Author Spotlight. Log In Sign Up Cart. Chas Scott's eBook Store. Search Go More Detail. Jenny was astounded at the complete change to her husband that she had brought about. It had gone so smoothly and quickly and the harder she pushed him, the harsher she mistreated him, the more he He was now a cuckold, cum eating, sissy who was completely obedient to his superiors, which was all members of the female sex and certain members of the male sex, as defined by Jenny.
More Detail. In book 4 Jenny tightens her grip still tighter and works Nor has that memorable statute created a Parliament of a higher reputation for public qualities, such as politic ability, and popular eloquence, and national consideration, than was furnished by the old scheme. On the contrary; one house of Parliament has been irremediably degraded into the decaying position of a mere court of registry, possessing great privileges, on condition that it never exercises them; while the other chamber that, at the first blush, and to the superficial, exhibits symptoms of almost unnatural vitality, engrossing in its orbit all the business of the country, assumes on a more studious inspection somewhat of the character of a select vestry, fulfilling municipal rather than imperial offices, and beleaguered by critical and clamorous millions, who cannot comprehend why a privileged and exclusive senate is required to perform functions which immediately concern all, which most personally comprehend, and which many in their civic spheres believe they could accomplish in a manner not less satisfactory, though certainly less ostentatious.
But if it have not furnished us with abler administrators or a more illustrious senate, the Reform Act may have exercised on the country at large a beneficial influence. Has it? Has it elevated the tone of the public mind?
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Has it cultured the popular sensibilities to noble and ennobling ends? Has it proposed to the people of England a higher test of national respect and confidence than the debasing qualification universally prevalent in this country since the fatal introduction of the system of Dutch finance? Who will pretend it? If a spirit of rapacious coveteousness, desecrating all the humanities of life, has been the besetting sin of England for the last century and a half, since the passing of the Reform Act the altar of Mammon has blazed with triple worship. To acquire, to accumulate, to plunder each other by virtue of philosophic phrases, to propose an Utopia to consist only of WEALTH and TOIL, this has been the breathless business of enfranchised England for the last twelve years, until we are startled from our voracious strife by the wail of intolerable serfage.
Are we then to conclude, that the only effect of the Reform Act has been to create in this country another of those class interests, which we now so loudly accuse as the obstacles to general amelioration? Not exactly that. The indirect influence of the Reform Act has been not inconsiderable, and may eventually lead to vast consequences. It set men a-thinking; it enlarged the horizon of political experience; it led the public mind to ponder somewhat on the circumstances of our national history; to pry into the beginnings of some social anomalies which they found were not so ancient as they had been led to believe, and which had their origin in causes very different to what they had been educated to credit; and insensibly it created and prepared a popular intelligence to which one can appeal, no longer hopelessly, in an attempt to dispel the mysteries with which for nearly three centuries it has been the labour of party writers to involve a national history, and without the dispersion of which no political position can be understood and no social evil remedied.
The events of did not produce any change in the modes of thought and life of Charles Egremont. He took his political cue from his mother, who was his constant correspondent. Her first impression on the overthrow of her hero was, astonishment at the impertinence of his adversaries, mingled with some lofty pity for their silly ambition and short-lived career. The bill was thrown out, and Lady Marney gave a grand ball to celebrate the event, and to compensate the London shopkeepers for the loss of their projected franchise.
Lady Marney was preparing to resume her duties at court when to her great surprise the firing of cannon announced the dissolution of Parliament. She turned pale; she was too much in the secrets of Tadpole and Taper to be deceived as to the consequences; she sank into her chair, and denounced Lord Grey as a traitor to his order. Lady Marney who for six months had been writing to her son at Oxford the most charming letters, full of fun, quizzing the whole Cabinet, now announced to Egremont that a revolution was inevitable, that all property would be instantly confiscated, the poor deluded king led to the block or sent over to Hanover at the best, and the whole of the nobility and principal gentry, and indeed every one who possessed anything, guillotined without remorse.
Whether his friends were immediately to resume power, or whether their estates ultimately were to be confiscated, the practical conclusion to Charles Egremont appeared to be the same. Carpe diem. He therefore pursued his career at Oxford unchanged, and entered life in the year , a younger son with extravagant tastes and expensive habits, with a reputation for lively talents though uncultivated,—for his acquisitions at Eton had been quite puerile, and subsequently he had not become a student,—with many manly accomplishments, and with a mien and visage that at once took the fancy and enlisted the affections.
Indeed a physiologist would hardly have inferred from the countenance and structure of Egremont the career he had pursued, or the character which attached to him. The general cast and expression of his features when in repose was pensive: an air of refinement distinguished his well-moulded brow; his mouth breathed sympathy, and his rich brown eye gleamed with tenderness. The sweetness of his voice in speaking was in harmony with this organization. Two years passed in the most refined circles of our society exercised a beneficial influence on the general tone of Egremont, and may be said to have finished his education.
He had the good sense and the good taste not to permit his predilection for sports to degenerate into slang; he yielded himself to the delicate and profitable authority of woman, and, as ever happens, it softened his manners and brightened his wit. He was fortunate in having a clever mother, and he appreciated this inestimable possession. Lady Marney had great knowledge of society, and some acquaintance with human nature, which she fancied she had fathomed to its centre; she piqued herself upon her tact, and indeed she was very quick, but she was so energetic that her art did not always conceal itself; very worldly, she was nevertheless not devoid of impulse; she was animated and would have been extremely agreeable, if she had not restlessly aspired to wit; and would certainly have exercised much more influence in society, if she had not been so anxious to show it.
Nevertheless, still with many personal charms, a frank and yet, if need be, a finished manner, a quick brain, a lively tongue, a buoyant spirit, and a great social position. Lady Marney was universally and extremely popular; and adored by her children, for indeed she was a mother most affectionate and true. When Egremont was four-and-twenty, he fell in love—a real passion. He had fluttered like others from flower to flower, and like others had often fancied the last perfume the sweetest, and then had flown away. But now he was entirely captivated.
