Miss Maxwell's Affections; A Novel

Miss Maxwell's Affections; A Novel

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...news that guests were expected at Eastwood with some signs of pleasure. Henry Maxwell was amongst those invited, and Gertrude hailed with delight the prospect of having her brother with her again. Possibly she expected from him a clearer understanding than he would have of her; but be this as it may, she began to count the days to.his arrival. "Who else is coming?" she asked. Lady ulia mentioned some names, and amongst others those of Lord and Lady St. Pancras, and--Mr. Graham. Gertrude smiled and walked away. CHAPTER XX. HENRY MAXWELL was of a type not uncommon in his class. He was the idle man. His features bore a certain resemblance to those of his sister, though his expression lacked the resoluteness of hers; and indolence had set its stamp upon him. Gertrude, it may be said, was indolent too, but this was from nature rather than habit. In Henry nature and habit were synonymous, and he was content to drift through his life. Moreover, there was in his face an instability and a want of purpose that were borne out in all that he did--in his half-formed projects, in his pursuits begun and abandoned, and in the ease with which his will was dominated by a stronger, or even, with persistence, by one of no greater strength than his own. Gertrude knew him to be unreliable, but he was, nevertheless, very dear to her. He arrived one morning, and she met him at Parkhurst. He thought her looking ill, and he told her so, as he sat beside her in the dog-cart and she drove. She turned the conversation to other matters. She laughed a good deal, but it did not strike him that she was in good spirits. She told him again and again how glad she was to have him with her. She bent her face to his to be kissed. He looked at her once or twice in a...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236810953
  • 9781236810953