The Living Age Volume 313

The Living Age Volume 313

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...fixed ours upon the portrait which hung at the head of her bed--a bed that was entirely open, according to the Italian custom, with out either canopy or curtains. We learned from her that this was the portrait of Charles Bonaparte, her husband, and then she impressed upon us the resemblance of these silent representatives of the absent and the dead, giving us a few details which came from her heart. In the number was one very small likeness, very beautiful and striking, of Josephine, and another also of the impassive Marie Louise, and many precious miniatures of other members of the family, among whom was a beautiful youth who had then been dead only a little while. Mademoiselle Meline whispered in my ear that this was one of Madame Laetitia's special favorites, the hope and pride of her house. But I do not recall now which of her sons the young man was. As I saw this woman, motionless, and surrounded on every side by all these persons whom she had so loved, whose presence was never absent from her eyes, I found it easy to understand that she lived only in dreams of the past, in a world of her own choice, a beautiful creation of her memory--a deceptive world peopled with precious shadows which, though they were silent, spoke eloquently to her of the great days now gone forever; and I finally thought it well on my own account, without being warned by any sign from her, to withdraw from her presence. Madame Laetitia urged me to stay a few moments longer, and bade me say to Lady Dudley that she was very eager to see her the next winter---' If I am still here, ' she said, talking to herself, as was her custom; and then she added, in a voice whose sadness I shall never forget: 'I beg you to say to my dear Christine...show more

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  • Paperback | 444 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 789g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236744489
  • 9781236744487