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Chronicles of Avonlea

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This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Ill EACH IN HIS OWN TONGUE The honey-tinted autumn sunshine was falling thickly over the crimson and amber maples around old Abel Blair's door. There was only one outer door in old Abel's house, and it almost always stood wide open. A little black dog, with one ear missing and a lame forepaw, almost always slept on the worn red sandstone slab which served old Abel for a doorstep; and on the still more worn sill above it a large gray cat almost always slept. Just inside the door, on a bandy-legged chair of elder days, old Abel almost always sat. He was sitting there this afternoon ? a little old man, sadly twisted with rheumatism; his head was abnormally large, thatched with long, wiry black hair; his face was heavily lined and swarthily sunburned; his eyes were deep-set and black, with occasional peculiar golden flashes in them. A strange looking man was old Abel Blair; and as strange was he as he looked, Lower Car- mody people would have told you. Old Abel was almost always sober in these, his later years. He was sober to-day. He liked to bask in that ripe sunlight as well as his dog and cat did; and in such baskings he almost always looked out of his doorway at the far, fine blue sky over the tops of the crowding maples. But to-day he was not looking at the sky; instead, he was staring at the black, dusty rafters of his kitchen, where hung dried meats and strings of onions and bunches of herbs and fishing tackle and guns and skins. But old Abel saw not these things; his face was the face of a man who beholds visions, compact of heavenly pleasure and hellish pain, for old Abel was seeing what he might have been ? and what he was; as he always saw when Felix Moore played to him on the violin. And the awful joy of dreaming that he was young again, with unspoiled life...

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Keywords

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  • Canadian fiction (English), CIHM
  • Children's literature, English
  • Children's stories, Canadian
  • City and town life -- Fiction
  • Classic Literature
  • Country life
  • Fiction
  • Friendship
  • GITenberg
  • Islands -- Fiction
  • Juvenile Fiction
  • Love
  • Orphans
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  • Prince Edward Island -- Fiction
  • PS
  • PZ
  • Roman canadien-anglais, ICMH
  • Romans, nouvelles
  • Shirley, Anne (Fictitious character) -- Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction

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