Mr. Nobody Lily Spender




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Mr. Nobody  by  Lily Spender

Mr. Nobody by Lily Spender
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Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884. Excerpt: ... 288 CHAPTER VII. June roses were blowing on the walls of the cottages at Torringmoor. Tall white lilies with golden centres and waxen petals were growing in the cottage gardens, in singular contrast with the blazing ribbon-like adornment of the bedding-out system which had been adopted in the conventional flower-beds at Broadmeads. Whilst beyond on the blue moor the river rippled merrily over the mossy stones.

Cattle were grazing in the lowlands, and labourers were slouching home from their work in the evening light, as Reuben--who in his secret heart cared no more than Godfrey for the buhl cabinets, inlaid tables, tall mirrors, and elaborate curtains with which the upholsterer had told him it was proper to adorn his new house--crept out into the lanes and fields which surrounded his park. The sun was setting in clouds of purple and amethyst as Reuben left behind him the great iron gates. Absorbed in his own thoughts, and feeling no necessity when he found himself alone for keeping up that appearance of stolidity which he did not generally allow himself to drop even in the presence of his son, the man hurried along, his bead bent upon his shoulders, and his eyes cast down.

Now and then he glanced at the wild flowers, which seemed mysteriously to bring back the dead past, and to be associated in an odd way with that which he tried to think was the triumphant and prosperous present.

There was the gypsy rose, the ragged robin, the clematis, the moon daisy, the monkshood, and there the blossoms were just coming into bud which he remembered used to be vulgarly called kiss-me-quick. It was astonishing how much in his secret heart he agreed with his son in preferring these simple VOL. I. TJ things with the good old-fashioned names to all the wonder...

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