Tales from Real Life; Containing Bell Martin, Pride and Principle, Family Pride, Mary Ellis, and Alice Mellville

Tales from Real Life; Containing Bell Martin, Pride and Principle, Family Pride, Mary Ellis, and Alice Mellville

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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. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ... upon whom the call was made, saw her at the door, and knew that she had been ill, and was very feeble. But neither of them would open the street-door for her, nor suffer a female servant to do so, because that would have exposed them, so they imagined, to the suspicion of being mere vulgar people. Before the waiter could be found, the almost fainting girl had to leave the door, and with trembling steps, a fluttering pulse, and a sudden blinding pain in the head, attempt the almost impossible task of wending her way homeward. A few squares of the distance had been accomplished, when she fortunately thought ofa friend who lived near where she was. As she drew near to the lady's house, who stood really higher in the social circle than the other, she saw her from her window. Knowing that Miss Malcolm had been re-cently ill, and perceiving instantly that she walked with feeble steps, she ran to the door, opened it herself, and, meeting her half way down the steps, assisted her to ascend them, and supported her into her parlour, upon gaining which she sank, fainting, upon a sofa t was the relapse brought on by that over-fntigue, that so nearly terminated fatally." "Is that really true s!" asked Mr. Gland-ville. "I heard something of it before, but thought it an idle story. Idid not believe that any, claiming to be ladies, could have acted so little like the character to which they aspired." Mrs. Pimlico, as may well be supposed, found it a very hard task to maintain perfect external composure while such remarks were made, and she the real subject of them. In spite of all she could do, the blood mounted rapidly to her face. "There is no question of its truth," said one, "for I had it from...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123693900X
  • 9781236939005