This Son of Vulcan, a Novel, the Authors of Ready-Money Mortiboy. by Walter Besant

ISBN: 9780217902816

Published: February 9th 2012

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98 pages


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This Son of Vulcan, a Novel,  by  the Authors of Ready-Money Mortiboy. by Walter Besant

This Son of Vulcan, a Novel, by the Authors of Ready-Money Mortiboy. by Walter Besant
February 9th 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 98 pages | ISBN: 9780217902816 | 6.68 Mb

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1876 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER I. Twelve years--the fourth partMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1876 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER I. Twelve years--the fourth part of a working life, time to change a child into a man--have passed since Jack was tied to the wreck by Captain Cardiff.

If the years have made a difference in the boy, they have done more for the town of Esbrough. It had been a sleepy little market town- it is now a great manufacturing centre. The lanes, narrow, winding, hedged with honeysuckle, have become streets, mostly mean, dismal, uniform, for the hands. Where the waves ran along the lone line of shore, stand docks with stately ships.

There are half a dozen ecclesiastical edifices, brand new, in addition to the old parish clock built by the Armstrongs. There is the church with the spire, where the vicar of the newly-made district bars off the chancel from the nave, so as to keep up the Anglican figment of laity and priesthood, and every Sunday brings up the rear of a grand proeession of twelve, marching two and two, from the vestry, a distance of at least ten feet, to their seats in the choir.

There is also the barn of brick, in which something is preached every Sunday which is loud, fierce, and satisfying, and gives unfeigned pleasure to an overflowing congregation. There is a broad new street, much grander and finer than the old High Street of Esbrough, just as Oxford Street supplanted High Street, Holborn. Here shops, as good as any in London, supply the Esbrough ladies with those superfluities of life, in the shape of dainty decorations, which were unknown to their mothers.

Esbrough has become a power in the land--it rivals Barrow-in-Furness- it has outstripped Darlington, and left it far behind- it is courted by banks- it is respected by commercial travellers- and it is considered, for thirty miles round at least, as a Tom Tiddlers ground, where pushing...



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