Only a Coral Girl

Only a Coral Girl

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...the justice of his father's anger; and pleaded more than demanded--yet without servility--for the restitution of his allowance. For his own sake, he said, perhaps truly, he would never have done this; but for the sake of his wife and child he besought an assistance that he could not believe his father would refuse. The answer to this letter was waited for anxiously. Things were in a very bad way now at the villa, and Margherita found it hard to supply her little household with daily food. And every day Keith said: 'If the answer does not come to-day, I shall have to go across and ask Spencer. It will only be for a day or two, you know.' He really felt sure that this was the case; his father could not refuse his application, he could not intend his son and grandson to want for food. Still, each day, he put off the effort of borrowing once more--they would wait till tomorrow. It was a strange experience for him, that of being absolutely, literally penniless. Accustomed, all his life, not only to a luxurious and expensive way of living, but to an unlimited supply of ready money, it was a new sensation one morning to put his hands mechanically into his pockets, and bring them out empty, with a muttered refusal, as he passed the blind beggar, who lay beneath the little shrine upon the stony pathway. Old Tommaso had recognised the step of the English signor, and felt surprised as well as disgusted by the non-appearance of the couple of soldi that usually found their way into his horny, outstretched palm whenever Keith passed him; but he could not see the flush that rose to the face of the latter--the outward manifestation of a new emotion. His patron at that moment, in actual possessions, was almost poorer than he! A minute later, and Keith encountered...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236624610
  • 9781236624611