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Far to Seek A Romance of England and India   By: (1867-1945)

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FAR TO SEEK

A Romance of England and India

BY MAUD DIVER

AUTHOR OF 'CAPTAIN DESMOND, V.C.,' 'LILÁMANI,' 'DESMOND'S DAUGHTER,' ETC.

"I am athirst for far away things. My soul goes out in longing to touch the skirt of the dim distance.... O Far to Seek! O the keen call of thy flute...!" RABINDRANATH TAGORE.

"His hidden meaning dwells in our endeavours; Our valours are our best gods." JOHN FLETCHER.

William Blackwood & Sons Ltd.

Edinburgh and London

TO MY BLUE BIRD,

BRINGER OF HAPPINESS TO MYSELF AND OTHERS,

I DEDICATE THIS IDYLL OF A MOTHER AND SON.

M.D.

"The dawn sleeps behind the shadowy hills, The stars hold their breath, counting the hours.... There is only your own pair of wings and the pathless sky, Bird, oh my Bird, listen to me do not close your wings." RABINDRANATH TAGORE.

AUTHOR'S NOTE.

As part of my book is set in Lahore, at the time of the outbreak, in April 1919, I wish to state clearly that, while the main events are true to fact, the characters concerned, both English and Indian, are purely imaginary. At the same time, the opinions expressed by my Indian characters on the present outlook are all based on the written or spoken opinions of actual Indians loyal or disaffected, as the case may be.

There were no serious British casualties in Lahore, though there were many elsewhere. I have imagined one locally, for purposes of my story. In all other respects I have kept close to recorded facts.

M.D.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

PHASE I. THE GLORY AND THE DREAM 1

PHASE II. THE VISIONARY GLEAM 65

PHASE III. PISGAH HEIGHTS 135

PHASE IV. DUST OF THE ACTUAL 283

PHASE V. A STAR IN DARKNESS 417

PHASE I.

THE GLORY AND THE DREAM

CHAPTER I.

"Thou art the sky, and thou art the nest as well." Tagore.

By the shimmer of blue under the beeches Roy knew that summer "really truly summer!" had come back at last. And summer meant picnics and strawberries and out of door lessons, and the lovely hot smell of pine needles in the pine wood, and the lovelier cool smell of moss cushions in the beech wood home of squirrels and birds and bluebells; unfailing wonderland of discovery and adventure.

Roy was an imaginative creature, isolated a little by the fact of being three and a half years older than Christine, and "miles older" than Jerry and George, mere babies, for whom the magic word adventure held no meaning at all.

Luckily, there was Tara, from the black and white house: Tara, who shared his lessons and, in spite of the drawback of being a girl, had long ago won her way into his private world of knight errantry and romance. Tara was eight years and five weeks old; quite a reasonable age in the eyes of Roy, whose full name was Nevil Le Roy Sinclair, and who would be nine in June. With the exception of grown ups, who didn't count, there was no one older than nine in his immediate neighbourhood. Tara came nearest: but she wouldn't be nine till next year; and by that time, he would be ten. The point was, she couldn't catch him up if she tried ever so.

It was Tara's mother, Lady Despard, who had the happy idea of sharing lessons, that would otherwise be rather a lonely affair for both. But it was Roy's mother who had the still happier idea of teaching them herself. Tara's mother joined in now and then; but Roy's mother who loved it beyond everything secured the lion's share. And Roy was old enough by now to be proudly aware of his own good fortune. Most other children of his acquaintance were afflicted with tiresome governesses, who wore ugly jackets and hats, who said "Don't drink with your mouth full," and "Don't argue the point!" Roy's favourite sin and always told you to "Look in the dictionary" when you found a scrumptious new word and wanted to hear all about it... Continue reading book >>




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