Joined to an Idol

Joined to an Idol

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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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...of Dora's triumphantly smiling face, seen that morning (for Ellen's journey was only from Southport), nerved her to go on. "The truth is, that your intended wife has been for more than three weeks, nearly a month, the wife of another, of Charles Attray, my cousin," and Ellen ended the last words with a sneer. William did not attempt to deny the statement; the base, pitiless words were evidently true, hopelessly true. All his manly strength could not repress the trembling that passed over him, swaying him, as a young tree is swayed by a blast of wind. "My God, help me!" fell from his lips, and then he hid his faco from the cold stare of the china-blue eyes that were scanning his looks of misery. Presently he called to the omnibus-conductor, and desiring him to take his luggage to his home, said that he himself would walk on into Riselcombe. He turned hastily down a little lane, leading only to some fields, the gate of which he vaulted, and then sank down into the hiding shelter of the deep, dry ditch, under high banks, such banks as only England knows, and only some counties of England supply in perfection. There, hidden from all eyes but those of the All-pitying Friend, whose is the only pity that cannot mortify, he wrestled with his great, indeed his first great sorrow; there was, at first sight, so much bitterness in that grief. If he had lost Dorothy by death, then there would have been no such element of human bitterness; but she was lost to him by treachery, by faithlessness of the blackest hue. Respect, liking, friendship, must all depart. She was utterly lost to him; a promisebreaker--the thief of another's happiness--the betrayer of a trust. What room was there for any esteem of her? None, and none was felt....
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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236746198
  • 9781236746191