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Excerpt from The Voice in the Wilderness Charles Petrie's household had consisted: till the morning of a certain November day about thirty years ago, of his wife, his three daughters and his son Gonrad. Petrie himself is omitted from the list deliberately, to indicate that the household was divided, quite patently, into two sections. Petrie's section consisted of Petrie alExcerpt from The Voice in the Wilderness Charles Petrie's household had consisted: till the morning of a certain November day about thirty years ago, of his wife, his three daughters and his son Gonrad. Petrie himself is omitted from the list deliberately, to indicate that the household was divided, quite patently, into two sections. Petrie's section consisted of Petrie alone. His camp was his bedroom and his study, and it was only circumstances of an unusual and very special nature that drew him out of it. His eldest daughter, Sylvia, had that day married the chief Cashier of a Pelchester bank, and had left the parental home for ever. It was not that fact, however, that accounted for Petrie's being seated at the kitchen-table. It was another fact; namely, that winter had not yet been officially recognised and his study fire had not been laid. The evening was surprisingly cold, and the kitchen was the only warm place in the house. Also he had heard his wife going upstairs, to bed. Before him, on the table, were a heap of papers and writing materials and a cracked saucer to hold burnt matches and the scrapings of his pipe. He leaned back in his chair, with his hands clasped behind his head, his lips twisted into a wry smile about his pipe-stem, and his gaze fixed vacantly upon Cynthia, his second daughter, as she stood at the sink. He stared as a man will stare at the antics of a fly upon the ceiling. If he had been studying his daughter instead of the reflections that gave the wry twist to his lips, he would have seen a lithe, graceful girl of eighteen, with his own slender length of form and fine strong hands. ...

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ISBN : 9781331673262
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Number of Pages : 350 Pages
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