Open Country; A Comedy With A Sting

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byMaurice Henry Hewlett

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II INTRODUCES THE GENTLEMAN GIPSY John Maxwell Senhouse, at the age of thirty, had travelled much of the habitable globe without losing his zest for adventure. He was now in England, with no immediate prospect of leaving it; yet every morning he arose, and fronted the day with heart-beats. That announces a habit of mind so enviable as to be extraordinary; and such indeed the man was. He would be extraordinary to-day, was still more so in 1894, which is the date at which we are here and now; in 1884, when he began to live the life which suited him, he was most extraordinary. He was the only man I ever knew who was able to behold in the rising of the sun a daily miracle. Literally, I have seen him astounded, spell-bound before that filling up of the sky with almost intolerable brightness, and that slow entrance of the King of Life into the great dome, swept, garnished, and made pure for his habitation. This simplicity of mind in Mr. Senhouse was of a piece with his extreme simplicity of habit. He had the knack of reducing complexity into its elements, of drawing order out of chaos. In his ways and words he betrayed himself--very nearly primitive man; primitive man, let us say, who has learnt the comfort of washing himself, and has got so far into civilisation as to be able to criticise those who don't wash. He was, as a fact, a keener critic than you would have supposed, and his absorbed eyes, which followed so often his busy hands, took in you and your little tricks and shifts together with a great deal that was vastly more beautiful and curious--and settled for you, off-hand, your place in the scheme of things. He resolved you, in fact, into your elements. Very unpleasant elements, too, they seemed to be when, as might well happen, he exhibited th...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II INTRODUCES THE GENTLEMAN GIPSY John Maxwell Senhouse, at the age of thirty, had travelled much of the habitable glo...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:76 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217525083

ISBN - 13:9780217525084

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