The divinity was a new beauty; the whole world raving of her. Egremont also advanced. The Lady Arabella was not only beautiful: she was clever, fascinating. Her presence was inspiration; at least for Egremont. She condescended to be pleased by him: she signalized him by her notice; their names were mentioned together. Egremont indulged in flattering dreams. He regretted he had not pursued a profession: he regretted he had impaired his slender patrimony; thought of love in a cottage, and renting a manor; thought of living a good deal with his mother, and a little with his brother; thought of the law and the church; thought once of New Zealand.
The favourite of nature and of fashion, this was the first time in the life of Egremont, that he had been made conscious that there was something in his position which, with all its superficial brilliancy, might prepare for him, when youth had fled and the blaze of society grown dim, a drear and bitter lot.
He was roused from his reveries by a painful change in the demeanour of his adored. The mother of the Lady Arabella was alarmed. She liked her daughter to be admired even by younger sons when they were distinguished, but only at a distance. It had appeared coupled with her daughters, even in a Sunday paper. The most decisive measures were requisite, and they were taken. Still smiling when they met, still kind when they conversed, it seemed, by some magic dexterity which even baffled Egremont, that their meetings every day grew rarer, and their opportunities for conversation less frequent.
We have all experienced that disheartening catastrophe, when the illusions first vanish; and our balked imagination, or our mortified vanity, first intimates to us that we are neither infallible nor irresistible. Our first scrape generally leads to our first travel. Disappointment requires change of air; desperation change of scene. Having left England in a serious mood, and having already tasted with tolerable freedom of the pleasures and frivolities of life, he was not in an inapt humour to observe, to enquire, and to reflect.
The new objects that surrounded him excited his intelligence; he met, which indeed is the principal advantage of travel, remarkable men, whose conversation opened his mind. His mind was worth opening. Energies began to stir of which he had not been conscious; awakened curiosity led him to investigate and to read; he discovered that, when he imagined his education was completed, it had in fact not commenced; and that, although he had been at a public school and a university, he in fact knew nothing.
To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. Before an emancipated intellect and an expanding intelligence, the great system of exclusive manners and exclusive feelings in which he had been born and nurtured, began to tremble; the native generosity of his heart recoiled at a recurrence to that arrogant and frigid life, alike devoid of sympathy and real grandeur. In the early spring of , Egremont re-entered the world, where he had once sparkled, and which he had once conceived to comprise within its circle all that could interest or occupy man.
His mother, delighted at finding him again under her roof, had removed some long-standing coolness between him and his elder brother; his former acquaintance greeted him with cordiality, and introduced him to the new heroes who had sprung up during the season of his absence. Apparently Egremont was not disinclined to pursue, though without eagerness, the same career that had originally engaged him.
He frequented assemblies, and lingered in clubs; rode in the park, and lounged at the opera. But there was this difference in his existence, before and since his travels: he was now conscious he wanted an object; and was ever musing over action, though as yet ignorant how to act. Perhaps it was this want of being roused, that led him, it may be for distraction, again to the turf.
It was a pursuit that seemed to him more real than the life of saloons, full of affectation, perverted ideas, and factitious passions. Whatever might be the impulse Egremont however was certainly not slightly interested in the Derby; and though by no means uninstructed in the mysteries of the turf, had felt such confidence in his information that, with his usual ardour, he had backed to a considerable amount the horse that ought to have won, but which nevertheless only ran a second.
Notwithstanding the confidence of Lady St Julians, and her unrivalled information, the health of the king did not improve: but still it was the hay fever, only the hay fever. Lady St Julians had the first information of this important circumstance; it confirmed her original conviction: she determined to go on with her quadrille.
He consulted his mother: Lady Marney shook her head. When a simple investiture is impossible, a state banquet to the four orders is very probable. The poor dear king will never show again. And about a week after this there appeared the first bulletin. From that instant, though the gullish multitude studied the daily reports with grave interest; their hopes and speculations and arrangements changing with each phrase; for the initiated there was no suspense.
All knew that it was over; and Lady St Julians, giving up her quadrille, began to look about for seats in parliament for her sons. Lady Marney, duly warned of the impending catastrophe, was experiencing all the advantages of prior information. It delighted her to meet Lady St Julians driving distractedly about town, calling at clubs, closeted with red tapers, making ingenious combinations that would not work, by means of which some one of her sons was to stand in coalition with some rich parvenu; to pay none of the expenses and yet to come in first.
And all this time, Lady Marney, serene and smiling, had the daily pleasure of assuring Lady St Julians what a relief it was to her that Charles had fixed on his place. In the meantime the impending event changed the whole aspect of the political world. The king dying before the new registration was the greatest blow to pseudo-toryism since his majesty, calling for a hackney coach, went down and dissolved parliament in It was calculated by the Tadpoles and Tapers that a dissolution by Sir Robert, after the registration of , would give him a clear majority, not too great a one, but large enough: a manageable majority; some five-and-twenty or thirty men, who with a probable peerage or two dangling in the distance, half-a-dozen positive baronetcies, the Customs for their constituents, and Court balls for their wives, might be induced to save the state.
England, glorious and ancient realm, the fortunes of thy polity are indeed strange! The wisdom of the Saxons, Norman valour, the state-craft of the Tudors, the national sympathies of the Stuarts, the spirit of the latter Guelphs struggling against their enslaved sovereignty,—these are the high qualities, that for a thousand years have secured thy national developement.
And now all thy memorial dynasties end in the huckstering rule of some thirty unknown and anonymous jobbers! The Thirty at Athens were at least tyrants. They were marked men. But the obscure majority, who under our present constitution are destined to govern England, are as secret as a Venetian conclave. Yet on their dark voices all depends. Would you promote or prevent some great measure that may affect the destinies of unborn millions, and the future character of the people,—take, for example, a system of national education,—the minister must apportion the plunder to the illiterate clan; the scum that floats on the surface of a party; or hold out the prospect of honours, which are only honourable when in their transmission they impart and receive lustre; when they are the meed of public virtue and public services, and the distinction of worth and of genius.
It is impossible that the system of the thirty can long endure in an age of inquiry and agitated spirit like the present. Such a system may suit the balanced interests and the periodical and alternate command of rival oligarchical connections: but it can subsist only by the subordination of the sovereign and the degradation of the multitude; and cannot accord with an age, whose genius will soon confess that Power and the People are both divine.
