This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1855. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... not met since the important conversation on Ashen-down, and she found herself looking with more pride than ever at his tall, noble figure, as if he was more her own; but the calmness of feeling was gone. She could not meet his eye, nor see him turn towards her without a start and tremor for which she could not render herself a reason, and her heart beat so much that it was at once a relief and a disappointment that she was obliged to accept her other cousin as her first partner. Philip had already asked Lady Eveleen, for he neither wished to appear too eager in claiming Laura, nor to let his friend think he had any dislike to the Irish girl. Eveleen was much pleased to have him'for her partner, and told herself she would be on her good behaviour. It was a polka, and there was not much talk, which, perhaps, was all the better for her. She admired the review, and the luncheon, and spoke of Charles without any sauciness, and Philip was condescending and agreeable. "I must indulge myself in abusing that stupid cousin of yours!" said she. "Did you ever know a man of such wonderful crotchets?" "This is a very unexpected one," said Philip. "It came like a thunder clap. I thought till the last moment he was joking, for he likes dancing so much; he was the lifo of our ball, and how could any one suppose he would fly off at the last moment?" "He seems rather to enjoy doing things suddenly." "I tell Laura she has affronted him," said Eveleen, laughing. "She has been always busy of late when we have wanted her; and I assure her his pride has been piqued. Don't you think that is an explanation, Captain Morville?" It was Captain Morville's belief, but be would not say so. "Isn'tLaura looking lovely?" Eveleen went on. "lam sure she is the beauty of the night l" She was pleased...
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Barbara Dennis is Head of the Department of Victorian Studies at the Department of English, St David's University College, Lampeter, University of Wales. Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901) was born at Otterbourne, near Winchester, where she lived all her life. At the age of 15 she fell under the influence of the Oxford Movement and John Keble was to be her lifelong mentor. Her family consented to allow her to publish only if the earnings were donated to charity, and her father read, criticized and changed at will everything she wrote; after his death, Keble assumed this role. Her work was admired by Tennyson, Kingsley, Rossetti, and William Morris and her books were said to be the favourite reading of young officers in the Crimean War.About the Author:
Charlotte Mary Yonge (11 August 1823 – 24 May 1901) was an English novelist known for her huge output, now mostly out of print.
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