Heloise; Or the Unrevealed Secret. a Tale

Heloise; Or the Unrevealed Secret. a Tale

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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. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...they all disappeared when she awoke. The gold wedding-ring slipped from the wasted fingers of the princess every night--though to be sure, the same thing often happened by day. Who does not know that all these doleful phenomena indicate death 1 Thus harassed by anxiety and care, the energetic Marfa at length prevailed upon the princess to go to St. Petersburg herself, there to gather information from the first sources. "'A fair demand brings a fair answer, ' says the proverb," she urged. In Russia one can travel quickly even without railroads. Still, it was no small undertaking for a country lady advanced in years, who had never yet quitted her province, to make a journey of more than a thousand worsts, for the object of obtaining, if possible, a chance to look at papers, the long lists of the dead and wounded contained in which, would only have given the public an unnecessary acquaintance with the real state of things. Fortunately the princess, as well as Marfa, knew the key which, for ages past, has opened the doors of all Russian cabinets--that of the minister of the war-department, as well as any other. "Have rather hundred friends than hundred roubles" was the advice of the shrewd old nurse. A pocket-book well filled with bank-notes, was therefore of great service to the princess. In St. Petersburg, Prince Alexander's silence was soon explained to his poor anxious friends. He was in the hospital at Jekaterinodar, with his right arm broken, and ill of the typhus fever. "Now's the time, God be praised! Katharina Michailowna!" cried Marfa, with tears and sobs. "We must go and take care of our Sasha! God be praised for leaving my limbs whole, so that I can now bind up his poor, dear, beautiful arm. No quack of a...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236560922
  • 9781236560926