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A Son of Hagar

Sir Hall Caine

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .You say reet, Mr. Ritson, there's villainy in it."

The old man's eyes wandered vacantly.

"Her own father," he mumbled; "her lone old father—broken-hearted—him 'at loved her—no matter, I've nowt left to—Ha! ha! ha!"

He tried to walk away jauntily, and with a ghastly smile on his battered face, but he stumbled and fell insensible into Paul's outstretched arms. They loosened his neckerchief and bathed his forehead.

Just then Hugh Ritson strode into the tent, stepped up to the group, and looked down over the bent heads at the stricken father lying in his brother's arms.

Paul's lips trembled and his powerful frame quivered.

"Who knows but the scoundrel is here now?" he said; and his eyes traversed the men about him. "If he is, let him look at his pitiless work; and may the sight follow him to his death!"

At that moment Hugh Ritson's face underwent an awful change. Then the old man opened hi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

More like 3.5 stars, but still my least favorite of my recent Hall Caine novel reading. Plot a little convoluted - and unbelievable at times - but still an enjoyable read

Hall Caine became famous when his early work was serialized. It shows in this novel as well.

Some chapters led to what could have saved the protagonists, but the succeeding chapter or two would lead back to the antagonist (who is the focal point of the story) getting the upper hand again. These would

Hugely popular in his time, and now seemingly no-one reads him! This was certainly heavy going at times,I found the local colour a bit wearing, but it's no worse than many an airport novel now. It's a sort of cross between Wilkie Collins (the blindness plot, especially, and the physical similarities