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BODLEIAN LIBRARY

14 M... J.

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COTTAGE OF GREENCLIFF.

CHAPTER 1.

A LONE CHILD.

ly the north-western angle of a small, green valley, was the home of RACHEL WENTWORTH. The house was of two stories, plain, but respectable, with barns and outhouses corresponding,--indicating that the owner was a prudent and moderately thriving husbandman. There was a single old elm in front; in the south yard, which separated the garden from the house, there was a weeping willow.

Of the neighbours we will not speak at present.

The village of which this valley was a portion, bore the name of GREENCLIFF, from a topographic feature in it of that description.

Rachel lived with her grand-parents. Other relatives she had; but none who acknowledged her. Her parents were never mentioned in her presence.

Mr. Kell, the grandfather, was a well-formed man, of benignant face and cheerful voice and manner. Mrs. Kell was good-looking, for her years; quiet, but possess ing more character than a superficial acquaintance with her would lead one to suppose.

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