The Devil's Garden

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Bobbs-Merrill, 1914 - Atonement - 444 pages
William Dale and Mavis are both in service with Lord Barradine. Dale wants to move up in the world, and, with Barradine's influence is appointed postmaster. When loses his temper at a soldier, William puts his job in danger. Mavis goes back to Barradine for help; the cost of help will be giving in to Barradine. Dale's job is again secure, but when he discovers Mavis's infidelity, he kills Barradine and gets away with it. The murder haunts him. Years later, William and Mavis take young Norah in, William discovers he is drawn to her. To his horror, William realizes he is no better than Barradine. Seeking forgiveness, he sacrifices his life saving some little girls from a huge fire.

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Page 238 - The dying thief rejoiced to see That fountain in his day ; And there may I, though vile as he, Wash all my sins away.
Page 59 - History — the superstitious craving to win for prayer the favor of consecrated localities — did not expire with the Crusades. Can we wonder that, under such circumstances, there should have arisen the feeling, the desire, the belief, that if Mahomet could not go to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mahomet ? The House of Loretto is the petrifaction, so to speak, of the " Last sigh of the Crusades;" suggested possibly by the Holy House of St.
Page 332 - I'll tell you. But you tell me something first. Does Mrs. Dale think this place is haunted?" He changed his attitude abruptly, put his hands on her shoulders and held her away from him, so that he could see her face. " What was it you asked me? " '' Does she fancy the wood is haunted ?
Page 234 - HAIL, sovereign love, that first began The scheme to rescue fallen man ! Hail, matchless, free, eternal grace, That gave my soul a hiding-place...
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Page 235 - Its loathsome stench emits; And, brooding in each secret cell, Some hideous monster sits.] 3 [Swarms of ill thoughts their bane diffuse, Proud, envious, false, unclean; And every...
Page 235 - None less than God's almighty Son Can move such loads of sin ; The water from his side must run, To wash this dungeon clean.
Page 235 - Lord, when thy Spirit descends to show The badness of our hearts, Astonished at the amazing view, The soul with horror starts. The dungeon, opening foul as hell, Its loathsome stench emits ; And, brooding in each secret cell, Some hideous monster sits. Swarms of ill thoughts their bane diffuse, Proud, envious, false, unclean ; And every ransacked corner shows Some unsuspected sin.

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