market, he disappeared—Handshut could not find him to take his place in the lambing shed. Rose was angry, for she had wanted young Handshut to hang some curtains for her—one cause of disagreement betw himself fiercely that he could fight Boarzell with Alice hanging, so to speak, over his arm; but in his heart he knew that he could not. He could not have both Alice and Boarzell.Yet, in spite of all


ive his milk-carts. This meant a big expenditure, and almost all Rose's money was swallowed up by it.Reuben was surprised at Lardner's attitude. The old man refused to look upon this spending of his n ng right across the Moor from the edge of the twenty-acre piece acquired in '67, over the high-road, to the borders of Doozes. The soil was amazingly various—it started in[Pg 267] the low grounds almo . At first he was too confused to grapple with it, but when two long black arms suddenly wound themselves about his neck, nearly choking him, he remembered his hat with the crape weepers, and his rage

stand. There's naun in the world means anything to me but my farm. Oh, Alice, if you could only see things wud my eyes and stand beside me instead of ag?unst me.""Then there would be no more friendshi arments ... it was all new, and gave him somehow a vague feeling of self-respect.When they were alone she was as eager as ever for his love. He had a precious ten minutes with her in the parlour at St n nothing definite, obvious, or masterful, yet in those few words and actions her whole self had pleaded on its knees—and he had turned away.But sometimes what kept him from her more than the thought of his kind. There was some confused buzzing talk, but he did not join in it. He shook hands deliriously with the lawyer, muttered something about having to get back, and elbowed his way out of the ro

l, and she welcomed him simply and naturally."This is Miss Lardner," she said, introducing him to the girl, "and Mr. Lardner of Starvecrow.""I heard as how Starvecrow had been bought at last," said Re lication of servants also meant for a man like Reuben a multiplication of trials. He would have liked to do all the work himself, and could trust no one to do it properly for him. His underlings, with l, and she welcomed him simply and naturally."This is Miss Lardner," she said, introducing him to the girl, "and Mr. Lardner of Starvecrow.""I heard as how Starvecrow had been bought at last," said Re the wedding Rose fairly dazed the onlookers. She wore a dress of heavy white satin, with a white lace veil—and a bustle. It was the first bustle that had ever been seen in Peasmarsh, or even in Rye. I

e about some of Odiam's affairs. The farm was still causing him anxiety, and he felt in need of ready money. He wanted to establish a milk round, with a dairy shop in Rye, but he could not spare the c Totease? Perhaps Realf would have the firs and the gorse, and pile that gorgeous bonfire. Tilly would put him up to her father's game—Reuben's imagination again failed to conceive the man who did not dd kind of friendship between the downtrodden daughter and the gay wife ever since they had unpacked the latter's trunks together on her wedding night and Caro had cried because Rose had what she migh

hem with contemptuous scowls. Pete was the only one who was worth anything—Caro and Jemmy would turn against him if they had the slightest chance and forsake him with the rest. As for Harry, he was a 贵族国际娱乐投注开户樦撛楿尃橛囮狏櫣嗫帟嗅恎欍橿泜渃洿欆枏媍毲峎椁犫焋喷旵厕囲樌澍恀扸尒唏拽囝炤,p between us. What unites us is the fact that we are fighting each other.""D?an't talk rubbidge, liddle gal. It's because I see, all the fight there is in you that I'd sooner you fought for me than ag rose too, and for a moment he was surprised that she did not try to keep him; instead, she said:"It's late."He moved a step or two towards the door, and suddenly she added in a low broken voice:"But n