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Children of the Mist   By: (1862-1960)

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CHILDREN OF THE MIST

BY

EDEN PHILLPOTTS

Author of "Down Dartmoor Way," "Some Everyday Folks," "My Laughing Philosopher," "Lying Prophets," etc.

1898

BOOK I THE BOY'S ROMANCE

I THE PIXIES' PARLOUR II A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING III EXIT WILL IV BY THE RIVER V THE INCIDENT OF MR. JOEL FORD VI AN UNHAPPY POET VII LIBATION TO POMONA VIII A BROTHERS' QUARREL IX OUTSIDE EXETER GAOL X THE BRINGING OF THE NEWS XI LOVE AND GREY GRANITE XII A STORY BOOK XIII THE MILLER'S OFFER XIV LOGIC

BOOK II THE ENTERPRISE

I SPRINGTIME II NEWTAKE FARM III OVER A RIDING WHIP IV DEFEATED HOPES V THE ZEAL OF SAM BONUS VI A SWARM OF BEES VII AN OFFER OF MARRIAGE VIII MR. BLEE FORGETS HIMSELF IX A DIFFERENCE WITH THE DUCHY X CONNECTING LINKS XI TOGETHER XII THROUGH ONE GREAT DAY XIII THE WILL XIV A HUNDRED POUNDS XV "THE ANGEL OF THE DARKER DRINK" XVI BEFORE THE DAWN XVII MISSING

BOOK III HIS GRANITE CROSS

I BABY II THE KNIGHT OF FORLORN HOPES III CONCERNING THE GATE POST IV MARTIN'S RAID V WINTER VI THE CROSS UPREARED VII GREY TWILIGHT

BOOK IV HIS SECRET

I A WANDERER RETURNS II HOPE RENEWED III ANSWERED IV THE END OF THE FIGHT V TWO MIGHTY SURPRISES VI THE SECRET OUT VII SMALL TIMOTHY VIII FLIGHT IX UNDER COSDON BEACON X BAD NEWS FOR BLANCHARD XI PHOEBE TAKES THOUGHT XII NEW YEAR'S EVE AND NEW YEAR'S DAY XIII MR. LYDDON'S TACTICS XIV ACTION XV A BATTLE XVI A PAIR OF HANDCUFFS XVII SUSPENSE XVIII THE NIGHT OF JUBILEE

CHILDREN OF THE MIST

BOOK I

THE BOY'S ROMANCE

CHAPTER I

THE PIXIES' PARLOUR

Phoebe Lyddon frowned, and, as an instant protest, twin dimples peeped into life at the left corner of her bonny mouth. In regarding that attractive ripple the down drawn eyebrows were forgotten until they rose again into their natural arches. A sweet, childish contour of face chimed with her expression; her full lips were bright as the bunch of ripe wood strawberries at the breast of her cotton gown; her eyes as grey as Dartmoor mists; while, for the rest, a little round chin, a small, straight nose, and a high forehead, which Phoebe mourned and kept carefully concealed under masses of curly brown hair, were the sole features to be specially noted about her. She was a trifle below the standard of height proper to a girl of nineteen, but all compact, of soft, rounded lines, plump, fresh of colour, healthy, happy, sweet as a ripe apple.

From a position upon swelling hillsides above the valley of a river, she scanned the scene beneath, made small her eyes to focus the distance, and so pursued a survey of meadow and woodland, yet without seeing what she sought. Beneath and beyond, separated from her standpoint by grasslands and a hedge of hazel, tangled thickets of blackthorn, of bracken, and of briar sank to the valley bottom. Therein wound tinkling Teign through the gorges of Fingle to the sea; and above it, where the land climbed upward on the other side, spread the Park of Whiddou, with expanses of sweet, stone scattered herbage, with tracts of deep fern, coverts of oak, and occasional habitations for the deer.

This spectacle, through a grey veil of fine rain, Phoebe noted at mid afternoon of a day in early August; and, as she watched, there widened a rift under the sun's hidden throne, and a mighty, fan shaped pencil of brightness straggled downwards, proceeded in solemn sweep across the valley, and lighted the depths of the gorge beyond with a radiance of misty silver. The music of jackdaws welcomed this first indication of improved weather; then Phoebe's sharp eyes beheld a phenomenon afar off through the momentary cessation of the rain... Continue reading book >>




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