The Breaking of the Storm Volume III

The Breaking of the Storm Volume III

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Excerpt: ... you not bear it a little longer, only a little longer! Let me fulfil this, it may be your last service!" She had pressed her two hands against her bosom, as with stoical fortitude she bore the fearful pain, the agonising breathlessness caused by her palpitating heart, as had so often happened in the last few days. The terrible attack passed off, but the exhaustion which followed was so great, that she made several vain efforts to rise. She succeeded at last, and feeling for the table on which she knew a jug of water and glasses always stood, drank some water. "I can do it now," she murmured. And yet she often thought she must break down, as she languidly put one weary foot before the other, and slowly, slowly groped her way from the studio, and through the narrow path between the house and garden. As she passed the door of her own dwelling, she stood still and listened at the foot of the stairs which led to their rooms above. All was still, and her father was sleeping under good Aunt Rikchen's care. He would not miss her; her poor father did not even know that her dearest wish, that she might die after him, and so remain with him till he breathed his last, and spare him the pain of seeing his child die, could hardly now be fulfilled. Her poor father! and yet not so poor as the proud lonely man to whom she was going. She had reached the house and got as far as the carpeted marble stairs. A step came down towards her, and she stood still, leaning against the balustrade and smiling up at the new comer. "Dear Grollmann!" "Good gracious, Fraulein Cilli! How came you here? And how ill you look! Dear me! you ought to go to bed at once!" "I have no time for that, dear Grollmann, but I do feel very weak; will you help me up the stairs?" "Why, where do you want to go?" "To him--to Herr Schmidt." Grollmann shook his head. "Dear Fraulein Cilli, you know that I would do anything in the world...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236706846
  • 9781236706843