COBWEBS AND CABLES

Cobwebs and Cables by Hesba Stretton.

Reviews:

A story of the gradual yielding to temptation of a man who was a prosperous banker. Sinful habit which begins as ‘a cobweb' but ends as ‘a cable,' is the general teaching of this captivating story from the practised pen of this ever-popular writer.—The Religious Tract Society (1908).

Ably written and thoughtful.—The Churchman (1908).

Related in the author's usually entertaining manner.—The Bookseller (1908).

Roland Sefton fled England mysteriously after he stole 10,000 pounds from his own bank. As time progressed the widely varied effects of this wrongdoing included isolation, ruined lives, shame and death. Toward the end of the story only time, circumstances, forgiveness and the grace of God could heal what had occurred. "He could not unravel the warp and woof of his life. The gossamer threads of the webs he had begun to weave about himself so lightly in the heyday of his youth and prosperity and happiness had thickened into cables and petrified; it was impossible to break through the coil of them or find a way out of it."—Curiosmith (2013).

Chapters:

  •  Chapter 1 — Absconded
  • Chapter 2 — Phebe Marlowe
  • Chapter 3 — Felicita
  • Chapter 4 — Upfold Farm
  • Chapter 5 — A Confession
  • Chapter 6 — The Old Bank
  • Chapter 7 — An Interrupted Day-Dream
  • Chapter 8 — The Senior Partner
  • Chapter 9 — Fast Bound
  • Chapter 10 — Leaving Riversborough
  • Chapter 11 — Old Marlowe
  • Chapter 12 — Reckless Of Life
  • Chapter 13 — Suspense
  • Chapter 14 — On The Altar Steps
  • Chapter 15 — A Second Fraud
  • Chapter 16 — Parting Words
  • Chapter 17 — Waiting for the News
  • Chapter 18 — The Dead Are Forgiven
  • Chapter 19 — Author and Publisher
  • Chapter 20 — A Dumb Man's Grief
  • Chapter 21 — Plato and Paul
  • Chapter 22 — A Rejected Suitor
  • Chapter 23 — Another Offer
  • Chapter 24 — At Home in London
  • Chapter 25 — Dead to the World
  • Chapter 26 — After Many Years
  • Chapter 27 — Canon Pascal
  • Chapter 28 — Felicita's Refusal
  • Chapter 29 — Taking Orders
  • Chapter 30 — A London Curacy
  • Chapter 31 — Other People's Sins
  • Chapter 32 — An Old Man's Pardon
  • Chapter 33 — The Grave at Engelberg
  • Chapter 34 — The Lowest Deeps
  • Chapter 35 — Alice Pascal
  • Chapter 36 — Coming to Himself
  • Chapter 37 — A Glimpse into Paradise
  • Chapter 38 — A London Garret
  • Chapter 39 — His Father's Sin
  • Chapter 40 — Haunting Memories
  • Chapter 41 — The Voice of the Dead
  • Chapter 42 — No Place for Repentance
  • Chapter 43 — Within and Without
  • Chapter 44 — In His Father's House
  • Chapter 45 — As a Hired Servant
  • Chapter 46 — Phebe's Secret
  • Chapter 47 — Near the End
  • Chapter 48 — The Most Miserable
  • Chapter 49 — For One Moment
  • Chapter 50 — The Final Resolve
  • Chapter 51 — In Lucerne
  • Chapter 52 — His Own Children
  • Chapter 53 — An Emigration Scheme
  • Chapter 54 — Farewell
  • Chapter 55 — Quite Alone
  • Chapter 56 — Last Words

Characters:

  • Roland Sefton — a man in his thirties, the main character.
  • Felicita  Sefton — Roland's wife.
  • Felix Sefton — son of Roland and Felicita.
  • Hilda Sefton — five year old daughter of Roland and Felicita.
  • Phebe Marlow — young country girl.
  • Old Marlow — Phebe's father, deaf and dumb.
  • Mr. Acton — The head clerk and manager when Roland is away.
  • Mr. Clifford — Roland's partner at the bank.
  • Madame — mother of Roland Sefton.
  • Canon Pascal — the clergyman husband of a distant cousin and the tutor of Felix.
  • Alice Pascal — Canon Pascal's daughter.
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