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  • So that when, on the sixteenth of December 1792, the gay morning was suddenly overcast, and a black curtain was drawn over the bright sun, the people of Jersey, working in the fields, vraicking among the rocks, or knitting in their doorways, stood aghast, and knew not what was upon them.

    The Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Gilbert Parker

  • Every rock was known to me, even though it showed only in a ring of widening circles or a flattening of the dancing waves into a straining coil, for we had been in the habit of fishing and vraicking here regularly until Torode took possession.

    Carette of Sark

  • But now the fishing and vraicking were stopped, for Torode liked visitors as little as did Jean Le Marchant.

    Carette of Sark

  • Her husband was drowned while vraicking a year after they were married, and she had taken the farm in hand and made more of it than ever he would have done if he had lived to be a hundred, for the Le Marchants always tended more to the sea than to the land, though Jeanne Falla's

    Carette of Sark


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    October 1, 2009