Tongues of Conscience


Read by Lisa Reichert

(5 stars; 1 reviews)

Tongues of Conscience (1898) is a collection of five thought-provoking stories where an innocent, but selfish, action leads to horrific consequences. Robert Hichens writes some wonderfully evocative descriptions of nature: from a raw and exposed violent seascape, to the serene and idyllic countryside “…the violets seemed to sing in odours…” , to a train pushing through the white-out of a blizzard.

In Sea Change an artist with a dark secret (“…I painted for him in words, the varying colors of waves in different seas… I drowned little Jack in the sea.”) shares the details of his guilt with a priest who tells a simple white lie in an effort to save his tortured friend’s sanity. In “William Foster”, the works of an author rouses his own wife’s religious nature with a most shocking result. In The Cry of the Child a gifted but egotistic doctor is haunted by the wail of his dead baby, but finds salvation with the sacrifice of someone else’s most selfless act. In How Love Came to Professor Guildea a scientist whose research has done wonderful things for humanity, confronts the terror of finding himelf loved. And finally, in The Lady and the Beggar, a wealthy woman’s will leaves her bounty to the poor, but only after she learns a very expensive lesson. . - Summary by LisaR (8 hr 43 min)

Chapters

Sea Change. Part 1. The Rainbow. 28:28 Read by Lisa Reichert
Sea Change. Part 1. The Rainbow. (continued) 44:43 Read by Lisa Reichert
Sea Change. Part 2. The Grave. 41:13 Read by Lisa Reichert
Sea Change. Part 2. The Grave. (continued) 45:49 Read by Lisa Reichert
"William Foster." Part 1. 9:46 Read by Lisa Reichert
"William Foster." Part 2. 17:47 Read by Lisa Reichert
"William Foster." Part 3. 29:38 Read by Lisa Reichert
"William Foster." Part 4. 15:04 Read by Lisa Reichert
"William Foster." Part 5. 10:31 Read by Lisa Reichert
"William Foster." Part 6. 21:52 Read by Lisa Reichert
The Cry of the Child. Part 1. The Dead Child. 21:53 Read by Lisa Reichert
The Cry of the Child. Part 1. The Dead Child. (continued) 36:46 Read by Lisa Reichert
The Cry of the Child. Part 2. The Living Child. 31:09 Read by Lisa Reichert
The Cry of the Child. Part 2. The Living Child. (continued) 33:29 Read by Lisa Reichert
How Love Came to Professor Guildea. Part 1. 16:13 Read by Lisa Reichert
How Love Came to Professor Guildea. Part 2. 18:04 Read by Lisa Reichert
How Love Came to Professor Guildea. Part 3. 12:37 Read by Lisa Reichert
How Love Came to Professor Guildea. Part 4. 26:46 Read by Lisa Reichert
How Love Came to Professor Guildea. Part 5. 12:22 Read by Lisa Reichert
How Love Came to Professor Guildea. Part 6. 12:55 Read by Lisa Reichert
The Lady and the Beggar. 36:28 Read by Lisa Reichert

Reviews

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(5 stars)

The author has the gift to draw the 'reader ' into each original story. His descriptions of scenes are quite poetic and the characters brilliantly drawn. I lived each story from beginning to end with my senses on " a high ". I recommend his books and fail to understand why he is not as famous as his contemporaries. The atmosphere was enhanced by the calm, clear reading