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Book IV: Norfolk Island. Chapter I: Extracted from the Diary of the Rev. James North. Chapter V: Mr. Richard Devine Surprised. Chapter X: A Meeting. North Speaks. Chapter XV: The Discovery. Henry H. Return to the Marcus Clarke library. For the term of his natural life Collins New classics series-no. Used - Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Your purchase also supports literacy charities.

Very Good with no dust jacket. A few small abrasions to fore edges of boards. Red papered boards with grey spine. Page dimensions: x mm. An edition of a novel that was originally first published in , in monthly instalments of the "Australian Journal". With a 6 page Afterword by W. Scott dated Series title: "The World's Best Reading". Novel of "the dismal condition of a felon during hist term of transportation. Australian penal settlements. Seller: Hard To Find Books. Richard Bentley, London.

Early edition of this novel of Australian convict life, originally published in book form in Original dark green cloth decorated in gilt and blind. Free endpapers replaced, inner hinges strengthened in three places, ends of spine snagged and scuffed, staining to last page. Seller: Peter Ellis bookseller Published: Sydney, Angus and Robertson, First Complete Edition; 8vo; pp. Prentice on front endpaper, very good bright copy. The publisher states that this is the first complete edition in book form.

My wants are very few, and can easily be supplied. I will see your lawyers some day, and settle it. I am no man of business, you know, but I think you will find all right.

He desired to have as little to do with lawyers as possible. He had resolved upon his course of action. He would get money from his mother for immediate needs, and when that mother died he would assert his rights. Give me a corner to smoke my pipe, and I am happy. Richard" soon came to be regarded as a martyr to circumstances, a man conscious of his own imperfections, and one whose imperfections were therefore lightly dwelt upon. So the returned prodigal had his own suite of rooms, his own servants, his own bank account, drank, smoked, and was merry. For five or six months he thought himself in Paradise.

Then he began to find his life insufferably weary. The burden of hypocrisy is very heavy to bear, and Rex was compelled perpetually to bear it. His mother demanded all his time. She hung upon his lips; she made him repeat fifty times the story of his wanderings. She was never tired of kissing him, of weeping over him, and of thanking him for the "sacrifice" he had made for her.

There was a secret which he had not fathomed between Lady Devine and her son. The mother did not again refer to it, and, gaining courage as the days went on, Rex grew bold enough to forget his fears. In the first stages of his deception he had been timid and cautious. Then the soothing influence of comfort, respect, and security came upon him, and almost refined him. He began to feel as he had felt when Mr. Lionel Crofton was alive. The sensation of being ministered to by a loving woman, who kissed him night and morning, calling him "son"--of being regarded with admiration by rustics, with envy by respectable folk--of being deferred to in all things--was novel and pleasing.

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They were so good to him that he felt at times inclined to confess all, and leave his case in the hands of the folk he had injured. Yet--he thought--such a course would be absurd. It would result in no benefit to anyone, simply in misery to himself. The true Richard Devine was buried fathoms deep in the greedy ocean of convict-discipline, and the waves of innumerable punishments washed over him.

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John Rex flattered himself that he had usurped the name of one who was in fact no living man, and that, unless one should rise from the dead, Richard Devine could never return to accuse him. So flattering himself, he gradually became bolder, and by slow degrees suffered his true nature to appear. He was violent to the servants, cruel to dogs and horses, often wantonly coarse in speech, and brutally regardless of the feelings of others.

Governed, like most women, solely by her feelings, Lady Devine had at first been prodigal of her affection to the man she believed to be her injured son. But his rash acts of selfishness, his habits of grossness and self-indulgence, gradually disgusted her.

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For some time she--poor woman--fought against this feeling, endeavouring to overcome her instincts of distaste, and arguing with herself that to permit a detestation of her unfortunate son to arise in her heart was almost criminal; but she was at length forced to succumb. For the first year Mr. Richard conducted himself with great propriety, but as his circle of acquaintance and his confidence in himself increased, he now and then forgot the part he was playing.

One day Mr.

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Richard went to pass the day with a sporting friend, only too proud to see at his table so wealthy and wonderful a man. Richard drank a good deal more than was good for him, and returned home in a condition of disgusting drunkenness. I say disgusting, because some folks have the art of getting drunk after a humorous fashion, that robs intoxication of half its grossness.

For John Rex to be drunk was to be himself--coarse and cruel. Francis Wade was away, and Lady Devine had retired for the night, when the dog-cart brought home "Mr. The virtuous butler-porter, who opened the door, received a blow in the chest and a demand for "Brandy!

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Richard stumbled into the dining-room--veiled in dim light as a dining-room which was "sitting up" for its master ought to be--and ordered "more candles! Richard amused himself by spilling their meltings upon the carpet. Francis Wade had adorned the room. What's table t'you? Why c'ert'nly? What do you know about it? Whar's brandy? Good brandy! Send for servantsh and have dance.