Drama and Opera; Their History, Literature and Influence on Civilization Volume 9-10

Drama and Opera; Their History, Literature and Influence on Civilization Volume 9-10

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: .... even this night I had a proof of it. I was there at that table. I was watching, and in the silence of the sleeping house I heard above me a noise of unceasing hurried steps--that unhappy woman's. I saw her, in my thought, walking around the room which should have been our: What shall I tell you? I had a moment of weakness; I was seized with a violent desire to find that woman again whom I worship and who is not mine. I said to myself that I was foolish to risk dying without having taken her in my arms. I was no longer master of myself; all my being rushed toward her, and I was about to forget all, when I heard her open her door, cross the drawing-room, and come down! She was coming! I waited, trembling. She stopped there. Only the wood of that door separated us. I was on the point of rushing, opening the door, crying to her, "Come! you know that I worship you!" But with anguish I heard tlie sound of her steps going away, ascending and dying away. Thus she holds back always! And I had been yielding! Oh, it was well ended! And I made this supreme resolution, playing the part bravely: If I die, to leave her a great and proud remembrance of me; if I survive, to lead her to the end to the conquest of happiness! Bach.--(Grave.) My friend, the violences that have led to such serious complications are the last revolts of that fatal pride about to disappear. Oh! you must come back safe and sound from this meeting, for the shot that would strike would not kill you only, I am sure, Phil.--Do not be alarmed. I shall defend myself. (Voices outside.) Bach.--l leave. (Much moved.) Come--keep cool--my brave cliild! (He takes him quickly and kisses him.) Au re voir! Enter Octave and the Baron. Phil.--You are early, are you not? Have we time?...show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236804880
  • 9781236804884