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Shining Ferry   By: (1863-1944)

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E text prepared by Lionel Sear

SHINING FERRY.

by

ARTHUR THOMAS QUILLER COUCH ("Q").

1910

This e text was prepared from a reprint of a version published in 1905.

CONTENTS

BOOK I.

I. ROSEWARNE OF HALL.

II. FATHERS AND CHILDREN.

III. ROSEWARNE'S PILGRIMAGE.

IV. ROSEWARNE'S PENANCE.

V. THE CLOSE OF A STEWARDSHIP.

VI. THE RAFTERS.

VII. THE HEIRS OF HALL.

BOOK II.

VIII. HESTER ARRIVES.

IX. MR. SAMUEL'S POLICY.

X. NUNCEY.

XI. HESTER IS ACCEPTED.

XII. THE OPENING DAY.

XIII. TOM TREVARTHEN INTERVENES.

XIV. MR. SAM IS MAGNANIMOUS.

XV. MYRA IN DISGRACE.

BOOK III.

XVI. AUNT BUTSON CLOSES SCHOOL.

XVII. PETER BENNEY'S DISMISSAL.

XVIII. RIGHT OF FERRY.

XIX. THE INTERCEDERS.

XX. AN OUTBURST.

XXI. MR. BENNY GETS PROMOTION.

XXII. CLEM IS LOST TO MYRA.

XXIII. HESTER WRITES A LOVE LETTER.

XXIV. THE RESCUE.

XXV. BUT TOM CAN WRITE.

XXVI. MESSENGERS.

XXVII. HOME.

CHAPTER I.

ROSEWARNE OF HALL.

John Rosewarne sat in his counting house at Hall, dictating a letter to his confidential clerk. The letter ran

"Dear Sir, In answer to yours of the 6th inst., I beg to inform you that in consequence of an arrangement with the Swedish firms, by which barrel staves will be trimmed and finished to three standard lengths before shipment, we are enabled to offer an additional discount of five per cent, for the coming season on orders of five thousand staves and upwards. Such orders, however, should reach us before the fishery begins, as we hold ourselves free to raise the price at any time after 1st July. A consignment is expected from the Baltic within the next fortnight."

The little clerk looked up. His glance inquired, "Is that all?"

"Wait a minute." His master seemed to be reflecting; then leaning back in his chair and gripping its arms while he stared out of the bow window before him, he resumed his dictation

"I hope to be in Plymouth on Wednesday next, and that you will hold yourself ready for a call between two and three in the afternoon at your office."

"I beg your pardon, sir," the clerk interposed, "but Mr. Samuel closes early on Wednesdays.

"I know it. Go on, please

"I have some matters to discuss alone with you, and they may take a considerable time. Kindly let me know by return if the date suggested is inconvenient."

"That will do." He held out his hand for the paper, and signed it, "Yours truly, John Rosewarne," while the clerk addressed the envelope. This concluded their day's work.

Rosewarne pulled out his watch, consulted it, and fell again to staring out of the open window. A climbing Banksia rose overgrew the sill and ran up the mullions, its clusters of nankeen buds stirred by the breeze and nodding against the pale sunset sky. Beyond the garden lay a small orchard fringed with elms; and below this the slope fell so steeply down to the harbourthat the elm tops concealed its shipping and all but the chimney smoke of a busy little town on its farther shore. High over this smoke the rooks were trailing westward and homeward.

Rosewarne heard the clank of mallets in a shipbuilding yard below. Then five o'clock struck from the church tower across the water, and the mallets ceased; but far down by the harbour's mouth the crew of a foreign bound ship sang at the windlass

Good bye, fare ye well Good bye, fare ye well!

[In the original text a short length of musical score is shown]

The vessel belonged to him. He controlled most of the shipping and a good half of the harbour's trade. As for the town at his feet, had you examined his ledgers you might fancy its smoke ascending to him as incense... Continue reading book >>




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