When there is a Prince of Wales, Lord Melbourne means to make Durham governor to the heir apparent, and that will keep him quiet. Your humbugging registration will never do against a new reign. The daily bulletins became more significant; the crisis was evidently at hand. A dissolution of parliament at any time must occasion great excitement; combined with a new reign, it inflames the passions of every class of the community. Even the poor begin to hope; the old, wholesome superstition still lingers, that the sovereign can exercise power; and the suffering multitude are fain to believe that its remedial character may be about to be revealed in their instance.
As for the aristocracy in a new reign, they are all in a flutter. A bewildering vision of coronets, stars, and ribbons; smiles, and places at court; haunts their noontide speculations and their midnight dreams. Then we must not forget the numberless instances in which the coming event is deemed to supply the long-sought opportunity of distinction, or the long-dreaded cause of utter discomfiture; the hundreds, the thousands, who mean to get into parliament, the units who dread getting out. Now is the time for the men to come forward who have claims; claims for spending their money, which nobody asked them to do, but which of course they only did for the sake of the party.
They never wrote for their party, or spoke for their party, or gave their party any other vote than their own; but they urge their claims,—to something; a commissionership of anything, or a consulship anywhere; if no place to be had, they are ready to take it out in dignities. They once looked to the privy council, but would now be content with an hereditary honour; if they can have neither, they will take a clerkship in the Treasury for a younger son. Perhaps they may get that in time; at present they go away growling with a gaugership; or, having with desperate dexterity at length contrived to transform a tidewaiter into a landwaiter.
But there is nothing like asking—except refusing. All is over. The great bell of the metropolitan cathedral announces the death of the last son of George the Third who probably will ever reign in England. He was a good man: with feelings and sympathies; deficient in culture rather than ability; with a sense of duty; and with something of the conception of what should be the character of an English monarch. Peace to his manes! We are summoned to a different scene. In a palace in a garden—not in a haughty keep, proud with the fame, but dark with the violence of ages; not in a regal pile, bright with the splendour, but soiled with the intrigues, of courts and factions—in a palace in a garden, meet scene for youth, and innocence, and beauty—came the voice that told the maiden she must ascend her throne!
The council of England is summoned for the first time within her bowers. There are assembled the prelates and captains and chief men of her realm; the priests of the religion that consoles, the heroes of the sword that has conquered, the votaries of the craft that has decided the fate of empires; men grey with thought, and fame, and age; who are the stewards of divine mysteries, who have encountered in battle the hosts of Europe, who have toiled in secret cabinets, who have struggled in the less merciful strife of aspiring senates; men too, some of them, lords of a thousand vassals and chief proprietors of provinces, yet not one of them whose heart does not at this moment tremble as he awaits the first presence of the maiden who must now ascend her throne.
A hum of half-suppressed conversation which would attempt to conceal the excitement, which some of the greatest of them have since acknowledged, fills that brilliant assemblage; that sea of plumes, and glittering stars, and gorgeous dresses. The silence is as deep as that of a noontide forest. Attended for a moment by her royal mother and the ladies of her court, who bow and then retire, VICTORIA ascends her throne; a girl, alone, and for the first time, amid an assemblage of men.
In a sweet and thrilling voice, and with a composed mien which indicates rather the absorbing sense of august duty than an absence of emotion, THE QUEEN announces her accession to the throne of her ancestors, and her humble hope that divine providence will guard over the fulfilment of her lofty trust. The prelates and captains and chief men of her realm then advance to the throne, and kneeling before her, pledge their troth, and take the sacred oaths of allegiance and supremacy. Allegiance to one who rules over the land that the great Macedonian could not conquer; and over a continent of which even Columbus never dreamed: to the Queen of every sea, and of nations in every zone.
It is not of these that I would speak; but of a nation nearer her foot-stool, and which at this moment looks to her with anxiety, with affection, perhaps with hope. Fair and serene, she has the blood and beauty of the Saxon. Will it be her proud destiny at length to bear relief to suffering millions, and with that soft hand which might inspire troubadours and guerdon knights, break the last links in the chain of Saxon thraldom? The building which was still called MARNEY ABBEY, though remote from the site of the ancient monastery, was an extensive structure raised at the latter end of the reign of James the First, and in the stately and picturesque style of that age.
Placed on a noble elevation in the centre of an extensive and well wooded park, it presented a front with two projecting wings of equal dimensions with the centre, so that the form of the building was that of a quadrangle, less one of its sides. Its ancient lattices had been removed, and the present windows though convenient accorded little with the structure; the old entrance door in the centre of the building however still remained, a wondrous specimen of fantastic carving: Ionic columns of black oak, with a profusion of fruits and flowers, and heads of stags and sylvans.
The whole of the building was crowned with a considerable pediment of what seemed at the first glance fanciful open work, but which examined more nearly offered in gigantic letters the motto of the house of Marney. The portal opened to a hall, such as is now rarely found; with the dais, the screen, the gallery, and the buttery-hatch all perfect, and all of carved black oak. Modern luxury, and the refined taste of the lady of the late lord, had made Marney Abbey as remarkable for its comfort and pleasantness of accommodation as for its ancient state and splendour.
The apartments were in general furnished with all the cheerful ease and brilliancy of the modern mansion of a noble, but the grand gallery of the seventeenth century was still preserved, and was used on great occasions as the chief reception-room. You ascended the principal staircase to reach it through a long corridor. It occupied the whole length of one of the wings; was one hundred feet long, and forty-five feet broad, its walls hung with a collection of choice pictures rich in history; while the Axminster carpets, the cabinets, carved tables, and variety of easy chairs, ingeniously grouped, imparted even to this palatian chamber a lively and habitable air.
Lord Marney was several years the senior of Charles Egremont, yet still a young man. He was handsome; there was indeed a general resemblance between the brothers, though the expression of their countenances was entirely different; of the same height and air, and throughout the features a certain family cast; but here the likeness ceased. The countenance of Lord Marney bespoke the character of his mind; cynical, devoid of sentiment, arrogant, literal, hard. He had no imagination, had exhausted his slight native feeling, but he was acute, disputatious, and firm even to obstinacy.
