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I was not impressed.
I intend to read "Mystery of the Hansom Cab" because it seems to have good reviews, but this book didn't do it for me. The ending was not original, and the characters were not very interesting. Also, I disliked the use of the word "nr" for one of the more compelling characters. To be fair, only a couple of the men in the book referred to him that way, but I found it offensive. I guess you have to take into consideration when the book was published. Divad rated it liked it May 14, Pamela rated it it was ok Mar 06, Bruce Gray rated it really liked it Dec 17, I agreed, but only on condition that Jabez should leave me the whole property when he died.
I saw that the will was made, and Mr. Timson, the Cade Lane lawyer, is now proving it. When probate is obtained, my dear," ended Mrs. Coppersley amiably, "I shall marry Henry and will be happy for evermore. Coppersley coldly, "as I am a Christian woman, and wish to obey Jabez's request. He left you to me as a legacy, so I will look after you; only behave yourself.
Coppersley rose, also in a violent rage and quite glad to vent her petty spite on one who could not retaliate. In one way or another you have persuaded my father into leaving you what is rightfully mine. But I shall see Mr. Timson, and read the will; you shall not have it your own way altogether. Coppersley snapped her large finger and thumb.
I have a perfect right to the farm, as my money helped to buy it. Coppersley violently, "and the will is plain enough. Jabez did right to leave the money to me, and not to a chit of a girl like you, who would waste your father's hard-earned money on that wastrel from London.
I mean Mr. Lister, as he calls himself, though I daresay he is no better than he should be. Remember I am mistress; and as you depend entirely on me, miss, I order you to give up all idea of this Lister scamp and marry Silas Pence, who is——". Coppersley stamped and interrupted in her turn. This house is mine, and the food you eat is mine. If I turned you out you would have to starve, for I am certain that your fine lover would have nothing to do with you. He's a bad man; your father said so. Coppersley pointed a fat finger towards the round table in the centre of the room—"there's a photograph of him, and in a silver frame, too.
What extravagance. How dare you spend my money on silver frames? She dashed forward to seize the photograph of Cyril, which Bella had brought down from her bedroom and had left unthinkingly on the table. Doubtless Mrs. Coppersley would have destroyed the portrait, but that Bella secured it before the good lady could reach the table. Lister gave me this," said Bella, putting it behind her back; "frame and all; it is mine. Coppersley, her red face shining with perspiration and her little eyes flashing with wrath. Lister is not a profligate, Aunt Rosamund, and you are a bad woman!
Coppersley gasped like a dying dolphin. And I'd have you know, Bella, that I'm a lady and no woman, miss—so there. The girl, in spite of her grief and dismay, laughed right out. I shall remain here until I know if the will is correct. I shall stay here, as I say, and shall receive polite treatment. If I do not, I shall dispute the will, and make things unpleasant. Coppersley snapped her fingers. I have made sure of that by consulting Mr. Timson, who drew it up.
You can stay here for a week; at the end of that time you pack up and go. But you don't stay here to spoil my honeymoon with my darling Henry.
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Bella shrugged her shoulders. It really was not worth while losing her temper with a person whose methods were so crude. The more enraged Mrs. Coppersley became, the cooler Bella felt. While my father was alive you cringed to him because you were afraid. Now that you think you have the whip hand of me, you vent your spite on one whom you think cannot retaliate.
If I had the money, you would cringe to me; as you have it, you take every advantage of your position. But it won't do, Aunt Rosamund, for I am not the girl to submit to your insults.
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I shall stop here so long as it pleases me to stop, and if you make yourself disagreeable I shall know what to do. Coppersley's face grew slowly white, and her mouth opened and shut like a cod-fish. Had Bella wept, she would have gone on bullying triumphantly, but this cool, calm, scornful demeanour frightened her. At heart, like all bullies, she was a coward, and knew well that if it were known how she had ousted Bella from her rightful inheritance, that she would be unpopular.
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