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illustrated.1885 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. PHILIP ENDEBBY FINDS HIS
WAY HOME. In a sense it may be said that suffering supplies its own
antidote. Nature, forced beyond a legitimate point of endurance,
reacts upon herself, and takes refuge in callousness or
insensibility. Certain it is that when the last few searching yet
illuminated moments of his interview with his wife were over,
Philip Enderby fell into a condition of singular mental apathy. He
was still conscious, it is true, of being bowed down by the weight
of a heavy tribulation; but his perception of the extent of that
tribulation became indistinct; his sense of the situation was
deadened. His misery was no longer active, full of force and
energy: but dull and slow, as the sob of the dying storm when the
morning breaks dim and sullen over turgid sea and wreckstrewn
shore, where the tempest beat out the madness of its fury through
the long nigbt. He went back to his room, sat down near the open
window; and stared, with sad, fixed eyes, out over the
tennis-lawn--on which robins and starlings hopped to and fro,
searching for worms in the moist grass, --to the meadow, with its
great stag-headed chestnut trees, that raised their ragged branches
towards the pensive blue-grey sky. Exhausted with excitement and
his night of watching, the Colonel, after a brief period of
semi-consciousness, slept. He dreamed that he stood once more in
the glaring Italian sunshine, on the terrace of the Villa Mortelli.
Jessie, in her simple, light cotton dress, was beside
him--brilliant, merry, smiling, her arms full of great red roses.
She wanted something which he was powerless to give her, and coaxed
and pleaded with him in pretty, laughing, childlike fashion.--And
then, somehow, the scene changed. She had got Bertie Ames's monkey
in her arms instead of...
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