The Atlantic Volume 26

The Atlantic Volume 26

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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: ...a depraved and thievish girl, whom he declared to be this sister. The burden of his secret, shared by this wt-etch, darkens and embitters Otto's life, which is chiefly brightened by the friendship of a young nobleman, Wilhelm, who is in love with a beautiful girl of low condition. It turns out that this is Otto's real sister; she dies before her marriage with Wilhelm; and that gay and pretty SISter of Wilhelm, with whom Otto is at first in love, marries a Kammerjiu-tker, and then Otto finds that really it is another sister of Vilhelm's, Louise, namely, that he is in love with, and they are wed. Th8 SIQTY 5'-'7'-H' gles over much detail, as we have suggested, but it is all very interesting, and parts of it are absorbing. The course of Otto's love for Sophie is very naturally and finely traced through all the tums by which he ideceives himself in regard to her feeling; and his friendship with Vilhelm, if it seems:1 somewhat florid affair to men of our race, is still very charming. Doubtless the most affecting and forcible chapter of all is that in which the author goes back to depict the scenes of the punishment and self-sacrifice of Otto's poor young mother. The character of Rosalie, the old Swiss housekeeper, who will not retum to her country in the ease and affluence of her old age, because all her friends, whom she can believe alive at a distance, she will find to be dead, is very nicely and feelingly portrayed, and the reader is everywhere conscious of admirable painting of local and individual life. It is an odd fact worth noting, that an amusement in which Vilhelm and other young noblemen indulge on a certain occasion is that of masquerading in vomen's clothes, as those rich and idle gentlemen of London...show more

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  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 780g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236830776
  • 9781236830777