Halfway House; A Comedy of Degrees Volume 1

Halfway House; A Comedy of Degrees 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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...rehearsed it, she had nothing to say. He found that he must import her bodily into his conversation. "For one thing," he continued, after a pause of exploration, "I now have leisure, as you have seen, to interest myself in my neighbours, and have derived so much pleasure from it that I am deeply grateful to those who have indulged me. You are one. I think that you must have remarked what happiness your society and your confidence have been to me." Her shamefastness, which tied her tongue, compelled him to probe. "Have you not seen that?" She murmured that he had been very kind, that she was grateful. "Not so, my dear," said he, "but the persons must be transposed. The kindness is yours, the obligation upon me. Come! Can you not tell me that you have understood me? Can you not let me be satisfied that you realise your own benevolence? If you cannot, I must withhold what I was about to say to you. I should want for courage. I must ask for your assurance. You will not refuse it?" Exciting, mystifying talk! She dared not look up--but she asked him what it was that she was to tell him. He luxuriated in her bashfulness. "Why, my dearest child," he said, very near to her, "I want to know whether you believe me happy in your company?" She would not look at him, but she said, "I hope that you like me--I do hope that." Then he took her hand and held it in both of his own. He gazed tenderly down upon her hanging head--not one meek beauty of hers escaped him, neither of burning cheek, curved lashes, of heavy eyelids, rising breast. "Then, dear child, I will tell you plainly that I love you most sincerely; that you have my heart, such as it is, in...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236830229
  • 9781236830227