chapter  8
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Ruth, ch. 32

During the afternoon service, Mr. Benson became aware that the large Bradshaw pew was no longer unoccupied. In a dark corner Mr. Bradshaw's white head was to be seen, bo\\'ed do\vn low in prayer. When last he had worshipped there, the hair on that head was iron-grey, and even in prayer he had stood erect, with an air of conscious righteousness sufficient for all his wants, and even some to spare with which to judge others. Now-. the1t white and hoary head was never uplifted; part of his unobtrusiveness might, it is true, be attributed to the un· comfortable feeling which was sure to attend any open withdravval ot the declaration he had once made, never to enter the chapel ic which Mr. Benson was minister again; and, as such a feeling was natural to all men, and especially to such a one as Mr. Bradshaw, Mr. Benson instinctively respected it, and passed out of the chapel with his household, vvithout ever directing his regards to the obscure place where Mr. Bradshaw still remained immovable.