Puck. in Maremma

Puck. in Maremma

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...head, that hung so languidly like a wounded bird's. " ' I'm as good as dead, ' she muttered slowly and feebly; 'else I wouldn't have sent flnever--never! But I want to say one word, sir--if you wou't be angered.' " ' Say on, Nellie.' " There was an infinite pity in his voice; he had seen death often enough to know that the hope which he had held out to her was utterly vain. " Still, with her eyes gazing up at him, so woefully, so prayerfully, she spoke her feeble and broken words: " ' I wanted to say--I've heard, my lord, all manner of evil things of /urand you. I've heard that--that--she have come to shame, though it's a gilded one; and I know--I know--as it's a lie.' " It is a lie.' " His face was very dark, ---his voice was very grave, as he answered her. " 'I said so!--I said so!' she murmured, her hoarse weak voice for the moment ringing with melody and strength once more. 'I said as she was innocent and pure as any little child--lie all they would. And I kept away from her, --because the likes o' me seen near her couldn't but do her harm; me being so common, and so ignorant, and so low like upon the stage; and she so beautiful, and so learned, and so great a lady, one may say. But--but you know as they do say all them things of you and her?--you know what she be thought to be? You know as she'll never be cleared of what they talk--never, never, never! ' " ' I know! ' " The wooden rail of the chair, on which his hands rested, was broken by the clinch of them upon it as he spoke. " ' But it won't ever be true?' she cried, raising herself upon one arm, and conquering for that brief space the agonies and the weakness of death....show more

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  • Paperback | 386 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 685g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236849523
  • 9781236849526