The Cost of It

The Cost of It

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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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...even, as time went on, remembered her. That is, after Lady Smedley's days; for the Governor's wife had been down to Bonne Esperance more than once, and Mimi had stayed at Government House, and appeared at several functions during her reign. The last had been a large garden party, given in honour of the Fleet. It had begun so well, and Henry had felt quite proud of his mother in her pretty white lace dress--straight out from Paris--and broad-brimmed rosedecked hat. But the end had been disaster. For at tea time the little woman, unable to resist the superabundance of tempting looking sweatmeats, had filled her pale pink parasol full of them; and nervously opening it--as she stood making her adieux to the Governor, in full view of the entire assembly--had been deluged by a shower of gaily tinted bon-bons. On which she had flashed Henry the glance of an ashamed child, had caught the look of anger on his face-;--caused, indeed, more by the laugh that ran through the crowd, and the scornfully uttered remark at his elbow, " That's just the sort of thing those beastly creoles do," than by her action--and had burst into tears. For some time after that Mimi refused to go any where with her son; ashamed of what she had done, and angry with him because she chose to believe that he was ashamed both of her and her folly. Then the Smedley's had left; and a new Governor, an unmarried man, had reigned in his turn for five years, trying to make friends with Henry for the sake of old Sir Alexander, who had told him his history; but so repulsed by the young man's coldness and constant refusal of all invitations that he had quite forgotten to mention him to his successor. And so the breach had gone on widening;...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236866118
  • 9781236866110