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Herb of Grace   By: (1840-1909)

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Herb of Grace

By

ROSA NOUCHETTE CAREY

Author of "Mollie's Prince," "No Friend Like a Sister," "Rue With a Difference," etc.

A. L. HURT COMPANY

PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT, 1901

BY

J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY

CONTENTS

I INTRODUCES A LOVER OF THE PICTURESQUE II FALLEN AMONG THIEVES III A PAGE OF ANCIENT HISTORY IV ANNA V MRS. HERRICK OBJECTS TO BOHEMIA VI YEA VERILY AND BABS VII MORE ANCIENT HISTORY WITH VERITY VIII THE RECORD OF AN IMPOTENT GENIUS IX THE WOOD HOUSE X WHAT THE FERN OWL HEARD XI "A LITTLE EGOTISTICAL, PERHAPS" XII MR. CARLYON'S TEA PARTY XIII THE CROW'S NEST XIV "YOU DO SAY SUCH ODD THINGS" XV "BETTY IS A TRUMP!" XVI "IT REALLY IS A GOOD IDEA, DIE" XVII "ADIEU Au REVOIR" XVIII "YES, SHE GAVE HIM UP" XIX "A TOUCH OF THE TARTAR" XX A WHITE SUN BONNET XXI "IF I WERE ONLY LIKE YOU" XXII "TWO MAIDEN LADIES OF UNCERTAIN AGE" XXIII SAINT ELIZABETH! XXIV DOWN BY THE POOL XXV "IT HAS GONE VERY DEEP" XXVI "I SEE LIGHT NOW" XXVII HUGH ROSSITER SPINS HIS YARN XXVIII "THE LADY CALLING HERSELF MISS JACOBI" XXIX "SHE IS A WICKED WOMAN" XXX IN KENSINGTON GARDENS XXXI PLOT AND COUNTERPLOT XXXII STORM AND STRESS XXXIII "HE WILL COME RIGHT" XXXIV TRAVELLING THROUGH SAHARA XXXV VIA DOLOROSA XXXVI "I HAVE BEEN A COWARD" XXXVII THE PARTING OF THE WAYS XXXVIII TANGLED THREADS XXXIX THE NEW CURATE IN CHARGE XL "HE IS MY RIVAL STILL" XLI "YOU CAN BE DINAH'S FRIEND" XLII THE WHIRLIGIG OF TIME XLIII A MAY AFTERNOON XLIV "MY DEAREST REST"

HERB OF GRACE

CHAPTER I

INTRODUCES A LOVER OF THE PICTURESQUE

Our adventures hover round us like bees round the hive when preparing to swarm. MAETERLINCK.

From boyhood Malcolm Herrick had been a lover of the picturesque. In secret he prided himself on possessing the artistic faculty, and yet, except in the nursery, he had never drawn a line, or later on spoilt canvas and daubed himself in oils under the idea that he was an embryo Millais or Turner. But nevertheless he had the seeing eye, and could find beauty where more prosaic people could only see barrenness: a stubble field newly turned up by the plough moved him to admiration, while a Surrey lane, with a gate swinging back on its hinges, and a bowed old man carrying faggots, in the smoky light of an October evening, gave him a feeling akin to ecstasy. More than one of his school fellows remembered how, even in the cricket field, he would stand as though transfixed, looking at the storm clouds, with their steely edges, coming up behind the copse, but the palms of his hands were outstretched and he never failed to catch the ball.

"Nature intended me for an artist or a poet," Malcolm would say, for he was given at times to a hard, merciless introspection, when he took himself and his motives to pieces, "but circumstances have called me to the bar. To be sure I have never held a brief, and my tastes are purely literary, but all the same I am a member of the legal profession."

Malcolm Herrick used his Englishman's right of grumbling to a large extent; with a sort of bitter and acrid humility, he would accuse himself of having missed his vocation and his rightful heritage, of being neither "fish, flesh, nor good red herring;" nevertheless his post for the last two years had pleased him well: he was connected with a certain large literary society which gave his legal wits plenty of scope. In his leisure hours he wrote moderately well expressed papers on all sorts of social subjects with a pithy raciness and command of language that excited a good deal of comment.

Herrick was a clever fellow, people said; "he would make his mark when he was older, and had got rid of his cranks;" but all the same he was not understood by the youth of his generation... Continue reading book >>




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