All the Year Round Volume 25

All the Year Round Volume 25

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...childish palm to the sunlight, and pored over it as intently as if it had been some manuscript treatise of Albertus Magnus, written in cypher, to be understood only by the hierophant in science. "You are of a fitful temper," he said, " and do not make many friends. Yet you are capable of loving intensely--one or two persons perhaps, not more; indeed, I think only one at a time, for your nature is concentrative rather than diffuse." He spoke slowly and deliberately--coldly indifferent as an antique oracle--with his eyes upon her hand all the time. He took no note of the changes in her expressive face, which would have told him that he had hit the truth. "You are apt to be dissatisfied with life." "Oh, indeed I am," she cried, with a night better than the day." "You are a wizard," cried Daphne, remembering her wild delight in the dancing waves as she stood on the deck of the Channel steamer, her intense love of the winding river at home, the deep rapid stream, and of fresh salt breezes, and a free ocean life; remembering too how her soul had thrilled with rapture in the shadowy courtyard last night, when her shuttlecock flew up towards the moon. "You have a wonderful knack of finding out things," she said. " Go on, please." He had dropped her hand suddenly, and was looking up at her with intense earnestness. ' to be hanged, I should make him uneasy by saying so'? " " But my case is not so bad as that 1" "No; not quite so bad as that," he answered lightly, trying to smile. The whole thing seemed more or less a joke; but there are some natures so sensitive that they tremble at the lightest touch; and Daphne more

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 794g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236978072
  • 9781236978073