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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1820 edition. Excerpt: ...and the information relative
to Mrs. Rayland which at the Hall he had been denied. He soon
arrived; and, with a short stick he carried with him, rapped loudly
at the door. A woman soon after looked out of the window from
whence the light had proceeded, and inquired, in apparent alarm,
Who is there? Orlando answered, Isit Mrs. Whitly who speaks? Mrs.
Whitly, friend replied the female voice: Lord I cannot think what
you want here at this time o'night; why, master's a bed, and the
men folk too--I'm sure I wish you'd go about your business. My
business, said Orlando, is with Mr. Whitly--Tell him it is Orlando
Somerive, his old friend. The woman then retired from the window as
if to speak to somebody, and, presently returning, cried, Master
says how he knows no such person--Young 'squire Orlando is dead a
long while ago in parts beyond sea; and you must be an
impostor--for 'twas well known the young man's not alive, and all
his family were in mourning for un before they went out of this
country. The woman would then have shut the window; but Orlando,
rendered half frantic by her last expression, conjured her with so
much vehemence to hear him, that she delayed it a moment. He
implored her to tell him what she meant by saying that the Somerive
family had left the country. Why 'tis plain, answered she, that you
don't belong to none of them--for, if you did, you'd know that the
old'squire have been dead ever so long--a matter of two or three
months before old Madam at the Hall; and that the young one, he as
was always so wild like, have sold the house and farms and all to
the great 'squire at the castle, and that the rest on 'em have left
the country. Orlando could hear no more--his fortitude and his
senses forsook him together--and weakness, ...
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