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Thomas Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge (unabridged)

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Thomas Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge (Unabridged)

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  • Anton Lesser (reader)
  • Recording Venue: Hats Off Studios, Oxford

Chapter 1

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The wife mostly kept her eyes fixed ahead…

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A rather numerous company appeared within…

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The auctioneer selling the old horses in the field outside…

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'Five shillings,' said someone, at which there was a laugh.

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'Very well, she shall have the child…'

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Chapter 2: The morning sun was streaming through…

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This seemed to accord with his desire.

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'I, Michael Henchard, on this morning…'

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Chapter 3: The highroad into the village…

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'Why did we hinder our time by coming in here?'

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'She was here at that time,' resumed Mrs. Newson…

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Chapter 4: Henchard's wife acted for the best…

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The sailor, drowned or no, was probably now lost…

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The lamplights now glimmered through the engirdling trees…

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Chapter 5: A few score yards brought them to the spot…

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The interior of the hotel dining-room was spread out…

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Elizabeth-Jane had never been so much interested…

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The band now struck up another melody…

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Chapter 6: Now the group outside the window…

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As her mother did not reply Elizabeth-Jane's mind…

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Chapter 7: Elizabeth-Jane and her mother had arrived…

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When she entered nobody was present but the young man…

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'You're wrong!' said the young man.

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Donald Farfrae was grateful – said he feared…

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Chapter 8: Thus they parted; and Elizabeth-Jane…

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Young Farfrae repeated the last verse. It was plain…

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The silent landlord came and leant over the settle…

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Though it was still early the young Scotchman expressed…

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Chapter 9: When Elizabeth-Jane opened the hinged casement…

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The discussion was continued during breakfast…

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Horses for sale were tied in rows…

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When the two new acquaintances had passed out of sight…

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Chapter 10: While she still sat under the Scotchman's eyes…

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Henchard winced at the word 'father,' thus applied.

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Chapter 11: The Ring at Casterbridge was merely the local name…

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It was related that there still remained under the south entrance…

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'We'll go away at once. I only came to see -'

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Chapter 12: On entering his own door after watching his wife…

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Henchard paused a moment, threw himself back…

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Donald showed his deep concern at a complication…

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Chapter 13: The cottage which Michael Henchard hired…

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Henchard's visits here grew so frequent and so regular…

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Turning, he saw a circular disc reticulated with creases…

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Chapter 14: A Martinmas summer of Mrs. Henchard's life set in …

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The three members of the family were sitting at breakfast…

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Her quiet eye discerned that Henchard's tigerish affection…

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This situation began to be very awkward…

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Chapter 15: At first Miss Newson's budding beauty…

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It was about six o'clock; the men were dropping off…

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Just at this time Farfrae, who had been to Henchard's house…

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Morally he was; there could be no doubt of it.

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Chapter 16: On this account Henchard's manner…

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The morning came. The sky, which had been remarkably clear…

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All the town crowded to the Walk, such a delightful idea…

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Chapter 17: Elizabeth-Jane had perceived from Henchard's manner…

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They parted, Farfrae returning into the dark…

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Henchard, who had been hurt at finding that Farfrae…

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So determined was he to do nothing…

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Chapter 18: There came a shock which had been foreseen…

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The contingency that he had in his mind was…

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Some little time later on Farfrae was passing…

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Chapter 19: Henchard and Elizabeth sat conversing by the fire.

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She tried to stand up and comfort him trustfully…

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Among the other papers had been placed the contents…

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This ironical sequence of things angered him…

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Chapter 20: Of all the enigmas which ever confronted a girl…

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These domestic exhibitions were the small protruding…

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Thus she lived on, a dumb, deep-feeling, great-eyed creature…

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The stranger presently moved from the tombstone…

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The morrow, being fairly fine, found Elizabeth-Jane…

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Elizabeth-Jane looked wistfully at her questioner.

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Chapter 21: As a maxim glibly repeated from childhood…

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The position of the queer old door and the odd presence…

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The day and the hour came; but a drizzling rain fell.

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Elizabeth-Jane had been thinking of the door in the alley.

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Chapter 22: We go back for a moment to the preceding night…

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He was in this interested stage of the inquiry…

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On Elizabeth-Jane's arrival she had been phlegmatically asked…

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It could not, however, have been broken in safer company.

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Elizabeth replied vaguely, for an incident checked…

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Lucetta looked blank, twitched up her lovely eyebrows…

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Chapter 23: A conjecture that her visitor might be…

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'Where did ye come from, ma'am?'

