Three Paths in Life

Three Paths in Life

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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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ... had a niece living in London, a Mrs Frere, who had lately been left a widow. She was a sweet young creature, whose affections had been bound up in her husband with an intensity of devotion that, when given to the creature, becomes idol-worship. Mr Frere had died suddenly from a fall from his horse, and had left his young wife with two little boys desolate. After the sad occurrence, Minnie, who had never been very intimate with her cousin, sent the customary cards of condolence, and had been awaiting the return cards of "thanks for inquiries" before calling on her, as is usual in circles where even grief has its stated modes of fashion. None, however, had yet come; the fact was, poor Mrs Frere was too crushed by her sorrow to consider custom in any shape. Here, therefore, Minnie determined to try and commence her ministry of love, and ordering her carriage at the usual hour, she drove to Street. "Knock gently," she said to the tall footman, who was preparing a thundering announcement; "remember Mrs Frere is in trouble;" and the man, hushed by her thoughtfulness, obeyed her. The servant who answered the door, in reply to the inquiry for her mistress, said that Mrs Frere was still in the deepest grief, and would see no one. Whereupon Minnie, on the plea of relationship, declined to take a refusal. "Tell her," she said, "it is only her cousin, Minnie Gordon;" and following the girl up-stairs with a determined step, when the drawing-room door was opened Minnie entered behind her. The blinds were down: every object spoke of gloom. On the sofa, in the deepest of weeds, sat her cousin, her head buried in the cushions, as though avoiding even the dim light around her. On hearing her voice she...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236746651
  • 9781236746658