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A Young Mutineer   By: (1854-1914)

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Transcriber's Note: The words "if only little Judy had stayed with me, I should", possible repeated instead of the first words of the next sentence, have been reproduced as typeset.

A YOUNG MUTINEER

[Illustration: "WAS THE PERSON FICKLE, AND DID HE BREAK HIS PROMISE?" Frontispiece. ]

A Young Mutineer

BY

MRS. L. T. MEADE

AUTHOR OF "A GIRL IN TEN THOUSAND," "A RING OF RUBIES," "GIRLS NEW AND OLD," ETC.

NEW YORK STITT PUBLISHING COMPANY 1905

TO MY LITTLE GIRL HOPE THE REAL JUDY October 23, 1893

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE

I. AN OLD FASHIONED LITTLE PAIR 1

II. THE PEOPLE WHO GET MARRIED 14

III. A QUESTION AND AN ANSWER 26

IV. CHANGES 36

V. IN A GARDEN 52

VI. THE EVE OF THE WEDDING 67

VII. A WEDDING PRESENT 82

VIII. HONEYMOON 91

IX. STARVED 101

X. WAITING 118

XI. HUSBAND AND WIFE 129

XII. HILDA'S ENGAGEMENT RING 149

XIII. JUDY'S ROOM 157

XIV. THE LITTLE RIFT 174

XV. THREE IS TRUMPERY 186

XVI. A LITTLE GIRL AND A LITTLE CROSS 195

XVII. JUDY'S SECRET 208

XVIII. GIANT KILLER 224

XIX. GOOD OMENS 253

A YOUNG MUTINEER.

CHAPTER I

AN OLD FASHIONED LITTLE PAIR.

Sun and shower sun and shower Now rough, now smooth, is the winding way; Thorn and flower thorn and flower Which will you gather? Who can say? Wayward hearts, there's a world for your winning, Sorrow and laughter, love or woe: Who can tell in the day's beginning The paths that your wandering feet shall go?

MARY MACLEOD.

The village choir were practicing in the church their voices, somewhat harsh and uncultivated, were sending forth volumes of sound into the summer air. The church doors were thrown open, and a young man dressed in cricketing flannels was leaning against the porch. He was tall, and square shouldered, with closely cropped dark hair, and a keen, intelligent face.

When the music became very loud and discordant he moved impatiently, but as the human voices ceased and the sweet notes of the voluntary sounded in full melody on the little organ, a look of relief swept like a soothing hand over his forehead.

The gates of the Rectory were within a stone's throw of the church. Up the avenue three people might have been seen advancing. Two were children, one an adult. The grown member of this little group was tall and slight; she wore spectacles, and although not specially gifted with wisdom, possessed a particularly wise appearance. The two little girls, who were her pupils, walked somewhat sedately by her side. As they passed the church the governess looked neither to right nor left, but the eldest girl fixed her keen and somewhat hungry eyes with a questioning gaze on the young man who stood in the porch. He nodded back to her a glance full of intelligence, which he further emphasized by a quick and somewhat audacious wink from his left eye. The little girl walked on loftily; she thought that Jasper Quentyns, who was more or less a stranger in the neighborhood, had taken a distinct liberty... Continue reading book >>




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