Dorothea; A Story of the Pure in Heart Volume 1

Dorothea; A Story of the Pure in Heart 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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...the flood of gay costumes and bowed low under the blaze of chandeliers. By the bow alone Dorothea would have recognised Pini. He was beautifully attired in the dress of an Italian grandee before the Great Revolution, with abundance of wine-coloured velvet, white satin, gilt, powder and lace. Dorothea observed the long-drawn distinction of his bearing, as he rested one hand on his sword-hilt and the other on the star at his breast. "Beautiful masque," he began in his sonorous French, _"will you do me the honour of taking a few steps by my side?"--and he led her through the crush of the maskers, amid the buffoonery, the pirouettes and the cat-calls, that almost drowned the music of the waltz. "How stupid it all is!" he said suddenly, as a masculine ballet-girl touched with his fan the maskless portion of Dorothea's cheek. "Let us go up to my box; you will see better there." He led her into the box: he got her an ice which she did not want. She was very troubled. Stretching over the front she gazed down on the seething masses of colour and noise beneath. Somehow, in this clouded, perfumed, closesmelling enclosure at this late hour of the night, the Dorolhea. I. 13 Carnival, which had seemed rather harmlessly mad in the sunshine, looked evil, a thing to avoid. "I think we ought to be going home," she said, rising. "Madame de Roden did not intend to stop long." He laid three delicate fingers on the pink folds of her domino. "Do not go yet," he entreated, "I have something to say--I shall say it very simply. I shall pay you no compliments. Bellissima, carissima, will you make me the happiest of mortals?" He took off his mask as he spoke, and, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236968743
  • 9781236968746