Ade, by Esme Stuart

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ... to love her. Carl was very anxious to have no scenes between his wife and his mother. They were to live together in the same house, so the sooner they became used to each other the better. Gretchen, as younger and inferior in every respect, must of course be the one to yield. He had exerted himself to tell his wife that she must remember that his mother was used to have her own way, and that she must give in to her. Gretchen simply said "yes," and really meant to try and to conciliate the baroness; but her first reception had chilled her, making hard, angry feelings rise--such feelings as Gretchen had never had before in her life. During dinner the baroness entirely overlooked her daughter-in-law. She talked to Carl in her usual manner, but did not take the trouble to include Gretchen, who remained silent and uncomfortable, feeling that the servants' eyes were upon her, and bitterly resenting the slights offered to her. Louise seldom spoke, except to say something sarcastic to her mother; but she occasionally tried to address Gretchen. How the poor child longed to fly home, or to a convent, or anywhere out of this grand, unloving place; but she was Carl's wife, there was no escaping from the fact, and her duty was here. That evening Carl went out, saying he had some friends to see, and some business to settle; and then Gretchen retired to her own sittingroom, glad to be alone, and out of the sight of the Baroness' cold scrutiny and rude indifference. Louise saw it all, but she could do nothing. She longed to say, "You will get used to it, as I have done," but she dared not. She recognized that there was a great gulf between getting used to being a lonely sister or child, and a neglected wife. "Why," thought...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236884752
  • 9781236884756