At His Gates; A Novel by Mrs. Oliphant. in Two Volumes Volume 1

At His Gates; A Novel by Mrs. Oliphant. in Two Volumes 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. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ... could exist, it is possible, better without me than Iwith m.e.' Would they be happier to have me in prison; disgraced, and dishonoured, a drag hanging about their neck--or to hear the worst at once, to know that everything was over, ' that at least their pittance would be theirs, and their peace respected? Everything would be over. Nobody' could have any pretext for annoying her about it. They would be sorry for her--even they would be sorry for me. My policies would go to make up something-----to clear my name a little. And they would let her alone. 'She couldgo to the country. She is so simple in her real tastes... They could live on what she has, if they were only rid of me." A sigh that was almost a sob interrupted him in his musing. He was so worn out; and was it the gravechill that was invading him already and making him shiver? He took the canvas on the easel and held it up to the light. "The drawing is good enough," he said to himself, "it is not the drawing. She always owns that. It is--something else. And how can I tell after this that I could even draw? I could not now, if I were to try. My hand shakes like an old mari's. I might fall ill like poor Haldane. Ah, my God!" The canvas fell out of his hands upon the floor--a sudden spasm contracted his heart. Haldane! It was the first time that day that he had thought of him. His ruin would be the ruin of his friend too--his friend who was helpless, sick and yet the support of others. "Oh, my God, my God!" he wailed with a cry of despair. And there was no one near to hear him, no one to defend him from himself and from the devil, to lay hands upon him, to bid him live and hope and work, and help them to exist whom he had helped to...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236841379
  • 9781236841377