Horatio Howard Brenton; A Naval Novel Volume 1

Horatio Howard Brenton; A Naval Novel 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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...passes time with the one thought that time is passing away. But all this utterance--it scarcely deserves any distincter name--was given in a grotesque, unnatural tone, that reminded one of thirdrate acting. It is only the pure and virtuous spirit that can give fit expression to its own sorrows; and the stranger seemed at length to feel this--for, as one who has distorted his face to please a child and failed in the attempt, he withdrew with a kind of sullen shame from his gaunt, earnest manner, and resumed that mixed resemblance to a cynic and a stablehelper which seemed to be natural to him. Turning savagely to Ellen, he said--' " Will you accept my offer? This is your last chance, and my best one; this is just the kind of happy family party in which we could comfortably settle matters." And his cold eyes glanced over all the party, seeming to have a diiferent story for each; but, wander where they would, it was on Ellen that they rested at last, with a strange aspect of despairing malignity. And still my fair guardian held that poor slumbering head upon her breast, with an air and an attitude which seemed to show she sought protection in giving it. There was a good deal of contempt in her glance, and some pity; but the impulse in my heart, which bade me throw myself at her feet, and ofl"er my whole life to her service, checked, for the time, my disposition to analyze every expression of the most interesting human countenance I ever met with. "Be it so, then!" said the stranger, with sudden calmness; "act as she acted, that I may curse you as I have cursed her. In the midst of all the sweetness of life, sigh pleasantly, now and then, over the results of your own ill-doing; and write me gentle rebuking...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236966643
  • 9781236966643