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(without typos) from the publisher. 1878. Excerpt: ... creature,
with her two-and-twenty years and her gratified ambition, no longer
felt inclined to kiss her fortunate image in the glass; she looked
at it with wonder that she could be so miserable. I One belief
which had accompanied her through her unmarried life as a
self-cajoling superstition, encouraged by the subordination of
every one about her --the belief in her own power of
dominating--was utterly gone. Already, in seven short weeks, which
seemed half her life, her husband had gained a mastery which she
could no more resist than she could have resisted the benumbing
effect from the touch of a torpedo. Gwendolen's will had seemed
imperious in its small girlish sway; but it was the will of a
creature with a large discourse of imaginative fears: a shadow
would have been enough to relax its hold. And she had found a will
like that of a crab or a boa-constrictor which goes on pinching or
crushing without alarm at thunder. Not that Grandcourt was without
calculation of the intangible effects which were the chief means of
mastery; indeed he had a surprising acuteness in detecting that
situation of feeling in Gwendolen which made her proud I and
rebellious spirit dumb and helpless before him. --1 She had burnt
Lydia Glasher's letter with an instantaneous terror lest other eyes
should see it, and had tenaciously concealed from Grandcourt that
there was any other cause of her violent hysterics than the
excitement and fatigue of the day: she had been urged into an
implied falsehood. "Don't ask me--it was my feeling about
everything--it was the sudden change from home." The words of that
letter kept repeating themselves, and hung on her consciousness
with the weight of a prophetic doom. "I am the grave in which your
chance of happiness is buried as well as mine. You had your
warning. You h...
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