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(without typos) from the publisher. 1887. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... THE LIBRARY. WESTERDAY the fair Julia made her first I
appearance down-stairs since her accident; and the sight of her
spread a universal cheerfulness through the household. She was
extremely pale, however, and could not walk without pain and
difficulty. She was assisted, therefore, to a sofa in the library,
which is pleasant and retired, looking out among trees, and so
quiet that the little birds come hopping upon the windows, and
peering curiously into the apartment. Here several of the family
gathered round, and devised means to amuse her, and make the day
pass pleasantly. Lady Lillycraft lamented the want of some new
novel to while away the time; and was almost in a pet, because the"
Author of Waverley " had not produced a work for the last three
months. There was a motion made to call on the parson for some of
his old legends or ghost stories; but to this Lady Lillycraft
objected, as they were apt to give her the vapors. General
Harbottle gave a minute account, for the sixth time, of the
disaster of a friend in India, who had his leg bitten off by a
tiger whilst he was hunting, --and was proceeding to menace the
company with a chapter or two about Tippoo Saib. At length the
captain bethought himself, and said he believed he had a manuscript
tale lying in one corner of his campaigning trunk, which, if he
could find, and the company were desirous, he would read to them.
The offer was eagerly accepted. He retired, and soon returned with
a roll of blotted manuscript, in a very gentlemanlike but nearly
illegible hand, and a great part written on cartridge-paper. "It is
one of the scribblings," said he, "of my poor friend, Charles
Lightly, of the dragoons. He was a curious, romantic, studious,
fanciful fellow; the favorite, and often the unconscious butt of
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