Magdalen; Or, the Penitant of Godstow. an Historical Novel

Magdalen; Or, the Penitant of Godstow. an Historical Novel

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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. 1813 edition. Excerpt: ... "I trust," said Madamede Vavasour, --" that misfortune will bring reflection, and reflection repentance.--Oh, my dear child! though I cannot charge mysetf with any other crime, than basely assenting to give thee up, though unwillingly--yet my heart never knew true peace; even amidst the glare of splendour, my reason would revolt, as my body wearied, and I would say, Is this happiness? "A thousand times have I resolved to break the bonds of custom, and live a rational creature; but my resolution has ever proved too weak, and the want of example in him, that should have been my guide and instructor, contributed to render every virtuous determination abortive.--Weak by nature, and more so from indolence and habit, I have often suffered myself to be laughed out of my most serious resolves. "Thus I continued from day to day, from year to year, until the vengeance of offended Heaven, in counteracting your father's cruel design, burst at once upon us. Your father fled--then conscience flashed conviction on my guilty soul; a deserted, hopeless innocent, tortured my fancy by day, and haunted my sleepless nights. I had none left to divide my affection, and all the mother returned. My callous heart was softened--Llonged to fold my child in my arms, but dared not approach in my distress the object I had so vilely abandoned. "Tortured by a thousand conflicting passions, my mind was at length relieved, as if by an angel sent O from Heaven--the good priest appeared, and removed the weight which bowed me to the earth, for he brought me a gladsome message from my child, and he spake the words of peace to my soul. "Once more, my angelic sufferer, pardon your re-. pentant mother, that she may, at the close of her life, enjoy true...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236534565
  • 9781236534569