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The Splendid Spur

Being Memoirs of the Adventures of Mr. John Marvel, a Servant of His Late Majesty King Charles I., in the Years 1642-3: Written by Himself

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Published: 1897
Language: English
Wordcount: 71,614 / 201 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.7
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,024 5798

With a foreword by J.M. Barrie.

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hat till now had sat in full view--a tall bully, with a gross pimpled nose; and led the catches in a bull's voice. The rest of the players paid no heed to his rising; and very soon his shoulders hid them, as he lean'd out, drawing in the cold breath.

During the late racket I had forgot for a while my friend under the sycamore, but now, looking that way, to my astonishment I saw him risen from his bench and stealing across to the house opposite. I say "stealing," for he kept all the way to the darker shadow of the wall, and besides had a curious trailing motion with his left foot as though the ankle of it had been wrung or badly hurt.

As soon as he was come beneath the window he stopped and called softly--


The bully gave a start and look'd down. I could tell by this motion he did not look to find anyone in the bowling-green at that hour. Indeed he had been watching the shaft of light thrown past him by the room behind, and now moved so as to let it fall on the man that addre

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****

An excellent read, hard to put down. A romantic adventure with emphasis on the latter



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