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ABINGTON ABBEY

BY THE SAME AUTHOR

THE HOUSE OF MERRILEES EXTON MANOR THE ELDEST SON THE SQUIRE'S DAUGHTER THE HONOUR OF THE CLINTONS THE GREATEST OF THESE THE OLD ORDER CHANGETH WATERMEADS UPSIDONIA ABINGTON ABBEY THE GRAFTONS RICHARD BALDOCK THE CLINTONS AND OTHERS

ABINGTON ABBEY

A Novel

by

ARCHIBALD MARSHALL

[Illustration]

New York Dodd, Mead and Company 1919

Copyright, 1917 By Dodd, Mead and Company, Inc.

TO MY DEAR LITTLE ELIZABETH

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I THE VERY HOUSE 1 II THE VICAR 15 III THE FIRST VISIT 27 IV NEIGHBOURS 41 V SETTLING IN 56 VI VISITORS 72 VII YOUNG GEORGE 90 VIII WHITSUNTIDE 104 IX CAROLINE AND BEATRIX 121 X A DRIVE AND A DINNER 136 XI CAROLINE 151 XII THE VICAR UNBURDENS HIMSELF 165 XIII A LETTER 181 XIV LASSIGNY 197 XV BEATRIX COMES HOME 214 XVI CLOUDS 228 XVII BUNTING TAKES ADVICE 245 XVIII TWO CONVERSATIONS 254 XIX MOLLIE WALTER 271 XX A MEET AT WILBOROUGH 287 XXI A FINE HUNTING MORNING 301 XXII ANOTHER AFFAIR 316 XXIII BERTIE AND MOLLIE 332 XXIV SUNDAY 348 XXV NEWS 364 XXVI THE LAST 378

ABINGTON ABBEY

CHAPTER I

THE VERY HOUSE

"I believe I've got the very house, Cara."

"Have you, darling? It's the fifty third."

"Ah, but you wait till you see. Abington Abbey. What do you think of that for a name? Just come into the market. There are cloisters, and a chapel. Stew ponds. A yew walk. Three thousand acres, and a good head of game. More can be had by arrangement, and we'll arrange it. Presentation to living. We'll make Bunting a parson, and present him to it. Oh, it's the very thing. I haven't told you half. Come and have a look at it."

George Grafton spread out papers and photographs on a table. His daughter, Caroline, roused herself from her book and her easy chair in front of the fire to come and look at them. He put his arm around her slim waist and gave her a kiss, which she returned with a smile. "Darling old George," she said, settling his tie more to her liking, "I sometimes wish you weren't quite so young. You let yourself in for so many disappointments... Continue reading book >>




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