The City Of Refuge; A Novel by Sir Walter BesantThe City Of Refuge; A Novel by Sir Walter Besant

The City Of Refuge; A Novel

bySir Walter Besant

Paperback | February 3, 2012

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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. 1896. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. Voices in the Night. THIS unexpected meeting with his old friend--Colonel Annandale, the old friend of his father, the old friend of Dorabyn, the former friend of Charles Osterley, rudely recalled to Gilbert's mind the purpose for which he had come to this place. Further, the sight of the man for whom he came to the place, gambling with common stokers and firemen of the river steamers, also recalled to him the purpose for which he had come to this place. If you remember, he had come to kill this man. That is to say, he would make him fight, somehow, and either kill him or be killed, himself. A very serious purpose. It would be difficult to find a more serious purpose. "I go out to kill a man, or to be killed." It was like the ordeal by battle, except that in the old ordeal the guilty man had to swear by the Living God and by the dead saints that he was innocent; a perjury which generally afflicted his heart with terror, and took the strength out of his hand, and the keenness out of his sight. In this ordeal the guilty man would not have to make any pretence or commit any perjury; he would simply fight, his guilt being known, in order to save his life, if he could. A very serious purpose, indeed. Yet Gilbert had managed to forget it; or, at least, to put it out of his mivd for four weeks. It seems a good deal to forget. Yet we are all of us constantly forgetting and putting out of sight a vast number of things, to remember which would poison the present. One could not live if one had to be always gazing back into the past, or always anticipating the future. Which of us loves to dwell, except at rare intervals, on the early days of struggle? Yet it was a healthy and invigorating time. Which of us dares to anticipate and realise the pains of eigh...
Title:The City Of Refuge; A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217754236

ISBN - 13:9780217754231