The Patient Man

The Patient Man

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...called, which he generally did once a fortnight, Mrs. Dacre held up Gale as an example not only to all the young men one met in society, but to most of the elderly ones too. "If," Mr. Meekes further reflected, "Stephen Gale walks into the trap that Polly's preparing for him, he won't go in with his eyes shut." This was true. As a mother anxious for her daughter's future, Mrs. Dacre had rather overdone her part. No doubt had been left on Gale's mind as to the mother's wishes. With the daughter it was different. With Drusie it was doubtful. All the impressions gathered from her were contradictory. "Drusie's a shy girl," Mrs. Dacre too constantly repeated, "shyer than she seems, and almost nervously proud. The best side of her is always kept for our own fireside." This, however, was not the effect produced on Gale's mind. The girl seemed worried and anxious, but although she met him in a simple and friendly spirit, chatting with him without restraint, something within--one of those silent messages women know how to send to the affections watching them--warned him not to speak. "I know what you think of me and what you might offer me, but be wise and keep away." What did it mean? What was the cause of it? Was it Heathcote? Although the doubts stirred, pity and affection were stronger than his jealousy. His power of personal detachment was great--great enough, as he studied the girl and delighted in her society, to almost eliminate the tyranny of self. Sometimes when they talked the girl would suddenly be revealed to him in flashes of happiness and mirth, at the theatre, on the golf links, or in the cheerful glitter of a restaurant--for Gale...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236745485
  • 9781236745484