The Widows' Walk

The Widows' Walk

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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. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ... man had already reached that state of dull indifference, when physical weakness appears to deaden the feelings, and nothing is left to the soul but a sort of jealous anxiety for self. The unfortunate prisoner was nevertheless still under the influence of his ruling idea, and his first words were to ask if the people in the Allee des Veuves had not been heard of. Esther naturally kept back her meeting with the woman SaintMartin, the night before. "So much the worse, that they have not sent to you," said Chevillard, coldly; "I think you would do well to listen to their proposals, and leave me; this marriage has brought sorrow into your life, and it can cause you nothing but misery." When Chevillard spoke thus, did he not disguise in part his thoughts When he expressed regret for Esther, did he experience none for himself? And was not this feeling discernible even in the words that had escaped him during his delirium, and which seemed to indicate remorse at having quitted Mademoiselle Lebeau's house? Though Esther clearly perceived this dreadful truth, she would not show how cruelly it wounded her; in her husband's state of weakness, all agitating explanations were to be avoided. She therefore concealed her grief, but it was only the more bitter from the effort. From the moment she suspected that Chevillard looked to the past with regret, and that she could no longer hope to work out his happiness as she had intended, she could no longer excuse to her upbraiding conscience the deception of which she had been guilty, and it seemed to her that her punishment had commenced. But it was the fatal sentence pronounced by the doctor, when he declared he would not answer for Chevillard's recovery, if his captivity were prolonged, ...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236568125
  • 9781236568120