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Percival Keene

By Marryat, Frederick, Captain

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Title: Percival Keene  
Author: Marryat, Frederick, Captain
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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A few miles from the town of Southampton there is an old mansion-house, which has been for centuries known as Madeline Hall, in the possession of the de Versely family. It is a handsome building, surrounded by a finely timbered park of some extent, and, what is more important, by about 12,000 acres of land, which also appertain to it. At the period in which I commence this history, there resided in this mansion an elderly spinster of rank, named the Honourable Miss Delmar, sister of the late Lord de Versely and aunt to the present earl, and an Honourable Captain Delmar, who was the second son of the deceased nobleman. This property belonged to the Honourable Miss Delmar, and was at her entire disposal upon her decease. The Honourable Captain Delmar, at the time I am speaking of, commanded a frigate employed upon what was designated channel service, which in those days implied that the captain held a seat in the House of Commons and that he voted with the ministry; and further, that his vote might, when required, be forthcoming, the frigate was never sea-going, except during the recess. It must be admitted that H.M. ship Paragon did occasionally get under weigh and remain cruising in sight of land for two or three days, until the steward reported that the milk provided for the captain's table was turning sour; upon which important information the helm was immediately put up, and the frigate, in a case of such extreme distress, would drop her anchor at the nearest port under her lee. Now as the Paragon was constantly at Spithead, Captain Delmar was very attentive in visiting his aunt, who lived at Madeline Hall; ill-natured people asserted, because she had so fine an estate in her own gift. Certain it is, that he would remain there for weeks, which gave great satisfaction to the old lady, who liked her nephew, liked attention, and was even so peculiar as to like sailors. But it must be observed that there was another person at the mansion who also liked the captain, liked attention, and liked sailors; this was Miss Arabella Mason, a very pretty young woman of eighteen years of age, who constantly looked in the glass merely to ascertain if she had ever seen a face which she preferred to her own, and who never read any novel without discovering that there was a remarkable likeness between the heroine and her pretty self.

Table of Contents
· Chapter I. · Chapter II. · Chapter III. · Chapter IV. · Chapter V. · Chapter VI. · Chapter VII. · Chapter VIII. · Chapter IX. · Chapter X. · Chapter XI. · Chapter XII. · Chapter XIII. · Chapter XIV. · Chapter XV. · Chapter XVI. · Chapter XVII. · Chapter XVIII. · Chapter XIX. · Chapter XX. · Chapter XXI. · Chapter XXII. · Chapter XXIII. · Chapter XXIV. · Chapter XXV. · Chapter XXVI. · Chapter XXVII. · Chapter XXVIII. · Chapter XXIX. · Chapter XXX. · Chapter XXXI. · Chapter XXXII. · Chapter XXXIII. · Chapter XXXIV. · Chapter XXXV. 1

 

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