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I, Thou, and the Other One A Love Story   By: (1831-1919)

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I, THOU, AND THE OTHER ONE

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I, THOU, AND THE OTHER ONE

A Love Story

BY AMELIA E. BARR

NEW YORK DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY 1898

Copyright, 1898 , BY DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY.

University Press: JOHN WILSON AND SON, JOHN WILSON AND SON, U.S.A.

CONTENTS

Chapter Page I THE ATHELINGS 1 II CECIL AND EDGAR 23 III THE LORD OF EXHAM 42 IV THE DAWN OF LOVE 66 V ANNABEL VYNER 81 VI THE BEGINNING OF THE GREAT STRUGGLE 103 VII THE LOST RING 121 VIII WILL SHE CHOOSE EVIL OR GOOD? 150 IX A FOOLISH VIRGIN 169 X TROUBLE COMES UNSUMMONED 193 XI LIFE COMES AND GOES THE OLD, OLD WAY 213 XII THE SHADOW OF SORROW STRETCHED OUT 235 XIII NOT YET 263 XIV AT THE WORST 288 XV LADY OF EXHAM HALL AT LAST 315 XVI AFTER TWENTY GOLDEN YEARS 341

I, Thou, and the Other One

CHAPTER FIRST

THE ATHELINGS

" The Land is a Land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven. "

Beyond Thirsk and Northallerton, through the Cleveland Hills to the sea eastward, and by Roseberry Topping, northward, there is a lovely, lonely district, very little known even at the present day. The winds stream through its hills, as cool and fresh as living water; and whatever beauty there is of mountain, valley, or moorland, Farndale and Westerdale can show it; while no part of England is so rich in those picturesque manor houses which have been the homes of the same families for twenty generations.

The inhabitants of this region are the incarnation of its health, strength, and beauty, a tall, comely race; bold, steadfast, and thrifty, with very positive opinions on all subjects. There are no Laodiceans among the men and women of the North Riding; they are one thing or another Episcopalians or Calvinists; Conservatives or Radicals; friends or enemies. For friendship they have a capacity closer than brotherhood. Once friends, they are friends forever, and can be relied on in any emergency to "aid, comfort, and abet," legally or otherwise, with perhaps a special zest to give assistance, if it just smacks of the "otherwise."

Of such elements, John Atheling, lord of the manors of Atheling and Belward, was "kindly mixed," a man of towering form and great mental vigour, blunt of speech, single of purpose, leading, with great natural dignity, a sincere, unsophisticated life. He began this story one evening in the May of 1830; though when he left Atheling manor house, he had no idea anything out of the customary order of events would happen. It is however just these mysterious conditions of everyday life that give it such gravity and interest; for what an hour will bring forth, no man can say; and when Squire Atheling rode up to the crowd on the village green, he had no presentiment that he was going to open a new chapter in his life.

He smiled pleasantly when he saw its occasion. It was a wrestling match; and the combatants were his own chief shepherd and a stranger. In a few moments the shepherd was handsomely "thrown" and nobody knew exactly how it had been done. But there was hearty applause, led by the Squire, who, nodding at his big ploughman, cried out, "Now then, Adam Sedbergh, stand up for Atheling!" Adam flung off his vest and stepped confidently forward; but though a famous wrestler among his fellows, he got as speedy and as fair a fall as the shepherd had received before him... Continue reading book >>




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