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illustrated.1880 Excerpt: ... CHATTER II. CONDOLENCE. The shock of
his father's death was to Harold profound, and when the force of it
had a little subsided he began to feel that an element had gone out
of his life which he could ill spare. His father, however austere
and puritanical, had always been his friend and adviser, and with a
tact which is very uncommon among persons of his habit of mind he
never pressed his views unduly upon his son. Harold had always
consulted him and confided in him, and his father wisely fostered
this confidence by taking care at all times to treat his son
sympathetically, and never to repel him by insisting upon his own
ideas of religion and conduct. The consequence was that, in spite
of disparities in age and character and opinion, the two had always
maintained a most unaffected and cordial intercourse, and Harold
felt now that he had lost not only a parent but a counsellor and a
friend. It was his first bereavement, and it threw a deep shadow
over his mind. Yet even in the midst of his grief he began to feel
that he had entered upon quite a new period of his life. In the
first place he was now wealthy through the fortune of his aunt. In
the next place he was free to shake off the trammels of his
profession; for the one fear that had hitherto caused him to
linger--the necessity of laying bare his mind before his
father--was gone. He had no account to give. It was impossible not
to feel that he was free in a new sense. His bonds had fallen off.
The future lay open before him. He might plan a new career with the
reasonable prospect of being able to execute it. This sense of
freedom--this widening of the horizon of life filled him with an
exultation like that the mountaineer feels when the last cliff lies
below him, and his feet stand on the summit, with pro...
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