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Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn   By: (1830-1876)

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The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn

by

Henry Kingsley

TO MY FATHER AND MOTHER THIS BOOK, THE FRUIT OF SO MANY WEARY YEARS OF SEPARATION, IS DEDICATED WITH THE DEEPEST LOVE AND REVERENCE

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I INTRODUCTORY. II THE COURTSHIP AND MARRIAGE OF JOHN THORNTON, CLERK, AND THE BIRTH OF SOME ONE WHO TAKES RATHER A CONSPICUOUS PART IN OUR STORY. III THE HISTORY OF (A CERTAIN FAMILY LIVING IN) EUROPE, FROM THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR TO THE PEACE OF 1818, CONTAINING FACTS HITHERTO UNPUBLISHED. IV SOME NEW FACES. V IN WHICH THE READER IS MADE ACCOMPLICE TO A MISPRISION OF FELONY. VI GEORGE HAWKER GOES TO THE FAIR WRESTLES, BUT GETS THROWN ON HIS BACK, SHOOTS AT A MARK, BUT MISSES IT. VII MAJOR BUCKLEY GIVES HIS OPINION ON TROUT FISHING, ON EMIGRATION, AND ON GEORGE HAWKER. VIII THE VICAR HEARS SOMETHING TO HIS ADVANTAGE. IX WHEN THE KYE CAME HAME. X IN WHICH WE SEE A GOOD DEAL OF MISCHIEF BREWING. XI IN WHICH THE VICAR PREACHES A FAREWELL SERMON. XII IN WHICH A VERY MUSCULAR CHRISTIAN INDEED, COMES ON THE STAGE. XIII THE DISCOVERY OF THE FORGERIES. XIV THE MAJOR'S VISIT TO THE "NAG'S HEAD." XV THE BRIGHTON RACES, AND WHAT HAPPENED THEREAT. XVI THE END OF MARY'S EXPEDITION. XVII EXODUS. XVIII THE FIRST PUFF OF THE SOUTH WIND. XIX I HIRE A NEW HORSEBREAKER. XX A WARM CHRISTMAS DAY. XXI JIM STOCKBRIDGE BEGINS TO TAKE ANOTHER VIEW OF MATTERS. XXII SAM BUCKLEY'S EDUCATION. XXIII TOONARBIN. XXIV IN WHICH MARY HAWKER LOSES ONE OF HER OLDEST SWEETHEARTS. XXV IN WHICH THE NEW DEAN OF B MAKES HIS APPEARANCE, AND ASTONISHES THE MAJOR OUT OF HIS PROPRIETY. XXVI WHITE HEATHENS XXVII THE GOLDEN VINEYARD. XXVIII A GENTLEMAN FROM THE WARS. XXIX SAM MEETS WITH A RIVAL, AND HOW HE TREATED HIM. XXX HOW THE CHILD WAS LOST, AND HOW HE GOT FOUND AGAIN WHAT CECIL SAID TO SAM WHEN THEY FOUND HIM AND HOW IN CASTING LOTS, ALTHOUGH CECIL WON THE LOT, HE LOST THE PRIZE. XXXI HOW TOM TROUBRIDGE KEPT WATCH FOR THE FIRST TIME. XXXII WHICH IS THE LAST CHAPTER BUT ONE IN THE SECOND VOLUME. XXXIII IN WHICH JAMES BRENTWOOD AND SAMUEL BUCKLEY, ESQUIRES, COMBINE TO DISTURB THE REST OF CAPTAIN BRENTWOOD, R.A. AND SUCCEED IN DOING SO. XXXIV HOW THEY ALL WENT HUNTING FOR SEA ANEMONES AT CAPE CHATHAM AND HOW THE DOCTOR GOT A TERRIBLE FRIGHT AND HOW CAPTAIN BLOCKSTROP SHOWED THAT THERE WAS GOOD REASON FOR IT. XXXV A COUNCIL OF WAR. XXXVI AN EARTHQUAKE, A COLLIERY EXPLOSION, AND AN ADVENTURE. XXXVII IN WHICH GEORGE HAWKER SETTLES AN OLD SCORE WITH WILLIAM LEE, MOST HANDSOMELY, LEAVING, IN FACT, A LARGE BALANCE IN HIS OWN FAVOUR. XXXVIII HOW DR. MULHAUS GOT BUSHED IN THE RANGES, AND WHAT BEFEL HIM THERE. XXXIX THE LAST GLEAM BEFORE THE STORM. XL THE STORM BURSTS. XLI WIDDERIN SHOWS CLEARLY THAT HE IS WORTH ALL THE MONEY SAM GAVE FOR HIM. XLII THE FIGHT AMONG THE FERN TREES. XLIII ACROSS THE SNOW. XLIV HOW MARY HAWKER HEARD THE NEWS. XLV IN WHICH THERE ARE SOME ASTONISHING REVELATIONS WITH REGARD TO DR. MULHAUS AND CAPTAIN DESBOROUGH. XLVI IN WHICH SAM MEETS WITH A SERIOUS ACCIDENT, AND GETS CRIPPLED FOR LIFE. XLVII HOW MARY HAWKER SAID "YES." XLVIII THE LATEST INTELLIGENCE.

Chapter I

INTRODUCTORY.

Near the end of February 1857, I think about the 20th or so, though it don't much matter; I only know it was near the latter end of summer, burning hot, with the bushfires raging like volcanoes on the ranges, and the river reduced to a slender stream of water, almost lost upon the broad white flats of quartz shingle. It was the end of February, I said, when Major Buckley, Captain Brentwood (formerly of the Artillery), and I, Geoffry Hamlyn, sat together over our wine in the veranda at Baroona, gazing sleepily on the grey plains that rolled away east and north east towards the sea... Continue reading book >>




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