The Chap-Book Volume 4

The Chap-Book Volume 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. 1895-01-01 edition. Excerpt: ...obvious that she loved him? What was the reason for it? "I love you with my whole soul," she faltered. "And if the result of the trial had been different, you would have loved me just the same?" "More; for you would have needed it more. Nothing could make me love you less. As I told you, I should have loved you if you had been proved guilty. But Harold, my darling, why are we talking of these things, when we ought to be so happy? Not a stain is on your honour, dear. To-morrow all England will be scoring your slanderers and rejoicing with you. Let us be happy, dear." He kept his eyes fixed on her all the time she spoke, and the expression of pain and longing deepened on his face. And as if he had not heard her later words, but merely waited for the sound of her voice to cease, he asked tonelessly: "Would you love me if I were guilty?" Their eyes met, and fixed themselves in a mutual stare, that lasted for many breathless seconds, in an awful silence. His features contracted into haggard misery. Then the horrible, sickening truth dawned upon Ella's soul. The blood rushed from her cheeks and lips, leaving them blanched and quivering. Mechanically she withdrew her hand from his, and slowly shrank away from him, yet, as if fascinated, she did not turn away her eyes. "Yes; you have guessed. I stole them." He rose and stood by her side, looking down upon her. Her eyes did not follow him, but remained in the same fixed stare. His words seem to come out of some far away distance. Blood and life were frozen within her. She was incapable of speech and movement, almost of thought. The ghastly metempsychosis of her hero into a common thief had paralysed her. The foundations of her world had slipped from...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236505654
  • 9781236505651