Toads and Diamonds, and Other Tales

Toads and Diamonds, and Other Tales

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...was a very clever woman, and she had educated Janie herself. She was full of enthusiasm about everything noble in art and literature, particularly in her own dramatic line. I enjoyed seeing her pale, repressed, worn face light up as she talked of Shakespeare till the needlework fell from her hands, and she would walk up and down the room, speaking with a fluency and a passion which would have made her a first-rate female orator or preacher. At such times her eyes would shine and flash, and she would look almost beautiful still. I could imagine how striking her countenance must have been when she was young. "You must wish to be back on the stage again, after all," I said one day, when she had been dilating on what she thought dramatic art might do for the education of the people. The fire died out of her eyes. "No," she said, "the future I dream of won't come in my days, and my health and my voice have been failing for so long that it was only necessity that made me stay on so long as I did. Indeed, I don't know whether the evils of the present management of the stage seemed to grow greater, or whether it was I that was getting old and cantankerous, but I never was more thankful than when I heard that I was free to leave it, and not see noble things degraded any more. 'Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds, ' Shakespeare says, you know." Janie had not the positive genius of her aunt, but she had native mother-wit, quick observation, and ready appreciation of all that was good and beautiful. She had the instinct of making friends with every one, and of always doing and saying the right and kind thing. She had made friends with all the people in the cottages near, and had conquered even the clergyman's wife, who...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236580656
  • 9781236580658