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Verner's Pride

Mrs. Henry Wood

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .One day at the rectory there came a gipsy woman, wanting to tell our fortunes; she accosted us in the garden. Mr. Cust sent her away, and she was angry, and told him his star was not in the ascendant. I think it must be the case at present with your star, Mr. Verner."

Lionel smiled. "Yes, indeed."

"It is not only one thing that you are losing; it is more. First, that pretty girl whom you loved; then, Mr. Verner; and now, Verner's Pride. I wish I knew how to comfort you."

Lucy Tempest spoke with the most open simplicity, exactly as a sister might have done. But the one allusion grated on Lionel's heart.

"You are very kind, Lucy. Good-bye. Tell Decima I shall see her some time to-morrow."

Lucy Tempest looked after him from the window as he paced the inclosed courtyard. "I cannot think how people can be unjust!" was her thought. "If Verner's Pride was rightly his, why have they tak. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Loved this book! I was captivated with it from the moment I began reading it! I would strongly recommend this to everyone. Excellent book! Great read!

Wonderful reading!
At first I thought it was a sort of a mystery novel, because there was a woman found dead and three possible culprits, but then I realized that it was instead a "novel with a mystery".
The plot is not focused on the exposition of the culprit, as in ordinary mystery novels, but on

An entertaining read with some interesting and amusing minor character, though the ending was a little protracted.

Per fortuna, un bel romanzo 'laico' di Mrs Henry Wood, dall'intreccio complesso e pieno di personaggi. Come Elizabeth Gaskell (ma senza la sua matura consapevolezza) Ellen Price Wood si sofferma anche sulle vicende dei più poveri, alle quali dedica gran parte della narrazione. Il lettore moderno, im