My New Curate

A Story Gathered from the Stray Leaves of an Old Diary

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Author: P.A. Sheehan
Published: 1902
Language: English
Wordcount: 108,519 / 313 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.2
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 373
Added to site: 2007.01.06
mnybks.net#: 15737
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re's no use in preaching fine English sermons, they won't be understood. And you must be prepared for many a night call to mountain cabins, the only access to which is through a bog or the bed of a mountain stream; and your income will reach the princely sum of sixty pounds per annum. But," I added hastily, "you'll have plenty of turf, and oats and hay for your horse, an occasional pound of butter, and you'll have to export all the turkeys you'll get at Christmas."

"You have painted the lights and shadows, Father," he said cheerily, "and I am prepared to take them together. I am sure I'll like the poor people. It won't be my fault."

Then my heart rose up to this bright, cheery, handsome fellow, who had no more pride in him than a barelegged gossoon; and who was prepared to find his pleasure amongst such untoward surroundings. But I didn't like to let myself out as yet. I had to keep up some show of dignity.

My education commenced next morning. He had served my mass, and said his own in my

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