Summary (Masterplots: Revised Category Edition, British Fiction Series)
Orphaned in infancy, William Crimsworth had been meagerly supported by his mother’s brothers, Lord Tynedale and the Honorable John Seacombe. William’s brother Edward, ten years his senior, had taken over his deceased father’s mill and had prospered.
Upon his graduation from Eton, William refused to accept further aid from the uncles who had treated his mother so coldly and asked his brother for employment. When he arrived at Bigben Close where the mill was located, Edward censured his young brother for having submitted to Tynedale and Seacombe for so many years. Edward was harsh and cold in speech and act, and his pretty young wife, although inclined at first toward warmth, began to treat William in much the same way. Edward hired William as a clerk at ninety pounds a year and requested that the young man live away from Crimsworth Hall.
A grudging brother and a harsh master, Edward invited William to his house only once, along with some other mill workers, to attend a party. That evening, William met Mr. Hunsden, a flippant, wealthy mill owner who, judging Edward a false brother and a tyrant, publicly denounced him. As a result, Edward furiously dismissed William. Hearing of William’s decision to go to the Continent, Mr. Hunsden gave him a letter of introduction to a Mr. Brown in Brussels.
When William presented his letter, Mr. Brown suggested teaching as a possible career. Through his influence, William became a teacher of...
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