The Compromise Volume 1

The Compromise 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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: the livery of fashion, had brought about one of these moments. Though he had been a widower for barely two years, he had been practically alone for twenty-four. From a material point of view, Ella had lost nothing by her grudging submission to john's will; since, less than two years after the crucial scene, the three thousand pounds in question had, by one of those subtle ironies in which Fate delights, found their way, after all, into her ready hands; the relative whom Mrs. Watson had selected as her heir having died intestate, close upon the heels of her benefactress, and Ella proving to be the nearest of kin. So, as far as the figure of her income was concerned, the battle with john had not been crucial at all; and yet it was by far the most crucial thing which came to either of their lives, either before or after. Although to outside eyes nothing was altered in their relations, yet nothing had been quite the same again after that evening. The reproachful, martyr-like airs sported by Ella somehow completely failed to touch john's not usually adamantine heart. Neither was there much talk of the "assistance" she had once dreamt of giving him--as, indeed, how could there be, with maternal duties multiplying? Besides, their ideas with regard to "raising" the native speedily proved not to be identical. When Ella spoke of "raising," she evidently meant improving their manners, and incidentally also their taste in dress, while john used just the same expression for a field of activity not embraced within her horizon. Yet his patience never failed him. The form which his disappointment took was not irritation, but a slowly growing reserve, in which human pride undeniably had its part. more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236906926
  • 9781236906922