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Household Words, Vol. 2 free pdf Excerpt from Household Words, Vol. 2 There are few things in this beautiful country of England, more picturesque to the eye, and agreeable to the fancy, than an old Cathedral town. Seen in the distance, rising from among corn-fields, pastures, orchards, gardens, woods, the river, the bridge, the roofs of ancient houses, and haply the ruins of a castle or abbey, the venerable Cathedral spires, opposed for many hundred years to the winter wind and summer sun, tower, like a solemn historical presence, above the city, conveying to the rudest mind associations of interest with the dusky Past. On nearer approach, this interest is heightened. Within the building, by the long perspectives of pillars and arches- by the earthy smell, preaching more eloquently than deans and chapters, of the common doom- by the praying figures of knights and ladies on the tombs, with little headless generations of sons and daughters kneeling around them- by the stained-glass windows, softening and mellowing the light- by the oaken carvings of the stalls, where the shorn monks told their beads- by the battered effigies of arch bishops and bishops, found built up in the walls, when all the world had been unconscious, for centuries, of their blunt stone noses- by the mouldering chapter-room- the crypt, with its barred loopholes, letting in long gleams of slanting light from the Cloisters where the dead lie, and where the ivy, bred among the broken arches, twines about their graves- by the sound of the bells, high up in the massive tower- by the universal gravity, mystery, decay, and silence. Without, by the old environing Cathedral-close, with its red-brick houses and staid gardens- by the same stained glass, so dark on that side though so bright within- by the pavement of half-obliterated tombstones- by the long echoes of the visitors footsteps- by the wicket gate, that seems to shut the moving world out of that retirement- by the grave rooks and jackdaws that have built their nests in steeple crevices, where the after-hum of the chimes reminds them, perhaps, of the wind among the boughs of lofty trees- by the ancient scraps of palace and gateway- by the ivy again, that has grown to be so thick and strong- by the oak, famous in all that part, which has struck its mighty root through the Bishops wall- by the Cathedral organ, whose sound fills all that space, and all the space it opens in the charmed imagination. There may be flaws in this whole, if it be examined, too closely. It may not be improved by the contemplation of the shivering choristers on a winter morning, huddling on their gowns as they drowsily go to scamper through their work- by the drawling voice, without a heart, that drearily pursues the dull routine- by the avaricious functionary who lays aside the silver mace to take the silver pieces, and who races through the Show as if he were the hero of a sporting wager. Some uncomfortable doubts may, under special circumstances, obtrude themselves, of the practical Christianity of the head of some particular Foundation. He may be a brawler, or a proud man, or a sleek, or an artful. He may be usually silent, in the House of Lords when a Christian minister should speak, and may make a point of speaking when he should be silent. He may even be oblivious of the truth- a stickler by the letter, not the spirit, for his own purposes- a pettifogger in the supreme court of God's high law, as there are pettifoggers in the lower courts administering the laws of mortal man. Disturbing recollections may arise, of a few isolated cases here and there, where country curates with small incomes and large families, poor gentlemen and scholars, are condemned to work, like blind horses in a mill, while others who do not work get their rightful pay- or of the inconsistency and indecorum of the Church being made a Robe and Candlestick question, while so many shining lights are hidden under bushels, and so many black-cloth coats are threadbare. The questio

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Author : Charles Dickens
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1330261739
EAN : 9781330261736
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 630 pages
Age + : 5-9 years
Language : English
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