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Perlycross

(1894)
A Tale of the Western Hills
A novel by

 
Perlycross - A Tale of the Western Hills by R. D. Blackmore

In the year 1835, the Rev. Philip Penniloe was Curate-in-charge of Perlycross, a village in a valley of the Blackdown Range. It was true that the Rector, the Rev. John Chevithorne, M.A., came twice every year to attend to his tithes; but otherwise he never thought of interfering, and would rather keep his distance from spiritual things. Mr. Penniloe had been his College-tutor, and still was his guide upon any points of duty less cardinal than discipline of dogs and horses.

The title of "Curate-in-charge" as yet was not invented generally; but far more Curates held that position than hold it in these stricter times. And the shifting of Curates from parish to parish was not so frequent as it is now; theological views having less range and rage, and Curates less divinity. Moreover it cost much more to move.

But the Curate of Perlycross was not of a lax or careless nature. He would do what his conscience required, at the cost of his last penny; and he thought and acted as if this world were only the way to a better one. In this respect he differed widely from all the people of his parish, as well as from most of his Clerical brethren. And it is no little thing to say of him, that he was beloved in spite of his piety.

Especially was he loved and valued by a man who had known him from early days, and was now the Squire, and chief landowner, in the parish of Perlycross. Sir Thomas Waldron, of Walderscourt, had battled as bravely with the sword of steel, as the Churchman had with the spiritual weapon, receiving damages more substantial than the latter can inflict. Although by no means invalided, perhaps he had been pleased at first to fall into the easy lap of peace. After eight years of constant hardship, frequent wounds, and famishing, he had struck his last blow at Waterloo, and then settled down in the English home, with its comforting cares, and mild delights.

Now, in his fiftieth year, he seemed more likely to stand on the battlements of life than many a lad of twenty. Straight and tall, robust and ruddy, clear of skin, and sound of foot, he was even cited by the doctors of the time, as a proof of the benefit that flows from bleeding freely. Few men living had shed more blood (from their own veins at any rate) for the good of their native land, and none had made less fuss about it; so that his Country, with any sense of gratitude, must now put substance into him. Yet he was by no means over fat; simply in good case, and form. In a word, you might search the whole county, and find no finer specimen of a man, and a gentleman too, than Colonel Sir Thomas Waldron.

All this Mr. Penniloe knew well; and having been a small boy, when the Colonel was a big one, at the best school in the west of England, he owed him many a good turn for the times when the body rules the roost, and the mind is a little chick, that can't say - "Cockadoodle." In those fine days, education was a truly rational process; creating a void in the juvenile system by hunger, and filling it up with thumps. Scientific research has now satisfied itself that the mind and the body are the selfsame thing; but this was not understood as yet, and the one ministered to the other. For example, the big Tom Waldron supplied the little Phil Penniloe with dumps and penny-puddings, and with fists ever ready for his defence; while the quicker mind sat upon the broad arch of chest sprawling along the old oak bench, and construed the lessons for it, or supplied the sad hexameter. When such a pair meet again in later life, sweet memories arise, and fine goodwill.

 
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Hardback Editions

November 2015 : Hardback
Title: Perlycross; a Novel
Author(s): R D 1825-1900 Blackmore
ISBN: 1-346-84683-9 / 978-1-346-84683-5
Publisher: Palala Press
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September 2015 : Hardback
Title: Perlycross; A Tale of the Western Hills
Author(s): R D 1825-1900 Blackmore
ISBN: 1-341-48405-X / 978-1-341-48405-6
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: Perlycross: A Novel (1894)
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-166-67395-2 / 978-1-166-67395-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
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December 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: Perlycross: a tale of the western hills
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-115-61711-7 / 978-1-115-61711-6 (USA edition)
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November 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: Perlycross; A Novel
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-117-10813-9 / 978-1-117-10813-1 (USA edition)
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October 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: Perlycross: A Novel (1894)
Author(s): R D Blackmore, Richard Doddridge Blackmore
ISBN: 1-120-38935-6 / 978-1-120-38935-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
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June 1983 : UK Hardback
Title: Perlycross: A Tale of the Western Hills
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 0-907951-03-1 / 978-0-907951-03-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Three Rivers Books
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Paperback Editions

