The Story of Sophia; A Novel

The Story of Sophia; A Novel

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ... her eyes glanced round the room, and rested complacently on the glow a frosty sunset diffused over the yellow hangings, the tables piled up with Sevres and Nankin china, Hindoo idols and apanese figures, carvings and bronzes, antique cabinets filled with coins, spindle-legged consoles ranged against the walls, and smaller ornaments. The pictures behind, standing forth in a blaze of light---St. Sebastian prominent in a ruddy haze, --a portrait, said to be by Rembrandt, of a golden brown, --and Dutch landscapes, with luminous points upon tree and stream, calling up an ideal world of warmth and summer, to which the soft, penetrating odour of rose-leaves, in large blue and white pots, came as a fitting atmosphere. "You seem very comfortable here," was her remark, as her eye ranged round. "Really cosy and comfortable. I only hope it will last." A sigh was the reply. Then with a kind of heavy movement, natural to her tall figure, Lady Danvers rose and wandered round the room. "I wonder where all these beautiful things come from," she observed, examining the miniatures, snuff-boxes, and artistic treasures, opening and shutting illustrated volumes in gaudy bindings, and passing her long fingers over the surface of cups and vases. "Sent, I suppose, for sale; but what advantage can it be to have them? I wonder they trust him." "My husband's knowledge," replied Aunt Amelia, coldly, "gives value to art. The very fact that Louis has had these things in his possession, enhances their price." "Humph!" was Lady Danvers' blunt rejoinder; "I hope they will go back safe." And here the conversation dropped, as, putting down her glass, she transferred...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236914937
  • 9781236914934