One Life, One Love; A Novel Volume 2

One Life, One Love; A Novel Volume 2

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ... of fashionable artists, and Bohemians of all kinds. The Rue St. Guillaume was old-fashioned, sober, and eminently respectable. He chose a suite of apartments in a grave old house, with an inner quadrangle--a house so grave and silent that the stone quadrangle might have been a cloister. He furnished the rooms with a sombre luxuriousness, and he offered the cage to his snared bird with an air of devoted submission which might have beguiled her into forgetfulness of the bars which shut her in from all the outer world. Upon Madame Quijada he imposed the duty of keeping guard over his sultana. The girl's lightest whim was to be studied and indulged, so long as that whim did not lead to the gay outer world and its frivolous associations. Dolores was to be a queen; but her kingdom was to be within stone walls. She was only to take air and exercise under conditions of supreme prudence. She was never to flaunt her beauty in the Bois de Boulogne at the fashionable hour of the day; but Madame Quijada had a carriage at her disposal, in which mother and daughter might drive in the less frequented suburbs of Paris, or in the Bois, at an hour when all Paris was elsewhere. These restrictions were hard upon a girl of eighteen, newly emancipated from the monotonous rules and regulations of a convent-school, and panting for liberty. "El Santo Corazon was a prison," she complained, "but at least I had fellow-prisoners of my own age. This is solitary confinement." She chafed bitterly against the dreariness of her life, and she detested the man who had made himself her master; but her mother's stronger character had acquired complete dominion over her, and she had neither strength of will nor courage to rebel against her...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236968697
  • 9781236968692