Maggie's Portfolio, by the Author of 'Voices That Are Near'

Maggie's Portfolio, by the Author of 'Voices That Are Near'

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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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...him; it was draughty, that annoyed him; the pews were worm-infested and rickety, that annoyed him; and finally, to crown the whole, he had left his spectacles at home, and That more than annoyed him! Forgetful of all else--the sacredness of the building, the presence of spectators, even the solemnity of the occasion--he rose up in wrathful haste, and feebly tottering down the aisle, muttered audibly a long list of his grievances, winding up, by declaring, he could not stay in such a place; that we might risk our lives if we liked, but for himself, he should retire to the carriage, and remain until the service was over. Quiet Mrs. Ashby did not follow her husband, as I expected she would have done. Perhaps she staid behind, that she might not destroy my pleasure: --but it was gone already. I could not calm my thoughts again, nor bring them into unison with the solemn service. They were wandering after Mr. Ashby in his flight, and awakening my fears lest he should not keep his promise of waiting for us outside; for he was quite capable, in a fit of absence, of ordering the coachman to drive him home, and what would Mrs. Ashby do then? I could walk, but she was feeble from ill health, and could not even attempt it. And then, remembering how wrong it was, I put a curb upon my thoughts, and tried to lead them back again to serious things. Alas! it was quite ineffectual. They went on from bad to worse, from the simply irrelevant to the highly ridiculous. Away, like riderless horses, they sped, away to that fanciful brain-land, where, from the strange confusion that dwells, we might almost suppose there reigned some terrible demon, whose miserable office it was, to change all good and wholesome things, all sights and sounds that are meant to..show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236854780
  • 9781236854780