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Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. 1 With error in ambition justly charged, Find we Lorenzo wiser in his wealth ?" Young's "night Thoughts." On either side of the Hold lay two estates, far exceeding it in value, but they had changed hands ofterier, and could claim little repute in point of antiquity. Ashfield, which was well-wooded and watered, was in the possession of a Mr. Fordyce, who shut himself up and saw no company whatever, partly it was said because he had miserly tendencies, and partly because he had quarrelled with his only son, who had offended him by his extravagances in the first place, and then by refusing to mend his fortunes by an advantageous marriage?reports which, far as they outstepped the truth, had yet the merit of being founded at least on fact. Ashfield had, therefore, ceased to be of any importance in the neighbourhood, as the master never entertained or accepted entertainment, and, moreover, in his character as recluse, did nothing to render himself talked about or to give food for scandal. His son had vanished, and few remembered the boy, who had almost always been absent at school or college, or touring abroad?for.he was not now a very young man. There was no open warfare carried on between them; and whatever sorrow there might have been in the desolate heart of the recluse, he had never asked for sympathy nor sought for comfort beyond the quiet round of his every-day life. On the other side of the Hold, and separated from it by the farm lands which Mr. Lowleigh let out to a tenant, was Hanworth, an estate of considerable extent. Here the village was situated, and the parish church both of Ash- field and the Hold, which gave importance to the estate, as it included the houses of many considerable yeomanry, which made Hanworth worth propitiating for electi...
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780217411790
Publisher: General Books
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Returnable: N
Spine Width: 3 mm
Width: 186 mm
ISBN-10: 0217411797
Publisher Date: 31 Jan 2012
Height: 242 mm
No of Pages: 48
Series Title: English
Weight: 104 gr
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