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HESBA STRETTON,
Author of " The Doctor's Dilemma,&c., &c.

VOL. III.

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ORNHILL.

LONDON:
Henry S. King & Co., 65, CORNHILL.

1873.

24G. q. 442

(All rights Reserved.]

Hester Morley's Promise.

CHAPTER I.
AT JOHN MORLEY'S DOOR.

FOR John Morley there had been a brief interval of interest in outer things, and of distraction from his own morbid broodings, during the last few weeks of Carl's residence in Little Aston ; but as soon as he was gone, and the old routine closed in upon the house again, the faint throb of quicker vitality died away, and left him more dead than before. Even the fresh enthusiasm and hope of Carl's nature, tinged as they were with the buoyancy of a spirit which had not yet come into very close contact with the real world, had added a deeper shade to his disgust of life. He had looked back, and seen, through Carl's eyes, the fair visions which had attended his own early days; and the realities which had met him, in the march of the years, only grew more intolerable

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