The Country, a Novel

The Country, 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: ...to-morrow, or Bluebell to-day and Bonny Bess to-morrow, when at every crunching of wheels in the drive I turn hot and cold by turns; when at every ring of the door-bell I lose all control over my shaking voice; and when even the sight of the postman makes the end of my sentences fly out of my head? "Wouldn't you like to go away for a week or two?" asks Frances, one morning when I am pulling my needle idly through a piece of embroidery, having been even more restless than usual since breakfast, wandering aimlessly from room to room, from my writing-table to the piano, and from the piano to the conservatory, where I have plucked half a dozen flowers and then carelessly thrown them aside. I drop my work and stare angrily at Frances. I am very tenacious of my dignity just now, and have not mentioned Allan's name since the day I met Mrs. Stuart. "Go away!" I repeat severely. "Why should I want to go away from home?" "You are not looking at all well, and I think you want a change," returns my sister boldly. "A change, when we have been roaming for months! My dear Frances, I think it is a rest and not a change I want." "It would be so nice to have a week or two in town and do the plays," says Frances coaxingly. "Do ask Bryan to take us up. This frost will stop the hunting for longer than that." "And miss the Brackham ball!" I exclaim, scanning her curiously. "Really, Frances, you are too absurd." And I march stiffly away to escape a further discussion which might lead to sore topics. There is something behind this solicitude for me, I feel sure. Frances is not so afraid of my making a scene, or otherwise misconducting myself, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236912047
  • 9781236912046