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Tylney Hall

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TYLNEY HALL.

the owner of t!ie Hive. However, before the old

rhubarb-coloured draught-horse could lift his legs

into trot, he recollected himself and his urbanity,

and desiring the boy to get up behind, he invited

Twigg to oceupj'^ the vacant seat, insisting that

the arterial palpitation and pectoral action would be

perniciously aggravated by the walk to Hollington.

It was too agreeable an offer to be declined, and

Twigg ascended with great alacrity into the

vehicle, where he related at full length his tale

of terror, concluding with rather an exaggerated

description of the bloodthirsty Uriah.

" I know Uriah well," said the Doctor, " and

really am shocked to have to use such terms of

speech ; but moral indignation compels me to say

he is a sad scoundrel and hypocrite. He keeps

what is vulgarly called a shop of all sorts in the

village, and is a general dealer, so general, indeed,

that religion is one of his items of trade. The

paper he had the honour of offering for your

acceptance was indubitably a tract, and his exhibi-

tion of sulphur, in a state of combustion, involved

a spiritual meaning: for he has a determined pre-

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