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Wessex Tales
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Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
Publication date September 25, 2014
Pages 122
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781501089084
ISBN-10 1501089080
Dimensions 0.28 by 6 by 9 in.
Original list price $7.49
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: An apology is perhaps needed for the neglect of contrast which is shown by presenting two consecutive stories of hangmen in such a small collection as the following. But in the neighbourhood of county-towns tales of executions used to form a large proportion of the local traditions; and though never personally acquainted with any chief operator at such scenes, the writer of these pages had as a boy the privilege of being on speaking terms with a man who applied for the office, and who sank into an incurable melancholy because he failed to get it, some slight mitigation of his grief being to dwell upon striking episodes in the lives of those happier ones who had held it with success and renown. His tale of disappointment used to cause some wonder why his ambition should have taken such an unfortunate form, but its nobleness was never questioned. In those days, too, there was still living an old woman who, for the cure of some eating disease, had been taken in her youth to have her ‘blood turned’ by a convict’s corpse, in the manner described in ‘The Withered Arm.’

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