1 When she reached the house, she gave another proof of her identity.
2 My mother had a sure foreboding at the second glance, that it was Miss Betsey.
3 It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously.
4 He died a year afterwards, and, as I have said, six months before I came into the world.
5 My father's eyes had closed upon the light of this world six months, when mine opened on it.
6 I was born with a caul, which was advertised for sale, in the newspapers, at the low price of fifteen guineas.
7 This was the state of matters, on the afternoon of, what I may be excused for calling, that eventful and important Friday.
8 Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
9 An aunt of my father's, and consequently a great-aunt of mine, of whom I shall have more to relate by and by, was the principal magnate of our family.
10 I need say nothing here, on the first head, because nothing can show better than my history whether that prediction was verified or falsified by the result.
11 I can make no claim therefore to have known, at that time, how matters stood; or to have any remembrance, founded on the evidence of my own senses, of what follows.
12 On the second branch of the question, I will only remark, that unless I ran through that part of my inheritance while I was still a baby, I have not come into it yet.
13 But I do not at all complain of having been kept out of this property; and if anybody else should be in the present enjoyment of it, he is heartily welcome to keep it.
14 The setting sun was glowing on the strange lady, over the garden-fence, and she came walking up to the door with a fell rigidity of figure and composure of countenance that could have belonged to nobody else.
15 How they affected my aunt, nobody knew; for immediately upon the separation, she took her maiden name again, bought a cottage in a hamlet on the sea-coast a long way off, established herself there as a single woman with one servant, and was understood to live secluded, ever afterwards, in an inflexible retirement.
16 My father had often hinted that she seldom conducted herself like any ordinary Christian; and now, instead of ringing the bell, she came and looked in at that identical window, pressing the end of her nose against the glass to that extent, that my poor dear mother used to say it became perfectly flat and white in a moment.
17 Whether sea-going people were short of money about that time, or were short of faith and preferred cork jackets, I don't know; all I know is, that there was but one solitary bidding, and that was from an attorney connected with the bill-broking business, who offered two pounds in cash, and the balance in sherry, but declined to be guaranteed from drowning on any higher bargain.
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