The Story of Barbara; Her Splendid Misery, and Her Gilded Cage Volume 2

The Story of Barbara; Her Splendid Misery, and Her Gilded Cage 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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...I am a creature of habit, and must live my life my own way, even at the risk of shortening it. I couldn't get on without my morning tankard." Vyvyan thought much of his brother's illness. The idea that his race was destined to perish out of the land haunted him like a nightmare. It had been hard for him to reconcile himself to the thought that he himself must go, that another must be master of the things he loved, though that other one were his own brother; but that they should go to an alien was a far bitterer thought. "If Mark would but marry!" What, to rear a sickly race--children tainted with hereditary disease? How could he tell upon what future generations this doom might descend? If upon him and upon his brother, why not upon his brother's children? "We are an expiring race," he said to himself; "the canker is at the root, and the tree must fall." His conduct to his brother after this time showed more affection, in his own rough and rugged way, than it had ever done before. As he had pitied himself, when the knowledge of his doom was first revealed to him, so now he pitied his brother. "Still in the prime of life, and taking life so lightly," he thought. "It must be harder for him than for me to know that his days are to be short in the land." A change came over Mark after that sudden shock, which reminded him of life's uncertainty. He said nothing to the woman who had hitherto shared most of his secrets. He shrank, just as Vyvyan had done, from talking of this thing; but he thought of it day and night. The images of those three little lads at St. Columb haunted him at this time, and were his chief source of trouble. Something must be done for...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236867106
  • 9781236867100