Not a Hero; A Novel

Not a Hero; A 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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ... own presence. She must have known he would be there; yet she had betrayed neither interest nor curiosity. In a moment, he had planned an artifice which he felt would be a successful one. He knew every fibre--could play upon every pulse of her being. In her unguarded candor, she would betray herself if there dwelt in her breast, consciously or unconsciously, a sentiment of affection for Brent. With his hands still covering his face, with his keen eyes still upon her, he said: "You noticed Brent's disappearance from the house. I saw him come into the street: my way lay with his. We both proceeded some distance, when the fire-bell in the fourth district pealed an alarm. Brent, ignorant of my presence, paused an instant, listened, and then hastened in the direction of his engine-room. "I followed him. He had not gone very far when we met the engine, rattling up the street, the usual crowd following. Brent was not in the uniform, but he sprang upon the car, and in a few moments was out of sight. When I reached the scene, nothing in the range of the terribly picturesque can exceed the sight which met my view. The fire was a large one. Smoke, black and heavy, hung in huge volumes, through which the fierce flames were leaping. The heavens were enveloped in a lurid glare, the surging mass of human beings crowded together, swayed breathlessly to watch the work of destruction. A group rescued from the flames stood shivering near, with pale, awostruck faces. While the engines still played ceaselessly yet hopelessly on the devoted buildings, suddenly a cry Was heard--a faint cry, in a child's voice, yet it pierced through the swaying mass. "One upward glance--it was a little child clinging to the framework of a third story window, its little...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236644786
  • 9781236644787