Hovenden Volume 1

Hovenden 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: ... didn't please her. You know the kind of meeting. Nothing amiss: yet it leaves you with an ache.... God knows how--I've lost ground. Oh, Claude, the whole thing is a wha-chem-call-it. " "No; no, it's not," said Nugent, laying his hand on his friend's; "though I'm blest ifI know what a what-chem-call-it is." Hovenden laughed, sadly enough. "Oh, yes, you do. A--what is the thing, a delusion--a chimera. 0 merciful God! Even to think of her! I am a cursed presumptuous fool to dream she could care for me! " Nugent said something from the terrrestrial standpoint--something beastly-about position and expectations and estates and fine fellow and what the devil did the girl expect: for that matter he would bet Hovenden the best horse in his stable against half a-crown, that if he asked her on the morrow she'd take him with only a decent hesitation. "Thanks, no, Claude; I don't bet against my happiness." "Oh, well, that's just a figure of speech. Come, screw up your courage: throw the die to-morrow and have done with it." "How can I? How can I with those bothering theatricals? No. I must bear it. I may have to bear worse." He got out of his chair, folded his arms along the mantel-shelf, and laid his head on them and groaned. "If she refuses me, I must bear that." He turned a white set face upon his friend and said " Human nature can bear an awful lot." Nugent, who had not the slightest doubt as to the answer Hovenden would receive to his offer, could scarcely contain his amusement. " O Lord! " he exclaimed, " here's Shakespeare for you! You'll have to take the part of...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236885392
  • 9781236885395