The Sin of Joost Avelingh: A Dutch Story

F.F. Lovell, 1890 - 350 ページ


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316 ページ - Thy giving, great Father — he might obtain mercy to confess his iniquity in her sight. For death was not death to him in that moment, nor detachment separation. And ere she — his soul's diviner part — pass on to fuller purity of knowledge, he would gather from her lips that she had learned his secret on this earth, had understood it, and forgiven him. Not, not to be left here standing with eyes that cannot pierce the darkness, and yet with a hope that told the loved one loved him still, and...
211 ページ - But now, while waiting there in the interval of his trial, he first began to realize what condemnation might mean! He shuddered at the idea, and once more his mind reverted to Agatha. He knelt down on the stone floor and prayed God to have pity upon her. And then the blue-coated officials came with their bunches of keys and led him forth again. As soon as the...
98 ページ - Hurry up. I feel quite hungry." ***** Joost scowled at his own white face in the glass, as he stood washing his hands. The excitement of the visit to the madhouse had kept him up. He was now asking himself what it meant, without being able to find a solution. Did his uncle mean to get him locked up there, unless he obeyed him? Impossible. And yet — with influence! Absurd. Did he intend to warn him, while there yet was time, thinking — as no doubt he thought — that Joost was on the high road...
141 ページ - ... therefore appeared absolutely wasted even from the donor's standpoint. Why should all the wretched old paupers in the province, after having been happy and contented in hovels all their lives, want to die in a palace? Surely an old beggar must feel as uncomfortable in such a mansion, as he, van Asveld, would be in a miserable hut! Pigs in the pigstye; horses in the stable.
147 ページ - No," he said to himself the next moment, "we are not on such terms as those with each other. And, besides he was unmistakably in earnest. Good heavens, what can he mean?" Then came a momentary flush of admiration and gratitude for Joost's generosity. And then again, almost immediately, while he yet stood out there in the cold, the doubt broke in upon Arthur's mind: "Can all be right and square and above board with regard to Avelingh's succession?
146 ページ - ... make the necessary arrangements, I shall instruct Leening & Co., who are my bankers, to pay over to you the sum of forty thousand florins with compound interest from the day of my uncle's demise.
116 ページ - so peculiar, you know." He could not be ignored; he was too rich for that. And perhaps a little envy crept in with regard to such a very wealthy personage, for...
147 ページ - And what does it matter whether he gets the money or some other poor beggar? These things, when done at all, are best done quickly. And if what he says be true, I owe him the money more surely than I owe my butcher's bill.
140 ページ - You say so because I broke that glass at dinner," cried Joost. "You think me nervous! Nonsense, doctor. Look here!" He held out his uninjured hand, to show how steady it was. "That goes for nothing," replied the doctor. "Mind, our bodies are brittle enough at the best. No use breaking them and spilling the wine. With some of us they're like ginger-beer bottles, and the ginger-beer works from inside till they burst. The human frame...
116 ページ - ... perhaps, of that monster, the cat; and, conscientiously sticking to this theory, he had once asserted at the Club, to the general amusement, that he had never despised any human being till he met with a foreign nobleman who kept hunters and harriers. That nobleman was at the time the Club's honoured guest, and there ensued a great shrugging of shoulders and tapping of foreheads all round.