Lord Lytton's Novels; Devereux Volume 8

Lord Lytton's Novels; Devereux Volume 8

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...Desmarais bared his breast gracefully to the magistrate. Would a man, sir, he said, a man of my youth, suffer such a sear as that, if he could help it? The magistrate laughed: frivolity is often a rogue s best policy, if he did but know it. One finds it very difiicult to think a coxcomb can commit robbery and murder. Howbeit Desmarais came off triumphantly: and, immediately after this examination, which had been his second one, and instigated solely at my desire, he came to me with a blush of virtuous indignation on his thin cheeks. He did not presume, he said, with a bow profounder than ever, to find fault with Monsieur le Comte; it was his fate to be the victim of ungrateful suspicion; but philosophical truths could not always conquer the feelings of the man, and he came to request his dismissal. I gave it him with pleasure. I must now state my own feelings on the matter: but I shall do so briefly. In my own mind, I repeat, I was fully impressed with the conviction that Gerald was the real, and the head criminal; and thrice did I resolve to repair to Devereux Court, where he still resided, to lie in wait for him, to reproach him with his guilt, and at the sword s point in deadly combat to seek its earthly expiation. I spare the reader a narration of the terrible struggles which nature, conscience, all scruples and prepossessions of education and of blood, held with this resolution, the unholiness of which I endeavoured to clothe with the name of justice to Isora. Sufiice it to say that this resolution I forewent at last: and I did so more from a feeling that, despite my own conviction of Gerald s guilt, one rational doubt rested upon the circumstance that the murderer...show more

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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236645642
  • 9781236645647