The Will; And Other Tales

The Will; 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. 18 edition. Excerpt: ...young," said he to himself, " that it is but reasonable I should constantly consider what she may become, rather than what she is." To do him justice, we should observe, that her ladyship at this time, with all the address of which so young a lady was capable, did everything in her power to confirm Mr. Mountague in his favourite sentiments of her. Waiting for some circumstance to decide his mind, he was at length determined by the generous enthusiasm, amiable simplicity and candid good sense, which Lady Augusta showed in speaking of a favourite friend of hers, of whom he could not approve. This friend, Lady Diana, was one of the rude ladies who had laughed with so much ill-nature at Helen's white and black shoes at the archery ball. She was a dashing, rich, extravagant, fashionable widow, affectingbold horsemanlike manners, too often " touching the brink of all we hate" without exciting any passions allied to love. Her look was almost an oath; her language was suitable to her looks; she swore, and dressed in the height of the fashion; she could drive four horses in hand; was a desperate huntress; and so loud in the praises of her dogs and horses, that she intimidated even sportsmen and jockeys. She talked so much of her favourite horse Spanker, that she acquired, amongst a particular set of gentlemen, the appellation of my Lady Di Spanker. Lady Augusta perceived that the soft affectations remarkable in her own manners were in agreeable contrast in the company of this masculine dame: she therefore cultivated her acquaintance, and Lady S could make no objection to a woman who was well received everywhere; she was rather flattered to see her daughter taken notice of by this dashing belle: consequently Lady Di Spanker (for by that name we also shall...show more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236671694
  • 9781236671691