The Story of Cecil and His Dog, Or, the Reward of Virtue

9780217608916: The Story of Cecil and His Dog, Or, the Reward of Virtue

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXXVI. THE CONCLUSION. By the time Cecil had finished his errands it was already dusk. He hastily returned home, and met the printer whom he had invited to dinner, standing at a short distance from his cottage. "Is that your house?" asked the man. "Yes," replied Cecil, who to his great astonishment, perceived that his door was half open., "Well, take care, Cecil," said the printer, in an altered voice, " it is full of people." Cecil looked at Fox, who, after having made several joyous bounds around his master, ran into the house. "Look there." said Cecil; "my dog answers you that friends only are there. Mr. Raimond is the only person, besides myself, who has a key; and, as I did not open the door, he must have done so. Let us enter." And Cecil walked boldly into the cottage. The printer followed mistrustfully. Cecil could hardly believe his senses when he recognized Madame Marboeuf, seated on one of his two chairs, and Mr. Raimond on the other. The blind man, his son, and Mary, stood near, and beside them, was the old invalid caressing Fox, and calling him Austerlitz! Some distance behind this group, concealing himself as though in shame, stood Augustus, looking pale and haggard. Madame Marboeuf appeared much moved, and Mr. Raimond was uneasily beating his cane on the ground. The blind man's head was bent forward, as though he was attentively listening to every sound, that he might divine what was going on around him. Mary and Paul were weeping, but their tears were of joy rather than grief. Madame Marbceuf was the first to speak "Come here, my child," said she, extending her hand to Cecil, "and tell me why, notwithstanding my note, you did not come to my house this morning." Before Cecil had time to reply, Augustus stepped forward with a sad but ...

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