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1867 edition. Excerpt: ...crept close to Diana, and with a
half-frightened, half-caressing movement, seated herself on the low
ottoman at her feet, and, seated thus, possessed herself of Miss
Paget's cold hand. "I want you to like Mr. Hawkehurst a little,
Di," she repeated, "for my sake." "Very well, I will try to like
him a little--for your sake," answered Miss Paget in a very
unsympathetic tone. "0, Di tell me how it was he offended you."
"Who told you that he offended me?" "Your own manner, dear. You
could never have been so cold and distant with him--having known
him so long, and endured so many troubles in his company--if you
had not been deeply offended by him." "That is your idea,
Charlotte; but, you see, VOL. III. M I am very unlike you. I am
fitful and capricious. I used to like Mr. Hawkehurst, and now I
dislike him. As to offence, his whole life has offended me; just as
my father's life has offended me, from first to last. I am not good
and amiable and loving, like you; but I hate deceptions and lies;
above all, the lies that some men traffic in day after day." "Was
Valentine's--was your father's life a very bad one?" Charlotte
asked, trembling palpably, and looking up at Miss Paget's face with
anxious eyes. "Yes, it was a mean, false life, --a fife of trick
and artifice. I do not know the details of the schemes by which my
father and Valentine earned their daily bread--and my daily bread;
but I know they inflicted loss upon other people. Whether the wrong
done was always done deliberately and consciously upon Valentine's
part, I cannot say. He may have been only a tool of my father's. I
hope he was, for the most part, an unconscious tool." She said all
this in a dreamy way, as if uttering her own thoughts, rather than
seeking to enlighten Charlotte. "I am sure...
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Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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