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WITHOUT A PROFESSION.

BY

CHARLES ROWCROFT,

AUTHOR OF

TALES OF THE COLONIES OR THE ADVENTURES

OF AN EMIGRANT."

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON

SAUNDERS AND OTLEY, CONDUIT STREET.

THE

MAN WITHOUT A PROFESSION.

CHAPTER I.

"Now sit thee down, and tell me all this story;

And tell it not, I pray thee, as some do,
Who prate conceitedly more of themselves
Than of the subject matter of their tale,
But tell thy tale straight on; and bear in mind,
It is not of thyself that I would hear,
But of this child."

The LORD AND THE SERVING-MAN.

In the winter of 1803, a lady and gentleman sat by a cheerful fire in the old-fashioned library of a country house. The gentleman, who had rather a military air, had reached his fortieth year; the lady, who was still hand

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some, had arrived at that time of life which is

most politely expressed, in her own words, as of “ no particular age.”

From a certain easy air of unconcern, and

from some characteristic comforts of costume

denoting the familiarity of matrimonial habits, it was easy to perceive, at a glance, that the gentleman and lady stood in the relation of husband and wife.

It was a splendid morning. The snow, crisped by the frosty air, sparkled on the ground, and the enlivening rays of the sun lighted up the landscape with that sharp and dazzling brilliancy peculiar to northern climates.

The gentleman seemed meditative; he sat, with a thoughtful air, balancing the poker in his hand, and peering into the fire with curious eye, as if seeking for some imperfect

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