The Lily of the Valley
"[...] CHAPTER I TWO CHILDHOODS To what genius fed on tears shall we some day owe that most touching of all elegies, --the tale of tortures borne silently by souls whose tender roots find stony ground in the domestic soil, whose earliest buds are torn apart by rancorous hands, whose flowers are touched by frost at the moment of their blossoming? What poet will sing the sorrows of the child whose lips must suck a bitter breast, whose smiles are checked by the cruel fire of a stern eye? The tale that tells of such poor hearts, oppressed by beings placed about them to promote the development of their natures, would contain the true history of my childhood. What vanity could I have wounded, --I a child new-born? What moral or physical infirmity caused by mother's coldness? Was I the child of duty, whose birth is a mere chance, or was I one whose very life was a reproach? Put to nurse in the country and forgotten by my family for over three years, I was treated with such indifference on my return to the parental roof that even the servants pitied me. I do not [...]."
- Paperback | 250 pages
- 188.98 x 246.13 x 14.48mm | 571.52g
- 04 Jul 2015
- Illustrations, black and white