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At the north-eastern seashores of britain there's a city referred to as Monkshaven, containing at present day approximately fifteen thousand population. there have been, although, yet part the quantity on the finish of the final century, and it used to be at that interval that the occasions narrated within the following pages happened. Monkshaven used to be a reputation no longer unknown within the background of britain, and traditions of its having been the landing-place of a throneless queen have been present within the city. at the moment there were a fortified fortress at the heights above it, the location of which was once now occupied via a abandoned manor-house; and at a good past date than the arriving of the queen and coeval with the main old is still of the citadel, a very good monastery had stood on these cliffs, overlooking the mammoth ocean that mixed with the far-off sky. Monkshaven itself used to be outfitted via the aspect of the Dee, simply the place the river falls into the German Ocean. The vital road of town ran parallel to the movement, and smaller lanes branched out of this, and straggled up the perimeters of the steep hill, among which and the river the homes have been pent in. there has been a bridge around the Dee, and hence a Bridge highway operating at correct angles to the excessive highway; and at the south facet of the circulate there have been a couple of homes of extra pretension, round which lay gardens and fields. It was once in this facet of town that the neighborhood aristocracy lived. And who have been the nice humans of this small city? now not the more youthful branches of the county households that held hereditary country of their manor-houses at the wild bleak moors, that close in Monkshaven virtually as effectively at the land facet as ever the waters did at the sea-board. No; those outdated households saved aloof from the unsavoury but adventurous alternate which introduced wealth to iteration after iteration of definite households in Monkshaven.

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What artwork thee doing there? ' requested Alice, unexpectedly alive to his lawsuits. and not using a note he confirmed her his handiwork. 'It's a vanity,' acknowledged she, 'and 't may well make t' won't stand. folks might imagine I have been na in my correct brain, in the event that they see such fly-legs and cob-webs a-top. Write, "This is my doing, William Coulson, and none of Alice Rose's, she being in her sound brain. "' 'I do not believe it is needed,' stated William. however he wrote down the phrases. 'Hast thee positioned that i am in my sound brain and 7 senses? Then make the signal of the Trinity, and write, "In the identify of the daddy, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. "' 'Is that the fitting means o' starting a will? ' stated Coulson, a bit startled. 'My father, and my father's father, and my husband had it a-top of theirs, and i am noane going for to stop fra' following after them, for they have been godly males, although my husband have been o' t' episcopal persuasion. ' 'It's done,' acknowledged William. 'Hast thee dated it? ' requested Alice. 'Nay. ' 'Then date it 3rd day, 9th month. Now, paintings prepared? ' Coulson nodded. 'I, Alice Rose, do go away my furnishings (that is, my mattress and chest o' drawers, for thy mattress and issues is thine, and never mine), and settle, and saucepans, and wardrobe, and desk, and kettle, and the entire remainder of my furnishings, to my lawful and basically daughter, Hester Rose. i believe that is secure for her to have all, is 't now not, William? ' 'I imagine so, too,' acknowledged he, writing on for all time. 'And thee shalt have t' curler and paste-board, simply because thee's so fond o' puddings and brownies. It 'll serve thy spouse after i am long past, and that i belief she'll boil her paste lengthy sufficient, for that is been t' mystery o' mine, and thee'll noane be really easy t' please. ' 'I din't reckon on marriage,' stated William. 'Thee'll marry,' stated Alice. 'Thee loves to have thy victuals scorching and comfy; and there is noane many yet a spouse as'll take care of that for t' please thee. ' 'I comprehend who might please me,' sighed forth William, 'but i cannot please her. ' Alice appeared sharply at him from over her spectacles, which she had wear the higher to contemplate the disposal of her estate. 'Thee artwork pondering on our Hester,' acknowledged she, it appears that evidently out. He all started a bit, yet appeared up at her and met her eyes. 'Hester cares noane for me,' stated he, dejectedly. 'Bide your time, my lad,' stated Alice, kindly. 'Young ladies do not consistently comprehend their very own minds. Thee and her may make a wedding after my very own center; and the Lord has been first-class to me hitherto, and that i imagine he will carry it t' move. yet do not thee enable on as thee cares for her loads. I occasionally imagine she wearies o' thy seems and thy methods. appear thy manly center, and make as if thee had a lot else to imagine on, and no rest for to dawdle after her, and she'll imagine a deal extra on thee. And now mend thy pen for a clean commence. I provide and bequeath—did thee placed "give and bequeath," at th' starting? ' 'Nay,' stated William, in retrospect. 'Thee didst no longer inform me "give and bequeath! "' 'Then it will not be felony, and my bit o' furnishings 'll be taken to London, and positioned into chancery, and Hester can have noane on it.

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