Though his early education had been very imperfect, he had subsequently read a good deal, especially in French literature. He had formed his mind by Helvetius, whose system he deemed irrefutable, and in whom alone he had faith. Armed with the principles of his great master, he believed he could pass through existence in adamantine armour, and always gave you in the business of life the idea of a man who was conscious you were trying to take him in, and rather respected you for it, but the working of whose cold, unkind, eye defied you.
Their mother had arranged their reconciliation. When he arrived indeed, he would have preferred to have been shown at once to his rooms, but a message immediately delivered expressed the wish of his sister-in-law at once to see him. She received him alone and with great warmth.
She was beautiful, and soft as May; a glowing yet delicate face; rich brown hair, and large blue eyes; not yet a mother, but with something of the dignity of the matron blending with the lingering timidity of the girl. Egremont was glad to join his sister-in-law again in the drawing-room before dinner. He was accompanied by a neighbour and brother magistrate, Sir Vavasour Firebrace, a baronet of the earliest batch, and a gentleman of great family and great estate.
Suppose we take a glass of wine. The softer heart and more susceptible spirit of Egremont were well calculated to respond to this ebullition of feeling, however slight; and truly it was for many reasons not without considerable emotion, that he found himself once more at Marney. He sate by the side of his gentle sister-in-law, who seemed pleased by the unwonted cordiality of her husband, and anxious by many kind offices to second every indication of good feeling on his part.
Captain Grouse was extremely assiduous: the vicar was of the deferential breed, agreed with Lady Marney on the importance of infant schools, but recalled his opinion when Lord Marney expressed his imperious hope that no infant schools would ever be found in his neighbourhood. Sir Vavasour was more than middle aged, comely, very gentlemanlike, but with an air occasionally of absence which hardly agreed with his frank and somewhat hearty idiosyncracy; his clear brow, florid complexion, and blue eye.
But Lord Marney talked a good deal, though chiefly dogmatical or argumentative. It was rather difficult for him to find a sufficient stock of opposition, but he laid in wait and seized every opening with wonderful alacrity. Even Captain Grouse could not escape him; if driven to extremity Lord Marney would even question his principles on fly-making. As for Lady Marney, it was evident that with no inconsiderable talents, and with an intelligence richly cultivated, the controversial genius of her husband had completely cowed her conversational charms. She never advanced a proposition that he did not immediately bristle up, and she could only evade the encounter by a graceful submission.
When all were reduced to silence, Lord Marney relinquishing controversy, assumed the positive. Though there was no man breathing who was possessed with such a strong repugnance to subscriptions of any kind, it delighted Lord Marney to see his name among the contributors to all sectarian institutions. The vicar of Marney, who had been presented by himself, was his model of a priest: he left every body alone.
Under the influence of Lady Marney, the worthy vicar had once warmed up into some ebullition of very low church zeal; there was some talk of an evening lecture, the schools were to be remodelled, certain tracts were actually distributed. But Lord Marney soon stopped all this. Indeed, to tell the truth, I quite gave up the thing the moment they started their man. Before that we were on velvet; but the instant he appeared everything was changed, and I found some of my warmest supporters, members of his committee. A Scotchman, richer than Croesus, one McDruggy, fresh from Canton, with a million of opium in each pocket, denouncing corruption, and bellowing free trade.
My mother was in hourly communication with head quarters, and Mr Taper sent down the cry by express. What we want is stringency. Hereupon a conversation took place, principally sustained by the earl and the baronet, which developed all the resources of the great parochial mind. Dietaries, bastardy, gaol regulations, game laws, were amply discussed; and Lord Marney wound up with a declaration of the means by which the country might be saved, and which seemed principally to consist of high prices and low church.
There was music as they re-entered the drawing-room. Sir Vavasour attached himself to Egremont. I remember you at Firebrace, a very little boy. Happy to see you again, Sir, in so eminent a position; a legislator—one of our legislators. It gave me a sincere satisfaction to observe your return. A majority. I suppose, they have; but, I conclude, in time; Sir Robert will have it in time? The country is decidedly conservative. All that we want now is a strong government, that will put all things to rights. You have a great opportunity. Nothing can be done by a mere individual.
The most powerful body in this country wants a champion. But I have spoken to him for an hour, and could get nothing out of him. The poor king was with us. And the peers, who are our brethren, they were, I fear, against us. I made a speech to the order at the Clarendon; there were four hundred of us; the feeling was very strong. What could stand against us? The Reform Bill could never have passed if the baronets had been organized.
I want him to be brought in by his own order. It would be a grand thing. Five or six hundred baronets in dark green costume,—the appropriate dress of equites aurati; each not only with his badge, but with his collar of S. In our hand, the thumb ring and signet not forgotten, we hold our coronet of two balls!
But the picture is not complete. For instance, I am prepared myself, great as would be the sacrifice, even to renounce the claim of secondary titles for our eldest sons, if for instance they would secure us our coronet. The situation of the rural town of Marney was one of the most delightful easily to be imagined. In a spreading dale, contiguous to the margin of a clear and lively stream, surrounded by meadows and gardens, and backed by lofty hills, undulating and richly wooded, the traveller on the opposite heights of the dale would often stop to admire the merry prospect, that recalled to him the traditional epithet of his country.
Beautiful illusion! For behind that laughing landscape, penury and disease fed upon the vitals of a miserable population! The contrast between the interior of the town and its external aspect, was as striking as it was full of pain. With the exception of the dull high street, which had the usual characteristics of a small agricultural market town, some sombre mansions, a dingy inn, and a petty bourse, Marney mainly consisted of a variety of narrow and crowded lanes formed by cottages built of rubble, or unhewn stones without cement, and from age, or badness of the material, looking as if they could scarcely hold together.
