The Children of the Abbey; A Tale Volume N . 2

The Children of the Abbey; A Tale Volume N . 2

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...I repeated, and a deep, desponding sigh burst from my heart. I lay silent a long time after this; the gloom which encompassed me at length grew too dreary to be borne, and I desired Mrs. Bruce to draw back the curtains of the bed and windows. She obeyed, and the bright beams of the sun darting into the room displayed to my view an object I could not behold without shuddering, --this was the portrait of Lady Dunreath exactly opposite the bed. My mind was softened by illness, and I felt in that moment as if her sainted spirit stood before me to awaken my conscience to remorse, and my heart to repentance. The benevolence which had irradiated the countenance of the original with a celestial expression was powerfully expressed upon the canvas, and recalled, oh, how affectingly to my memory the period in which this most amiable of women gave me a refuge in her house, in her arms, from the storms of life. And yet her child, I groaned, her child I was accessory in destroying! Oh, how excruciating, were my feelings at this period of awakening conscience! I no longer inveighed against my sufferings; I considered them in the light of retribution, and felt an awful resignation take possession of my soul. "Yes," groaned I to myself, "it is fit that in the very spot in which I triumphed in deceit and cruelty, I should meet the punishment due to my misdeeds." The change in my disposition produced a similar one in my temper, so that Mrs. Bruce found the task of attending me easier than she had imagined it would be. Yet I did not submit to confinement without many efforts to liberate myself through her means; but her fidelity to her unnatural employers was not to be shaken. Blushing, however, at my past enormities, I should rather more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236986903
  • 9781236986900