Excerpt from Macmillan's Magazine, Vol. 47: November, 1882, to April, 1883The Methvens occupied a little house in the outskirts Of a little town where there was not very much going on Of any description, and still less which they could take any Share in, being, as they were, poor and unable to make any effective response to the Civilities Shown to them. The family consisted of three persons - the ...
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was a widow with one son; the son himself, who was a young man Of three or four and twenty and a distant cousin Of Mrs. Methven's, who lived with her, having no other home. It was not a very happy household. The mother had a limited income and an anxious temper; the son a some what volatile and indolent disposition, and no ambition at all as to his future, nor anxiety as to what was going to happen to him in life. This, as may be supposed, was enough to introduce many uneasy elements into their joint existence and the third Of the party, Miss Merivale, was not of the class of the peacemakers to whom Scripture allots a Special blessing. She had no amiable glamour in her eyes, but saw her friends' imperfections with a clear ness Of sight which is little conducive to that happy progress Of affairs which is called getting on. The Methvens were sufficiently proud to keep their difficulties out Of the public eye, but on very many occasions, unfortunately.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.