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Pages: 158

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Thomas Hamilton

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. M. Will you follow ? Hel. Even where fate leads me—we are all her slaves, And have no dwellings of our own. M. Yes—graves. Royal If ing and Loyal Subject. The period of Charles's departure for College now rapidly approached, and nothing else could be talked or thought of in the family. All hands were busy, and every thing around gave note of preparation. My mother was engaged in issuing, and the house keeper in executing, orders for a copious supply of every imaginable comfort: Jane, in marking his linen with her own hair, and making little keepsakes, that might recall her often to his memory. Even little Lucy would not be idle, and might be seen seated with unwonted gravity, assiduously employed in hemming his pocket-handkerchiefs. By my father he had been summoned to two long audiences in the library, and had been furnished with suitable directions and advice, for his guidance in the new circumstances of the life on which he was about to enter. For myself, I haunted him like his shadow. We rode and walked together, talked of our little griefs and glowing hopes, and bound ourselves by solemn promise to maintain a frequent and regular Correspondence. There was heaviness in every heart, but most of ill in mine. It was now October, and Charles wasto return home, for the summer vacation, in June. The very days were counted, and the length of his absence computed to an hour: but I would then be gone, and years might elapse before we again embraced in brotherhood and love. Our separation seemed long and limitless, for to a hoy the future is an eternity, the past a point. Thus did all things go on, until the day preceding that fixed for his departure. There is nothing in that day that is not burned deeply and indelibly on my memory. The morning dawned in ...  

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