The Strike of a Sex; A Novel
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: ...and to bind up their wounds with tender hands! They sternly entered their empty homes in silence. But so utterly exhausted was I with the excitement of the night, that this strange, pathetic spectacle did not greatly move me. Mr. Lister and I, without exchanging a word, staggered up the steps of his house like drunken men. But though I was nearly worn out with fatigue, the thought of going to my room and of being alone with my thoughts was utterly intolerable. I knew that I could not sleep. The excitement of the struggle with fire in which we had just been engaged, the anticipation of the curious parade which I was to witness on the morrow, to say nothing of the strange revelations which had crowded upon me in the past two days, made sleep a sheer impossibility. And yet it seemed to me that I must have some diversion or I should go mad. What to do I knew not. As I could think of no other diversion. I determined, as a last resort, to go to my room and spend the night in reading. To do so I had to go by Mr. Lister's room, the door of which, for the first time when I had passed it, stood wide open. As I chanced to raise my eyes to the wall opposite the door, I stopped in sudden awe, as if confronted by the shrine of a Madonna. An exquisite oil portrait of a woman hung there, and I saw at a glance that it was the beautiful, imperious creature who had had such a magic influence in controlling the men at the fire. There were the same large eyes looking upward from under a drift of goldflecked chestnut hair. Her-expression was that of eager, almost prophetuNPticipation. A ravishing smile of hope confidence was on her slightly parted and the velvet curve of a resolute womanly chin showed deep courage devotion. This, then, was undoubtedly Mr....
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