Withered Leaves (of III) Volume I

Withered Leaves (of III) Volume I

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Excerpt: ...It is only a piece of the Frau Kanzleirathin's spite, because no one notices her Minna, whom she always plays out as an ace, without ever making a trick by it." The family's anxiety was, however, augmented when Blanden announced that he must visit his estates for a short period; would then, however, return, and he hoped should still find them at the seaside. It would have seemed like desecration of his feelings to confide his love just yet to her parents; it was still quite impossible for him to connect Eva in his thoughts with that undignified parental couple. What was unavoidable should only be done when the betrothal ceremony could follow immediately. But he must return home, because he had to present himself to his electors as candidate. Eva parted from him with perfect, joyful confidence, and when her mother hazarded a sceptical remark, she replied-- "We will wait patiently; everything will turn out for the best." And such a happy ray suffused her countenance, that Miranda said to her husband, as she placed his cravats in a drawer-- "The girl is sure of her affair; she must have reason to be so." The Rath chuckled significantly, and passed no sleepless night. CHAPTER VII. THE ORDENSBURG. It was late at night when Blanden's carriage, with its steaming horses, stopped before the castle door of Kulmitten. The picture of the Holy Virgin, with the Child Christ in her arms, gleamed high above the portal in the moonlight. The remains of an old Ordensburg had been built into the castle, giving it an historically venerable appearance. The emblem of the Knights of the German Order, the cross with an eagle, was to be seen on all parts, and even greeted the new comers from the portal. The old belfry, well-preserved with its underground dungeons, rose upon a hill close to the shores of a large lake, which, with the wide belt of woods that surrounded it, extended far away in the moon's silvery light. It would be easy to have...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236706447
  • 9781236706447