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Sir Noel's Heir

A Novel

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Published: 1887
Language: English
Wordcount: 36,397 / 110 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.4
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 622
Added to site: 2011.12.23 31119

One of the last works of this immensely popular Canadian novelist.

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ost eloquent and impressive, and women with tender hearts shed tears, and men listened with grave, sad faces. It was such a little while--only five short months--since the wedding-bells had rung, and there had been bonfires and feasting throughout the village; and Sir Noel, looking so proud and so happy, had driven up to the illuminated hall with his handsome bride. Only five months; and now--and now.

The funeral was over and everybody had gone back home--everybody but the Rev. Horace Thetford, who lingered to see the result of my lady's illness, and if she died, to take possession of his estate. It was unutterably dismal in the dark, hushed old house, with Sir Noel's ghost seeming to haunt every room--very dismal and ghastly this waiting to step into dead people's shoes. But then there was fifteen thousand a year, and the finest place in Devonshire; and the Rev. Horace would have faced a whole regiment of ghosts and lived in a vault for that.

But Lady Thetford did not die. Slowly but surely, th



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