Abbot's Cleve, Or, Can It Be Proved?; A Novel Volume 1

Abbot's Cleve, Or, Can It Be Proved?; A Novel Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...There Florence did not make any attempt to see her, rightly judging that her unwelcome society was likely to do the invalid's nerves more harm than good, and strongly suspecting besides that the alleged illness was only a consequence or a prolongation of the previous week's fit of ill-humour. The suspicion was certainly a very natural one to occur to anybody acquainted with Augusta's habits and disposition, and Florence could hardly be blamed for any want of feeling in entertaining it. Even the family doctor, whom the Count sent to fetch from Ecclesworth the day after his return, at first evidently took pretty much the same view of the case, for he treated it very lightly, and merely prescribed a simple draught, of which coloured water was the principal, and probably intended to be the most efficacious, ingredient. But he was disposed to think that he must have misunderstood the nature of the ailment when, on calling the next day, instead of finding his patient, as he had expected, quite well again and gone out for a drive, he saw her looking flushed, feverish, and really ill, and was told of new and more serious symptoms which had presented themselves that morning. Still he thought it as likely as not that these indications might all be the result of renewed indulgence in the caprices of a temper which he knew to be violent and wayward, and it was not till he had repeated his visits for two or three days, each time finding a visible change for the worse, that he became really alarmed for the safety of his patient. Then it was that, not without some compunction for his own tardiness, he immediately adopted more energetic measures--among other things recommending the engagement of a sick-nurse in whose care and experience he had...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236806786
  • 9781236806789