Broken Columns

Broken Columns

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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. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ... she had done, and with what results. The announcement struck terror into Octy's heart; he laid his hand on his father's shoulder and said: "The thing is plain enough! she's murdered! or she has been driven to suicide!" "Hush! pious Octavius," said the. woman, lifting her finger, and looking with mock solemnity, "hush! you should speak gently when the corpse of your sweetheart is in the attic; but no, no, speak up, for noise cannot break her slumbers! ha, ha, ha!" Mr. Hargreaves had been asking questions all the time by his countenance rather than by audible speech. It mustn't be thought that he was an indifferent party, though his voice was not heard. "But let us all go," Mrs. Hargreaves continued, "and take a look at Emily, --but no, the serpent mustn't come, the sight might shock his tender heart--come away, Rufus, love, and come Octy, saintly dear, and see!" Not a man in the company felt himself able to utter a word. Every one's lip trembled with a deep curse, which an invisible power prevented from falling. The whole business was too grave, too appalling, to be canvassed in other than the most solemn and searching manner, yet consternation overmatched expression and a fearful silence rested everywhere for a moment that seemed an hour. With hearts whose peaceful throbbing had been exchanged for a violent dashing, the three Hargreaveses proceeded towards the door. Suddenly, Mrs. Hargreaves seized her husband's arm and said--" O Rufus, how dare you go? You remember the ghost at The Holly? You remember the horrid face that was like a pin-point at first and then widened till it became like a sheet? You remember how your marrow was changed into lumps of stone? How dare you go!" "Come...show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236513363
  • 9781236513366