The gaping chinks admitted every blast; the leaning chimneys had lost half their original height; the rotten rafters were evidently misplaced; while in many instances the thatch, yawning in some parts to admit the wind and wet, and in all utterly unfit for its original purpose of giving protection from the weather, looked more like the top of a dunghill than a cottage. Before the doors of these dwellings, and often surrounding them, ran open drains full of animal and vegetable refuse, decomposing into disease, or sometimes in their imperfect course filling foul pits or spreading into stagnant pools, while a concentrated solution of every species of dissolving filth was allowed to soak through and thoroughly impregnate the walls and ground adjoining.
These wretched tenements seldom consisted of more than two rooms, in one of which the whole family, however numerous, were obliged to sleep, without distinction of age, or sex, or suffering. With the water streaming down the walls, the light distinguished through the roof, with no hearth even in winter, the virtuous mother in the sacred pangs of childbirth, gives forth another victim to our thoughtless civilization; surrounded by three generations whose inevitable presence is more painful than her sufferings in that hour of travail; while the father of her coming child, in another corner of the sordid chamber, lies stricken by that typhus which his contaminating dwelling has breathed into his veins, and for whose next prey is perhaps destined, his new-born child.
These swarming walls had neither windows nor doors sufficient to keep out the weather, or admit the sun or supply the means of ventilation; the humid and putrid roof of thatch exhaling malaria like all other decaying vegetable matter. The dwelling rooms were neither boarded nor paved; and whether it were that some were situate in low and damp places, occasionally flooded by the river, and usually much below the level of the road; or that the springs, as was often the case, would burst through the mud floor; the ground was at no time better than so much clay, while sometimes you might see little channels cut from the centre under the doorways to carry off the water, the door itself removed from its hinges: a resting place for infancy in its deluged home.
These hovels were in many instances not provided with the commonest conveniences of the rudest police; contiguous to every door might be observed the dung-heap on which every kind of filth was accumulated, for the purpose of being disposed of for manure, so that, when the poor man opened his narrow habitation in the hope of refreshing it with the breeze of summer, he was met with a mixture of gases from reeking dunghills. This town of Marney was a metropolis of agricultural labour, for the proprietors of the neighbourhood having for the last half century acted on the system of destroying the cottages on their estates, in order to become exempted from the maintenance of the population, the expelled people had flocked to Marney, where, during the war, a manufactory had afforded them some relief, though its wheels had long ceased to disturb the waters of the Mar.
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What happened here? This high-interest title explores just that! Engaging text, colorful photos, maps, graphs, and other features combine to tell the gripping story of the Palace of Knossos and its fall to ruin. Signs of life are everywhere in the Roman city of Pompeii. Graffiti decorates the walls. Ancient homes and restaurants still stand. Colorful frescoes and mosaics are still visible. But this city is a graveyard. More than 2, years ago, Mount Vesuvius rained fire and ash onto the city. Many who died there were perfectly preserved in ash, only to be discovered centuries later.
This high-interest title uses maps, graphs, and profiles of important discoveries to explore the fascinating history of the doomed city of Pompeii. China's famous terra-cotta army has at least 8, soldiers! More than 2, years ago, this army was created to protect the tomb of the ancient Chinese emperor Qin Shihuang.
Today, the army has immense value to archaeologists and historians around the world! This high-interest text uses maps, graphs, profiles of recent discoveries, and other features to introduce readers to the army's thrilling history. Most people know the Titanic from television or movies. But there are a few things that Hollywood left out. This high-interest title takes readers on a journey across the ocean to explore the Titanic's history, from when it was built to its resting place on the ocean floor. Maps, graphs, profiles of recent discoveries, and other features provide a look into what went wrong on this ill-fated ship.
Life in the wild forces adaptation. Predators need to hone their hunting skills or risk going hungry. Meanwhile, their prey must develop as escape artists to avoid becoming dinner. The strong survival instincts of dozens of plants and animals are on display in this series for advancing readers.
The leafy sea dragon and other masters of camouflage blend in so well with their surroundings that they become nearly invisible. Inflatable animals like the puffer fish blow up to the point of shapeshifting. Growing readers will discover how animal adaptations are much like superpowers. Animals must choose carefully when picking a place to call home. If they move into the wrong neighbourhood, danger can be lurking next door.
In this title, young readers will tour prairie dog burrows, beaver lodges, chimpanzee nests, and other homes to learn about the importance of location. Did you know that stoats are hypnotists? These weasels perform wild dance moves that make rabbits freeze and stare. The stoats leap and twist, moving closer to the dazed prey, until they can pounce on their victim. This and other animal hunting traps are laid out in this book for growing readers. Sea turtle hatchlings have a triathlon of sorts to complete immediately after hatching.
First, they dig themselves out of the sand. Next, they race down the beach. Lastly, they swim as fast as possible to deep water. Independent readers will celebrate this book's baby-focused survival stories. Every great animal predator has a secret weapon. The crocodile opens toothy jaws. The harpy eagle grabs and crushes prey with strong talons. The boa constrictor uses its body to coil and squeeze. In this book, fluent readers will watch some of the animal kingdom's most infamous attack methods. Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, and sundews are all examples of nature's insect traps.
They use their sugary nectar to lure prey to them, before each carries out a unique killer plan of capture. The predatory power of the plants featured in this title will stun young students. How does the U. What processes are needed to create a new law, become a citizen, or elect a president? With a running timeline on each spread, each book in this series clearly explains the basic workings of our government to inspire our future leaders.
This book for elementary readers highlights the sequence of events from immigrating to the United States, applying for a green card, and becoming a naturalized citizen. Color photographs and a timeline support each step in the citizenship process, from first arrival in the U. A table of contents, glossary, further resources, and an index are included. This book for elementary readers highlights the sequence of events from idea to implementation.
Engaging photographs and a timeline support each step in the process, from the creation of the Constitution through the writing of the Bill of Rights and the importance of these rights today. This book for elementary readers highlights the sequence of events from the idea to implementation. Engaging photographs and a timeline support each step in the process, from thinking of an idea for a new law through writing a bill, getting it passed by Congress and getting the president to sign it into law.
Engaging photographs and a timeline support each step in the process, from British rule through the Boston Tea Party, early Revolutionary War and declaring independence. Engaging photographs and a timeline support each step in the process, from campaigning through primary elections, the general election, and Inauguration Day. Engaging photographs and a timeline support each step in the process, from the Articles of Confederation through ratifying the Constitution and the importance it still holds today.
