The Heir of Redclyffe (1855)

9780217894968: The Heir of Redclyffe (1855)

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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