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A Noble Life

Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .he utmost respect the tiny figure wrapped in a plaid, so that nothing was visible except a small child's face, which always smiled at sight of other children.

It was surprising in how few days the clachan, and indeed the whole neighborhood, grew accustomed to the appearance of the earl and his sad story. Perhaps this was partly due to Helen and Mr. Cardross, who, seeing no longer any occasion for mystery, indeed regretting a little that any mystery had ever been made about the matter, took every opportunity of telling every body who inquired the whole facts of the case.

These were few enough and simple enough, though very sad. The Earl— the last Earl of Cairnforth—was a hopeless cripple for life. All the consultations of all the doctors had resulted in that conclusion. It was very unlikely he would ever be better than he was now physically, but mentally he was certainly "a' richt"—or "a' there," as the country-folk express it. There w. . . Read More

Community Reviews

After reading this book, I felt that the worth of human being and its life are defined by the attitude toward what he/she cannot have. If we live a fulfilling life with that outward incompleteness, that should be called a noble life.

While I don't think this is the best of disability representation and it can be quite sentimental, this shall be forgiven due to the time period it was written in and because I just enjoyed this book immensely thanks to its wonderful and lovable characters. Their relationships were so real, complex


Needed more descriptions of Scottish highlands. One of those moral stories. I got bored and skipped to the end.