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All rights reserved. He chooses his lively and kindly niece for the guardian of his treasure, and the temptation is, as the sister-in-law had predicted on her dying bed, too much for the wayward and flighty creature. The story of Bessie Costrell is the story of how she gives way to the temptation of "treating" her friends and making her children comfortable, and to how bad an end it brings her,— a very commonplace story painted in very nncommonplaoe colours.

All the characters of the story,—the kindly and flighty but weak young woman herself, the moody and mystic but essentially self-occupied husband, the domineering smith, who is the rustic dictator of the village, the good-natured policeman, the benevolent Congregational minister, the vulgar and cruel stepson,—all come out in the most vivid outline ; and even the tender old woman, Mary Anne Waller, who gives the only flavour of charm to the story, is very dis- tinctly realised.

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John Bolderfield loses his treasure, but he gains something in place of it :— "Mary Anne led him in, scolding and coaxing him with her gentle trembling voice. She made him sit down while she blew up the fire ; she fed and tended him.

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When she had forced him to eat something, she came behind him and laid her hand on his shoulder. John,' she said, clearing her throat, John, yer shan't want while I'm livin'. I promised Eliza I wouldn't forget yer, and I won't. I can work yet—there's plenty of people want me to work for 'ern—an' maybe, when yer get over this, you'll work a bit too now and again. We'll hold together, John—anyways.

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While I live and keep my 'elth yer shan't want. An' yer'll for- give Bessie '—she broke into sudden sobbing.


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I'll never 'ear a crule word about Bessie in my 'ouse, never! He could not speak of forgiveness, nor could he thank her for her promise. His chief feeling was an intense wish to sleep ; but as Mary Anne dried her tears and began to go about her household work, the sound of her step, the sense of her loving presence near him, began for the first time to relax the aching grip upon his heart. He had always been weak and dependent, in spite of his thrift and his money.

He would be far more weak and dependent now and henceforward.

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But again, he had found a woman's tender- ness to lean upon, and as she ministered to him—this humble shrinking creature he had once so cordially despised—the first drop of balm fell upon his sore. Here the reader, too, gets his "drop of balm" for suffering under the squalid tragedy of the rustic crime, and the violent exit from her misery into which poor Bessie Costrell not unnaturally rashes. Our readers will see that the story is full of life, though it is wretched life. It often reminds us of the more realistic passages in George Eliot.

That "A man shares nothing of that yearning attraction which draws women to a death-bed as such," is just in her style, and so is the following account of the motives which induced John Bolderfield to reject angrily the idea of placing his hoard in the savings' bank :—. John fell into an angry inward argument against his suggestion of the savings bank.

It was an argument he had often rehearsed, often declaimed, and at bottom it all came to this,—without that box under his bed, his life would have sunk to dulness and decrepitude ; he would have been merely a pitiful and lonely old man. He had neither wife nor children, all for the hoard's sake ; but while the hoard was there, to be handled any hour, he regretted nothing. Besides, there was the peasant's rooted distrust of offices, and paper transactions, of any routine that checks his free will and frightens his inexperience. Again, what could be more in George Eliot's best style than Mrs.

Saunders's remark, when the villagers blamed John Bolderfield for not feeling his sister-in-law's death more keenly, that "you couldn't expeck a man with John Bolder- field's money to have as many feelin's as other people. Bessie Costrell Free download. The Story of Bessie Costrell. The Story of Bessie Costrell by Mrs. Humphry Ward. But he shed no more tears. He saw Eliza die, his companion of forty years, and hardly felt it. What troubled him all through the last scene was the thought that now he should never know why she was so set against 'Bessie's 'avin it.

It was, indeed, the general opinion in Clinton Magna that John Bolderfield--or 'Borrofull,' as the village pronounced it, took his sister-in-law's death too lightly. The women especially pronounced him a hard heart. Here was 'poor Eliza' gone, Eliza who had kept him decent and comfortable for forty years, ever since he was a lad, and he could go about whistling, and--to talk to him--as gay as a l.

The Story of Bessie Costrell. Ward Humphry. Free Download. Besides, there was the peasant's rooted distrust of offices, and paper transactions, of any routine that checks his free will and frightens his inexperience.

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He was still eagerly thinking when the light began to flood into his room, and before he could compose himself to sleep the women called him. Fiction and Literature. Editor's choice view all. Wild Irish Heart. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The Curse of Capistrano. The Picture of Dorian Gray. The Call of Cthulhu. The War of the Worlds. The Time Machine.

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