Adele; A Tale Volume N . 2

Adele; A Tale Volume N . 2

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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. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...unblest life is before her. And she will be--as she told me once--she will be seventeen in May." Here the prayer-book of Adele fell from her lap on the floor. She awoke with the sound. Mr. Osborne picked it up and gave it to her, but not without first seeing that she had been reading the marriage service. He sat down on one of those little couches which the French call vis-a-vis, and which were first invented by fond, selfish married people, who want no stupid, foolish third between them. At once Adele rose, and went and sat down by him; she laid her head on his shoulder, she took his hand in her own. Of course! Had she not been reading the marriage service? He bit his lip; he longed to put her away, to say some harsh, unkind word, that would scare her for ever, and teach her to come thus and there from duty; but he only looked down at her and smiled a little ironically. ' "I know why you did not write," she said; "you have been ill! I did not say so below. I saw you did not wish to speak of it, but you have been ill. I know it." He was a little startled at her penetration; for it was true, he had spent in a lonely room, in a lonely inn, six days of the seven he had been away. "You did not want me to know it," she continued, "therefore you did not write. But, oh! promise to do so no more. These last three nights I have not slept." I Without looking at her, he gave the required promise. He knew well enough, that in a certain irritating way, she was fond of him. "That is not all," she pursued. "You have had great trouble. I see it in your face. Why have you allowed it to make you so unhappy? It must be borne, you know." Mr. Osborne looked down at his wife, and...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236950666
  • 9781236950666