The Return of the Native
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learnt, they were going to perform the short journey. Then she saw them enter, and proceed to the chancel, and kneel; and the service seemed to go on. She covered her face with her hands. “O it is a mistake,” she groaned. “And he will rue it some day, and think of me!” While she remained thus, overcome by her forebodings, the old clock indoors whizzed forth twelve strokes. Soon after, faint sounds floated to her ear from afar over the hills. The breeze came from that quarter, and it had brought
said Venn. Yeobright gave him some particulars of her illness and death, and continued, “After this no kind of pain will ever seem more than an indisposition to me.—I began saying that I wanted to ask you something, but I stray from subjects like a drunken man. I am anxious to know what my mother said to you when she last saw you. You talked with her a long time I think?” “I talked with her more than half-an-hour.” “About me?” “Yes. And it must have been on account of what we said that she
possibly disastrous events at her home, the predominance within her of the unseen over the seen, agitated her beyond endurance. She could not refrain from going down and opening the door. The rain still continued, the candlelight falling upon the nearest drops and making glistening darts of them as they descended across the throng of invisible ones behind. To plunge into that medium was to plunge into water slightly diluted with air. But the difficulty of returning to her house at this moment
Invevitable Movement Onward: The quiet power of time (ms). 365:5–10 Whether Wildeve . . . reiteration.: omitted in 1895. 365:12 their erratic histories: their young histories (ms, b). 366:19 three servants: two servants (ms, b). 366:32–4 It is ... to construct: It is always so, except with the harshest of men. The generous human race, in its noble endeavour to construct (ms cancel). In ms and b ‘generous’ became ‘placable’. 367:2–3 hundred-and-twenty: eighty (ms). 367:6–19 He
time.” “I should hardly think it would be yet for a very long time. You will take her to Paris, I suppose?” She spoke with weary hopelessness. “I am not going back to Paris.” “What will you do with a wife, then?” “Keep a school in Budmouth, as I have told you.” “That’s incredible. The place is overrun with schoolmasters. You have no special qualifications—what possible chance is there for such as you?” “There is no chance of getting rich. But with my system of education, which is as new as