Each title in the We Are the Champions series features a detailed explanation of the sport, its professional league, and its highest-profile athletes. Titles in the series include informative text, colorful photographs, maps, charts, and a timeline detailing important events relevant to each title's championship. We Are the Champions is a series of AV2 media enhanced books.
Each title in the series features easy-to-read text, stunning visuals, and a challenging educational activity. More than 1, schools have a chance to participate in this tournament. A unique book code printed on page 2 unlocksmultimedia content. These drivers race at incredible speeds to determine who will be the champion. Each title in the series features easy-to-readtext, stunning visuals, and a challenging educational activity. Each year, the best basketball teams in the league compete in a tournament to determine the NBA champion.
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These books come alive with video, audio, weblinks, slideshows, activities, hands-on experiments, andmuch more. It is one of the most-watched sporting events of the year. Learn more about this fascinating championship in Super Bowl, a title in the We Are the Champions series. These books come alive with video, audio, weblinks, slideshows, activities, hands-onexperiments, and much more. Each year, this competition decides which team will become the MLB champion. Learn more about this fascinating championship in World Series, a title in the We Are the Champions series.
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A unique book code printed on page 2 unlocks multimediacontent. The Masters is one of the most highly regarded golf tournaments in the world. Each year, the best golfers from around the world compete to win the championship. Learn more about this fascinating championshipin The Masters, a title in the We Are the Champions series. The Designed by Nature series examines how people are inspired by solutions already found in nature when creating new forms of technology to solve their problems.
Each title features detailed, informative text, colorful photographs and maps, and a timeline detailing major milestones in the history of each form of technology. Designed by Nature is a series of AV2 media enhanced books. Ridges on humpback whale fins help them move through the water more easily. By adding these ridges to windmills, people can make more energy with less wind. Find out more in Energy Technology, a title inthe Designed by Nature series. RoboBee is an insect-shaped robot with a wingspan of 1.
When it flies, its wings beat times each second. Find out more in Robots, a title in the Designed by Nature series.
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The noses of bullet trains in Japan are shaped like kingfisher beaks. They help the train move both quietly and efficiently when traveling at high speeds. Find out more in Transportation Technology, a title in the Designed by Nature series. National Parks takes young readers on a journey through some of America's best-known national parks.
Each book in the series showcases the geography, history, flora, and fauna of the featured park. Readers will learn the process by which the area became a national park and the people who brought the park to national attention. Colorful photographs, detailed maps, informative charts, and classroom activities highlight the features of each national park.
National Parks is a series of AV2 media enhanced books. Strange happenings splash across newspaper headlines with no earthly explanation and leave us wondering: is it just a coincidence, or is it really something not of this world? These graphic narratives delve into paranormal stories that have captured the attention of nations and left believers and skeptics at odds.
With historical quotes, timelines, and theories on possible causes, this high-interest series lets reluctant readers explore the mysteries and reach their own conclusions of what really happened. On a small farm in rural Tennessee, a mysterious spirit was tormenting a family. Quilts were pulled off beds, strange noises stomped through the house, and shoes were thrown across rooms. In this graphic narrative, real quotes from an account written by a family member help tell the story of this strange haunting, while other theories are presented to dispute the supernatural nature of the story.
Do you believe in the Bell Witch? In the early s, Betty and Barney Hill had a wild story to tell: they believed they were abducted by aliens! This graphic narrative tells their story, from the night of the abduction to their later struggles to understand what happened. Alternate explanations explore other perspectives, while a timeline clarifies the sequence of events. Could the Hills have encountered beings from beyond this planet?
An ordinary day turns disastrous as a regular training flight disappears. But what could have caused the crew to be so confused? This graphic narrative explores the most famous disappearance in the Bermuda Triangle, drawing from actual naval correspondence to tell the story. Detailed illustrations, a timeline of events, and possible explanations will grip readers and leave them wondering: what really happened to Flight 19?
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Strange sightings around the quiet town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia set off a town-wide hunt for the flying Mothman with glowing red eyes. What was this creature, and what did its appearances mean? Detailed illustrations tell the story of the Mothman sightings in this high-interest graphic narrative based on real-life accounts. A timeline and possible explanations let readers think critically and look beyond the stories to decide what they believe about this mysterious beast. The revelation of King Tutankhamun's tomb brought fame and glory to its discoverers.
But as unlucky occurrences hit the crew, people wondered if it brought something more sinister as well. Through brightly coloured illustrations, this graphic narrative examines the tomb's discovery and the grim events that followed. With aids including a timeline and possible theories, readers can draw their own conclusions about the mummy's curse in this thrilling narrative.
In the late s, the world watched as a small town in New Mexico was splashed across newspaper headlines. Reports of flying saucers crashing in the desert left people hungry for the truth. This graphic narrative presents first-hand eyewitness accounts and true military statements to tell that story. A timeline of events and theories behind the incident let readers make their own decisions on what they believe happened in the New Mexican desert. Profiling the very best of today's pro athletes Player Profiles is perfect for all your sports fans.
Excellent choices for hitting CCSS standards in reading and math. Jam-packed with infographics, stats, and fun facts, these titles will have readers developing critical thinking skills while simply enjoying a fun book. Explores the soccer career of Carli Lloyd with stats, charts, infographics, timelines, and strongly controlled text.
Explores the basketball career of LeBron James with stats, charts, infographics, timelines, and strongly controlled text. Explores the basketball career of Maya Moore with stats, charts, infographics, timelines, and strongly controlled text. Explores the tennis career of Serena Williams with stats, charts, infographics, timelines, and strongly controlled text. Explores the football career of Dak Prescott with stats, charts, infographics, timelines, and strongly controlled text. Who are some of women who changed the course of history? From freeing slaves to being the first woman in space, these books outline the incredible lives of women who stood up for what they believed and inspired others to do the same.
