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The old man takes this as a proof of Lionel's guilt, disinherits him, and by his will gives "Venter's Pride" to John Massingbird, and on his death without issue to Frederick, with remainder to Lionel.

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The family doctor, West, knowing this, and believing that John has been killed in Australia, lets his pretty ambitious daughter, Sibylla, many Fred Massingbird, and jilt Lionel Verner, a chivalrous young fellow, who is deeply in love with her. But Stephen Verner, when on his death-bed, relents towards Lionel, and by a codicil leaves him his whole estate. This codicil Dr. West steals and hides, so that his daughter and her husband may still retain the property. But Fred.


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Massingbird dies in Australia, before knowing that he had come into it, and his widow Sibylla comes back to England, expecting to live with Mrs. Stephen Verner at Venter's Pride. However, she finds her old love, Lionel Verner, in possession, as next devisee after John and Frederick's death. He is, too, in love with a beautiful simple-natured ward of his mother's, Lucy Tempest; but in a moment of passion—alone with Sibylla, touched by the tale of her troubles, her passionate appeal to him for protection, and the memory of his early love, — he makes her an offer, which she at once accepts.

Lionel's mother gives a home to him, and his wife, Sibylla, now struck with consumption, fretful, selfish, and full of mean suspicions, making his life almost too heavy to bear; but by her own wilful imprudonce shoe kills herself. An apprentice of Dr.

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West's—-who is Dickens' fat boy with a tendency to explosive compounds — blows up an old bureau and discovers the stolen codicil; John Massingbird immediately resigns Verner's Pride to Lionel, and he marries his true and tender love, Lucy Tempest. She raised her eyes to hint with a shy glance, and Lionel, with a half-uttered exclamation of emotion, caught her to his breast, and took his first long silent kiss of love from her lips.

It was not like those snatched kisses of years ago. Lionel Verner is the hero of the book, and his character is very fairly worked out. Tho strain that his proud sensitivo nature suffers from Sibylla s jilting, his uncle's coldness, his first wife's frivolity and complaints, and the occasional breakings-through of his underlying love for Lucy Tempest, arc well represented. His uncouth and kind medical brother, James, too, and his proud correct mother, have each an individuality of their own; the slight sketches of Mother Duff and her son Dan are good.

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