Only a Butterfly; And Other Stories

Only a Butterfly; And Other Stories

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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ... all. She was pretty and piquante; but the Barker girls were both handsomer than she was, and the guests who came about the house for the most part admired them more than they did her. They were a pair of fashionable, high-bred young ladies, and she was only a little schoolgirl, very deficient, indeed, in high breeding, and even deficient, unhappily, in the lesser points of ribbons and laces and furbelows. These were lesser points, but they went for a good deal in the new world into which Hilda had come. "I could almost make myself look as pretty as they, if I were dressed like them," the girl would say sometimes to herself with a sigh; but she was not dressed like them, and so they outshone her. And then she took the only revenge it was in her power to take, and flirted with Mr. Suffern. But, in truth, it did not make her happy to flirt with Mr. Suffern. It was often a very dull amusement; it was at times an amusement that gave her a feeling of disgust and shame; for the man was personally repugnant to her: he was so indolent and fat and oily. He was not an unkindly-natured man, but the flesh was predominant in him with an offensive and unwholesome predominance. He had a double chin that wagged when he laughed, and dimples in his soft hands where other men's knuckles show, and his legs were short, and his figure was loose and flabby. Hilda used to put the tips of her fingers upon his when he shook hands with her, and would shirk doing even that when she could. She would back her chair when he sat down near to her, and if his coat sleeve touched her, or, more than that, if by chance, when perhaps he was showing her some book or picture, his breath for an instant came across her, she would start away from him as if she...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236822714
  • 9781236822710