Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. SATAN CAST OUT. WAS within a mile of the village, returning from my visit to the Misses Crowther, when my horse, which was walking slowly along the soft side of the road, lifted his head, and pricked up his ears at the sound, which he heard first, of approaching hoofs. The riders soon came in sight—Miss Oldcastle, Judy, and Captain Ever- ard. Miss Oldcastle I had never seen on horseback before. Judy was on a little white pony she used to gallop about the fields nearthe Hall. The Captain was laughing and chatting gaily as they drew near, now to the one, now to the other. Being on my own side of the road I held straight on, not wishing to stop or to reveal the signs of a distress which had almost overwhelmed me. I felt as cold as death, or rather as if my whole being had been deprived of vitality by a sudden exhaustion around me of the ethereal element of life. I believe I did not alter my bearing, but remained with my head bent, for I had been thinking hard just before, till we were on the point of meeting, when I lifted my hat to Miss Oldcastle, without drawing bridle, and went on. The Captain returned my salutation, and likewise rode on. I could just see, as they passed me, that Miss Oldcastle's pale face waa flushed even to scarlet, but she only bowed and kept alongside of her companion. I thought I had escaped conversation, and had gone about twenty yards farther, when I heard theclatter of Judy's pony behind me, and up she came at full gallop. " Why didn't you stop to speak to us, Mr Walton ? " she said. " I pulled up, but you never looked at me. We shall be cross all the rest of the day, because you cut us so. What have we done " " Nothing, Judy, that I know of," I answered, trying to speak cheerfully. " But I do not know your companion, and I wa...
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