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The Mystics A Novel   By: (1875-1911)

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THE MYSTICS

A Novel

by

KATHERINE CECIL THURSTON

Author of "The Masquerader" "The Gambler"

Illustrated

[Illustration: See Chap. VII "THE PROPHET WITH HIS FIXED GAZE UPON THE SCITSYM"]

Harper & Brothers Publishers New York and London MCMVII

Copyright, 1904, by Katherine Cecil Thurston. All rights reserved. Published April, 1907.

To my Cousin Nancy Inez Pollock

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"THE PROPHET WITH HIS FIXED GAZE UPON THE SCITSYM" Frontispiece

"THE FIGURE OF HIS UNCLE ... SHOWED TALL AND ANGULAR IN THE APERTURE" Facing p. 20

"HE ... GATHERED THE FIRST SHEAF OF LEAVES INTO HIS FINGERS" " 40

"ACROSS THE PROPHET'S BREAST, IN MARKS OF A CRUEL LACERATION, RAN THE SYMBOLIC OCTAGONAL FIGURE OF THE MYSTIC SECT" " 56

"WITH A FRESH BURST OF TEARS, SHE TURNED AND FLUNG HERSELF UPON THE COUCH" " 116

"HER HAND WAS TREMBLING AS SHE RAISED THE HEAVY KNOCKER" " 136

"'I AM IN NEED OF HELP ... AND YOU CAN HELP ME'" " 146

"SHE SAW THE FIGURE OF THE PROPHET ... ATTENDED BY THE PRECURSOR AND THE SIX ARCH MYSTICS" " 158

THE MYSTICS

CHAPTER I

Of all the sensations to which the human mind is a prey, there is none so powerful in its finality, so chilling in its sense of an impending event as the knowledge that Death grim, implacable Death has cast his shadow on a life that custom and circumstance have rendered familiar. Whatever the personal feeling may be whether dismay, despair, or relief no man or woman can watch that advancing shadow without a quailing at the heart, an individual shrinking from the terrible, natural mystery that we must all face in turn each for himself and each alone.

In a gaunt house on the loneliest point where the Scottish coast overlooks the Irish Sea, John Henderson was watching his uncle die. In the plain, whitewashed room where the sick man lay, a fire was burning and a couple of oil lamps shed an uncertain glow; but outside, the wind roared inland from the shore, and the rain splashed in furious showers against the windows of the house. It was a night of tumult and darkness; but neither the old man who lay waiting for the end nor the young man who watched that end approaching gave any heed to the turmoil of the elements. Each was self engrossed.

Except for an occasional rasping cough, or a slow, indrawn breath, no sign came from the small iron bedstead on which the dying man lay. His hard, emaciated face was set in an impenetrable mask; his glazed eyes were fixed immovably on a distant portion of the ceiling; and his hands lay clasped upon his breast, covering some object that depended from his neck.

He had lain thus since the doctor from the neighboring town had braved the rising storm and ridden over to see him in the fall of the evening; and no accentuation of the gale that lashed the house, no increase in the roar of the ocean three hundred yards away, had power to interrupt his lethargy.

In curious contrast was the expression that marked his nephew's face. An extraordinary suppressed energy was visible in every line of John Henderson's body as he sat crouching over the fire; and a look of irrepressible excitement smoldered in the eyes that gazed into the glowing coals. He was barely twenty three years old, but the self control that comes from endurance and privation sat unmistakably on his knitted brows and closed lips. He was neither handsome of feature nor graceful of figure, yet there was something more striking and interesting than either grace or beauty in the strong, youthful form and the strong, intelligent face. For a long time he retained his crouching seat on the wooden stool that stood before the hearth; then at last the activity at work within his mind made further inaction intolerable... Continue reading book >>




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