Sybil; A Tragedy in Five Acts

Sybil; A Tragedy in Five Acts

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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. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...engaged (Clifden bows), while I make my domestic rounds. (Sybil exhibits uneasiness and anger at her mother's leaving.) Exit Mrs. Hardy. Clif. (approaching). Miss Hardy--Sybil (rising, and raising her hands as if to command silence). Clifden, I supplicate you--Speak not! For your own sake and mine do not. Clif. But--Sybil (bitterly). Why will you, sir, pursue me thus? Clif. No rest I'll find 'till I the barrier know, That either in thy self-denying brain, Or, in the actual fact, divides us. I love you deeply, passionately! As I ne'er fancied man could mortal love. This passion rends my frame, distracts my mind, And doubtful makes the tenure e'en of life. I have seen you only to worship you. Lost to me, I lose my divinities, My faith. Sybil. Oh, Clifden, spare me, and preserve yourself: You woo destruction. Clif. I can see there is A deepening mystery about you. Sybil. Ay, the mystery of a passion which Controls all others. Clif. Then but a pretext Was your wide, blighting, though deceiving scorn, For th' all-controlling passion--Love. Sybil. A pretext? Would it were. Love makes no part Of my existence, which now feeds alone On the heart-hard'ning rival passion--Hate! Clif. Tom hate? Sybil. Ay, sir. Hate is my passion, And dwells not here alone, since it commands A slave of its own likeness--Clif. And that? Sybil. Is Revenge. Ask thyself, then, with these within my breast, Whether there can be room for aught else there. Clif. (pacing to and fro, muttering). Revenge, Sybil, revenge (stops)! Something of this I understand (cogitates). Your culture, loveliness, This solitude. These do not balance well. (To her.) Some rutnless knave, perchance, in usury steeped, Taking advantage of thy mother's weeds, Thy orphanage, has levell'd all your gods, Has...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236645057
  • 9781236645050