Father Stafford

Father Stafford
A Lover's Fate and a Friend's Counsel

By

4
(1 Review)
Father Stafford by Anthony Hope

Published:

1895

Downloads:

683

Share This

Father Stafford
A Lover's Fate and a Friend's Counsel

By

4
(1 Review)
It is a good story, the strong parts on which are the conflict between love and conscience on the part of a young Anglican priest. The charm of the book, however, lies in the briskness of the dialogue, which is as finely finished as any of Hope's novels.

Book Excerpt

ed.

Kate rose with dignity.

"We need not discuss that," she said. "I have letters to write, and am going indoors."

"Oh, I say, Kate, don't do that! I came out on purpose to read to you."

"Lady Claudia is quite ready to make an audience for you," was the chilling reply, as Kate vanished through the open door.

"There, you've done it now!" said Eugene. "You really ought not to insist on staying."

"I'm so sorry, Mr. Lane. But it's all your fault." And Claudia tried to make her face assume a look of gravity.

A pause ensued, and then they both smiled.

"What were you going to read?" asked Claudia.

"Oh, Tennyson--always read Tennyson. Kate likes it, because she thinks it's simple."

"You flatter yourself that you see the deeper meaning?"

Eugene smiled complacently.

"And you mean Kate doesn't? I'm glad I'm not engaged to you, Mr. Lane, if that's the kind of thing you say."

Eugene opened his mouth, shut it again, and then said bla

More books by Anthony Hope

(view all)

Readers reviews

5
4
3
2
1
4.0
Average from 1 Review
4
Write Review
Eugene and Kate are engaged, but not getting along -- not least because he's in love with Claudia. Haddington is in love with Kate, and while she's attracted, she wants to keep her hooks in her wealthy fiance.

Meanwhile, the ascetic young Anglican priest, Father Stafford, falls for Claudia, despite his vow of celibacy. Claudia's feelings are unclear, at first.

All the ingredients of a Wodehousian farce, but told with gravity.
Alicia Anthony - The Cost of Truth and the Price we Pay for Love
FEATURED AUTHOR - Alicia Anthony’s first novels were illegible scribbles on the back of her truck driver father's logbook trip tickets. Having graduated from scribbles to laptop, she now pens novels of psychological suspense in the quiet of the wee morning hours. A full-time elementary school Literacy Specialist, Alicia hopes to pass on her passion for books and writing to the students she teaches. A two time Golden Heart® finalist and Silver Quill Award winner, Alicia finds her inspiration in exploring the dark… Read more