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The Judgment House

Gilbert Parker

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ld waste which leaves behind it a barren and ill-natured soil exhausted of its power, of its generous and native health. There was a strange apathy in his senses, an emotional stillness, as it were, the atrophy of all the passionate elements of his nature. But because of this he was the better poised, the more evenly balanced, the more perceptive. His eyes were not blurred or dimmed by any stress of emotion, his mind worked in a cool quiet, and his forward tread had leisurely decision and grace. He had sunk one part of himself far below the level of activity or sensation, while new resolves, new powers of mind, new designs were set in motion to make his career a real and striking success. He had the most friendly ear and the full confidence of the Prime Minister, who was also Foreign Secretary—he had got that far; and now, if one of his great international schemes could but be completed, an ambassadorship would be his reward, and one of first-class importance. The t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book was given by my Great Aunt to my father in 1960 and is inscribed on the 1st page. It was recently given to me by my sister so I decided it might be an interesting read. I was certainly not disappointed. As with most books it had a bit of a slow and confusing start but once I became acquain

A best seller from 1913. While the story is mainly set in London, every character is so busy thinking and talking about South Africa and the Boer War that you never see England. But I wouldn't say this novel is about the war. No, the main message seems to be Women Ain't Nuthin' But Trouble.

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