Hampered; Or, the Hollister Family and Their Trials

Hampered; Or, the Hollister Family and Their Trials

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...Cora became silent and moody. She either refused to talk at all, or was bitterly sarcastic. She would not go out in the boats, saying that they were too damp. She would not walk, because the ground was rough, and she was afraid for her dress. In short, she was a regular spoil-sport, so far as her influence went. Fortunately it did not go far. Her own family were so used to her moods that they hardly noticed them, and Mr. Barrows only thought that she had the power to make herself exceedingly disagreeable. He wondered that he could have so long been deceived as to her true character. It certainly was impolite in Cora to yield thus to ill-temper on an occasion when she wished to appear at her best. But people who are absolutely lacking in self-control do not know how such exhibitions impress other people, and it is their misfortune that they seldom pause to consider. She only knew that she was vexed. It mortified her vanity and aroused her jealousy to see that the sister whom she had always undervalued was preferred before her. She was accustomed to hear compliments paid to Bessie and Janet, and they were so young that she regarded them as mere children. But no one had noticed Laura in any special way before, and she felt in some way injured. Here was a gentleman who had been honoured by her friendship for months, of whose notice she had been rather proud than otherwise, bowing down to Laura as he had never done to her. She could not bear it with composure. Laura saw that Cora was injuring herself in the opinion of Mr. Barrows by her perverse behaviour, and tried to restore good-humour. The attempt failed, but Mr. Barrows noticed it, and it increased his admiration for her. "She is unselfish, prudent, sensible, and amiable," he said to...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236650093
  • 9781236650092