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As the Milvains sat down to breakfast the clock of Wattleborough parish church struck eight; it was two miles away, but the strokes were borne very distinctly on the west wind this autumn morning. Jasper, listening before he cracked an egg, remarked with cheerfulness: I dont know. It happened to catch my eye in the paper yesterday that someone was to be hanged at Newgate this morning. Theres a certain satisfaction in reflecting that it is not oneself. Well, returned Jasper, seeing that the fact came into my head, what better use could I make of it? I could curse the brutality of an age that sanctioned such things; or I could grow doleful over the misery of the poor fellow. But those emotions would be as little profitable to others as to myself. It just happened that I saw the thing in a light of consolation. Things are bad with me, but not so bad as THAT. I might be going out between Jack Ketch and the Chaplain to be hanged; instead of that, I am eating a really fresh egg, and very excellent buttered toast, with coffee as good as can be reasonably expected in this part of the world.(Do try boiling the milk, mother.)The tone in which I spoke was spontaneous; being so, it needs no justification. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 1709
Author: Gissing, George
Release Date: Apr 1, 1999
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