The Head of the Firm Volume 1

The Head of the Firm 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. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...he had to attend, however, and under the circumstances it is my privilege to communicate very good news to you." He paused, after the manner of a man accustomed to take snuff, and Aileen, thinking some answer was expected, said, "Thank you, sir." "My nephew, I know, meant to say he feared you must have imagined we were very dilatory, but the fact is another claimant unexpectedly appeared in America. His pretensions, however, are satisfactorily disposed of, and it is therefore now, as I said, my privilege to inform you that you are the undoubted heiress to a very large fortune." "Yes, sir." Then, as Mr. Desborne did not immediately proceed, she asked, difiidently, " To how much?" " To how much should you suppose? " he replied. Aileen's heart beat wildly. She knew from Mr. Thomas Desborne's manner the amount must exceed fifty pounds by a good deal, so she almost gasped out, marvelling at her own temerity: " Is it--is it, sir--two hundred?" The junior partner looked at her with a sort of pitying wonder. " When law costs have been paid--perhaps you may have heard lawyers, unfortunately, expect to be paid--there will be left for you, as nearly as possible, one hundred and thirty thousand pounds." "One hundred and thirty pounds, sir," said Aileen, very thankful, yet, it must be confessed, somewhat disappointed. "Thousand," supplemented Mr. Thomas Desborne. " What is that, sir? " " Do you mean yearly income?" "I don't know what yearly income means, sir." " A yearly income," explained Mr. Thomas Desborne, with that compassionate forbearance a rightminded man always...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236774469
  • 9781236774460