This book for elementary readers outlines key dates throughout this change maker's life. Engaging photographs and a timeline depict each step in the road to change, from Harriet Tubman's early life in slavery to her work liberating slaves as a famous conductor of the Underground Railroad. Engaging photographs and a timeline depict each step in the road to change, from Malala Yousafzai's early interest in school through her brave stand against the Taliban and strong advocacy for education.
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Engaging photographs and a timeline depict each step in paving the way for other scientists, from Marie Curie's early life and education through the discovery of two new elements and her research with x-rays. Engaging photographs and a timeline depict each step in paving the way for other African Americans, from Ruby Bridges's early life through her first steps in an integrated school and her struggles against racism. Engaging photographs and a timeline depict each step in paving the way for others, from Sally Ride's early ambition with tennis through her first two space missions and her work to inspire young girls to pursue science.
Engaging photographs and a timeline depict each step in the road to change, from Susan B. Anthony's early life as a Quaker through her friendship with Elizabeth Stanton and her work for women's right to vote. Climate change is perhaps the most important issue the world faces. This series explores the key parts of climate change, including global warming, biodiversity loss, greenhouse gases, and extreme weather.
This series will delve into many of the problems humans have caused and share the efforts of those rallying for solutions. Authors introduce ways that creative scientists and others are seeking renewable energy, promoting water and energy conservation, encouraging recycling, and showing how to live an organic life. Students and readers will gain a strong background in the issue of climate change while also finding out ways they can be part of the solution. Earth is surrounded by a bubble of air-the atmosphere-without which no life can survive.
In the past century, however, that bubble has been negatively affected by the rise of the industrial age and the carbon and other gases that humans and machines are putting out. The gases create a greenhouse effect that is contributing to climate change. Inside, learn the science behind this problem and some of the ways that we can fight back! Climate change is drastically affecting the weather-intense hurricanes, powerful tornadoes, deadly storm surges, monsoons, drought, and more.
Billions of people are affected by these problems every year. Inside, find out more about this important issue as we all work together to find a solution. The amazing variety of life on Earth-plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and more-enlivens every part of the world. Climate change is threatening that vital biodiversity. Inside, read more about the many types of life that exist here and how we are negatively affecting that life with our choices.
Keeping biodiversity strong is a key to the planet? How can we help? Climate change is a real problem around the world, but part of the solution is in all of our hands. By living organically-eating locally, recycling, shopping sustainably, conserving energy, and more-we can improve our lives and help the planet. Inside, find out how you can make other lifestyle choices that can be a major part of the solution to this world-affecting problem. Those big blue barrels seen around the country are helping save the planet-fill them up!
Recycling is a big part of many people? Cans and bottles are just the tip of the iceberg, however. Inside, read about the many ways that you can recycle just about anything and how those actions can help change the world! Scientists say that human use of fossil fuels has played a huge part in climate change. There is an answer to that problem: renewable energy.
Inside, read about the many ways that creative people are turning the power of the sun, the earth, water, waves, and more into clean energy that can not only save money, but help us all enjoy a bright future. Every society on Earth needs vast amounts of energy to survive. Obtaining that energy has led to drastic climate change, however. By working together to conserve and efficiently use energy, we can start to reverse that problem. Inside, find out how you, your family, and your town can do a few simple things that can save energy today.
The back matter; this word list contains terminology used throughout the series. Words found here broaden the reader? Few things on Earth are as precious as water. Every species of plant and animal depends on it to survive. As the climate of the Earth changes, we need to become even more aware of that importance and work hard to wisely use water in all its forms. Inside, find out how you can make water conservation a part of your life, and help turn the tide of climate change. As the world?
Deserts are expanding and becoming even more dry and arid. Forests are disappearing, thanks in part to logging by humans. The Earth doesn?
Inside, find out more about these two vital biomes and how people are working hard to make sure they survive properly. The Earth'? That includes global warming, rising seas, increasing salinity of the oceans, disappearing habitat, extreme weather, and many more significant issues facing our species.
Inside, get involved with this vast and growing issue so that you can become a part of the solution. There is time-if we start now! The Great Cities of the World series profiles important cities in a lively, engaging way. The books are not meant as travel guides, but as fact-filled introductions that will give readers a sense of what each city is like and pique their curiosity.
Each title will cover geography, history, people, economy, architecture, infrastructure, arts and culture, sports, attractions, food and shopping, daily life, celebrations and annual events. The digital world offers many new career opportunities-ranging from e-commerce and social media to info tech and online gaming. Teens who have an interest in working in the digital world will find useful descriptions, essential facts, and valuable opinions and advice in this easy-to-use series. The E-Careers series introduces readers to various career options within a given field and explores what the jobs entail, educational requirements, employment prospects, and more.
With online shopping now a way of life for millions of consumers, careers in e-commerce are thriving. Search engine optimization specialists, business analysts, and supply chain managers are just a few of the jobs profiled in Careers in E-Commerce. What the jobs entail, what they pay, and future prospects are discussed along with insights from industry insiders.
Demand for information technology workers continues to grow at a pace that is unmatched in other industries. Database administrator, mobile app developer, and cybersecurity analyst are just a few of the jobs discussed in Careers in Info Tech. The video game industry is booming and career options are growing.
Game designers, audio engineers, and game testers are just a few of the jobs profiled in Careers in Online Gaming. More jobs are being generated in the social media industry than anywhere else. Careers in Social Media takes a deep dive into this thriving sector covering jobs from social media manager and YouTuber to mobile app developer and artificial intelligence engineer.
From on-the-field exploits, to off-the-field insights, Gridiron Greats: Pro Football's Best Players gives the reader a close-up look at some of the very best of today's professional football stars. The series gives the reader concrete reasoning as to why each player is considered one of the best in pro football. Each volume in this series gives the reader a glimpse into what the player is like both on and off the field by delving into their backgrounds, media interactions, education and charitable works.
The sheer athleticism of Odell Beckham Jr. His leaping one-handed touchdown catch against the Dallas Cowboys in brought Beckham Jr. Aaron Donald is a native of Pittsburgh, PA, where he starred on the offensive and defensive sides of the football. His efforts earned him all-state honors in the sport and a chance to play for his hometown college, the University of Pittsburgh.
