Master of the Vineyard

Myrtle REED (1874 - 1911)

"Why don't you sell the vineyard?" she asked, though her heart sank at the mere suggestion. "Sell it? Why didn't the Ancient Mariner sell his albatross and take a nice little trip around the world on the proceeds? Mother would die of a broken heart if I mentioned it to her. The Marsh family have been the slaves of that vineyard since the first mistaken ancestor went into the grape business. We've fertilised it, pruned it, protected it, tied it up, sat up nights with it, fanned the insects away from it, hired people to pick the fruit and pack it, fed the people, entertained them, sent presents to their wives and children—we've done everything! And what have we had for it? Only a very moderate living, all the grapes we could eat, and a few bottles of musty old wine. "Mother, of course, has very little to do with it, and, to her, it has come to represent some sort of entailed possession that becomes more sacred every year. It's a family heirloom, like a title, or some very old and valuable piece of jewelry. Other people have family plate and family traditions, but we've got a vineyard, or, to speak more truthfully, it has us."

Genre(s): Romance

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Hill of the Muses Celine Major
00:16:42
Play 02 Brown Alpaca Celine Major
00:19:45
Play 03 The Crystal Ball Celine Major
00:21:26
Play 04 April's Sun Celine Major
00:20:31
Play 05 The House of the Broken Heart Celine Major
00:19:44
Play 06 More Stately Mansions Celine Major
00:18:47
Play 07 A Letter and a Guest Celine Major
00:19:45
Play 08 'Whom God Hath Joined' Celine Major
00:22:08
Play 09 A Spring Day Celine Major
00:19:10
Play 10 A Little Brown Mouse Celine Major
00:21:28
Play 11 The Hour of the Turning Night Celine Major
00:21:58
Play 12 Asking - Not Answer Celine Major
00:20:05
Play 13 The Stain of the Rose Celine Major
00:18:53
Play 14 The Light Before a Shrine Celine Major
00:19:39
Play 15 The Inlaid Box Celine Major
00:19:57
Play 16 One Little Hour Celine Major
00:20:10
Play 17 The Last Tryst Celine Major
00:19:21
Play 18 Starbreak Celine Major
00:18:04
Play 19 If Love Were All Celine Major
00:19:22
Play 20 'The Lady Traveller' Celine Major
00:19:34
Play 21 The Weaving of the Tapestry Celine Major
00:17:27
Play 22 Each to His Own Work Celine Major
00:19:13
Play 23 Betrothal Celine Major
00:19:04
Play 24 The Minister's Call Celine Major
00:19:17
Play 25 A Wedding Celine Major
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