The Pseudonym Library Volume 21

The Pseudonym Library Volume 21

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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. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...dragged in some absurd thing on my dress. There was nothing at all, and, as I looked surprised--"I thought you were pursued, mademoiselle," he said, tranquilly. Then he put his head back on his pillow with a gesture of relief, letting his eyelid fall with such an air of indifference, that a bolder person than I am might have lost heart, I think. Standing motionless, with an evident look of perplexity, beginning words which I could not finish, holding my lamp in my hand, which I forgot to put down, I felt terribly awkward, and would have given much if I could have assumed the superb attitude of Monsieur de Civreuse, or, at least, have known what to do with my hands and feet, which had never seemed so much in my way. As for him, he leaned back with the majestic nonchalance of a Roman emperor, having no awkward movement to fear in his comfortable position, and insolently making the most of all his advantages. The thing could not go on long like this without becoming ridiculous; besides, his provoking coolness stung me like a lash. Since he would not help me, so much the worse; I would speak straight out as best I could, and explain things to him just as they were. I did it at once. I advanced another step, and put my lamp on the table. "Here is your lamp," I began, rapidly--that was the very ingenious way in which I began--" and I beg you to accept my sincere regrets for the deplorable accident from which you are still suffering; but, really, it was not my fault." "Indeed, I do not think any one can accuse me of it either," he said, quietly, raising his head and looking at me. "I do not say so," I stammered, losing countenance. And, as he nodded his head in a manner which signified, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236907116
  • 9781236907110