The Firm of Girdlestone

Chapter L: Winds up the Thread and Ties Two Knots at the End

Great was the excitement of the worthy couple at Phillimore Gardens when Kate Harston was brought back to them. Good Mrs. Dimsdale pressed her to her ample bosom and kissed … Continue Reading →


The Firm of Girdlestone

Chapter XLIX: A Voyage in a Coffin Ship

The early part of the voyage of the Black Eagle was extremely fortunate. The wind came round to the eastward, and wafted them steadily down Channel, until on the third … Continue Reading →


The Firm of Girdlestone

Chapter XLVIII: Captain Hamilton Miggs sees a Vision

Ezra Girdlestone had given many indications during his life, both in Africa and elsewhere, of being possessed of the power of grasping a situation and of acting for the best … Continue Reading →


The Firm of Girdlestone

Chapter XLVII: Law and Order

The ruffian Burt was so horror-stricken at the sight of the girl whom he imagined that he had murdered, that he lay grovelling on the railway lines by the side … Continue Reading →


The Firm of Girdlestone

Chapter XLVI: A Midnight Cruise

If ever two men were completely cowed and broken down those two were the African merchants and his son. Wet, torn, and soiled, they still struggled on in their aimless … Continue Reading →


The Firm of Girdlestone

Chapter XLV: The Invasion of Hampshire

When Tom and the major arrived at Waterloo Station, the latter in the breathless condition described in a preceding chapter, they found the German waiting for them with his two … Continue Reading →


The Firm of Girdlestone

Chapter XLIV: The Shadow of Death

This conversation with Rebecca had suggested to Ezra that he might still have influence enough with his father’s ward to induce her to come out of doors, and so put … Continue Reading →


The Firm of Girdlestone

Chapter XLIII: The Bait on the Hook

The grey winter evening was beginning to steal in before the details had all been arranged by the conspirators. It had grown so chill that Kate had abandoned her attempt … Continue Reading →


The Firm of Girdlestone

Chapter XLII: The Three Faces at the Window

Late in the afternoon Ezra arrived at the Priory. From one of the passage windows Kate saw him driving up the avenue in a high dog-cart. There was a broad-shouldered, … Continue Reading →


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Chapter XLI: The Clouds grow Darker

When Kate had made a clean breast of all her troubles to the widow Scully, and had secured that good woman’s co-operation, a great weight seemed to have been lifted … Continue Reading →


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