The Works of Lady Blessington Volume 1

The Works of Lady Blessington Volume 1

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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. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...Lady Delafield clung to me with all the helplessness of age. 1 was the person to be consulted on all emergencies, and in whose patient ear all her griefs were to be poured. Frequently did she acknowledge her obligations to me, and say, that I was necessary to her very existence; that, without me, she could not have borne up against the troubles present and prospective, that menaced her; and that she considered me as one of her family. How has my foolish heart beat with vague hopes, at hearing such words! They engendered the delusive idea, that, at some remote period, when informed by her aunt of my unceasing attentions, I might be permitted, as a friend, to console Lady Mary; and from friendship to love, I fancied the distance not insuperable. Thus, unworthy as I was, my kindness to her aged relaiive, the friend of my dear mother, had its source only in selfishness. It was true, that I hardly dared imagine that I could ever become more than a friend to Lady Mary; but to be even this, would be to be blessed beyond all that I had ever yet experienced, and, as the verse says, "None without Hope e'er loved the brightest fair. For Love will hope, when Reason would despair." So, hope presented me indistinct, but delicious, visions, never, never to be realised. I loved to sit on the chairs, or recline on the sofa, which had been pressed by her; all the objects in the rooms on which her eyes had ever rested, possessed a charm for me: the very atmosphere of the apartment seemed impregnated with a fragrance that breathed of her; and I was only tranquil when beneath her roof. I have felt abashed and humiliated when Lady Delafield heaped commendations on my domestic habits and sedentary tastes; and, above all, on the disinterested devotion of more

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  • Paperback | 568 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 29mm | 1,002g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123650027X
  • 9781236500274