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As he sat waiting, a little girl of four or five, with her mother, came in and sat by him : and Rupert talked to the child m his quaint, winning way, and so won her, that when the service began she continued to cling to his hand. After a while the sermon commenced, and the preacher, taking for his text the words: "A nd he died," from the fifth chapter of Genesis, tried to set forth the suddenness and unwelcomeness of death, even to the long-lived patriarchs, and its increased suddenness and A BOOK OF BARGAINS.

I cannot m the least explain this figure ; and if it fail t o convey any idea to the reader, I am afraid the failure must be set down to my clumsy writing. And yet what praise we all bestowed on these works of R upert Orange ! H ow eagerly we watched for t hem to appear ; how we prized them ; with what zeal we studied the newspapers for details of his interesting and successful life ! A particular account of that brilliant and successful life it would ill become me to chronicle, even if I were so minded : it was with no purpose of relating his social and literary triu mphs, his continual victories du ring five years in the two field s he had chosen t o conquer, that I started to wr ite.

As I grew older, I still dwelt \lvithin my soul, a satisfied prisoner : the complaint of huge trees in a storm; the lash and surge of breakers on an iro n coast; the sound of certain words; the sight of dim colours which blend sometimes in g ray sunsets ; the heavy scent of some exquisite poisonous flower; a contemplation of youthful forms engaged in an unruly game ;-ah ! in these things also I found perfect sensation and ecstacy. Still, my tongue held to its old stubbornness : I was ever delayed by a habit of commonplace speech, a shame at exposing my thoughts.

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