Ruth Hall, by Fanny Fern

Ruth Hall, by Fanny Fern

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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...her weight. "Jrow," said she, after a pause, with a firmer voice and step. "This way," said Mrs. Bunce, advancing towards a rough deal box which stood on a table in a niche of the cellar, and setting a small lamp upon it; "she didn't look no better than that, ma'am, for a long while before she died." Ruth gave one hurried glance at the corpse, and buried her face in her hands. Well might she fail to recognise in that emaciated form, those sunken eyes and hollow cheeks," the beautiful Mary Leon. Well might she shudder, as the gibbering screams of the maniacs over head echoed through the stillness of that cold, gloomy vault "Were you with herIat the last?" asked Ruth of the matron, wiping away her tears.' "No," replied she; '"the afternoon she died she said, 'I want to be alone, ' and, not thinking her near her end, I took my work and sat just outside the door. I looked in once, about half an hour after, but she lay quietly asleep, with her cheek in her hand, --so. By-and-by I thought I would speak to her; so I went in, and saw her lying just as she did when I looked at hei before. I spoke to her, but she did not answer me; she was dead, ma'am." Oh, how mournfully sounded in Ruth's ears those plaintive words, "I want to be alone." Poor Mary! ay, better even in death "alone," than gazed at by careless, hireling eyes, since he who should have closed those drooping lids had wearied of their faded light. "Did she speak of no one?" asked Ruth; "mention no one?" "No--yes; I recollect now that she said something about calling Ruth; I didn't pay any attention, for they don't know what they are saying, you know. She scribbled something, too, on a bit...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236586328
  • 9781236586322