The Lilac Sunbonnet

The Lilac Sunbonnet

-

Documents
443 pages
Lire
Le téléchargement nécessite un accès à la bibliothèque YouScribe
Tout savoir sur nos offres

Description

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Lilac Sunbonnet, by S.R. Crockett (#2 in our series by S.R. Crockett)Copyright laws are changing all over the world. Be sure to check the copyright laws for your country before downloadingor redistributing this or any other Project Gutenberg eBook.This header should be the first thing seen when viewing this Project Gutenberg file. Please do not remove it. Do notchange or edit the header without written permission.Please read the "legal small print," and other information about the eBook and Project Gutenberg at the bottom of thisfile. Included is important information about your specific rights and restrictions in how the file may be used. You can alsofind out about how to make a donation to Project Gutenberg, and how to get involved.**Welcome To The World of Free Plain Vanilla Electronic Texts****eBooks Readable By Both Humans and By Computers, Since 1971*******These eBooks Were Prepared By Thousands of Volunteers!*****Title: The Lilac SunbonnetAuthor: S.R. CrockettRelease Date: January, 2004 [EBook #4918] [Yes, we are more than one year ahead of schedule] [This file was firstposted on March 27, 2002]Edition: 10Language: English*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK, THE LILAC SUNBONNET ***This eBook was produced by Robert Rowe, Charles Franks and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team.THE LILAC SUNBONNETA LOVE STORYBY S. R. CROCKETTAUTHOR OF THE STICKIT MINISTER, THE RAIDERS, ETC.CONTENTS.PROLOGUE.—BY THE ...

