The Library Table Volume 4

The Library Table Volume 4

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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. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...indeed, to exist in a state of charming servitude, like some goddess doing menial duty; the pressure of some passionate early belief in her own appointment to benefit humanity by deeds of the most reflective and calculating benevolence, had long ago masteringly influenced her spirit Rutherford had no doubt, after a little time, that she considered him a somewhat light man; but often a similar lightness in herself struck him as a possibility, though one in a changeless state of majestic repression. At the same time a sense of having his own purposeless calm secretly though vaguely sympathized with, sprang from this latter discovery, and gave her maiden solemnity a kind of tender ornamentation, like verdure breakingt hrough stone-work. When these two young people said good-bye to each other at Chamouny, there is slight doubt that Rutherford, on his side, was perilously near a decisive sentiment; and that he should fail to meet Constance in Paris, as he had hoped to do, was by no means a circumstance like.y to diminish this feeling. The fire needed such real nourishment as Constance's presence could alone afford, but memory, in these cases, may be said to have her reserve-store of fagots with which she sometimes suddenly creates a remarkable blaze. It is certain that Rutherford had felt within himself, during the year that followed, a determined inability to forget Miss Calverley; his visit to Paris and his subsequent disappointment were like the stretching forth of one's hand toward a fruitloaded bough that abruptly flies out of reach. But the thwarted feelings of Rutherford helped him, at present, to recall the efficacy of ladders. Perhaps he would have gone to America, even if matters which concerned his property had not presently required him...show more

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  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 34mm | 1,152g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236593677
  • 9781236593672