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Christowell

Christowell

(1882)
A Dartmoor Tale
A novel by

 
In the fresh young vigour of an April sun, the world has a cheerful aspect, and is doubly bright, and vastly warmer, when beheld through good flint-glass. Especially while the east winds hold, which never now forget to hold the spring of England, heart and throat. But forty years ago, there were some springs of gentle quality. Upon a pleasant April morning, of the sweet inconstant kind, such as we vainly sigh for now, a gardening man, with a quick step, came into his happy greenhouse. A door from his favourite sitting-room led into this still more favoured place; and the smile with which he entered showed that he expected to find pleasure here. It was a long, low, span-roof house, with no side-lights, and very simple, not even framed with rafters. Yet snug from violence of wind, and bright with every sunbeam; this humble house was rich with joy, for all who love good health, and peace. Here, were the sweet obedience, and the gay luxuriance of the vine; than which no lovelier creature grows. Broad leaves, spreading into pointrels, waved and cut with crisp indenture, coving into, or overlapping, the ripple of each other; clear round shoots, cresting up like swans, and sparkling with beads of their own breath; infant bunches, on the bend as yet, but promising to straighten, as the berries got their weight; some bravely announcing grapes already, some hoping to do so before nightfall, through the misty web of bloom; others only just awaking into eyes of golden dust; yet all alike rejoicing, shining, meeting the beauty of the early sun, and arousing their own to answer it. And here was a multitude of pretty things as well, that will not be chambered with the vine too long, yet gladly accept a kind lift upon the road from winter to summer, which her auspice yields. Boxes, and little tubs, and pots, and pans, and frames of willow, and biscuit-cases, were cropped with growth in different stages, and of divers orders, through all the innumerable tones of green, and all the infinite variety of form. But all, to the keenest human eye, brisk, and clean, and in their duty.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2000 : USA Hardback
Title: Christowell: A Dartmoor Tale Set
Author(s): R D Blackmore, Max K Sutton
ISBN: 0-404-61783-2 / 978-0-404-61783-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: AMS Press
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Paperback Editions

December 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: Christowell: A Dartmoor Tale
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-4944-5849-7 / 978-1-4944-5849-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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March 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: Christowell: A Dartmoor Tale, Volume 2...
Author(s): R D Blackmore, Richard Doddridge Blackmore
ISBN: 1-278-94353-6 / 978-1-278-94353-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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August 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: Christowell, a Dartmoor tale
Author(s): R D 1825-1900 Blackmore
ISBN: 1-175-25472-X / 978-1-175-25472-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Christowell, a Dartmoor tale Volume 2
Author(s): R D 1825-1900 Blackmore
ISBN: 1-177-37332-7 / 978-1-177-37332-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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March 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Christowell: A Dartmoor Tale
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-147-43317-8 / 978-1-147-43317-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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February 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Christowell: A Dartmoor Tale
Author(s): R D Blackmore, Richard Doddridge Blackmore
ISBN: 1-145-65228-X / 978-1-145-65228-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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January 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Christowell: A Dartmoor Tale
Author(s): Richard Doddridge Blackmore
ISBN: 1-143-15362-6 / 978-1-143-15362-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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