Living Age Volume 141

Living Age Volume 141

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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. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...next folly was to get married. Helena Kuragine was beautiful exceedingly, with the loveliest shoulders ever seen; but her father had tried to cheat Pierre out of his rich inheritance, her brothers, though good boon-companions, were certain to prove objectionable relatives, and about her own character scandals had been whispered in Pierre's ears. He came to the wise conclusion that she would be a most unsuitable wife, and that he had better seek safety in flight. But then he glanced at her beautiful shoulders, and remained. At length her father said to himself: " This must come to an end: I am a parent;" and arranged that after a party on the occasion of Helena's birthday, she and Pierre should be left alone together in a small boudoir, the other guests having taken leave. After a while he sent his wife to see how the courtship was progressing. She reported that all was just as usual, that is to say, Pierre was admiring Helena through his spectacles (for he was short-sighted), but not proposing. The father frowned, threw back his head, and with decided steps strode into the boudoir. On arriving there, his face assumed such an unusually majestic appearance that Pierre was frightened, and timidly stood up. " Glory be to God! " cried the prince. " My wife has told me everything." He threw one arm round Pierre, the other round his daughter. " My friend--Helena! I am very, very glad." His voice shook. "I loved your father. And she will make a good wife. God bless you both! " He again embraced his daughter and then Pierre, and kissed him. Actual tears bedewed his cheeks. " Princess! come here! " he cried. Helena's mother came, and she cried too. Pierre was kissed, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 646 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 33mm | 1,134g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236802233
  • 9781236802231