The First Violin; A Novel Volume 2

The First Violin; A Novel 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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...none of those things will ever interfere with my pursuit of art." "Wait till the time of probation comes; you are but eighteen yet," said he kindly, but sceptically. "Herr von Francius"--the words started to my lips as the truth started into my mind, and fell from them in the strong desire to speak to some one of the matter that then filled my whole soul--"I can tell you the truth--you will understand--the time of probation has been--it is over---past. I am free for the future." "So!" said he in a very low voice, and his eyes were filled, less with pity than with a fellow-feeling which made them "wondrous kind." "You, too, have suffered, and given up. There are then four people--you and I, and one whose name I will not speak, and--may I guess once, Fraulein May?" I bowed. "My first violinist, nicht wahrP" Again I assented, silently. He went on: "Fate is perverse about these things. And now, my fair pupil, you understand somewhat more that no true artist is possible without sorrow and suffering and renunciation. And you will think sometimes of your old, fault-finding, grumbling masteria-D" "Oh, Herr von Francius?" cried I, laying my hand upon the key-board of the piano, and sobbing aloud. "The kindest, best, most patient, gentle----" I could say no more. "That is mere nonsense, my dear May," he said, passing his hand over my prostrate head; and I felt that it--the strong hand--trembled. "I want_ a promise from you. Will you sing for me next season?" ' "If I am alive, and you send for me, I will." "Thanks. And--one other word. Some one very dear to us both is very sad; she...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236978722
  • 9781236978721