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THE SILVER LINING

A GUERNSEY STORY.

BY

JOHN ROUSSEL.

Guernsey: FREDERICK BLONDEL GUERIN, "THE SUN" OFFICE, HIGH STREET.

1894.

INDEX.

CHAPTER I. THE RESULTS OF DISOBEDIENCE 3 II. A LITTLE GIRL'S CHANGE OF LIFE 15 III. THE BOARDING SCHOOL 24 IV. THE INFLUENCES OF A GOOD HOME 33 V. THE REWARD OF INORDINATE AMBITION 45 VI. NEW ACQUAINTANCES 54 VII. AN ABRUPT DISMISSAL 62 VIII. AN UNPLEASANT VISIT 72 IX. DECEPTIONS 79 X. 'TWIXT LOVE AND DUTY 84 XI. BUSINESS 91 XII. A STRANGE MEETING 96 XIII. SUPERSTITION 102 XIV. FAILURE 107 XV. DARK DAYS 115 XVI. SHADOW AND SUNSHINE 125 XVII. THE EFFECTS OF A SERMON 130 XVIII. SUCCESS AFTER SUCCESS 135 XIX. TOM'S INTERVIEW WITH MRS. VIDOUX 143 XX. TOM'S VISIT TO HIS UNCLE 148 XXI. THE ENCOUNTER 153 XXII. FATHER AND DAUGHTER 159 XXIII. A SECRET CORRESPONDENCE 163 XXIV. MR. ROUGEANT GOES TO CHURCH 169 XXV. LOVE TRIUMPHS 173 XXVI. WEDDED 183 XXVII. RECONCILIATION 189 XXVIII. A SAD END OF A MISPENT LIFE 197 XXIX. DOMESTIC HAPPINESS 205

THE SILVER LINING.

A GUERNSEY STORY.

CHAPTER I.

THE RESULTS OF DISOBEDIENCE.

One fine summer afternoon it was the month of June the sea was calm, the air was still, and the sun was warm.

The mackerel boats from Cobo (a bay in the island of Guernsey) were setting sail; an old woman was detaching limpets from the rocks, and slowly, but steadily, filling up her basket. On the west side of the bay, two air starved Londoners were sitting on the sand, basking in the sunshine, determined to return home, if not invigorated, at least bronzed by the sea air. On the east side, a few little boys were bathing. A middle aged man, engaged in searching for sand eels, completed the picture.

A little boy, who might have been nine years of age, was standing in the road gazing upon this scene. The way in which he was clothed, betokened that he was not one of the lads that lived in the vicinity of that bay. He was dressed in a well fitting knickerbocker suit, and his polished boots, his well combed hair, denoted that he was an object of especial care at home. He possessed a very intelligent air, a fine forehead, rather large eyes which were full of expression, and his frowning look, the way in which he stamped his little foot, denoted that he was of an impulsive temperament. This little fellow had some very good ideas. He had determined to be good, and unselfish; and he tried to learn as much as he possibly could. His mother had told him that later on this would help him in life.

Once, an inquisitive pedlar, noticing his intelligence, and his garrulous disposition, asked him jokingly if he ever intended to marry. Upon which Frank Mathers (this was the boy's name) assumed a serious air, and giving his head a little toss he answered, "I do not know yet, there are so many beautiful little girls everywhere, one does not know which one to choose... Continue reading book >>




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