Basset: A Village Chronicle |
by S. G. Tallentyre
Transcribed and annotated by Courtney Seligman
S. G. Tallentyre was the pen name of Evelyn Beatrice Hall (1868 – 1919). She is primarily known as a biographer of Voltaire, and as the author of a quote usually attributed to Voltaire — “I may not agree with what you say, but I'll fight to the death to protect your right to say it.” — which is actually a paraphrase of Voltaire’s views, from “The Friends of Voltaire” (1906). Among her few novels is “Basset: A Village Chronicle”, a wryly nostalgic look back, from the perspective of 1911, at an English country village of early Victorian times. Out of print for nearly a century, the novel is presented here for the enjoyment of those who enjoy quiet walks along country paths, whether real or imaginary.
Since many terms in use in 1911 and 1837 have fallen into disuse, notes have been provided where appropriate; and although the novel is in the public domain, this transcription and its annotations are covered by current copyright law.
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Chapter 1: Harry The Squire
Chapter 2: Harry's Wife
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