June 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: Perlycross: A Novel (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-330-00088-9 / 978-1-330-00088-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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June 2015 : Paperback
Title: Perlycross: A Tale of The Western Hills
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-5147-4574-7 / 978-1-5147-4574-8
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May 2015 : Paperback
Title: Perlycross A Tale of the Western Hills
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-5121-7245-6 / 978-1-5121-7245-4
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September 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: Perlycross
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-4068-3973-6 / 978-1-4068-3973-9 (UK edition)
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May 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-4996-5489-8 / 978-1-4996-5489-9 (USA edition)
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March 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-4961-6760-0 / 978-1-4961-6760-6 (USA edition)
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October 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross; a tale of the western hills
Author(s): R D 1825-1900 Blackmore
ISBN: 1-287-81035-7 / 978-1-287-81035-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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September 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross; A Novel
Author(s): Richard Doddridge Blackmore
ISBN: 1-230-23607-4 / 978-1-230-23607-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: TheClassics.us
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April 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross; A Novel
Author(s): R D Blackmore, Richard Doddridge Blackmore
ISBN: 1-155-09722-X / 978-1-155-09722-0 (USA edition)
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January 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: Perlycross; a Novel
Author(s): Blackmore R D (Richard Dod 1825-1900
ISBN: 1-313-14028-7 / 978-1-313-14028-7 (UK edition)
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May 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: perlycross
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-231-47037-2 / 978-1-231-47037-4 (USA edition)
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April 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross: A Novel...
Author(s): Richard Doddridge Blackmore
ISBN: 1-279-52078-7 / 978-1-279-52078-9 (USA edition)
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January 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross: A Novel...
Author(s): R D Blackmore, Richard Doddridge Blackmore
ISBN: 1-273-48163-1 / 978-1-273-48163-5 (USA edition)
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July 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-173-56298-2 / 978-1-173-56298-4 (USA edition)
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October 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross; a novel
Author(s): R D (Richard Doddridge) 18 Blackmore
ISBN: 1-172-15249-7 / 978-1-172-15249-0 (USA edition)
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross: A Novel (1894)
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-166-62263-0 / 978-1-166-62263-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross; a novel
Author(s): R D 1825-1900 Blackmore
ISBN: 1-178-35603-5 / 978-1-178-35603-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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July 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross; a tale of the western hills
Author(s): R D 1825-1900 Blackmore
ISBN: 1-176-29033-9 / 978-1-176-29033-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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April 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-148-94572-5 / 978-1-148-94572-9 (USA edition)
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February 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-145-92341-0 / 978-1-145-92341-6 (USA edition)
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January 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross: A Novel
Author(s): Richard Doddridge Blackmore
ISBN: 1-142-60799-2 / 978-1-142-60799-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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December 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross : a tale of the western hills
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-115-61713-3 / 978-1-115-61713-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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December 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross: a tale of the western hills
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-115-61712-5 / 978-1-115-61712-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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November 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross; a Novel
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-117-10814-7 / 978-1-117-10814-8 (USA edition)
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November 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross; a Novel
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 1-117-10815-5 / 978-1-117-10815-5 (USA edition)
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October 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross: A Novel (1894)
Author(s): R D Blackmore, Richard Doddridge Blackmore
ISBN: 1-120-33632-5 / 978-1-120-33632-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
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August 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross: A Novel [ 1894 ]
Author(s): R D (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore
ISBN: 1-112-38384-0 / 978-1-112-38384-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Cornell University Library
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May 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross;: a tale of the western hills.
Author(s): R D (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore
ISBN: 1-4297-9230-2 / 978-1-4297-9230-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Cornell University Library
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November 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: Perlycross: A novel
Author(s): Richard Doddridge Blackmore
ISBN: 1-4021-7865-4 / 978-1-4021-7865-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Adamant Media Corporation
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June 1983 : UK Paperback
Title: Perlycross: A Tale of the Western Hills
Author(s): R D Blackmore
ISBN: 0-907951-06-6 / 978-0-907951-06-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Three Rivers Bks.
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Kindle Editions

July 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Perlycross: A Tale of the Western Hills
Author(s): R D Blackmore
Publisher: Transcript
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March 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Perlycross
Author(s): R D Blackmore
Publisher: BookRix GmbH & Co. KG
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