An All-American caliber career at Pitt led to the St. Louis Rams selecting him with the thirteenth pick in the NFL draft. New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara seemed destined for greatness when he was named the best high school football player in the state of Georgia and then had two great years playing for the University of Tennessee. Khalil Mack was born to be a linebacker. Todd Gurley was a standout high school player who was given the opportunity to take his talents to the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Louis Rams in the NFL draft.
The World of Video Games explores the many topics and controversies in the video game industry. Readers will learn about such topics as the history of video games, breakthrough technologies, and the rising popularity of E-Sports. They will understand how video games affect both individual people and society. The books look ahead to the future, charting the likely paths of the video game industry.
Today's video games have come a long way from simple black and white graphics of the s, creating worlds so visually stunning that it's hard to tell if they are real or fake. Gaming Technology: Blurring Real and Virtual Worlds examines the history of gaming technology, explores how today's cutting-edge games work, and discusses the future advances of technology.
Today some people who play video games professionally can make millions of dollars from streaming their gaming on the internet or winning a trophy in an E-Sports tournament. E-Sports and the World of Competitive Gaming examines the history of competitive video games, explores the controversies in the video game industry, and discusses the future advances of E-Sports. The World Health Organization included gaming disorder in the edition of its International Classification of Diseases, but video game addiction has been a problem since the first at-home and arcade video game consoles.
Video Game Addiction examines the history of video game addiction, explores controversies in the video game industry, and discusses the future advances of gaming disorder treatment and solutions. Video games have been a part of culture for several decades, affecting the way people interact with each other, watch movies and TV shows, and even speak. Video Games and Culture examines the history of the ways in which video games and culture interact, explores the controversies in this area, and discusses the future advances of video games and culture together.
In the early s, video games began getting more violent and more realistic, sparking debates over the effects of such content. Since then, the violence has become more technologically advanced and often more gruesome. Violence and Video Games examines the history of violent video games, explores the controversies in the video game industry, and discusses the future advances of violent video games.
Though video games were originally marketed to adults, children have increasingly begun to play video games and even use video games in the classroom to help teach concepts such as community building and math. Youth and Video Games examines the history of children playing video games, explores controversies in youth and games, and discusses how such games may evolve in the future. Carolrhoda Lab is dedicated to publishing unflinching, voice-driven narratives that enthrall and challenge teen readers.
Our books examine teenage life from many different perspectives, allowing YA readers to explore new and surprising ways of thinking about themselves and the world around them. Our list includes many titles recognized with starred reviews and awards, including a Printz Honor Award and a National Book Award Finalist. Sixteen-year-old Luli has just aged out of the orphanage where she grew up, and her childhood friend Yun helps her get a job at the factory where Yun works. Both girls enjoy the freedom of making their own decisions and earning their own money-until Yun gets pregnant by her boyfriend, who's rumored to be a bride and child trafficker.
China's restrictive family planning laws put Yun in a difficult position: she'll either have to have an expensive abortion or face crippling fines for having a child out of wedlock. When she disappears, it's up to Luli to track her down and find a way to help her. In this hybrid between a play and novel, Lacy Brink awakes to find herself dead in Westminster Cemetery with no memory of how she got there. The other inhabitants of the cemetery are excited to have a new guest but all Lacy wants is to get out of there.
She finds she's stuck, though, and even has to take on a job. She decides to hold an open mic night and by encouraging the other inhabitants to speak their truth, she shakes the cemetery to its very foundations. Best friends and sisters Lo and Rita have spent their lives flying through the air on the trapeze under the lights in the big top. The nomadic circus community is a close-knit family, but those bonds are threatened as secrets and lies surface and Lo finds forbidden love with a boy from outside the circus.
The two sisters find themselves at odds with each other for the first time as they both search for love and test the limits of family loyalty. Lo must face up to a family member's deception and navigate her newfound love. Will she manage to land on her feet? Fifteen-year-old overachiever Verdad is struggling to meet her Puerto Rican mother's expectations and process her best friend's death when she falls for Danny, a trans boy, and starts to question her own identity. When aspiring musician Madelaine finds a poetry fragment that helps her finish a song she's writing, she tracks down the author online in hopes of starting a collaboration.
But there's more to the situation than she realizes. Shy, overweight eighteen-year-old Beth leads a secret life as an online troll. But when she unexpectedly meets two friends-bubbly, gorgeous Amy in real life and mysterious fellow cyberbully Tori online-she must decide what really matters. The trap of addiction ensnares millions.
This series explores the struggles of those who have succumbed to addiction whether to opioids or social media or something else. It examines what it means to be addicted, how it occurs, the real-world effects, and the challenges of overcoming addiction. Personal accounts along with facts and quotes from authoritative sources are featured in every book as well as an annotated list of organizations and websites where readers can get help and more information.
In a few short years, e-cigarettes have exploded in popularity, especially among teens. These devices often pack a strong punch of a highly addictive drug called nicotine and many who vape will become addicted. Addicted to E-Cigarettes and Vaping presents a realistic picture of addiction, the effects of addiction on people's lives, and how addiction can be overcome. As legalized gambling spreads in the United States, the problem of gambling addiction is likely to get worse.
Research shows that people become addicted to gambling for physiological, psychological, and emotional reasons. Addicted to Gambling presents a realistic picture of addiction, the effects of addiction on people's lives, and how addiction can be overcome. America is facing an opioid epidemic; every day people die from an opioid overdose. Over the last twenty years, use of prescription painkillers and illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl has skyrocketed, leaving millions of people addicted to these substances and at risk of a fatal overdose.
Addicted to Opioids presents a realistic picture of addiction, the effects of addiction on people's lives, and how addiction can be overcome. As of approximately 3. Yet for some users, what began as a fun habit has grown into a consuming addiction that can have significant negative effects on their lives. Addicted to Social Media presents a realistic picture of addiction, the effects of addiction on people's lives, and how addiction can be overcome. According to the World Health Organization, between four and five million people are addicted to video games in the United States alone.
The emotional and financial costs of this problem are enormous. Addicted to Video Games presents a realistic picture of addiction, the effects of addiction on people's lives, and how addiction can be overcome.