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The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance   By: (1853-1931)

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THE SHADOW OF A CRIME

A CUMBRIAN ROMANCE

By Hall Caine

1885

Author of "The Manxman," "The Deemster" etc.

" Whom God's hand rests on, has God At his right hand ."

NEW YORK HURST & COMPANY PUBLISHERS

1895

TO

MY ABLE FELLOW JOURNALIST

JOHN LOVELL

WHO IN A DARKER HOUR OF LABOR AND MISGIVING CHEERED ME WITH AN ESTIMATE OF THIS NOVEL THAT THE PUBLIC HAS SINCE RATIFIED.

CONTENTS

Chapter

I. The City of Wythburn

II. The Crime in the Night

III. In the Red Lion

IV. The Outcast

V. The Empty Saddle

VI. The House on the Moss

VII. Sim's Cave

VIII. Robbie's Redemption

IX. The Shadow of the Crime

X. Mattha Branth'et "Flytes" the Parson

XI. Liza's Wiles

XII. The Flight on the Fells

XIII. A 'Batable Point

XIV. Until the Day Break

XV. Ralph's Sacrifice

XVI. At Sunrise on the Raise

XVII. The Garths: Mother and Son

XVIII. The Dawn of Love

XIX. The Betrothal

XX. "Fool, of Thyself Speak Well"

XXI. Mrs. Garth at Shoulthwaite

XXII. The Threatened Outlawry

XXIII. She Never Told Her Love

XXIV. Treason or Murder

XXV. Liza's Device

XXVI. "Fool, Do Not Flatter"

XXVII. Ralph at Lancaster

XXVIII. After Word Comes Weird

XXIX. Robbie's Quest Begun

XXX. A Race Against Life

XXXI. Robbie, Speed On!

XXXII. What the Snow Gave Up

XXXIII. Sepulture at Last

XXXIV. Fate that Impedes, Fall Back

XXXV. Robbie's Quest Ended

XXXVI. Rotha's Confession

XXXVII. Which Indictment?

XXXVIII. Peine Forte et Dure

XXXIX. The Fiery Hand

XL. Garth and the Quakers

XLI. A Horse's Neigh

XLII. The Fatal Witness

XLIII. Love Known at Last

XLIV. The Clew Discovered

XLV. The Condemned in Doomsdale

XLVI. The Skein Unravelled

XLVII. The Black Camel at the Gate

XLVIII. "Out, Out, Brief Candle"

XLIX. Peace, Peace, and Rest

L. Next Morning

LI. Six Months After

PREFACE.

The central incident of this novel is that most extraordinary of all punishments known to English criminal law, the peine forte et dure . The story is not, however, in any sense historical. A sketchy background of stirring history is introduced solely in order to heighten the personal danger of a brave man. The interest is domestic, and, perhaps, in some degree psychological. Around a pathetic piece of old jurisprudence I have gathered a mass of Cumbrian folk lore and folk talk with which I have been familiar from earliest youth. To smelt and mould the chaotic memories into an organism such as may serve, among other uses, to give a view of Cumberland life in little, has been the work of one year.

The story, which is now first presented as a whole, has already had a career in the newspapers, and the interest it excited in those quarters has come upon me as a surprise. I was hardly prepared to find that my plain russet coated dalesmen were in touch with popular sympathy; but they have made me many friends. To me they are very dear, for I have lived their life. It is with no affected regret that I am now parting with these companions to make way for a group of younger comrades.

There is one thing to say which will make it worth while to trouble the reader with this preface. A small portion of the dialogue is written in a much modified form of the Cumbrian dialect. There are four variations of dialect in Cumberland, and perhaps the dialect spoken on the West Coast differs more from the dialect spoken in the Thirlmere Valley than the latter differs from the dialect spoken in North Lancashire. The patois problem is not the least serious of the many difficulties the novelist encounters... Continue reading book >>




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