La Comedie Humaine Volume 37

La Comedie Humaine Volume 37

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...upon my wounds. Her simple praise gave me some trifling courage. I needed to believe in myself once more, and to get an impartial opinion on the real value of my merits. My hopes, thus revived, reflected possibly on the way I saw things. Perhaps, moreover, I had never seriously noticed the scene daily offered to my eyes by these two women at work in their chamber; but now I enjoyed it as a living and delightful picture of the modest lives so faithfully reproduced by Flemish painters. The mother, seated in the chimney-corner, was knitting stockings, a kindly smile resting on her lips. Pauline was painting screens; her colors and brushes, spread on a little table, spoke to the eye with charming effect. She herself had risen to get my lamp, whose full light now fell upon her face. A man must indeed have been subjugated by a blinding passion had he failed to admire the rosy, transparent fingers, the ideal beauty of her head, and her maidenly attitude. Night-time and silence both lent their charm to this scene of quiet labor, this tranquil fireside. Such labor, steadily and cheerfully maintained, told of Christian resignation drawn from the highest emotions. An indefinable harmony existed between these women and the things about them. Fedora's luxury was hard; it awakened evil thoughts in my mind, while this humble poverty and cheerful goodness refreshed my spirit. It may have been that I was humbled in the presence of luxury; while beside these two women in their brown room, where life, simplified to nature, seemed to find its restiug-place in the emotions of the heart, I was, perhaps, reconciled with myself through the sense of exercising that protection of my sex which man is so eager to have acknowledged. As I went up to Pauline she looked...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236792319
  • 9781236792310