Luke Ashleigh

Luke Ashleigh

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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. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ..." Galignani's Messenger " was already lying. This journal was regularly received in the house, and I mechanically cast my eyes upon the date it bore, to see if it were a recent one. It was a number of the beginning of the month; and as I unfolded it, I observed that a piece had been cut, or rather torn, from the centre of the general news. On comparing the scrap I had picked off the floor with the vacant space, I found the two to agree exactly; and naturally concluding there was some special reason for its being thus removed, I examined it attentively, and read the following paragraph: ----"An occasional correspondent at Rome writes as follows: --The younger daughter of the Marquis L----, a very beautiful and accomplished girl of 19, recently took the veil in the convent of without the Porta San Paulo. The ceremony was performed with the greatest pomp, and was attended by some of the highest dignitariesiof the Church. The affair has created some sensation in this city, not only on account of the rank of the lady, but also by reason of a romantic attachment she had conceived for a young Englishman, the son of a gentleman of high standing, who formerly resided here. It is said that the fickleness of our countryman, who, having won her affections, suddenly slighted and left her, was the main cause of so sad a resolution." To this bit of news, then, I reflected (for I felt sure Mr Westall was the gentleman alluded to), must be attributed his sudden attack of illness, and the fit of insensibility by which it was preceded. Weakened by study and watching, and perhaps still oppressed by the memory of this beautiful and _noble lady, the unexpected intelligence of her being lost to him for ever was more than he could...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236908880
  • 9781236908889