Eve's Ransom - George Gissing - Bøger - Createspace - 9781499125221 - April 14, 2014

Eve's Ransom

George Gissing

Eve's Ransom

Publisher Marketing: On the station platform at Dudley Port, in the dusk of a February afternoon, half-a-dozen people waited for the train to Birmingham. A south-west wind had loaded the air with moisture, which dripped at moments, thinly and sluggishly, from a featureless sky. The lamps, just lighted, cast upon wet wood and metal a pale yellow shimmer; voices sounded with peculiar clearness; so did the rumble of a porter's barrow laden with luggage. From a foundry hard by came the muffled, rhythmic thunder of mighty blows; this and the long note of an engine-whistle wailing far off seemed to intensify the stillness of the air as gloomy day passed into gloomier night. In clear daylight the high, uncovered platform would have offered an outlook over the surrounding country, but at this hour no horizon was discernible. Buildings near at hand, rude masses of grimy brick, stood out against a grey confused background; among them rose a turret which vomited crimson flame. This fierce, infernal glare seemed to lack the irradiating quality of earthly fires; with hard, though fluctuating outline, it leapt towards the kindred night, and diffused a blotchy darkness. In the opposite direction, over towards Dudley Town, appeared spots of lurid glow. But on the scarred and barren plain which extends to Birmingham there had settled so thick an obscurity, vapours from above blending with earthly reek, that all tile beacons of fiery toil were wrapped and hidden. Of the waiting travellers, two kept apart from the rest, pacing this way and that, but independently of each other. They were men of dissimilar appearance; the one comfortably and expensively dressed, his age about fifty, his visage bearing the stamp of commerce; the other, younger by more than twenty years, habited in a way which made it; difficult to as certain his social standing, and looking about him with eyes suggestive of anything but prudence or content. Now and then they exchanged a glance: he of the high hat and caped ulster betrayed an interest in the younger man, who, in his turn, took occasion to observe the other from a distance, with show of dubious recognition. Contributor Bio:  Gissing, George About The Author George Robert Gissing (1857-1903) was born in Yorkshire, England, the eldest of five children. His interest in books began at the age of ten when he read The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens. In 1872 Gissing won a scholarship to Owens College, forerunner of the University of Manchester and won many prizes, including the Poem Prize in 1873 and the Shakespeare scholarship in 1875. He later moved to America and wrote for the Chicago Times and other periodicals and worked as a teacher throughout his life. He published his first novel, Workers in the Dawn, in 1880. His best known novels, which are published in modern editions, include The Nether World (1889), New Grub Street (1891), and The Odd Women (1893)

Media Books     Paperback Book   (Book with soft cover and glued back)
Released April 14, 2014
ISBN13 9781499125221
Publishers Createspace
Pages 90
Dimensions 152 × 229 × 5 mm   ·   131 g

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