The Complete Works of William Makepeace Thackeray; With Illustrations by the Author, and with Introductory Notes Setting Forth the History of the Several Works in Twenty-Two Volumes Volume 4

The Complete Works of William Makepeace Thackeray; With Illustrations by the Author, and with Introductory Notes Setting Forth the History of the Several Works in Twenty-Two Volumes Volume 4

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...and settled every shilling which remained to me in an annuity upon--upon those who bore my name, on condition that they should hide themselves away, and not assume it. They have kept that condition, as they would break it, for more money. If I had earned fame or reputation, that woman would have come to claim it. If I had made a name for myself, those who had no right to it would have borne it; and I entered life at twenty--God help me!--hopeless and ruined beyond remission. I was the boyish victim of vulgar cheats, and, perhaps, it is only of late I have found out how hard--ah, how hard!--it is to forgive them. I told you the moral before, Pen; and now I have told you the fable. Beware how you marry out of your degree. I was made for a better lot than this, I think: but God has awarded me this one--and so, you see, it is for me to look on, and see others successful and others happy, with a heart that shall be as little bitter as possible." "By gad, sir," cried the Major, in high good-humor, "I intended you to marry Miss Laura here." "And, by gad, Master Shallow, I owe you a thousand pound," Warrington said. "How d'ye mean a thousand? it was only a pony, sir," replied the Major simply, at which the other laughed. As for Helen, she was so delighted that she started up, and said, "God bless you--God for ever bless you, Mr. Warrington!" and kissed both his hands, and ran up to Pen, and fell into his arms. "Yes, dearest mother," he said as he held her to him, and with a noble tenderness and emotion, embraced and forgave her. "I am innocent, and my dear, dear mother has done me a wrong." "Oh, yes, my child, I have wronged you, thank God, I have wronged you!..".show more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236962281
  • 9781236962287