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There was a certain country where things used to go rather oddly. For instance, you could never tell whether it was going to rain or hail, or whether or not the milk was going to turn sour. It was impossible to say whether the next baby would be a boy, or a girl, or even, after he was a week old, whether he would wake sweet-tempered or cross.
In strict accordance with the peculiar nature of this country of uncertainties, it came to pass one day, that in the midst of a shower of rain that might well be called golden, seeing the sun, shining as it fell, turned all its drops into molten topazes, and every drop was good for a grain of golden corn, or a yellow cowslip, or a buttercup, or a dandelion at least;—while this splendid rain was falling, I say, with a musical patter upon the great leaves of the horse-chestnuts, which hung like Vandyke collars about the necks of the creamy, red-spotted blossoms, and on the leaves of the sycamores, looking as if they had blood in their veins, and on a multitude of flowers, of which some stood up and boldly held out their cups to catch their share, while others cowered down, laughing, under the soft patting blows of the heavy warm drops;—while this lovely rain was washing all the air clean from the motes, and the bad odors, and the poison-seeds that had escaped from their prisons during the long drought;—while it fell, splashing and sparkling, with a hum, and a rush, and a soft clashing—but stop! I am stealing, I find, and not that only, but with clumsy hands spoiling what I steal:—
Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood CHAPTER I. DESPONDENCY AND CONSOLATION. CHAPTER II. MY FIRST SUNDAY AT MARSHMALLOWS. CHAPTER III. MY FIRST MONDAY AT MARSHMALLOWS. CHAPTER IV. THE COFFIN. CHAPTER V. VISITORS FROM THE HALL. CHAPTER VI. OLDCASTLE HALL. CHAPTER VII. THE BISHOP’S BASIN. CHAPTER VIII. WHAT I PREACHED. CHAPTER IX. THE ORGANIST. CHAPTER X. MY CHRISTMAS PARTY. CHAPTER XI. SERMON ON GOD AND MAMMON. CHAPTER XII. THE AVENUE. CHAPTER XIII. YOUNG WEIR. CHAPTER XIV. MY PUPIL. CHAPTER XV. DR DUNCAN’S STORY. CHAPTER XVI. THE ORGAN. CHAPTER XVII. THE CHURCH-RATE. CHAPTER XVIII. JUDY’S NEWS. CHAPTER XIX. THE INVALID. CHAPTER XX. MOOD AND WILL. CHAPTER XXI. THE DEVIL IN THOMAS WEIR. CHAPTER XXII. THE DEVIL IN CATHERINE WEIR. CHAPTER XXIII. THE DEVIL IN THE VICAR. CHAPTER XXIV. AN ANGEL UNAWARES. CHAPTER XXV. TWO PARISHIONERS. CHAPTER XXVI. SATAN CAST OUT. CHAPTER XXVII. THE MAN AND THE CHILD. CHAPTER XXVIII. OLD MRS TOMKINS. CHAPTER XXIX. CALM AND STORM. CHAPTER XXX. A SERMON TO MYSELF. CHAPTER XXXI. A COUNCIL OF FRIENDS. CHAPTER XXXII. THE NEXT THING. CHAPTER XXXIII. OLD ROGERS’S THANKSGIVING. CHAPTER XXXIV. TOM’S STORY.
There & Back CHAPTER I. FATHER, CHILD, AND NURSE. CHAPTER II. STEPMOTHER AND NURSE. CHAPTER III. THE FLIGHT. CHAPTER IV. THE BOOKBINDER AND HIS PUPIL. CHAPTER V. THE MANSONS. CHAPTER VI. SIMON ARMOUR. CHAPTER VII. COMPARISONS. CHAPTER VIII. A LOST SHOE. CHAPTER IX. A HOLIDAY. CHAPTER X. THE LIBRARY. CHAPTER XI. ALICE. CHAPTER XII. MORTGRANGE. CHAPTER XIII. THE BEECH-TREE. CHAPTER XIV. THE LIBRARY. CHAPTER XV. BARBARA WYLDER. CHAPTER XVI. BARBARA AND RICHARD. CHAPTER XVII. BARBARA AND OTHERS. CHAPTER XVIII. MRS. WYLDER. CHAPTER XIX. MRS. WYLDER AND BARBARA. CHAPTER XX. BARBARA AND HER CRITICS. CHAPTER XXI. THE PARSON’S PARABLE. CHAPTER XXII. THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER. CHAPTER XXIII. A HUMAN GADFLY. CHAPTER XXIV. RICHARD AND WINGFOLD. CHAPTER XXV. WING FOLD AND HIS WIFE. CHAPTER XXVI. RICHARD AND ALICE. CHAPTER XXVII. A SISTER. CHAPTER XXVIII. BARBARA AND LADY ANN. CHAPTER XXIX. ALICE AND BARBARA. CHAPTER XXX. BARBARA THINKS. CHAPTER XXXI. WINGFOLD AND BARBARA. CHAPTER XXXII. THE SHOEING OF MISS BROWN. CHAPTER XXXIII. RICHARD AND VIXEN. CHAPTER XXXIV. BARBARA’S DUTY. CHAPTER XXXV. THE PARSON’S COUNSEL. CHAPTER XXXVI. LADY ANN MEDITATES. CHAPTER XXXVII. LADY ANN AND RICHARD. CHAPTER XXXVIII. RICHARD AND ARTHUR. CHAPTER XXXIX. MR., MRS., AND MISS WYLDER. CHAPTER XL. CHAPTER XLI. NATURE AND SUPERNATURE. CHAPTER XLII. YET A LOWER DEEP. CHAPTER XLIII. TO BE REDEEMED, ONE MUST REDEEM. CHAPTER XLIV. A DOOR OPENED IN HEAVEN. CHAPTER XLV. THE CARRIAGE. CHAPTER XLVI. RICHARD’S DILEMMA. CHAPTER XLVII. THE DOORS OF HARMONY AND DEATH. CHAPTER XLVIII. DEATH THE DELIVERER. CHAPTER XLIX. THE CAVE IN THE FIRE. CHAPTER L. DUCK-FISTS. CHAPTER LI CHAPTER LII. UNCLE-FATHER AND AUNT-MOTHER. CHAPTER LIII. MORNING. CHAPTER LIV. BARBARA AT HOME. CHAPTER LV. MISS BROWN. CHAPTER LVI. WINGFOLD AND BARBARA. CHAPTER LVII. THE BARONET’S WILL. CHAPTER LVIII. THE HEIR. CHAPTER LIX. WINGFOLD AND ARTHUR MANSON. CHAPTER LX. RICHARD AND HIS FAMILY. CHAPTER LXI. HEART TO HEART. CHAPTER LXII. THE QUARREL. CHAPTER LXIII. BARONET AND BLACKSMITH. CHAPTER LXIV. THE BARONET’S FUNERAL. CHAPTER LXV. THE PACKET. CHAPTER LXVI. BARBARA’S DREAM.
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