First Love, v. 1
Title: First Love Vol. 1 of 3
Author: Margracia Loudon
Release Date: October 23, 2013 [EBook #44018]
FIRST LOVE. A NOVEL IN THREE VOLUMES.
LONDON: SAUNDERS AND OTLEY, CONDUIT STREET. 1830.
LONDON: IBOTSON AND PALMER, PRINTERS, SAVOY-STREET, STRAND.
All the mottoes annexed to the chapters of this work, have been selected from the
Author’s dramatic and other poetical works, not yet published.
“No hut shelters Comala from the rain.”
A family of travelling vagrants were overtaken on the high road just leading out of
Keswick, on the Penrith side, by a gentleman on horseback. He had observed the
same group begging during the entertainments of the regatta which had concluded
but the evening before.
“Ho! ho! my good woman,” he said, as he passed in a sling trot, “I am glad to see your
boy has found his second leg!”
The woman, who appeared to be young, and who would have been handsome, had
not dirt and impudence rendered her disgusting, looked behind her, and perceived
that a poor, sickly, ragged child, apparently about five years old, who followed her,
tired of his crutches, which pushed up his little shoulders almost out of their
sockets, had contrived to loosen the bandage of his tied -up leg, and slip it down out
of the dirty linen bag, in which it usually hung on the double, and from which it was
not always released, even at night, as so doing necessarily incurred the further
trouble of tying it up again in the morning. She laid down her bundle, and stood still
with her arms a-kimbo, till, with hesitating steps, and looks of suppressed terror,
her victim came up; then glancing round, to ascertain that the gentleman was out of
sight, she seized the child, snatched
both the crutches from his trembling hands, and grasping them in one of hers, she
began to flog him without pity. He seemed used to this, for he uttered no sound of
complaint; silent tears only rolled down his face.