The Cost of a Lie; A Novel

The Cost of a Lie; A Novel

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...considerations of the arrangement stifled the fair blossom of love whilst it was yet unfolded. And then a little incident occurred which gave a fresh and unexpected turn to Norman's thoughts concerning Stella. One day Norman and Florrie had been going out for a walk; Norman had politely asked Stella if she would not go with them. Stella refused coldly and ungraciously, and retired to her little sitting-room, and the lovers had started alone. ' They had not gone three hundred-yards from the door when Florrie discovered that she had forgotten her umbrella, and asked Norman to go back for it. " I don't think it will rain," objected Norman. " Never mind, I am never easy without an umbrella; pray go back and fetch it, you will find it in the morning-room." Norman, as in duty bound, went back to the house and made straight for Stella's morning-room. What, however, was his astonishment, upon opening the door, to see Stella h_erself, stretched upon the sofa, face downwards, in an attitude of utter despair, sobbing wildly and passionately. Norman stood aghast. Stella's grief was so excessive that she was quite unconscious of his entrance, when suddenly he knelt down by her side and took her hand; she started and sat up, and seemed to be terrified at the sight of him. "For Heaven's sake, tell me what is the matter, Stella!" he said, looking himself the picture of distress at the sight of her tear-stained face; "has anything happened? " " Nothing--nothing whatever; pray leave me." "My dear Stella, how can I leave you in trouble--can I not help you? " " N o--nobody can help me, you least of any one," she said brokenly. "Why do you say...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236966546
  • 9781236966544