A Woman's Vengeance; A Novel Volume 1

A Woman's Vengeance; A Novel 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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ... A Woman': Vengeance. 1. II CHAPTER XI. The Luck. THE goddess Fortune is the only one of the heathen divinities who has survived the disaster of her fellowgods, and has still her worshippers amongst us; and yet how little are her nature and requirements understood! We would all please her if we could, but not one of us is certain of the road to her favour. Curi.ously enough, it is among the most irreligious persons that her rites--ceremonials and observances that are supposed to please her--are most carefully paid. The man who believes in nothing else, believes in Luck; and endeavours to propitiate her with devices at whose childishness the African adorers of Mumbo Jumbo might laugh. I have seen a minister of state turn his chair round at a whist-table, in order to avert her displeasure; I have seen a warrior, to whom the safety of an army has been confided, and not in vain, lodge an ivory fish upon the candlestick, to secure her good graces; I have seen the most prudent of attorneys call for fresh cards-and pay for them--in the full confidence that she would be gratified by that extravagant proceeding; I have known a venerable divine to lay his finger with indecent haste upon the two of clubs--because "whoever first touches the two of clubs" (as he was good enough to explain to me) "secures a good hand for himself"--directly after the hands were dealt. To scoff at such ritualistic observances is to excite in these idolators an indignation not unmingled with satisfaction--.precisely such a feeling, in fact, as is induced in certain religious persons when they hear the railing infidel. "It's very shocking; but he'll suffer for it--that's some comfort." And the idolators are at...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236909224
  • 9781236909220