Bentley's Miscellany Volume 8, No. 4

Bentley's Miscellany Volume 8, No. 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...man's chamber. Though accustomed to disease in its most repulsive stages, I was unprepared for the scene that awaited me. The apartment was low, but roomy; beams of blackened oak traversed the ceiling, and a wainscoting of the same material, about eight feet high, extended along the walls; from one extremity projected an enormous chimney, the upper part of which was carved, painted, and even gilt, with elaborate but fantastic art. Opposite stood a heavy bedstead, adorned in like manner; the hangings were torn, and, like the sheets, smeared with blood; on the pillow, which appeared one mass of gore, lay a person I with difficulty recognized as Mr. Wilderspin. His countenance was wan; the eyes were half-closed, the lips parted, and the teeth firmly set; bandages were round his neck, but proved insufficient to stanch the thick dark stream that oozed through, and stagnated in little pools upon the coverlet. One hand, deeply gashed, retained in its clutch a fragment of torn linen; and a stout gentleman with a bald head, drab great-coat, and top-boots that would have blushed had you mentioned blacking, held possession of the other. The daughter of the wounded man, a pale, thin woman, stood on the opposite side, gazing alternately on her bleeding parent and the profound features of the village doctor. 'Sad work, sir, --dreadful business!' exclaimed the latter as I approached the bed, 'jugular severed--carotid cut--haemorrhage immense--bleeding to death. There has been murder done, sir, or I will forfeit my reputation. You had better take a glass of water, sir, ' Indeed I needed one; for the abruptness with which this sickening sight had been presented caused me to turn deadly faint. 'My poor father, ' said Mrs Elliott, ' when first discovered in thisshow more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236509404
  • 9781236509406