Her Father's Child

Her Father's Child

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...arrests Lady Archdale's attention. She comes a little nearer to the bed, and holds a candle close to Mabel's face. "I suspect," she says, " there is something more the matter with you than that 'slight headache' which kept you from your dinner; if you have anything on your mind, is not your mother the person in whom you should confide?" "Yes." "Then why do you not do so?" "Because everything is not as it should be in this world, would that my mother were a person in whom I could confide. That I cannot do so is, I suppose, a 'dispensation, ' a 'cross.'" Mabel can no more help mimicking than she can help drawing her breath, consequently, the "dispensation" is spoken in Mrs. Vincent's voice, and the "cross" in her mother's most plaintive tone, as it comes from behind the pocket handkerchief, when it is in fullest play. "Please ask Edith to come, mamma, before I go to sleep." The wish expressed by her daughter, supplies Lady Archdale with the small weapon wherewith to work her vengeance for the annoyance she has experienced. "No Edith shall come near you this night; I will teach you, young lady, who rules at Fernbrake I" Mabel hears that her mother has left her, and that she is locking the door of the room from the passage outside. Never mind, she has gone! nothing else signifies in comparison with that blessed fact; the battle is over, and--whatever it may have cost her as to her future relations with her mother--Mabel's precious secret has not fallen into the enemy's hands: the sense that she has succeeded in guarding that, brings to her heart the first comfort she has known since the lights were lit at Acacia Lodge, and--tired out with the varied...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236818512
  • 9781236818515