Sujets

Informations

Publié par
Publié le 08 décembre 2010
Nombre de lectures 104
Langue English
Signaler un problème
The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Lilac Sunbonnet, by S.R. Crockett (#2 in our series by S.R. Crockett)
Copyright laws are changing all over the world. Be sure to check the copyright laws for your country before downloading or redistributing this or any other Project Gutenberg eBook.
This header should be the first thing seen when viewing this Project Gutenberg file. Please do not remove it. Do not change or edit the header without written permission.
Please read the "legal small print," and other information about the eBook and Project Gutenberg at the bottom of this file. Included is important information about your specific rights and restrictions in how the file may be used. You can also find out about how to make a donation to Project Gutenberg, and how to get involved.
**Welcome To The World of Free Plain Vanilla Electronic Texts**
**eBooks Readable By Both Humans and By Computers, Since 1971**
*****These eBooks Were Prepared By Thousands of Volunteers!*****
Title: The Lilac Sunbonnet
Author: S.R. Crockett
Release Date: January, 2004 [EBook #4918] [Yes, we are more than one year ahead of schedule] [This file was first posted on March 27, 2002]
Edition: 10
Language: English
*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK, THE LILAC SUNBONNET ***
This eBook was produced by Robert Rowe, Charles Franks and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team.
THE LILAC SUNBONNET
A LOVE STORY
BY S. R. CROCKETT
AUTHOR OF THE STICKIT MINISTER, THE
RAIDERS, ETC.
CONTENTS.
PROLOGUE.—BY THE WAYSIDE  I.—THE BLANKET-WASHING  II.—THE MOTHER OF KING LEMUEL  III.—A TREASURE-TROVE  IV.—A CAVALIER PURITAN  V.—A LESSON IN BOTANY  VI.—CURLED EYELASHES  VII.—CONCERNING TAKING EXERCISE  VIII.—THE MINISTER'S MAN ARMS FOR CONQUEST  IX.—THE ADVENT OF THE CUIF  X.—THE LOVE-SONG OF THE MAVIS  XI.—ANDREW KISSOCK GOES TO SCHOOL  XII.—MIDSUMMER DAWN  XIII.—A STRING OF THE LILAC SUNBONNET  XIV.—CAPTAIN AGNEW GREATORIX  XV.—ON THE EDGE OF THE ORCHARD  XVI.—THE CUIF BEFORE THE SESSION  XVII.—WHEN THE KYE COMES HAME
 XVIII.—A DAUGHTER OF THE PlCTS  XIX.—AT THE BARN END  XX.-"DARK-BROWED EGYPT"  XXI.—THE RETURN OF EBIE FARRISH  XXII.—A SCARLET POPPY  XXIII.—CONCERNING JOHN BAIRDIESON  XXIV.—LEGITIMATE SPORT  XXV.—BARRIERS BREAKING  XXVI.—SUCH SWEET PERIL  XXVII.—THE OPINIONS OF SAUNDERS MOWDIEWORT UPON BESOM-SHANKS  XXVIII.—THAT GIPSY JESS  XXIX.—THE DARK OF THE MOON AT THE GRANNOCH BRIDGE  XXX.—THE HILL GATE  XXXI.—THE STUDY OF THE MANSE OF DULLARG  XXXII.—OUTCAST AND ALIEN FROM THE COMMONWEALTH  XXXIII.—JOCK GORDON TAKES A HAND  XXXIV.—THE DEW OF THEIR YOUTH  XXXV.—SUCH SWEET SORROW  XXXVI.—OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY  XXXVII.—UNDER THE RED HEATHER XXXVIII.—BEFORE THE REFORMER'S CHAIR  XXXIX.—JEMIMA, KEZIA, AND LITTLE KEREN-HAPPUCH  XL.—A TRIANGULAR CONVERSATION  XLI.—THE MEETING OF THE SYNOD  XLII.—PURGING AND RESTORATION  XLIII.—THREADS DRAWN TOGETHER
 XLIV.—WINSOME'S LAST TRYST  XLV.—THE LAST OF THE LILAC SUNBONNET
PROLOGUE.
BY THE WAYSIDE
As Ralph Peden came along the dusty Cairn Edward road from the coach which had set him down there on its way to the Ferry town, he paused to rest in the evening light at the head of the Long Wood of Larbrax. Here, under boughs that arched the way, he took from his shoulders his knapsack, filled with Hebrew and Greek books, and rested his head on the larger bag of roughly tanned Westland leather, in which were all his other belongings. They were not numerous. He might, indeed, have left both his bags for the Dullarg carrier on Saturday, but to lack his beloved books for four days was not to be thought of for a moment by Ralph Peden. He would rather have carried them up the eight long miles to the manse
of the Dullarg one by one.
As he sat by the tipsy milestone, which had swayed sidelong and lay half buried amid the grass and dock leaves, a tall, dark girl came by—half turning to look at the young man as he rested. It was Jess Kissock, from the Herd's House at Craig Ronald, on her way home from buying trimmings for a new hat. This happened just twice a year, and was a solemn occasion.
"Is this the way to the manse of Dullarg?" asked the young man, standing up with his hat in his hand, the brim just beneath his chin. He was a handsome young man when he stood up straight.
Jess looked at him attentively. They did not speak in that way in her country, nor did they take their hats in their hands when they had occasion to speak to young women.
"I am myself going past the Dullarg," she said, and paused with a hiatus like an invitation.
Ralph Peden was a simple young man, but he rose and shouldered his knapsack without a word. The slim, dark-haired girl with the bright, quick eyes like a bird, put out her hand to take a share of the burden of Ralph's bag.
"Thank you, but I am quite able to manage it myself," he said, "I could not think of letting you put
your hand to it."
"I am not a fine lady," said the girl, with a little impatient movement of her brows, as if she had stamped her foot. "I am nothing but a cottar's lassie."
"But then, how comes it that you speak as you do?" asked Ralph.
"I have been long in England—as a lady's maid," she answered with a strange, disquieting look at him. She had taken one side of the bag of books in spite of his protest, and now walked by Ralph's side through the evening coolness.
"This is the first time you have been hereaway?" his companion asked.
Ralph nodded a quick affirmative and smiled.
"Then," said Jess Kissock, the rich blood mantling her dark cheeks, "I am the first from the Dullarg you have spoken to!"
"The very first!" said Ralph.
"Then I am glad," said Jess Kissock. But in the young man's heart there was no answering gladness, though in very sooth she was an exceeding handsome maid.
CHAPTER I.
THE BLANKET-WASHING.
Ralph Peden lay well content under a thorn bush above the Grannoch water. It was the second day of his sojourning in Galloway—the first of his breathing the heather scent on which the bees grew tipsy, and of listening to the grasshoppers CHIRRING in the long bent by the loch side. Yesterday his father's friend, Allan Welsh, minister of the Marrow kirk in the parish of Dullarg, had held high discourse with him as to his soul's health, and made many inquiries as to how it sped in the great city with the precarious handful of pious folk, who gathered to listen to the precious and savoury truths of the pure Marrow teaching. Ralph Peden was charged with many messages from his father, the metropolitan Marrow minister, to Allan Welsh— dear to his soul as the only minister who had upheld the essentials on that great day, when among the assembled Presbyters so many had gone backward and walked no more with him.
"Be faithful with the young man, my son," Allan Welsh read in the quaintly sealed and delicately written letter which his brother minister in Edinburgh had sent to him, and which Ralph had duly delivered in the square, grim manse of Dullarg, with a sedate and old-fashioned reverence which sat strangely on one of his years. "Be faithful with the young man," continued the letter; "he is well grounded on the fundamentals; his head is filled with godly lear, and he has sound views on the Headship; but he has always been a little cold and distant even to me, his father according to the flesh. With his companions he is apt to be distant and reserved. I am to blame for the solitude of our life here in James's Court, but to you I do not need to tell the reason of that. The Lord give you his guidance in leading the young man in the right way."
So far Gilbert Peden's letter had run staidly and in character like the spoken words of the writer. But here it broke off. The writing, hitherto fine as a hair, thickened; and from this point became crowded and difficult, as though the floods of feeling had broken some dam. "O man Allan, for my sake, if at all you have loved me, or owe me anything, dig deep and see if the lad has a heart. He shews it not to me."
So that is why Ralph Peden lies couched in the sparce bells of the ling,just where the dry, twisted
timothy grasses are beginning to overcrown the purple bells of the heather. Tall and clean-limbed, with a student's pallor of clear-cut face, a slightly ascetic stoop, dark brown curls clustering over a white forehead, and eyes which looked steadfast and true, the young man was sufficient of a hero. He wore a broad straw hat, which he had a pleasant habit of pushing back, so that his clustering locks fell over his brow after a fashion which all women thought becoming. But Ralph Peden heeded not what women thought, said, or did, for he was trysted to the kirk of the Marrow, the sole repertory of orthodox truth in Scotland, which is as good as saying in the wide world— perhaps even in the universe.
Ralph Peden had dwelt all his life with his father in an old house in James's Court, Edinburgh, overlooking the great bounding circle of the northern horizon and the eastern sea. He had been trained by his father to think more of a professor's opinion on his Hebrew exercise than of a woman's opinion on any subject whatever. He had been told that women were an indispensable part of the economy of creation; but, though he accepted word by word the Westminster Confession, and as an inexorable addition the confessions and protests of the remnant of the true kirk in Scotland (known as the Marrow kirk), he could not but consider woman a poor makeshift, even as providing for the continuity of the race. Surely she had not been