Rough Justice Volume 2

Rough Justice Volume 2

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... sufferings of others. Could love of the race be compatible with inexorable cruelty to the individual? Could any sane man persuade himself that the murder of a helpless woman, his kinswoman, who had never injured him, was to be justified by the noble uses he could make of a fortune secured by blood? Remembering that conversation in the embrasure of the window, when for the first time he had discussed the ethics of crime with this suspected murderer, it seemed to him possible that Oliver Greswold had persuaded_himself that such a crime might be justified by its results. He recalled that allusion to Malplaquet--a battle so recklessly hazarded, so disastrous a victory, and he remembered that the great Captain who could risk the slaughter of thousands in order to hold his supremacy as a commander had been the fondest, the most devoted of husbands to a termagant wife. These contradictions and inconsistencies are the stuff of which human nature is woven--a woof of darkness, a warp of light--black and silver threads crossing and recrossing. It came within the limits of possibility that this bold sinner was not the despicable hypocrite he had seemed to Arnold in the first instance. And this man was to marry a woman who loved him with the generous confidence of youth that knows not the meaning of falsehood or sin. It was impos sible to see Lady Violet and her lover together, or to hear her talk of him in his absence, without discovering that to her he was saint-like, God-like, a being as worthy of worship as of love, and to be very sure that for this woman disillusion would mean death. The blow might not destroy that fine frame, in the perfection of healthy girlhood, but it would take all the joy out of the young life. The heart would break, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123698403X
  • 9781236984036