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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofTheManxman,byHallCaine ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwith almostnorestrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayor re-useitunderthetermsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincluded withthiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.org Title:TheManxman ANovel-1895 Author:HallCaine ReleaseDate:May23,2008[EBook#25570] Language:English Charactersetencoding:ISO-8859-1 ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKTHEMANXMAN *** ProducedbyDavidWidger THEMANXMAN ANOVEL ByHallCaine SECONDEDITION APPLETONANDCOMPANY-1894 THEMANXMAN PARTI BOYSTOGETHER I OldDeemsterChristianofBallawhainewasahardman—hardonthe outside,atallevents TheycalledhimIronChristian,andpeoplesaid, “Don’tturnthatironhandagainstyou.”Yethischaracterwasstamped withnoblenessaswellasstrength Hewasnotamanoficynature,but helovedtogathericiclesabouthim Therewasfireenoughunderneath, atwhichhewarmedhisoldheartwhenalone,buthelikedtheairto becongealedabouthisface Hewasamanofaclosedsoul Onehadto wrenchopenthedarkchamberwherehekepthisfeelings;butthemanwho haddonethathaduncoveredhisnakedness,andhecuthimoffforever Thatwashowithappenedwithhisson,thefatherofPhilip Hehadtwosons;theelderwasanimpetuouscreature,afieryspirit, oneofthemasterfulsoulswhowanttherestraintofthecurbifthey arenottohurryheadlongintotheabyss OldDeemsterChristianhad calledthisboyThomasWilson,aftertheserenesaintwhohadonce beenBishopofMan Hewasintended,however,forthelaw,notfor theChurch TheofficeofDeemsterneverhasbeenandnevercanbe hereditary;yettheChristiansofBallawhainehadbeenDeemstersthrough sixgenerations,andoldIronChristianexpectedthatThomasWilson Christianwouldsucceedhim Buttherewasenoughuncertaintyaboutthe successiontomakemeritofmorevaluethanprecedentintheselection, andsotheoldmanhadbroughtuphissontotheEnglishbar,and afterwardscalledhimtopractiseintheManxone Theyoungfellowhad notaltogetherrewardedhisfather’sendeavours Duringhisresidence inEngland,hehadacquiredcertainmoderndoctrineswhichwerehighly obnoxioustotheoldDeemster Newviewsonproperty,newideas aboutwomanandmarriage,newtheoriesconcerningreligion(always re-christenedsuperstition),theusualbarnaclesofyoungvesselsfresh fromunknownwaters;buttheoldmanwasnoshipwrightinharbourwho haslearnttheartofremovingthemwithoutinjurytothehull The DeemsterknewthesenotionswhenhemetwiththemintheEnglish newspapers Therewassomethingawesomeintheireffectonhis stay-at-homeimagination,asofvicesconfusinganddifficulttotrue menthatwalksteadily;but,aboveall,veryfaroff,overthemountains andacrossthesea,likedistantcitiesofSodom,onlywaitingfor Sodom’sdoom Andyet,lo!heretheywereinatwinkling,shuntedand shotintohisownhouseandhisownstackyard “Isupposenow,”hesaid,withaknowinglook,“youthinkJackasgood ashismaster?” “No,sir,”saidhissongravely;“generallymuchbetter.” IronChristianalteredhiswill Tohiseldersonheleftonlya life-interestinBallawhaine “Thatboywillbedoingsomething,”he said,andthusheguardedagainstconsequences Hecouldnothelpit;he wasashamed,buthecouldnotconquerhisshame—thefieryoldmanbegan tonurseagrievanceagainsthisson ThetwosonsoftheDeemsterwereliketheinsideandoutsideofabowl, andthatbowlwastheDeemsterhimself IfThomasWilsontheelder hadhisfather’sinsidefireandsoftness,Peter,theyounger,hadhis father’soutsideiceandiron Peterwaslittleandalmostmisshapen, withapairofshouldersthatseemedtobetryingtomeetoverahollow chestandlimbsthatsplayedawayintovacancy AndifNaturehadbeen grudgingwithhim,hisfatherwasnotmorekind Hehadbeenbroughtup tonoprofession,andhisexpectationswerelimitedtoayearlycharge outofhisbrother’sproperty Histalkwasbitter,hisvoicecold, helaughedlittle,andhadneverbeenknowntocry Hehadmanythings againsthim Besidesthesesons,DeemsterChristianhadagirlinhishousehold,but tohisownconsciousnessthefactwasonlyakindofperadventure She washisniece,thechildofhisonlybrother,whohaddiedinearly manhood HernamewasAnnCharlottedelaTremouille,calledafter theladyofRushen,forthefamilyofChristianhadtheirshareofthe heroicthatisinallmen Shehadfineeyes,aweakmouth,andgreat timidity Gentleairsfloatedalwaysabouther,andasortofnervous brightnesstwinkledoverher,asofaglenwiththesunflickering through Hermotherdiedwhenshewasachildoftwelve,andinthe houseofheruncleandhercousinsshehadbeenbroughtupamongmenand boys 1.E.2 IfanindividualProjectGutenberg-tmelectronicworkisderived fromthepublicdomain(doesnotcontainanoticeindicatingthatitis postedwithpermissionofthecopyrightholder),theworkcanbecopied anddistributedtoanyoneintheUnitedStateswithoutpayinganyfees orcharges Ifyouareredistributingorprovidingaccesstoawork withthephrase“ProjectGutenberg”associatedwithorappearingonthe work,youmustcomplyeitherwiththerequirementsofparagraphs1.E.1 through1.E.7orobtainpermissionfortheuseoftheworkandthe ProjectGutenberg-tmtrademarkassetforthinparagraphs1.E.8or 1.E.9 1.E.3 IfanindividualProjectGutenberg-tmelectronicworkisposted withthepermissionofthecopyrightholder,youruseanddistribution mustcomplywithbothparagraphs1.E.1through1.E.7andanyadditional 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Achildwasborn,aboy,andtheycalledhimPhilip Hewas the beginningof the endbetweenthem; the ironstaythatheldthemtogether andyetapart The fatherrememberedhismisfortunesin the presence ofhisson,and the motherwasstungafreshby the recollectionof... “Go,mylad,go,”hewouldsometimeswhimper,andhustle the boyoutof the way “No,” the womanwouldcry,“stopandsee the manyourfatheris.” And the fatherwouldmutter,“Hemightsee the womanhismotherisas well.” Butwhenshehadpinnedthemtogether,and the boyhadtohearherout,... personcameintohisinheritance,gothimselfelectedmemberforRamsey in the HouseofKeys,marriedNessyTaubman,daughterof the rich brewer,andbecame the fatherofanotherson Suchwere the doings in the bighousedownin the valley,whileupin the thatchedcottage
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