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A Maid of the Silver Sea   By: (1852-1941)

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A MAID OF THE SILVER SEA

by

JOHN OXENHAM

With Frontispiece in Colour by Harold Copping

Hodder and Stoughton Warwick Square, London, E.C.

TO MY FRIEND EDWARD BAKER OF LA CHAUMIERE, SARK

ON WHOSE MOST HOSPITABLE AND SUPREMELY COMFORTABLE VERANDAH, LOOKING OUT TO THE FAIR COAST OF FRANCE, THIS STORY WAS PARTLY WRITTEN, I INSCRIBE THE SAME IN REMEMBRANCE OF MANY DELIGHTFUL DAYS TOGETHER

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I HOW TWO LAY IN A CLEFT

CHAPTER II HOW NANCE CAME TO BE HERSELF

CHAPTER III HOW THE NEW MINE CAPTAIN CAME

CHAPTER IV HOW GARD MADE NEW ACQUAINTANCES

CHAPTER V HOW NANCE SHONE THROUGH HER MODEST VEILING

CHAPTER VI HOW GRANNIE SCHEMED SCHEMES

CHAPTER VII HOW GARD FOUGHT GALES AND TOM

CHAPTER VIII HOW TOM WANTED TO BUT DIDN'T DARE

CHAPTER IX HOW OLD TOM FOUND THE SILVER HEART

CHAPTER X HOW YOUNG TOM FOUND HIS MATCH

CHAPTER XI HOW GARD DREW NEARER TO HIS HEART'S DESIRE

CHAPTER XII HOW NANCE CAME UP THE MAIN SHAFT WITHOUT GOING DOWN IT

CHAPTER XIII HOW GARD REFUSED AN OFFER AND MADE AN ENEMY

CHAPTER XIV HOW THEY WENT THROUGH THE DARKNESS OF THE NARROW WAY

CHAPTER XV HOW TWO FELL OUT

CHAPTER XVI HOW ONE FELL OVER

CHAPTER XVII HOW TOM WENT TO SCHOOL FOR THE LAST TIME

CHAPTER XVIII HOW PETER'S DIPLOMACY CAME TO NOUGHT

CHAPTER XIX HOW THE SARK MEN FELT ABOUT IT

CHAPTER XX HOW SARK CRAVED BLOOD FOR BLOOD

CHAPTER XXI HOW LOVE TOOK LOVE TO SANCTUARY

CHAPTER XXII HOW THE STARS SANG OF HOPE

CHAPTER XXIII HOW NANCE SENT FOOD AND HOPE TO HIM

CHAPTER XXIV HOW HE SAW STRANGE SIGHTS

CHAPTER XXV HOW HE LIVED THROUGH THE GREAT STORM

CHAPTER XXVI HOW HE HELD THE ROCK

CHAPTER XXVII HOW ONE CAME TO HIM LIKE AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN

CHAPTER XXVIII HOW THE OTHERS CAME TO MAKE AN END

CHAPTER XXIX HOW HE CAME INTO AN UNKNOWN PLACE

CHAPTER XXX HOW NANCE WATCHED FROM AFAR

CHAPTER XXXI HOW TWO WENT IN AND THREE CAME OUT

CHAPTER XXXII HOW JULIE MEDITATED EVIL

CHAPTER XXXIII HOW HOPE CAME ONCE AGAIN

CHAPTER XXXIV HOW JULIE'S SCHEMES FELL FLAT

CHAPTER XXXV HOW AN ANGEL CAME BRINGING THE TRUTH

CHAPTER XXXVI HOW HE CAME HOME FROM L'ETAT

CHAPTER XXXVII HOW THEY LAID TRAPS FOR THE DEVIL

CHAPTER XXXVIII HOW THEY LAID THE DEVIL BY THE HEELS

CHAPTER XXXIX HOW THEY THANKED GOD FOR HIS MERCIES

CHAPTER I

HOW TWO LAY IN A CLEFT

A girl and a boy lay in a cubby hole in the north side of the cliff overlooking Port Gorey, and watched the goings on down below.

The sun was tending towards Guernsey and the gulf was filled witn golden light. A small brig, unkempt and dirty, was nosing towards the rough wooden landing stage clamped to the opposite rocks, as though doubtful of the advisability of attempting its closer acquaintance.

"Mon Gyu, Bern, how I wish they were all at the bottom of the sea!" said the girl vehemently.

"Whe e e w!" whistled the boy, and then with a twinkle in his eye, "Who's got a new parasol now?"

"Everybody! but it's not that. It's the bustle and the dirt and the noise and oh everything! You can't remember what it was like before these wretched mines came no dust, no noise, no bustle, no dirty men, no silly women, no nothing as it is now. Just Sark as it used to be. And now ! Mon Gyu, yes I wish the sea would break in through their nasty tunnels and wash them all away pumps and engines and houses everything!"

And up on the hillside at the head of the gulf the great pumping engine clacked monotonously "Never! Never! Never!"

"You've got it bad to day, Nan," said the boy.

"I've always got it bad. It makes me sick. It has changed everything and everybody everybody except mother and you," she added quickly. "Get get get! Why we hardly used to know what money was, and now no one thinks of anything but getting all they can... Continue reading book >>




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