The Living Age Volume 187

The Living Age Volume 187

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...I lit a cigarette; I thought that it would deaden the feeling. I said to my soul: 'Soul, don't move. Stop where you are. Refuse to be elevated.' Yet I must confess that directly he began to play ' See-saw' I felt my control over myself lapsing from me. I went to the window and looked at the Italian. I can see him now--a man in robust health, well nourished, with horrible red lips, turning a handle. Do you know ' See-saw'? They always play it at the circus when the two performing dogs are fooling about at opposite ends of a plank. Every bar sends the soul up with a jerk; you will not believe me, but there is a point at which one positively wishes the music to stop. With me, that point was reached very soon. I flung open the window and said distinctly: 'Go away. Go quite away, and leave my soul alone, can't you?' I do not think the Italian understood. His monkey grinned. Oh, why did it grin? It ought not to have grinned. It is immoral to grin. In China monkeys are only allowed to grin on important occasions. Here they do it in the open street, with younggirls passing every minute. Do let us be moral! Have you never thought what the effect must be on the cab-horses? The Italian changed his tune. It was a florid arrangement of a music-hall song--I forget by what composer. I turned back into the room and flung myself on a sofa. I sobbed, but I do not know why. Then I put on my boots, and smoked two cigarettes at once, to deaden the feeling. I may tell you that I knew very well now what I was going to do; it was all planned in my mind just as it actually happened. Yet if he had stopped playing at that moment all might have been well. He did not stop, he began to play ' Annie Rooney.' "I crept with soft, wolf-like steps into the hall. more

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  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 34mm | 1,152g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236931246
  • 9781236931245