Expiated Volume 1

Expiated 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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...companion meanwhile playing uneasily with his paper-knife, with more than one glance at an ominous pile of letters beside him. At length the manuscript was produced and submitted with trembling hands by Reginald, who sat awaiting the result. It was not long in coming. "What.. what is... dear me, this is poetry," said the publisher in a tone of perceptible vexation, turning over the sheets rapidly as he spoke. "Yes," said poor Reginald meekly. "But.. but then," said his companion, "I do not quite understand; what have you brought this for?" "I thought you might be disposed to purchase the work," said Reginald, taking heart of grace. "Purchase! purchase poetry!" echoed the publisher, whose mental acumen already began to exercise itself upon the proportion borne by his unanswered letters to the interval before the five o'clock fast train started; "dear me! Really I must caution Oliphant," he added in a half whisper to himself, "to be more particular whom he admits; dear me!" Reginald meanwhile had risen, profoundly mortified, and, with some attempt at an apology, pre pared to take his departure. His companion how ever, although a man of quick temper and caustic speech, had a substratum of kindness in his nature. He saw his visitor's disappointment, and well-wom as he was in his craft, could not refrain from sympathising with it. "I am afraid you are vexed," he said kindly. "I hope you have other prospects than authorship; take my word for it, it is a precarious calling; a heartbreaking one, too many have found it. As to poetry, you do not seem to understand; it is wholly explodedl" "Is it?" said...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236989724
  • 9781236989727