A Journey of Life in Long and Short Stages, by Frank Foster

A Journey of Life in Long and Short Stages, by Frank Foster

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...eye had suddenly and for the first time caught sight of Julia St. Clair, rose from his seat, frantically exclaiming as he rushed towards the little innocent--"My child! my child! Is this my child? or am I childless as well as friendless?" The affrighted child, however, was no sooner released from the unwelcome embrace of the Colonel than she returned him a silent look of contempt for a familiarity she failed either to appreciate or comprehend; and she then ran off as fast as her little legs would permit to join Mrs. Steadfast in the drawingroom. The soldier wept. Applying a handkerchief to his face, he exclaimed, "Welcome tears! Days, weeks, and months of agony have passed, without this small yet sweet relief; I could not weep. Oh, that a purifying stream would thus wash away present anguish, and purge my own soul of past errors. I never knew, till now, that I had so much of the woman in my nature. This weakness you will call unmanly!" "No!" was the emphatic, yet feeling reply of the merchant, who was sensibly, if not visibly, affected by the prematurely aged appearance and mental suffering of one who had only a few years before, in his own person, taken leave of those who beheld in their military companion, a happy, vigorous, and handsome man. "My friend and benefactor!" said the Colonel, in a more cheerful strain, though followed by a deep sigh as he again shook the merchant by the hand. "Your friend, Colonel Steel, I would gladly be." "My benefactor you have already been," was the reply. "For any benefit conferred I have been fully paid, both in sense and substance." "No!" said the Colonel, in a tone indicative of a mind suddenly moved by unpleasant recollections....show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236597788
  • 9781236597786