Tales, Poems, and Sketches

Tales, Poems, and Sketches

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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. 189? edition. Excerpt: ...a projecting boulder, wrung from her a feminine cry of pain, her first sign of womanly weakness. The guide stopped instantly. " I am afraid I hurt you?" She raised her brown lashes, a trifle moist from suffering, looked in his eyes, and dropped her own. Why, she could not tell. And yet he had certainly a kind face, despite its seriousness, and a fine face, albeit unshorn and weather-beaten. Her own eyes had never been so near to any man's before, save her lover's; and yet she had never seen so much in even his. She slipped her hand away, not with any reference to him, but rather to ponder over this singular experience, and somehow felt uncomfortable thereat. Nor was he less so. It was but a few days ago that he had accepted the charge of this young woman from the elder guide, who was the recognised escort of the Rightbody party, having been a former correspondent of her father's. He had been hired like any other guide, but had undertaken the task with that chivalrous enthusiasm which the average Californian always extends to the sex so rare to him. But the illusion had passed, and he had dropped into a sulky practical sense of his situation, perhaps fraught with less danger to himself. Only when appealed to by his manhood or her weakness, he had forgotten his wounded vanity. He strode moodily ahead, dutifully breaking the path for her in the direction of the distant canon, where Mrs. Rightbody and her friend awaited them. Miss Alice was first to speak. In this trackless, unchartered terra incognita of the passions, it is always the woman who steps out to lead the way. " You know this place very welL I suppose you have lived here long?" " Yes." " You were not born here--no 1" A long pause. " I observe they call you ' Stanislaus Joe.' Of course, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236679032
  • 9781236679031