The Law and the Lady. a Novel

The Law and the Lady. a Novel

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...the whole proceeding critically by means of his hand-mirror. He was too deeply interested in this occupation to speak until some of the concluding touches to his beard brought the misnamed Ariel in front of him, and so turned her full face toward the part of the room in which Mrs. Macallan and I were standing. Then he addressed us, taking especial care, however, not to turn his head our way while his toilet was still incomplete. " Mamma Macallan," he said, " what is the Christian name of your son's second wife?" "Why do you want to know?" asked my mother-in-law. " I want to know because I can't address her as ' Mrs. Eustace Macallan.'" "Why not?" "It recalls the other Mrs. Eustace Macallan. If I am reminded of those horrible days at Gleninch my fortitude will give way--I shall burst out screaming again." Hearing this, I hastened to interpose. " My name is Valeria," I said. " A Roman name," remarked Miserrimus Dexter. " I like it. My mind is cast in the Roman mould. My bodily build would have been Roman if I had been born with legs. I shall call you Mrs. Valeria, unless you disapprove of it." I hastened to say that I was far from disapproving of it. " Very good," said Miserrimus Dexter. " Mrs. Valeria do you see the face of this creature in front of me?" He pointed with the hand-mirror to his cousin as unconcernedly as he might have pointed to a dog. His cousin, on her side, took no more notice than a dog would have taken of the contemptuous phrase by which he had designated her. She went on combing and oiling his beard as composedly W ever. "It is the face of an idiot, isn't it?" pursued Miserrimus Dexter. " Look at her! She is a mere vegetable. A cabbage in a garden has as much life and expression in it as that girl exhibits at the present...show more

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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236664973
  • 9781236664976