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The Uttermost Farthing

The Uttermost Farthing by R. Austin Freeman
By: (1862-1943)

Humphrey Challoner is a solitary old man who spent a lifetime collecting for his private museum, primarily mammals exhibiting osteological abnormalities but also 24 articulated human skeletons without any apparent defect. His friend, Dr. Wharton, is puzzled by the collection, but he humors Challoner's eccentricities and tends to him in his final illness. When Wharton inherits the collection on Challoner's death, the dark mystery that ties the collection together is finally revealed.

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THE UTTERMOST FARTHING

A SAVANT'S VENDETTA

BY R. AUSTIN FREEMAN

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. The Motive Force

II. "Number One"

III. The Housemaid's Followers

IV. The Gifts of Chance

V. By products of Industry

VI. The Trail of the Serpent

VII. The Uttermost Farthing

THE UTTERMOST FARTHING

I

THE MOTIVE FORCE

It is not without some misgivings that I at length make public the strange history communicated to me by my lamented friend Humphrey Challoner. The outlook of the narrator is so evidently abnormal, his ethical standards are so remote from those ordinarily current, that the chronicle of his life and actions may not only fail to secure the sympathy of the reader but may even excite a certain amount of moral repulsion. But by those who knew him, his generosity to the poor, and especially to those who struggled against undeserved misfortune, will be an ample set off to his severity and even ferocity towards the enemies of society.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - May 10, 2015
Subject: The Uttermost Farthing
A very good story that 'Dexter' would approve of most heartily, wonderfully narrated by MaryAnn.
Reviewer: - December 1, 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed this tale Very good reader who didn't overestimated but kept a gentle pace throughout
Reviewer: - September 16, 2013
Subject: Exciting...
Great story. Great reader.


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