Via Lucis; A Novel

Via Lucis; A Novel

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...was a "but" too, somewhere at the end of her sentence. By this time, however, Madame Sant' Onofrio had had the bearings of the case explained to her--she had been talking to old Madame Luisa Carelli at first--and insisted on Arduina's accepting. "My dear Signorina, I will not take a refusal. Are you not in your own house? Your father and my husband are the best of friends. Of course you must come; it will be delightful for us all." "Delightful!" Prospero chimed in. He felt extra politeness was expected from him as his father was not there. And really he was doing it bravely. Arduina's colour had returned. She took refuge, not knowing what the Archangel wanted her to do, or what her chaperon would decide, in her sense of deference towards that chaperon. "I can't say anything until I have heard what Madame de Simone thinks of it," she protested. "Thanks, so much, all the same." "Yes," wound up Gabriella in her demurest manner; "we shall see what Auntie says." Auntie had been thinking all this time of exactly the same thing. She was very much disinclined to dragging Arduina back to Rome for no reason at all. And she had thought of asking her neighbours to look after the girl; but, submissive as usual, she would not have ventured doing so unless she had heard whether Arduina liked the plan or not. So, when she came down a little later to fetch her girls for a stroll, and was informed of the Sant' Onofrios' warm proposal, she acquiesced very readily. It was a load off her mind. "We have decided all this without even hearing Arduina's view of the matter," put in Gabriella, half-hoping her friend would object to being left behind. Laura looked at the girl eagerly. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236528239
  • 9781236528230