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CHAPTER SIX THE WEDDING GARMENT

When at last I was summoned to meet Reg again I noticed a great change in him. He was quieter, yet he held a suggestion of strength and secret joy that I found most attractive. As we sat together with our backs against a convenient tree, he said with a . . . → Read More: Death and Life of a Soldier: 13

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CHAPTER FIVE THE PLAN BEGUN

“First of all we will take you to the Hall of Reception to meet your angels again,” I explained. “Then they will take you to the Gates so that you can see the exact state of your robe.”

“That is awful, isn’t it?” Reg asked with a pitiful look.

“It . . . → Read More: Death and Life of a Soldier: 12

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CHAPTER FOUR THE PLAN UNFOLDED

“Suppose we take one question at a time,” I suggested. “Of course, the Love of God won us a place in Heavenif we believe that and accept it.”

“How can we accept it, even if we do believe?”

“Suppose you were sitting by a pool of water and you were . . . → Read More: Death and Life of a Soldier: 11

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CHAPTER THREE THE WISH EXPRESSED

Thus we continued our talk. It was a great pleasure to have Reg’s company and the plan forming or infused in my mind was very much to my taste. Janet, who could of course follow my thoughts, thoroughly approved. Reg, all unconscious, talked on, or lay with his hands under . . . → Read More: Death and Life of a Soldier: 10

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CHAPTER TWO THE FEAST

Silently, we three walked across the green, and there, where the waves left a gleaming line on the golden sand, we turned toward our house. All was peace. The mellow green light filled the little sanctuary. The pink chestnut, perpetually in bloom, brooded over the roof and graced the verandah where . . . → Read More: Death and Life of a Soldier: 9

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BERNARD’S STORY

CHAPTER ONE THE KING’S VISIT

I could not keep the eagerness out of my step as we made our way toward the green, but, swiftly as I walked, Reg kept pace with me, glancing up at me at intervals with a troubled look. Searching into his mind, I saw the reason. Poor fellow! . . . → Read More: Death and Life of a Soldier: 8

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CHAPTER SEVEN HOSTS AND GUESTS

Reg had been so absorbed in their conversation that he had ceased to notice the great void, but now he saw that the strange blue light had given place to a grassy hilltop. The three of them stood together, gazing down a winding path into a valley far below. Everywhere . . . → Read More: Death and Life of a Soldier: 7

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CHAPTER SIX PEAS AND CARAWAY SEEDS

“Tell me more about going to this Plane Between in sleep,” Reg asked.

“Well, man prepares for death in this way. If it were not for sleep, death would have the terror of the unknown”

“But is has!” Reg interrupted. “At least, to a great many people.”

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CHAPTER FIVE A JOURNEY THROUGH THE VOID

“Can I really? I suppose you have all seen them already?”

“I have,” replied Gordon. “The others have been too busy as yet.” He turned to them. “Well, fellows, are you ready?

There was a chorus of assent; Reg felt a hand on each shoulder and in a . . . → Read More: Death and Life of a Soldier: 5

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CHAPTER FOUR ”GREAT TIMES”

Gordon rose from the seat and stood looking out over the park. “Want to meet some of the fellows now?”

Reg sprang to his feet. “May I really? Somehow I think this will all seem proved when I have spoken to the others. Just now, it is half a dream.”

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