Mark Desborough's Vow

Mark Desborough's Vow

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...on her lips a dozen times before they were uttered. That night, when they were alone in the sittingroom in the gathering twilight, her opportunity came. Miss Jane was in an unusual gracious humour, whatever its cause. Slowly Lucy drew the morocco case from her pocket, and offered it to her aunt. "Will you look at that, please, Aunt Jane?" she said, timidly. Miss Jane reached out her hand, took the case, and opened it. Then she rose and walked over to the window in order to examine it better. "Well, what's this? Where did it come from?" she asked, presently. "Can't you guess, Aunt Jane?" said Lucy. "No, I can't," retorted her aunt, though she had more than a suspicion of the truth. "It's my engagement ring, Aunt Jane," said the girl, very low. "Oh, indeed. Who gave you it, may I ask?" "I think you must know very well, Aunt Jane." "How could I know, girl? Since you have kept this so quiet, you may have fifty lovers for all that I know." "Wilfred Desborough gave it to me," said Lucy then, still in a low voice, but clearly and without hesitation. "Which means, I suppose, that you are going to marry Wilfred Desborough?" "By-and-by, Aunt Jane." "Then you are a pair of fools, and the sooner you are sent to Lewesbury Asylum the better for both of you," said Miss Winchester, with acidity. "You have no right to say such things, Aunt Jane," said Lucy, with a ring of indignation in her voice. "Haven't I? Others will say the same, I guess. Look here, the young man's in confirmed bad health, and hasn't a penny to bless himself with. He lives on his brother, like any charity boy. He never earned a copper in his life. When he is well he's too lazy to work, and a pretty life of it you '11 have, my lady, if you marry Wilfred Desborough." "What you say is not true, ...
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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123668107X
  • 9781236681072