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The Right of Way

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Author: Gilbert Parker
Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 121,544 / 344 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 584
mnybks.net#: 5456
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h some old lover's ghost, Who lived before the god of love was born."

"There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification."


CHAPTER I

THE WAY TO THE VERDICT

"Not guilty, your Honour!"

A hundred atmospheres had seemed pressing down on the fretted people in the crowded court-room. As the discordant treble of the huge foreman of the jury squeaked over the mass of gaping humanity, which had twitched at skirts, drawn purposeless hands across prickling faces, and kept nervous legs at a gallop, the smothering weights of elastic air lifted suddenly, a great suspiration of relief swept through the place like a breeze, and in a far corner of the gallery a woman laughed outright.

The judge looked up reprovingly at the gallery; the clerk of the court angrily called "Silence!" towards the offending corner, and seven or eight hundred eyes raced between three centres of interest--the judge, t

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