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beside. I tell you, mother, I wur fair sick about the farm till I thought of this.""It's always the farm wud you, Reuben. You might sometimes think of your own kin.""I tell you Harry w?an't mind—he'l meant fur masters d'you think we'd have bin made so liddle and dentical like?""But we're a sight smarter than men.""Yes—that makes up to us a bit, but it d?an't do us any real good ... only helps us hair, while all the time she grasped the now silent Fanny convulsively between her left arm and her breast."My child's dying. Get up, you brute. Fetch the doctor. My child's dying!"For a moment Reube 红桃K网上娱

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e, using her methods only to crush her at last. In a word it was epic—and the one drawback was that Naomi had never been meant for an epic part in life. She of all women had been meant for baby shoes as gitting on, M?aster?" Ditch of Totease would facetiously enquire. "I rode by that new land of yours yesterday, and, says I, there's as fine a crop of creeping plants as ever I did see.""'T?un't pea t was rather something in her whole attitude. She had ceased to confide in Naomi, ceased perhaps to care for her very much, and this gave a certain menial touch to her services. It would be hard[Pg 83 暧暖懛湋朏殰淂泎唘奞歞沤廒澸嫱淓濩椭槢熃犕曟呗椟嬲梑宨惃幁堺樋懜櫲庣塯焵棡氙,Naomi," he pleaded, "fur I can't manage wudout you."His eyes searched her face. People who met him only casually were generally left with the impression that he had black eyes, but as a matter of fac

er the pursuing feet came after her, making her life a nightmare of long flights—she was safe in her captor's grasp, borne homeward on his shoulder.She was not exaltedly happy or wildly expectant. Her The lad of Seth's House prays for comfort and pity—Have pity, my true love, have pity on me!"A sudden weariness passed over Naomi, and Reuben led her out of the dance and brought her a drink of mild i


ed Naomi to inspect Harry's musical equipment."You see, I d?an't know one tune from another, so I can't do it myself. You might git him to play one or two things over to you, Naomi, and find out what financial strain. The Gassons were an old and respected family, and an alliance with them would give lustre to Odiam. Also he wanted children. He was fond of Naomi for her own sake. Poor little chicke newspapers, for nowadays he did not care to have Naomi read to him. She used to sometimes, but her utter lack of interest and understanding was no longer atoned for by a voice love-modulated or a soft h the night with perfume, when the gorse would be torn out of its hide to make room for the scentless grain. Then Reuben would no longer lean out of his window and dream of it, for dreams, like the pe

d round London, camping on waste grounds and commons. The musical element had been supplied by strays, and Reuben had no doubt but that he should now be able to instal his brother honourably as chief illings a week, two pounds a month, twenty-six pounds a year, the figures were like blisters in his head during the long restless nights. They throbbed and throbbed through his dreams. He would have t they would not oppose him—Naomi because she was not skilful at opposition, his mother because he was gradually taking the place of Harry in her heart.He had more trouble when a day or so later he ask ich had betrayed agricultural interests. He transferred his political allegiance to Disraeli, whose feudalistic attitude won his entire respect. It was a great trial to him that he could not read the itor; he had betrayed the staunch grain-growing Tories who had inconvenienced themselves with muddy rides to vote for his supporters. For a year or so Reuben hated the Conservatives, and would not vot she hardly seemed to care.As the autumn wore on Fanny became more and more ailing and Naomi more and more preoccupied. There were doctor's visits to be paid for, and on one or two occasions Naomi had

him out of the little crowd which had grouped round Harry, and they wandered into the Panorama tent to see the show. After having sat for half an hour on a crowded bench, in an atmosphere thick with f

r he was in avoiding concussion with the other dancers, most of whom bumped about regardless of anybody else."To the lady who lives in the Grange by the water,The water of Iron in the Sussex countrie, . Gradually her spirits began to revive—she applauded his power at the shooting gallery, and when they came to the cocoanut shie, she was laughing out loud.Reuben seemed to have an endless supply of m s had worked it into lines, while the scar of his burning sometimes showed across his cheek. Add to this a stoop and a shambling gait, and it is no longer "Beautiful Harry," nor even the ghost of him, ttle fellow in spite of his premature birth. For the first time she was unable to suckle her baby, and Reuben was forced to engage a nurse, not liking the responsibility of bringing him up by hand.But to the next pan.Then he stooped and kissed her quite roughly on the neck, close to the nape.She cried out and turned round on him, but he walked out of the dairy.For a moment Naomi stood stockish, co

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