Levin knew that his elder brother
took little interest in farming, and only put the question in deference to him, and so he only told him about the sale of his wheat and money matters.
'Why,' says I, smiling, 'I can stop all their mouths at one clap by telling him, and them too, that I am married already to his elder brother
So, with shame and anguish in his soul, the elder brother
went back to his village, and, with his sister, mourned the little boy and the broken promise till the end of his life.
My elder brother
, for whom there was no place in the office where I worked, had found one in a store, and he beguiled the leisure that light trade left on his hands by reading the novels of Captain Marryat.
"The elder brother
looked to the younger, who said haughtily, `There is a case of medicines here;' and brought it from a closet, and put it on the table.
When he quitted England, he left his father and his elder brother
Michael seriously at variance.
But Death plucked down some virtuous elder brother
, on whose whistling daily toil solely hung the responsibilities of some other family, and left the worse than useless old man standing, till the hideous rot of life should make him easier to harvest.
"You know yourself, George," says the elder brother
, returning the grip of his hand, "and perhaps you know me better than I know myself.
We do not know whether he suddenly became conscious of these things; but, giddy as he was, he understood that he had seen what he ought not to have seen, that he had just surprised the soul of his elder brother
in one of its most secret altitudes, and that Claude must not be allowed to know it.
'The elder brother
, grandfather to these two children, was now a broken man; crushed and borne down, less by the weight of years than by the heavy hand of sorrow.
He came back at the end of a year in the same state as his elder brother
. I took care of him, and as I had a thousand sequins to spare I gave them to him, and he re-opened his shop.
Though Antonia loved her father more than she did anyone else, she stood in awe of her elder brother