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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...well, tolerating the husband
for the sake of the wife. She and Alec speedily became great
friends, and it was not long before I discovered that he worshiped
her. That seems a strong expression, but if ye knew the intensity
of the man, ye would not think it so. It was not long also, before
I found out, partly by accident, that Mrs. Hayford was thoroughly
unhappy with her husband; that he was cruel and suspicious, and had
a tongue tipped with poison. And, after I understood, many were the
cruel little speeches I heard fall from his lips while other people
were present. I could see her eye flash, but she was too proud to
show that she even noticed them. She was grieving, too, over the
death of her one little daughter, a matter which did not appear to
concern her husband much. He seemed to delight in humiliating her,
his being, I think, one of those natures to whom the torture of a
good woman in their power affords the keenest pleasure. The fact is
that she was immeasurably his superior in every way, and he knew
it, and knew that in her heart she could not but despise him. And
he grew to hating her as only a coward and a liar can hate, more
especially as his petty cruelties were, outwardly at least, wholly
disregarded by her, and she remained as always, calm, and gentle,
and sweet. "It seems that, while occupying the same house, they
were lattherly living as strangers to each other, although it did
not appear so to the outside world, and her home was noted for the
perfect comfort, and ordher, and daintiness, that appeared
everywhere. She had married when a mere girl under the influence of
what is called first love, which too often, though not always,
thank Gahd, is merely another name for infatuation which has cursed
the lives of...
|Country of origin:
Walter Gordon Henderson
||246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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