The Young Engineer

The Young Engineer

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...to face one another. If I offered a gentleman a "shake-down," I'd take it easy, and he should do the same.' 'Men never see anything. It doesn't matter about them, ' said Milly. 'But don't fire off a shot at me, papa. I'm not the least afraid of what's coming or of this grand dame. I'm longing for the arrival, and am dying of curiosity, that's all that has upset me;' and with her row of curls set a-dancing, the girl gave a little caper. 'Jessie, ' she pursued, when her father and brother had at length left them alone, ' let us run off at once to the visitors'-room and have a look at it. It has been shut up so long, I shouldn't wonder if a ghost had possession of it. In that case it is Lady Madalena may be in the quiver--not you or I.' When the girls stood within the chamber referred to, Milly's presentiment seemed almost justified. The room had a strange dismal air, like something just awakened from a torpor, and which shrinks from the eye of scrutiny. The draperies were none of the freshest, and were somewhat of the scantiest, though here and there a lacy cobweb filled up the interstices and added its own blind to the window-panes. The carpet was faded; the bed, a thin iron erection, had a E skeleton aspect; ribs were protruding, and a sort of dimity nightcap nodded at the top. Jessie almost wrung her hands. 'We have no time, ' she cried. 'She is to be here the day after to-morrow. Things never could be got ready. Papa is too cruel.' Milly tried to be hopeful, but was evidently a little dubious. 'I often wanted you not to lock up this room, Jessie, ' she said. 'Matters are forgotten when they are out of sight. I couldn't have been looking at duskiness like this without wanting to brighten it up.' 'Milly, you have no sense!' exclaimed...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236849957
  • 9781236849953