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Sword and Gown

A Novel

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Published: 1859
Language: English
Wordcount: 73,989 / 217 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.7
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 311
Added to site: 2006.08.28 14264

Here another champion of muscularity, "the Cool Captain," wins the heart of a Society beauty and then divulges that he has a wife living. He is eventually killed in the Crimea, whither the girl has followed him as a hospital nurse. The novelist hopes that Heaven may have mercy on this bold rider's soul.

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out of distance, and "parted" freely.

The last and hardest trial of all--long debility and frequent illness--had failed to shake this intense serenity. He was never cross or unreasonable, and tried to give as little trouble as possible; but was grateful to a degree for every thing that was done for him: he could even manage to thank people for their advice, whether he took it not. So far as one could make out, he was nearly as much interested in the state of his own health, as one would be about that of any pleasant casual acquaintance.

It must be confessed, that poor Harry and his like are by no means strong-minded, or large-brained, or persevering men; they seldom or never rise to eminence, and rarely have greatness thrust upon them. They do not often volunteer to lead the vanguard of any great movement, shouting out on the slightest provocation the war-cry of "life is earnest;" for they are the natural subalterns of the world's mighty battalia, and could hardly manoeuvre one of its companies,



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Besides writing great romance novels, Serenity Woods enjoys juggling, archaeology and celebrating Christmas next to the pool. She lives in the sub-tropical Northland of New Zealand with her husband and teenage son and likes to write books about everyday people, with the issues that affect them. As our author of the day, Woods talks about her Christmas Boxset, Three Wise Men, why she is not a fan of alpha males and reveals what readers can expect from her pen next.
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