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By A. E. W. Mason
"Lieutenant Sutch used to be the 1st of common Feversham's site visitors to arrive wide position. He arrived approximately 5 o'clock on a day of light in mid June, and the previous red-brick condominium, lodged on a southern slope of the Surrey hills, used to be gleaming from a dismal wooded area intensity of pines with the heat of an extraordinary jewel. Lieutenant Sutch limped around the corridor, the place the pictures of the Fevershams rose one above the opposite to the ceiling, and went out directly to the stone-flagged terrace on the again. There he stumbled on his host sitting erect like a boy, and staring at southward towards the Sussex Downs..."
opposed to the history of the Mahdist struggle, a tender guy disgraces himself via quitting the military, which pals understand as cowardice, symbolized via the 4 white feathers they provide him. He redeems himself, feather via feather, with acts of actual braveness to save lots of his associates. He additionally wins again the guts of the girl he loves.
A. E. W. Mason's vintage has been the root for various winning movie diversifications, together with the acclaimed 2002 model starring Heath Ledger.
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No timber grew upon these hills, the granite cropped out amidst the moss and heather; yet that they had a pleasant sheltering glance, and Durrance got here nearly to think that they wear their various draperies of emerald eco-friendly, and crimson, and russet brown consciously to please the eyes of the lady they sheltered. the home confronted the lengthy slope of state to the inlet of the Lough. bv From the home windows the attention reached down over the sparse thickets, the few tilled fields, the whitewashed cottages, to the tall woods upon the financial institution, and stuck a glimpse of shiny water and the gulls poising and dipping above it. Durrance rode up the music upon a day and knew the home instantly. For as he approached, the tune of a violin floated in the direction of him from the home windows like a welcome. His hand was once checked upon the reins, and a selected powerful desire, approximately which he had allowed his fancies to play, rose up inside of him and suspended his breath. He tied up his horse and entered in on the gate. A formless barrack with no, the home inside of was once a spot of convenience. The room into which he used to be proven, with its brasses and its glowing oak and its huge prospect, was once brilliant because the afternoon itself. Durrance imagined it, too, with the blinds drawn upon a winter’s evening, and the seventy four fireplace pink at the fire, and the wind skirlingbw concerning the hills and rapping at the panes. Ethne greeted him with no the least mark of shock. “I proposal that you'd come,” she stated, and a grin shone upon her face. Durrance laughed unexpectedly as they shook palms, and Ethne puzzled why. She the path of his eyes in the direction of the violin which lay upon a desk at her aspect. It was once light in color, there has been a mark, too, with regards to the bridge, the place a morsel of worm-eaten wooden were changed. “It is yours,” she stated. “You have been in Egypt. i couldn't good ship it again to you there. ” “I have was hoping in recent times, considering I knew,” back Durrance, “that, however, you'll settle for it. ” “You see I have,” stated Ethne; and looking out instantly into his eyes she additional, “I authorized it a few whereas in the past. there has been a time whilst i wanted to be guaranteed that I had certain neighbors. And a specific thing tangible helped. i used to be very comfortable to have it. ” Durrance took the tool from the desk, dealing with it delicately like a sacred vessel. “You have performed upon it? The Melusine overture perhaps,” acknowledged he. “Do you do not forget that? ” she back with amusing. “Yes, i've got performed upon it, yet only in the near past. for a very long time I placed my violin away. It talked to me too in detail of many stuff which i wanted to forget”; and those phrases, just like the leisure, she spoke with no hesitation or any down-dropping of the eyes. Durrance fetched up his baggage from Rathmullen the next day to come, and stayed on the farm for every week. yet as much as the final hour of his stopover at no additional reference was once made to Harry Feversham via both Ethne or Durrance, even if they have been thrown a lot into each one other’s corporation. For Dermod used to be much more damaged than Mrs. Adair’s description had led Durrance to anticipate. His speech was once all faded to monosyllables; his body was once shrunken, and his outfits bagged upon his limbs; his very stature appeared lessened; even the anger was once clouded from his eye; he had turn into a stay-at-home, drowsing for the main a part of the day via a fireplace, even in that July climate; his longest stroll was once to the little gray church which stood bare upon a mound a few sector of a mile away and inside view of the home windows, or even that stroll taxed his energy.