The Shadow on the Pillow; And Other Stories

The Shadow on the Pillow; And Other Stories

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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. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...the statue of a warrior looks forth grim and terrible from the central wall. Stiff, high-backed chairs are arranged at regular distances, and at the further end a harpsichord gives evidence of musical taste and skill in the Talbot household. The young sisters flew to the instrument and performed a gay duet upon its chords, while Maud threw herself into a large chair, opposite the casqued and helmeted knight, and drew a weary sigh. It was repeated at the open door near which she sat, and just then a shadow darkened the doorway. It was that of a noble-looking man, somewhere on the verge of forty years, tall, pale and dignified. He wore his own long hair and pointed beard, which fell over a collar of exquisite workmanship. The black velvet tunic was fastened by a rich cord, and its slashed sleeves revealed others of the finest linen, closed at the wrist by diamond studs. Ashamed and confused, Maud sprang up to call her sisters away, but the stranger would not permit her. He announced himself as Richard Talbot, Lord of Malahide, and welcomed her to the castle. She blushingly explained their mistake, and her sisters' thoughtless gaiety, and entreated him to pardon and let them depart. "Not surely until I know who are my guests," he answered, in a voice that thrilled through the very heart of the Lady Maud; for, whether it was fancy or not, it reminded her of the beloved now silent for years, but whose echo still lived in her memory. She told him in a few words, who they were and why they came, and Richard Talbot, with a courtesy that put her directly at her ease, begged permission to make an early call on the baron, her father, at Killeen. The next week was one of gaiety and delight to the two young sisters--each pretending to appropriate more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236538307
  • 9781236538307