Carita; A Cuban Romance

Carita; A Cuban Romance

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...later, she observed that the bit of love vine which had fallen upon a branch of the coral tree was alive and sending forth new tendrils. It was not to die, but would live and thrive, a hopeful omen for the whispered love of her who cast it there! And so, while praying for strength to bear her cross and sternly resolving not to yield, did she contrive to feed her hungering soul with the shadow of a hope. It was late the same afternoon that Padre Serrano appeared at Buena Esperanza. The Senora Duran was first closeted with him to be shriven, then came the turn of the younger lady, who freely confessed her real or imagined sins of commission and omission, with a single reservation: she made no mention of the little love vine clinging to the coral tree in the court. The good Padre might enjoin her to tear it from its place and allow it to wither and die on the inhospitable stones, and to this she could not bring herself to consent. She held firmly to her vow as ever, but that bit of love vine, typical of the one ray of light in the darkness of her life, should be left to flourish in the warmth of the sun. At dark the candles were lighted on the altar in the oratory, and then Padre Serrano appeared in the robes of his office and recited the vesper service, the Senora, Carita, Pablo, and the woman-servant being all assembled there, listening devoutly on their knees. The doors opening on the balcony were thrown wide, and the light of the candles fell faintly across the court, dimly outlining a human figure kneeling behind the opposite balustrade with face turned toward the distant altar and hands uplifted in supplication. There was, then, a fifth person who assisted at this night service. The set ritual concluded, Padre Serrano faced the penitents, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236609271
  • 9781236609274