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The fair without the windows was now raging thick…

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He looked anxiously at the farmer who was seeking him…

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Chapter 24: Poor Elizabeth-Jane, little thinking…

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Elizabeth-Jane's bonnet and shawl were pitchforked…

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In the silence which followed Farfrae appeared…

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It was all true as she had pictured - she could have sworn it.

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Chapter 25: The next phase of the supersession of Henchard…

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'It is full early yet,' she said evasively.

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'That's the way the wind blows, is it?' he said at last…

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Chapter 26: It chanced that on a fine spring morning…

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They sat stiffly side by side at the darkening table…

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That characters deteriorated in time of need…

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In a lonely hamlet a few miles from the town…

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'I've worked it out already, and you can know at once…'

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Chapter 27: It was the eve of harvest.

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However, according to the strict rule of the road…

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Candle-lights were flitting in and out of her bedroom…

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She sank into a chair, and turned pale.

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Chapter 28: The next morning Henchard went to the Town Hall…

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But Henchard stared, and quite forgot what was evidence…

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Chapter 29: At this hour Lucetta was bounding along…

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They looked round for some shelter or hiding-place…

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Henchard supporting Lucetta on one side…

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Henchard remained in thought. He had evidently not expected…

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Henchard stood as if idiotized. She was so alarmed…

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Chapter 30: Farfrae's words to his landlady…

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'I must go rather a long way back,' said Lucetta…

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Lucetta covered her eyes with her right hand…

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Chapter 31: The retort of the furmity-woman…

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'Well,' said the senior Commissioner, addressing Henchard…

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Chapter 32: Two bridges stood near the lower part of Casterbridge.

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To this bridge came Henchard, as other unfortunates…

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'Ha, ha, true!' cried Henchard, throwing himself…

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The effect, either of her ministrations or of her mere presence…

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Chapter 33: At this date there prevailed in Casterbridge…

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Chancing to look out of the window at that moment…

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It was at this time that Elizabeth-Jane, having heard…

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'I beg your pardon, ma'am?' said Henchard…

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Chapter 34: Next morning, accordingly, she rose at five o'clock…

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'Yes, yes; so I've heard; and there's nothing to say…'

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Farfrae seemed seriously disposed to discuss this move…

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The next morning he went to the corn-yard as usual…

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Farfrae, willing to humour Henchard, though quite uninterested…

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Chapter 35: As Donald stated, Lucetta had retired early…

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With this view she made a toilette which differed…

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Chapter 36: Returning from her appointment Lucetta…

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His path was by the river-side at the foot of the town.

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Yet amid so much that was bad…

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'I might have had 'ee days afore that,' said the keeper.

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The cry was repeated. They pushed the lantern…

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Chapter 37: Such was the state of things…

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The eventful morning was bright, a full-faced sun…

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At length a man stationed at the furthest turn of the high road…

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In the crowd stood Coney, Buzzford, and Longways…

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Chapter 38: The proceedings had been brief - too brief…

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Farfrae came on with one hand in his pocket, and humming…

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By a whirl Henchard brought Donald dangerously near…

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Chapter 39: When Farfrae descended out of the loft…

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Without waiting for Lucetta's reply she crossed quickly…

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'What can we two poor lammigers do against such a multitude!'

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Chapter 40: Long before this time Henchard…

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The very agitation and abruptness of Henchard increased…

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Jopp was just going to bed when Henchard got home.

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Chapter 41: Henchard went home.

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Henchard's face and eyes seemed to die.

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Henchard, without answering, shook his head…

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He returned to the house half expecting that she would…

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Henchard, however, leaving the town by the east road…

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'I don't quite think there are any miracles nowadays,' she said.

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Chapter 42: But the emotional conviction that he was in…

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But as a memory, notwithstanding such conditions…

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Time had been when such instinctive opposition…

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'Thank you for those new books, Mr. Farfrae,' she added shyly.

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Chapter 43: What Henchard saw thus early…

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But what if he were mistaken in his views…

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The question of his remaining in Casterbridge was…

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He went on till he came to the first milestone…

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'Well, Captain Newson, I will be glad to see ye here…'

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Chapter 44: Meanwhile, the man of their talk…

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He intended to go on from this place - visited as an act…

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The remembrance would continually revive in him…

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Henchard did not care to ride any further with his chattering…

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The gaiety jarred upon Henchard's spirits…

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Chapter 45: It was about a month after the day…

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This was enough to set Elizabeth thinking…

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His face showed marks of deep sadness, his eyes lighting…

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'What are we to do?' said Donald…

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