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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...motives besides love." "The more's the pity." "Ah! you are romantic, I see. Well, for Valerian; is he amiable?" "Not if he marries Stephana without loving her, sir." "True, Stephana is adorable; but if she of her own free will marries Valerian, in order to advance his fortunes, what then? Is he worthy of the sacrifice?" "He would prove himself unworthy beforehand by accepting it." "There was a French king, my dear, who loved wit better than war, who bestowed stars and dukedoms, not as a reward for bloody victories, but for a bon-mot. He would have divorced his dull Savoyard and made you his queen." "That would have been a pity." "Why a pity? Have you no ambition?" "Once his queen, sir, he would have had no more wit out of me." Mr. Constantine laughed heartily. "True again. 'T is wonderful how use and custom stale us all. The philosopher is ever a bore to the wife of his bosom. But not one good word for Valerian?" "As many as you please, provided he does not many Stephana. She is a rare woman!" cried Arthura, passionately. "And he is not rare by any means. Clever, nevertheless, versatile, accommodating, and, as far as I have been able to judge, kind-hearted and agreeable." Arthura was dumb. "Poor Valerian! Then you have really nothing to say on his behalf?" ' "Everything, if we do not couple his name with Stephana's," Arthura now said, warmly. "She is a noble, almost an unearthly being. There is nothing worldly about her. She has many excellent qualities; but he is ordinary flesh and blood." "And in Stephana's veins flows the...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236922107
  • 9781236922106