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The Loves of Ambrose   By: (1876-)

The Loves of Ambrose by Margaret Vandercook

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THE LOVES OF AMBROSE

[Illustration: "The young man put the honeysuckle in his buttonhole"]

THE LOVES OF AMBROSE

BY MARGARET VANDERCOOK

[Illustration]

Illustrated by Gordon Grant

DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY GARDEN CITY NEW YORK 1914

Copyright, 1914, by DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY

All rights reserved, including that of translation into foreign languages, including the Scandinavian

" And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the seashore. "

To JOHN VANDERCOOK

CONTENTS

PART I HIS FIRST WIFE

CHAPTER PAGE I. The Departure 3 II. The Voice of the Turtle 22 III. "Peachy" 34 IV. "Even so, Love, even so! Whither thou goest, I will go." 52 V. The Return 70

PART II HIS SECOND WIFE

VI. Reconstruction 77 VII. "Em'ly Dunham" 92 VIII. The Female Delegation 100 IX. "The tides of love and laughter run Increasing aye from sun to sun" 107 X. The Revelation 116 XI. Following His Advice 126 XII. A Light in Darkness 136 XIII. The Surprise Party 144

PART III HIS THIRD WIFE

XIV. Thirty Years 153 XV. Original Sin 164 XVI. The Eternal Fire 171 XVII. The Revival Service 179 XVIII. Indian Summer 188

PART IV HIS FOURTH WIFE

XIX. "'Lizabeth" 203 XX. "Giving in Marriage" 211 XXI. "I Shall Want My Em'ly" 224

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"The young man put the honeysuckle in his buttonhole" Frontispiece

PAGE

"Leaping ditches, tearing across ploughed fields, to the woods ahead" 5

"Miner rode slowly along on horseback, now and then making inquiries of wayfarers" 25

"The Village" 45

"He stopped when the mouth of an old war pistol was suddenly placed in front of his shoulder" 112

"'Ain't you never goin' to stop mopin', Ambrose Thompson? I'm sick of lookin' at you.'" 131

"'You kin manage me now all you've a mind to; I ain't worryin''" 198

"Thus it was that 'Lisabeth took up the business of caring for Uncle Ambrose Thompson" 214

PART ONE

HIS FIRST WIFE

" Oh! lose the winter from thine heart, the darkness from thine eyes, And from the low hearth chair of dreams, my Love o' May, arise, And let the maidens robe thee like a white white, lilac tree. Oh! hear the call of Spring, fair Soul, and wilt thou come with me? "

CHAPTER I

THE DEPARTURE

AMBROSE THOMPSON opened his front door and looked out. It was May, the sun had just risen over Pennyroyal, and before him lay Kentucky's carnival of spring.

The boy drew a deep breath that seemed to rise and quiver over his face like a breeze coming away at the end of his long, curiously emotional nose.

"Glory, what a day!" he whispered; "seems about good enough to eat!" And then he vanished, only to reappear five minutes afterward dressed as a traveller and wearing a linen duster, a stovepipe hat, and carrying a carpet bag.

Out in the cinder path his glance embraced the quiet street... Continue reading book >>




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