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Heriot's Choice A Tale   By: (1840-1909)

Heriot's Choice A Tale by Rosa Nouchette Carey

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HERIOT'S CHOICE

A Tale

BY ROSA NOUCHETTE CAREY

AUTHOR OF 'NELLIE'S MEMORIES,' 'NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS,' 'SIR GODFREY'S GRANDDAUGHTERS,' ETC.

London MACMILLAN AND CO., Limited NEW YORK: THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 1902

All rights reserved

First Edition, 3 Vols. Crown 8vo, 31s. 6d., 1879 Second Edition, 1 Vol. Crown 8vo, 6s., 1890 Reprinted 1891, 1895,(3s. 6d.) 1898 Transferred to Macmillan & Co., Ltd., August 1898, 1902

TO The Rev. Canon Simpson, LL.D. THIS STORY IS AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I. 'SAY YES, MILLY'

CHAPTER II. 'IF YOU PLEASE, MAY I BRING RAG AND TATTERS?'

CHAPTER III. VIÂ TEBAY

CHAPTER IV. MILDRED'S NEW HOME

CHAPTER V. OLIVE

CHAPTER VI. CAIN AND ABEL

CHAPTER VII. A MOTHER IN ISRAEL

CHAPTER VIII. 'ETHEL THE MAGNIFICENT'

CHAPTER IX. KIRKLEATHAM

CHAPTER X. THE RUSH BEARING

CHAPTER XI. AN AFTERNOON IN CASTLESTEADS

CHAPTER XII. THE WELL MEANING MISCHIEF MAKER

CHAPTER XIII. A YOUTHFUL DRACO AND SOLON

CHAPTER XIV. RICHARD COEUR DE LION

CHAPTER XV. THE GATE AJAR

CHAPTER XVI. COMING BACK

CHAPTER XVII. THREE YEARS AFTERWARDS A RETROSPECT

CHAPTER XVIII. OLIVE'S WORK

CHAPTER XIX. THE HEART OF COEUR DE LION

CHAPTER XX. WHARTON HALL FARM

CHAPTER XXI. UNDER STENKRITH BRIDGE

CHAPTER XXII. DR. HERIOT'S WARD

CHAPTER XXIII. 'AND MAIDENS CALL IT LOVE IN IDLENESS'

CHAPTER XXIV. THE DESERTED COTTON MILL IN HILBECK GLEN

CHAPTER XXV. ROYAL

CHAPTER XXVI. 'IS THAT LETTER FOR ME, AUNT MILLY?'

CHAPTER XXVII. COOP KERNAN HOLE

CHAPTER XXVIII. DR. HERIOT'S MISTAKE

CHAPTER XXIX. THE COTTAGE AT FROGNAL

CHAPTER XXX. 'I CANNOT SING THE OLD SONGS'

CHAPTER XXXI. 'WHICH SHALL IT BE?'

CHAPTER XXXII. A TALK IN FAIRLIGHT GLEN

CHAPTER XXXIII. 'YES'

CHAPTER XXXIV. JOHN HERIOT'S WIFE

CHAPTER XXXV. OLIVE'S DECISION

CHAPTER XXXVI. BERENGARIA

HERIOT'S CHOICE

CHAPTER I

'SAY YES, MILLY'

'Man's importunity is God's opportunity.'

'O fair, O fine, O lot to be desired! Early and late my heart appeals to me, And says, "O work, O will Thou man, be fired, To earn this lot " she says "I would not be A worker for mine own bread, or one hired For mine own profit. O, I would be free To work for others; love so earned of them Should be my wages and my diadem."' Jean Ingelow.

'Say yes, Milly.'

Three short words, and yet they went straight to Milly's heart. It was only the postscript of a long, sorrowful letter the finale brief but eloquent of a quiet, dispassionate appeal; but it sounded to Mildred Lambert much as the Macedonian cry must have sounded of old: 'Come over and help us.'

Mildred's soft, womanly nature was capable of only one response to such a demand. Assent was more than probable, and bordered on certainty, even before the letter was laid aside, and while her cheek was yet paling at the thought of new responsibilities and the vast unknown, wherein duty must tread on the heel of inclination, and life must press out thought and the worn out furrows of intro and retrospection.

And so it was that the page of a negative existence was turned; and Mildred agreed to become the inmate of her brother's home.

'Aunt Milly!' How pleasant it would be to hear that again, and to be in the centre of warm young life and breathless activity, after the torpor of long waiting and watching, and the hush and the blank and the drawn out pain, intense yet scarcely felt, of the last seven years.

To begin life in its fulness at eight and twenty; to taste of its real sweets and bitters, after it had offered to her nothing but the pale brackish flavour of regret for a passing youth and wasted powers, responsive rather than suggestive (if there be such monstrous anomaly on the whole face of God's creation), nothing being wasted, and all pronounced good, that comes direct from the Divine Hand... Continue reading book >>




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