Three Nights in a Lifetime; A Domestic Tale

Three Nights in a Lifetime; A Domestic Tale

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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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ... of mind overwhich their gifted butmost miserable writer threw a veil of so much assumed cheerfulness and calmness. The very exertions to which the shrinking reserve of Sophia's feelings, not less than her generous anxiety to spare those of her friends, impelled her, told with double severity on her private moments, and rendered her secret sufferings more acute and intolerable. The cause, too, of these sufferings, as she herself said, aggravated them beyond what can be conceived by any save those to whom agonizing experience has taught the painful truth, that to be wroth with one we love Doth work like madness on the brain." There indeed lay the rankling venom of the wound. How vainly do we often hear it taken for granted, that the discovery of unworthiness in a beloved object is to operate as a cure on the passion it renders hopeless? Empty conclusion! The heart will not follow where reason leads. It may feel its chains, yet be unequal to casting them aside. We are not masters of the duration, any more than of the intensity, of our own affections. Nor is the sudden and horrible conviction, when forced upon us, of power to unbind the million links which the hand of custom has been long and diligently winding round us, and which it has rendered indispensably necessary to the very existence of the soul. Woman's love has been known to survive years of neglect, of unkindness, of cruelty, of guilt itself; nay, to live on hopeless, unseen, yet unfading, after the withering certainty of iU being unrequited has impressed it with the signet of despair. How much more, then, in the present instance, where, alas! it was only too well assured of its being returned, yet doomed to feel that assurance valueless and unavailing! There needs no farther...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236625684
  • 9781236625687