Bit O' Writin: And Other Tales, Volumes 1-2

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R.L. Carey and A. Hart, 1838

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Page 178 - repeated Michaul, whispering sharply; he had glanced sideways to the square patch of strong morning sunlight on the ground of the cabin, defined there by the shape of the open door, and saw it intruded upon by the shadow of a man's bust leaning forward in an earnest posture. " Is it in your mind to go back into your sin, Michaul, an' tell me you were not in the barn at daybreak the mornin'?
Page 172 - Such men need not always make bad neighbours. In the early progress of the fever, before the more affluent roused themselves to avert its career, let us cross the threshold of an individual peasant. His young wife lies dead ; his second child is dying at her side ; he has just sunk into a corner himself, under the first stun of disease, long resisted.
Page 182 - Carroll, or say he ever forgot his father's renown, or his love of his good God ; — an' sure the people are afther telling you by this time, how it come about that night — an' you, my lord, — an
Page 179 - Enough to hang his son!" whispered Michaul to his father, as Mr. Evans' land steward, followed by his herdsman and two policemen, entered the cabin. In a few minutes afterwards the policemen had in charge the dismembered carcass of the sheep, dug up out of the floor of the barn, and were escorting Michaul, handcuffed, to the county gaol, in the vicinity of the next town. They could find no trace of the animal's skin, though they sought attentively for it ; this seemed to disappoint them and the steward...
Page 175 - He listened, and they ceased: but the familiar noise of an old barn door creaking on its crazy hinges came on his ear. It was now day-dawn. He dressed himself; stole out cautiously; peeped into the barn through a chink of the door, and all he had feared met full confirmation. There, indeed, sat Michaul, busily and earnestly engaged, with a frowning brow and a haggard face, in quartering the animal he had stolen from Mr.
Page 181 - ... to make out for him a case of natural necessity to swear falsely. The trial began. The first witness, the herdsman, proved the loss of the sheep, and the finding the dismembered carcass in the old barn. The policemen and the steward followed to the same effect, and the latter added the allusions which he had heard the father make to the son, upon the morning of the arrest of the latter. The steward went down from the table. There was a pause, and complete silence, which the attorney for the prosecution...
Page 176 - Michaul came in cautiously through the still open window, and also undressed and reclined on his straw after glancing towards his father's bed, who pretended to be asleep. At the usual time for arising old Carroll saw him suddenly jump up and prepare to go abroad. He spoke to him, leaning on his elbow. "And what hottg3 is on yon now, ma-bauehal?" "Going for the good break'ast I promised you, father dear.
Page 126 - ... place where they stood, pointing after her, and evidently speaking with vehemence, although no words reached Shamus's ear. Neither was his eye sure of this person's features ; but his heart read them distinctly. A boat shot from the quay ; the man stood up in it, and its rowers made a signal. Shamus stepped to the gangway, as if preparing to hurl his pursuer into the sea. The captain took a speakingtrumpet, and informing the boat that he could not stop an instant, advised her to wait for another...
Page 127 - A rocky valley, through which both had been galloping, now opened at its further end, presenting to Shamus's eye, in the distance, the sloping ground, and the ruin which, with its mouldering walls, encircled his poor home; and the setting sun streamed golden rays through the windows and rents of the old abbey. The fugitive gave a weak cry of joy, and lashed his beast again. The cry seemed to be answered by a shout ; and a second time, after a wild plunge, the horse fell, now throwing Shamus off with...
Page 194 - Do the Desmonds pursue?" again asked the housesteward. " Gallantly !" replied the lady; "and all in a body — not a man stays on the bridge." " Then we have some pause, dear mistress; since none of them hasten this way.

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