Read online or download a free book: Rare Old Chums
Publisher: RareBooksClub.com (5 July 2012)
By: Will Allen Dromgoole (Author)
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ... RARE OLD CHUMS. CHAPTER I. FILLING THE GAPS. THIS is a story of two people. Of course, a great many other people are connected, indirectly, with their story, for no life was ever lived that did not touch a great many other lives: yet, is every life a thing alone, separate and distinct, and complete in itself. This is what we call the aloneness of life: and it is this aloneness that is really life. The things which influence and entertain are merely the little gaps, the pauses in the great play, that must be filled, else life would be too heavy for us to bear. But it isn't necessary to fill up the gaps in a story. So this is a story of two people only, and as you read it you may fill in the gaps yourself. It will give you something to ponder on when the story is finished: but about these pauses. Once upon a time two people sat down to play a game of cards. 'Oh!' cried a bystander: 'they are going to gamble.' 'No,' they replied: 'we are only going to play a little game of hearts, to fill up a gap of time.' But when the game was finished one of the players threw down his cards, laughed, and went about his business. But the other carried with him a great sorrow: for that player had lost in the game, and something beautiful and tender had gone out of his life. When we speak of it we call it Confidence: and we know that when it goes it leaves a great gap indeed, just as it left in this player's heart. And though the player filled his life with all that was beautiful, and though he cherished a great ambition, and did a splendid and worthy work for others, in a great profession, the empty place in his life that had been Faith's was never filled, never. And although he wrote great books that made the sad laugh and the erring weep, and the world loved him...
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