From the Wings; A Novel Volume 1

From the Wings; A Novel 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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...Her face is red, and so are the huge roses in her small hat. Her hands are ungloved, and not very clean; but rings shine resplendent upon the fat fingers. Her hair is abundant, and of the artificial hue known as "ginger-gold." Her dress is of a bright-blue silk, and was originally made in an elaborately fashionable style; but now the flounces have parted from the skirt beneath, and here and there a rent in the silk affords glimpses of some alien under-garrnent. Her mouth is wide and her laugh loud. But her companion evidently admires--perhaps he loves her. This is Susie's reflection as she watches the amorous glances cast upon this apparently unattractive female by the young man who is sitting so very close to her side. He has thrown one arm around her portly. figure, and with his other hand lifts a large glass of foaming stout alternately to her lips and his own. They converse in whispers, and they laugh aloud; but they are entirely engrossed by one another. They are in love, and therefore happy, thinks Susie. Then she contrasts her own neat merino gown, her close-fitting black-straw hat, her dainty gloves and boots, with the tawdryfinery of the woman opposite. And so far there is some comfort in the comparison; but the vulgar woman has a sympathetic friend, a loving lover, who understands and likes to talk to her, while sheSusie feels so lonely, so neglected, and her conscience is pricking her too, as she remembers her grandmother, and thinks of the terrible scolding which will await her on her return to-night. And for what has she risked all this unpleasantness? For' the sake of a proud gentleman who turns away from her, and who, though they have passed or stopped at half-a-dozen successive piers and...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123690799X
  • 9781236907998