by Doyle, Arthur Conan
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ... pocket, and gave them over to me. I hurried out with them, and as I did so my eyes fell upon the address of the topmost one. It was written very large and clear. "A S. Majeste "Le Roi du Suede "Stockholm." I did not know very much French, but I had enough to make that out. What sort of eagle was this which had flown into our humble little nest? Chapter VII THE CORRIEMUIR PEEL-TOWER Well, it would weary me, and I am very sure that it would weary you also, if I were to attempt to tell you how life went with us after this man came under our roof, or the way in which he gradually came to win the affections of every one of us. With the women it was quick work enough, but soon he had thawed my father, too, which was no such easy matter, and had gained Jim Horscroft's good-will as well as my own. Indeed, we were but two great boys beside him, for he had been everywhere and seen everything, and of an evening he would chatter away in his limping English until he took us clean away from the plain kitchen and the little farm-steading, to plunge us into courts and camps and battle-fields, and all the wonders of the world. Horscroft had been sulky enough with him at first, but De Lapp, with his tact and his easy ways, soon drew him round until he had quite won his heart, and Jim would sit with Cousin Edie's hand in his, and the two be quite lost in listening to all that he had to tell us. I will not tell you all this, but even now, after so long an interval, I can trace how, week by week and month by month, by this word and that deed, he moulded us all as he wished. One of his first acts was to give my father the boat in which he had come, reserving only the right to have it back in case he should have need of it. The herring were down on the coast...
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