Heimburg, W. Two Daughters of One Race

ISBN 13: 9780217945202

Two Daughters of One Race

9780217945202: Two Daughters of One Race

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1889 Excerpt: ... It was a time of severe trial for me. Lotta sank into a distressing apathy. She would not dress, nor eat, nor sleep. Every effort to inspire her with new energy was fruitless. She sat crouching all day in the corner of the sofa, dressed in her morning wrapper, her hair caught up in a simple knot, her arms folded, and her eyes fixed on a single spot. I pleaded with her; I scolded her; she scarcely noticed me. Frau Roden remonstrated earnestly with her; she never moved a feature. Only once was she aroused from this condition, and that was on receipt of a letter from the prince. With trembling hand she wrote upon the cover that the person addressed would receive no letters. She noted the same reply upon a letter written her by the lord chamberlain. Nine days passed in this way without change. And this in a house to which she had brought ingratitude and infidelity, but she never thought of that; and what did she think of during that time? She was coining a terrible design--I learned what it was later. Downstairs I never heard a word against Lotta. If ever the biblical admonition: "Do good to them who despitefully use you," was conscientiously followed, it was in that old mansion house. The doctor ordered wine, and the best the cellar afforded stood before the speechless young wife. Frau Roden brought flowers and fruit, and placed them silently before her: no word of thanks acknowledged the kind attention. The house was becoming uncanny. And with all this the door-bell rang constantly. Persons who for weeks and months had not called, now came to inquire after the condition of the " patient" with a zeal which made me blush with shame, and brought a shrewd, sarcastic smile to the lips of Frau Roden. Her son was doing quite well, she answered coolly and politely; b...

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