The Water Witch; Or, the Skimmer of the Seas. a Tale Volume 1

The Water Witch; Or, the Skimmer of the Seas. a Tale Volume 1

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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. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ..." I had thought to have made a very different use of this," returned Ludlow, drawing a letter--we admit it, with some reluctance in one so simple and so manly--from his bosom; " and even now I take shame in producing it, though at your own orders." " Some magic has wrought a marvel, or the scrawl has no such importance," observed Alida, taking a billet, that she now began to repent having ever written. K The language of politeness and female reserve must admit of strange perversions, or all who read are not the best interpreters." La Belle Barberie ceased speaking, for the instant her eye fell on the paper, an absorbing and intense curiosity got the better of her resentment. We shall give the contents of the letter precisely in the words which caused so much amazement, and possibly some little uneasiness, to the fair creature who was perusing it. " The life of a seaman," said the paper, in a. delicate and beautiful female hand, " is one of danger and exposure. It inspires confidence in woman by the frankness to which it gives birth, and it merits indulgence by its privations. She who writes this is not insensible to the merit of men of this bold calling. Admiration for the sea, and for those who live on it, has been her weakness through life, and her visions of the future, like her recollections of the past, are not entirely exempt from a contemplation of its pleasures. The usages of different nations, glory in arms, change of scene, with constancy in the affections, all sweetened by affluence, are temptations too strong for a female imagination, and they should not be without their influence on the judgment of man. Adieu." This note was read, re-perused, and for the third time, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123688583X
  • 9781236885838