An Act in a Backwater by E. F. BensonAn Act in a Backwater by E. F. Benson

An Act in a Backwater

byE. F. Benson

Paperback | October 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVI THEY drove quietly through the dusty, sultry streets, and came in a few minutes to Lammermoor. Mrs. Raymond conversed all the time in a low, monotonous voice, like the tones of some one talking in their sleep, chiefly in defence of her husband, though Jeannie had said no word about him. "Colonel Raymond is so very strong himself," she said, "and I think sometimes that he doesn't quite make allowance for the children. But he disagrees with me, and I dare say he is right. He always finds a good walk, he says, the best cure for a headache or a feeling of tiredness; he says such things are best walked off. But with children, you know, it may be different; they are so easily tired, and the Colonel always walks very fast. But Maria's walk yesterday certainly did her no good, and my husband was as anxious as myself to-day that some one should see her, and the doctors were all out. That was why; I came for you, and it is so good of you to come. Colonel Raymond is terrified for the child; he does not at all like illness in the house. He has seen so much illness in In--in his service. And here we are!" Jeannie followed Mrs. Raymond up the narrow gravel walk and up the three stone steps, with balls at the top and bottom, into Lammermoor. A strong smell of tobacco and camphor was apparent in the hall. "Colonel Raymond says smoking is the best disinfectant," explained his wife, "and he has been sprinkling camphor about in the study and in the dining-room. He says camphor is a good disinfectant, too." Jeannie sniffed. "I should recommend you to open all the doors and windows in the house and let in some fresh air," she said. "Fresh air is better than either camphor or tobacco." "I will tell my husband what you say," said Mrs. Raymond....
Title:An Act in a BackwaterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021777394X

ISBN - 13:9780217773942