The International Monthly, No. 4, July, 1851 Volume 3

The International Monthly, No. 4, July, 1851 Volume 3

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Excerpt: ...arm had been subjected, the Marquise half arose from her chair and made an effort to open her eyes. Von Apsberg extended his arm towards the Marquise's brow, and she again sank into as deep a sleep as before. The bracelet was given by Marie to the doctor, who placed it in Aminta's hand. "Now," said he, "we will begin." Silence was at once established, and all was solemn and almost terrible; for it seemed that something was in preparation of the most terrible character, and that the room was becoming filled with all those invisible phantoms we know as terror, fate, and misfortune, and which on their leaden wings seem to soar above mortality. The strongest and best organized minds of our kind have, in the silent places of their hearts, something of superstition, which develop themselves in certain conditions of the corporeal and mental organization. Without pretending to considerations of a very serious kind, the guests of the Duke d'Harcourt experienced a kind of mute terror, which in this world always precedes misfortune. The strange power which the doctor used was also well calculated to impress those who contemplated this scene. The doctor took Aminta's hand in his and said most respectfully: G "Does the Marquise understand me?" "Yes!" said she. "Will you answer my questions?" "Yes!" "Do you read in my heart any malevolence or hostility to you?" "No!" "You then have confidence in me?" "Yes!" "Are you sure that in questioning you, as I am about to, I have no other object but to relieve you of uneasiness in relation to the Marquis?" "I am sure that is the case." "Well," said the Doctor, placing his thumbs on Aminta's forehead, "I wish you to go at once to Rome, to Italy." "It is far away," said the Marquise, feebly. "I wish you to," said Matheus, imperiously. "Well, well," said the sleeper, with a smile, "there is no reason why you should be angry." She was silent. All the spectators, with their eyes fixed and their necks extended, seemed to...show more

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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236733096
  • 9781236733092