Unseen Hand

Unseen Hand

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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. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...of this preconcerted arrangement about Hastings, you will not render us both miserable by refusing your consent to our marriage? " "How dare you presume to engage yourself with any one, without letting me, or at least your aunt, who had adopted you, know of it?" said my mother, angrily. "I knew," said I, "that Aunt Lilian would try and force me to marry Hastings, Mam'a; I knew I could never love him, and in a case like this, I surely might be allowed to choose for myself when the matter at stake is the choice of a companion for life. And as to engaging myself, why I don't know how it was, but when Alfred told me he loved me, Mam'a, and asked me if I could love him in return, why I could not say no--for I do love him--yes, indeed, I feel--I feel I do love him as life itself. Oh! he is so good, so kind, so true. I wish, I only wish, I were more worthy of him;" and saying these words, I burst-.. into tears--a flood of tears of mingled grief and love. "I really will not stand such behavior as this," said my mother, angrily; " go up-stairs to your own room, Lily, and do not come into my presence again until you can learn to speak in a more becoming I rose, untying my bonnet-strings as I did so, for I felt as if I should be choked with violent emotion. Oh! what misery it was, to have this scene of contention with my own mother! And yet I was acting according to a sense of duty. Had I not & right to give up fortune and position for goodness, and truth, and excellence, if the beauty of the latter had been revealed to my heart? Was it wrong thus to make a stand against the worldly schemes of those who ought to have been my best counselors and protectors? I trusted not; and I think so still--now that many years have passed away, and that I have more...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236659090
  • 9781236659095