Esther Vanhomrigh Volume 2

Esther Vanhomrigh Volume 2

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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. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ... was a still night; and the thick ivy on the ruined walls gleamed in the light unstirred by' any wind, and the hubbub of the city was plainly audible about them, the coaches rolling to rout or theatre, the cries of chairmen and link-boys, and the loud chaifering of buyers and sellers at the itinerant stalls within the Liberties of the Cathedral. Only a few feet of stone separated them from the crowd, which from high to low would have been keenly interested in their proceedings, had it been aware of them. But the brief ceremony passed without detection. Directly it was over Mr. Ford closed the dark lantern andthe Bishop slipped off his surplice. There was a silence, only broken by a deep sigh. Whoever sighed it was not the bride. Half an hour afterwards the unconscious Dingley was lending the sanction of her presence to a supper, which she little imagined to be a bridal entertainment. This strange marriage did not give Mrs. Johnson--she never used the name of Swift--the complete and permanent ease of mind she at first believed that it did, but it freed her from the dread of seeing the position which she had abstained from claiming, yielded to a rival. And though it could not at once recall to her the vagrant heart of her friend, yet it was not without influence on him. His will had always in the end proved stronger than his inclinations; it had never come so near being conquered by them as in the matter of Esther Vanhomrigh. He knew that his interviews with her had gradually come to be more lover-like than was prudent or honourable; he had tried to put some stop to them before, but in vain. Now that he was formally bound to another woman, he felt it absolutely incumbent on him to make some change in their relations, at whatever cost...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236963679
  • 9781236963673