Forestalled; Or, the Life-Quest

Forestalled; Or, the Life-Quest

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...But you must at last begin to see your husband's conduct in its proper light. You cannot any longer hug delusion to your bosom. Dr. Norland is as indifferent to your welfare--to your existence even, as if you were a denizen of one of those distant worlds he believes in, and wildly hopes to communicate with----" "I know that this is true of my husband now," Nella interrupted, not in the very least moved by these passionate arguments. "You are speaking of what is, not of what was, and you know that for a time all things are changed with him. But such transformation will not, cannot last for ever. He will gradually--it may be suddenly--come to see his error, and become the Norland of old." "Nella," Felix continued, regarding her now in the light of a patient to be treated for mental malady, hardly hoping to reach her judgment, yet" determined to do his utmost, "what can you plead on behalf of Dr. Norland when I tell you that from the day he drove us so remorselessly from his door he has never once inquired whether we have sent to his banker's for money or not? He does not know, he does not heed, whether indeed we are alive or dead!" He looked up, almost cruelly triumphing in the conviction that he felt his words must bring. But there was no new look of pain in Nella's face, no added pathos in her true eyes. She replied calmly and persuasively, "But, dear Felix, this only proves the truth of my assertion. If my husband were really himself it is not possible that he would show-much indifference. No, this bitter mortification and overwork has warped his judgment and crazed his fancy. For the time being, he regards us in the light of enemies. But such states of...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236902335
  • 9781236902337