For Light and Liberty

For Light and Liberty

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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: ...one in Hardman's history. Claire had invited her friend, Mary Vincent, the English mistress, to join them in their little picnic. Hardman was not overpleased at first, but he was soon mollified. Half an hour in Mary Vincent's company convinced him that she was no ordinary woman. Her fine, generous face was the index of a generous and noble nature. She had, too, that strange, magnetic power which draws out and calls into play all that is best in the characters of those she might happen to be with. Hardman was fascinated, and yet knew not why or wherefore. There was nothing obtrusive in her manner or conversation. Her speech was never brilliant, her voice was low, though musical as silver bells. Somehow, in her company, he felt a better man; he had a feeling as though it would be impossible to be eevish or sulky when she was near. Yet they never talke about religion or discussed a single ethical principle for the day. Books they discussed, and birds, fossils, flowers, and ferns. So the afternoon wore away in the most delightful fashion. Eric and Claire were left to entertain themselves as they well knew how to do. " Why, those elderly folk are quite enamoured of each other," Claire said, with a laugh, as she looked back, and saw them loitering far behind. "I am surprised at uncle," Eric replied, " for I quite expected he would monopolise you to-day. And then, as a rule, he has quite a horror of strange ladies." " One wouldn't think so from his manner this afternoon, at any rate." " That is true. But you should have seen how he treated some elderly spinsters in Florence and Venice. It really was most laughable." "Ah, but Mary Vincent is no designing...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236933176
  • 9781236933171