By Celia's Arbour; A Tale of Portsmouth Town Volume 1

By Celia's Arbour; A Tale of Portsmouth Town 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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... You show your womanhood in your new armour of reserve. Very bright and beautiful armour it is." "I meant no reserve, dear Laddy. We always talked together since we were children, have we not? and told each other everything." "Not lately, Cis; have we?" She hesitated, and blushed a little. Then she evaded my question. "Why, who could be more to me than you, Laddy? My companion, my tutor, my brother. What have I to hide from you? Nothing, Laddy, nothing." "Not that you know of, Cis. But there is a change. I think that we do not talk so freely of our thoughts as we did. Do we?" She pondered for a moment. "I thought we did, Laddy. At least I have not thought anything about it. There is no change indeed, dear Laddy. What if I am grown up, as you say, into a woman?" "What, indeed, stately Cis? Only girls are so--they wrap themselves up in their own thoughts and become enigmas." She laughed now. "What do you know about girls, pray? We have so few thoughts worthy the name that we can hardly be said to wrap ourselves in them. And why should girls be enigmas any more than your own sex, sir?" "I don't know. Perhaps because we want to find out more than they care to tell us about themselves." "Perhaps because men always think and talk of women as a class. Why can't they give us individuality? You see, Laddy, we are different from men chiefly because we have no ambition for ourselves. I suppose it is in our nature--so far we are a class--that we desire peace and obscurity for ourselves, and greatness only for those men we care about. I have no hopes for myself in the future, Laddy. But I want to see Leonard famous, and you a great...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123692049X
  • 9781236920492