Lettice; Arnold a Tale. by the Author of "Emilia Wyndham"

Lettice; Arnold a Tale. by the Author of "Emilia Wyndham"

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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. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...The windows were rarely opened, if ever; for the poor young things were so unnaturally chilly for want of exercise and due circulation of the blood, that they said they should, and perhaps they might, have taken cold if fresh air were admitted. There was nothing they all dreaded so'much as taking cold. Those fatalcoughs, which every season thinned the ranks, to be filled with fresh victims, were invariably attributed to some particular occasion when they had " taken cold." They did not know that they were rejecting the very cordial of life and inhaling poison when they kept the room so close. Oh! for the dreadful weariness which proceeds from in-action of the limbs; so different from the wholesome fatigue of action. Inaction, where the blood is stagnating in every vein; in-action, after which rest is notrest, but a painful effort of the depressed currents to recover their circulating power, so different from the delightful sensation of wholesome rest after physical exertion. At first she felt it almost insupportable. I have heard her say that it seemed at times as if she would have given years of her existence to be allowed to get up and walk up and down the room for a few minutes. The sensation was so insupportable. That craving desire of the body for what it is in want ofbe it water, be it bread, he it rest, be it change of posture--is so dreadful in its urgency. The most abominable tortures men have in their wickedness invented are founded upon this fact--tortures that render the black history of Inquisitors yet blacker; and here it was, in one at least of its numerous forms, daily inflicted upon a set of helpless young women, by a person who thought her--self perfectly justifiable, and whose conscience never pricked her in the...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236562895
  • 9781236562890