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Works Of Joseph Lincoln   By: (1870-1944)

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´╗┐WORKS OF

JOSEPH CROSBY LINCOLN

CONTENTS

Keziah Coffin

The Depot Master

Thankful's Inheritance

Cy Whittaker's Place

Galusha the Magnificent

The Woman Haters

Mary 'Gusta

Cap'n Eri

Kent Knowles: Quahaug

Cape Cod Stories

The Portygee

The Rise of Roscoe Paine

Cap'n Warren's Wards

Cap'n Dan's Daughter

Shavings

Cape Cod Ballads and Other Verse

Fair Harbor

KEZIAH COFFIN

by Joseph C. Lincoln

Contents

KEZIAH COFFIN CHAPTER I

CHAPTER II

CHAPTER III

CHAPTER IV

CHAPTER V

CHAPTER VI

CHAPTER VII

CHAPTER VIII

CHAPTER IX

CHAPTER X

CHAPTER XI

CHAPTER XII

CHAPTER XIII

CHAPTER XIV

CHAPTER XV

CHAPTER XVI

CHAPTER XVII

CHAPTER XVIII

CHAPTER XIX

CHAPTER XX

CHAPTER XXI

CHAPTER XXII IN WHICH KEZIAH HEARS OF TWO PROPOSALS AND THE BEGINNING OF A THIRD

IN WHICH KEZIAH UNEARTHS A PROWLER

IN WHICH KEZIAH ASSUMES A GUARDIANSHIP

IN WHICH KEZIAH'S PARSON DECIDES TO RUN IT BLINDFOLD

IN WHICH THE PARSON CRUISES IN STRANGE WATERS

IN WHICH OLD FRIENDS MEET

IN WHICH CAPTAIN NAT PICKS UP A DERELICT

IN WHICH THE PARSON AND MR. PEPPER DECLARE THEIR INDEPENDENCE

IN WHICH MISS DANIELS DETERMINES TO FIND OUT

IN WHICH KEZIAH'S TROUBLES MULTIPLY

IN WHICH CAPEN EBEN RECEIVES A CALLER

IN WHICH CAPTAIN EBEN MAKES PORT

IN WHICH KEZIAH BREAKS THE NEWS

IN WHICH THE SEA MIST SAILS

IN WHICH TRUMET TALKS OF CAPTAIN NAT

IN WHICH THE MINISTER BOARDS THE SAN JOSE

IN WHICH EBENEZER CAPEN IS SURPRISED

IN WHICH KEZIAH DECIDES TO FIGHT

IN WHICH A RECEPTION IS CALLED OFF

IN WHICH THE MINISTER RECEIVES A LETTER

IN WHICH MR. STONE WASHES HIS HANDS

IN WHICH KEZIAH'S PARSON PREACHES ONCE MORE

KEZIAH COFFIN by Joseph C. Lincoln

CHAPTER I IN WHICH KEZIAH HEARS TWO PROPOSALS AND THE BEGINNING OF A THIRD

Trumet in a fog; a fog blown in during the night by the wind from the wide Atlantic. So wet and heavy that one might taste the salt in it. So thick that houses along the main road were but dim shapes behind its gray drapery, and only the gates and fences of the front yards were plainly in evidence to the passers by. The beach plum and bayberry bushes on the dunes were spangled with beady drops. The pole on Cannon Hill, where the beacon was hoisted when the packet from Boston dropped anchor in the bay, was shiny and slippery. The new weathervane, a gilded whale, presented to the "Regular" church by Captain Zebedee Mayo, retired whaler, swam in a sea of cloud. The lichened eaves of the little "Come Outer" chapel dripped at sedate intervals. The brick walk leading to the door of Captain Elkanah Daniels's fine residence held undignified puddles in its hollows. And, through the damp stillness, the muttered growl of the surf, three miles away at the foot of the sandy bluffs by the lighthouse, sounded ominously.

Directly opposite Captain Elkanah's front gate, on the other side of the main road, stood the little story and a half house, also the captain's property, which for fourteen years had been tenanted by Mrs. Keziah Coffin and her brother, Solomon Hall, the shoemaker. But Solomon had, the month before, given up his fight with debt and illness and was sleeping quietly in Trumet's most populous center, the graveyard. And Keziah, left alone, had decided that the rent and living expenses were more than her precarious earnings as a seamstress would warrant, and, having bargained with the furniture dealer in Wellmouth for the sale of her household effects, was now busy getting them ready for the morrow, when the dealer's wagon was to call. She was going to Boston, where a distant and condescending rich relative had interested himself to the extent of finding her a place as sewing woman in a large tailoring establishment.

The fog hung like a wet blanket over the house and its small yard, where a few venerable pear trees, too conservative in their old age to venture a bud even though it was almost May, stood bare and forlorn... Continue reading book >>




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