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Bessie's Fortune A Novel   By: (1825-1907)

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BESSIE'S FORTUNE.

A Novel.

MRS. MARY J. HOLMES,

AUTHOR OF

TEMPEST AND SUNSHINE. DARKNESS AND DAYLIGHT. MILBANK. ENGLISH ORPHANS. LENA RIVERS. ETHELYN'S MISTAKE. HUGH WORTHINGTON. MADELINE. WEST LAWN. MARIAN GREY EDNA BROWNING, ETC.

NEW YORK: G.W. Dillingham, Publisher , SUCCESSOR TO G.W. CARLETON & CO. LONDON: S. LOW, SON & CO. MDCCCLXXXVIII.

TO MY NEPHEW,

WALTER H. TWICHELL

(OF WORCESTER. MASS.)

I DEDICATE THIS STORY OF BESSIE,

WHICH WILL REMIND HIM OF A HAPPY YEAR IN EUROPE.

CONTENTS

PART I.

I. The Jerrolds of Boston II. Grey Jerrold III. Lucy IV. Thanksgiving Day at Grey's Park V. The Old Man and the Boy VI. Miss Betsey McPherson VII. The Dinner at Which Bessie is Introduced VIII. After The Dinner IX. The Horror at the Farm House X. The Interview XI. At the Old Man's Bedside XII. The Story XIII. Facing it XIV. The Effect of the Story XV. Grey and the Secret XVI. Expecting Bessie

PART II.

I. Stoneleigh II. The McPhersons III. At Monte Carlo IV. Little Bessie V. At Penrhyn Park VI. Seven Years Later VII. Neil's Discomforture VIII. Jack and Bessie IX. Christmas at Stoneleigh X. Grey XI. Christmas Day XII. The Contract XIII. The New Grey XIV. Miss McPherson and the Letter XV. From January to March XVI. From March to June XVII. Mrs. Rossiter Browne XVIII. The Birds which sang, and the shadows which Fell XIX. What Grey and Jack Did XX. What The McPhersons Did XXI. What Daisy Did

PART III.

I. In Rome II. Farewell III. Dead IV. Poor Daisy V. Bessie's Decision VI. In Liverpool VII. On the Ship VIII. Grey and his Aunt IX. Bessie is Promoted X. Bessie meets her Aunt XI. Miss McPherson's Housemaid XII. Bessie's Successor XIII. Bessie goes to Grey's Park XIV. Telling Bessie XV. Wedding Bells XVI. Bessie's Fortune XVII. Old Friends XVIII. Home again XIX. Joel Rogers' Monument XX. After Five Years

BESSIE'S FORTUNE.

PART I.

CHAPTER I.

THE JERROLDS OF BOSTON.

Mrs. Geraldine Jerrold, of Boston, had in her girlhood been Miss Geraldine Grey, of Allington, one of those quiet, pretty little towns which so thickly dot the hills and valleys Of New England. Her father, who died before her marriage, had been a sea captain, and a man of great wealth, and was looked upon as a kind of autocrat, whose opinion was a law and whose friendship was an honor. When a young lady, Miss Geraldine had chafed at the stupid town and the stupider people, as she designated the citizens of Allington, and had only been happy when the house at Grey's Park was full of guests after the manner of English houses, where hospitality is dispensed on a larger scale than is common in America. She had been abroad, and had spent some weeks in Derbyshire at the Peacock Inn, close to the park of Chatsworth, which she admired so much that on her return to Allington she never rested until the five acres of land, in the midst of which her father's house stood, were improved and fitted up as nearly as possible like the beautiful grounds across the sea. With good taste and plenty of money, she succeeded beyond her most sanguine hopes, and Grey's Park was the pride of the town, and the wonder of the entire county. A kind of show place it became, and Miss Geraldine was never happier or prouder than when strangers were going over the grounds or through the house, which was filled with rare pictures and choice statuary gathered from all parts of the world, for Captain Grey had brought something curious and costly from every port at which his vessel touched, so that the house was like a museum, or, as Miss Geraldine fancied, like the palaces and castles in Europe, which are shown to strangers in the absence of the family.

At the age of twenty two, Miss Geraldine had married Burton Jerrold, a young man from one of the leading banks in Boston, and whose father, Peter Jerrold, had, for years, lived on a small farm a mile or more from the town of Allington... Continue reading book >>




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