The Twilight of Faith

The Twilight of Faith

by Elizabeth Frame
     
 

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CHAPTER I.
AT HOME.


" What is my strength, that I should hope.
What is mine end, that I should prolong my life."
—Scripture.


MAY, 1866, is the last date in my diary. This day twelve months ago, my dear husband was accidentally drowned. ' Sad accident,' said the telegram.

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An excerpt from the beginning of:

CHAPTER I.
AT HOME.


" What is my strength, that I should hope.
What is mine end, that I should prolong my life."
—Scripture.


MAY, 1866, is the last date in my diary. This day twelve months ago, my dear husband was accidentally drowned. ' Sad accident,' said the telegram. 'Melancholy accident,' echoed the daily papers. That was all.

"While poor, crushed I, forgetting everything but that cruel telegram, have lived through a whole year, waiting, wishing, hoping, only to die.

"I, Mary Grey, once a happy, romping, country girl, adopted by a wealthy lady, who carried me to Boston, taught me to call her aunt, and spared no expense on my education.
"At sixteen I was engaged to her nephew, Edward Ross. My dear aunt's only objection to the match was the difference in age—his being double mine; but her tailing health made her overlook this, and we were married. Aunty died suddenly in the same year. I am sure she went to heaven, she was so good to me.

" My Brother George had married Winifred Ross, and was pastor of some far west congregation.

"What a fine, noble looking man Ross was. The first day I saw him seems to me nearer than yesterday. All through our ten years of married life, how good, how kind, how considerate. Then death came, oh ! so suddenly. It was cruel, cruel death.

"The last year is one ever present agony. I have stayed in this house—home no more—one long, long year. I, only the ghost of my former self. House and children have fallen to the charge of Ellen, my faithful, trusted housekeeper.

"Brother George is now settled at Elmsdale, one of those pretty rural charges which combine town and country.

"George, Winifred, Ellen, are plotting to drive me to Elmsdale. Step by step they wish to draw me from my grief. Yet step by step my desolate heart returns to ponder on my darling husband. Gradually grief gains the victory. How can I take a step into the future—dark, cold and mysterious. A dark hand lies heavy on my soul, life is a blank, dreary waste, and must be so for ever. The only star of hope is over that merciful gate of death which opens at the end. For what do I hope? An awful feeling of solitariness is over me; my soul, cut from its old moorings, drifts aimless, helpless over the vast infinitude. God, conscious life, an hereafter, seem to me an awful dream—a desolate may-be-so, or it may not-be-so. What am I to do ? If I turn to the world without, its selfishness disgusts me. If I turn to the world within, all is gloom, nothing but anguish.

"The door bell. Ellen will not let any one in to disturb me. Here she comes. A letter, and from Elmsdale."

So mused the mistress of a nice brown stone house, in the avenue, within sight of the shady trees of Boston common, on the anniversary of her husband's death. True, his death had been sudden, but his life had been lost in saving the lives of two human beings.

A telegram, announcing the tidings, was handed to Mrs. Ross, and from that day she steadily refused to be comforted. As her means were ample, she had not the blessed stimulus of want to force her to labour, and drive out the sorrow.

Ellen, an aged German woman, who had lived with Mrs. Ross' aunt, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Grey and his family, were making an effort to rouse her.

Mr. Sprague, Mr. Ross' step-father, and senior partner in the firm of Ross and Co., ably seconded these plans.

The children were supposed to be in urgent need of a season in the country, as Ellen had noticed signs of failing health. The doctor ordered them to go to Elmsdale.

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ISBN-13:
2940016232638
Publisher:
OGB
Publication date:
02/25/2013
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