The Novels of Jane Austen (Collected Works of Jane Austen 6 volumes)

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9780742620803: The Novels of Jane Austen (Collected Works of Jane Austen 6 volumes)

Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXIX Before the housemaid had lit their fire the next day, or the sun gained any power over a cold, gloomy morning in January, Marianne, only half dressed, was kneeling against one of the window-seats, for the sake of all the little light she could command from it, and writing as fast as a continual flow of tears would permit her. In this situation Elinor, roused from sleep by her agitation and sobs, first perceived her; and after observing her for a few moments with silent anxiety said, in a tone of the most considerate gentleness-- * Marianne, may I ask?' 'No, Elinor,' she replied, 'ask nothing; you will soon know all.' The sort of desperate calmness with which this was said lasted no longer than while she spoke, and was immediately followed by a return of the same excessive affliction. It was some minutes before she could go on with her letter, and the frequent bursts of grief which still obliged her, at intervals, to withhold her pen, were proofs enough of her feeling how more than probable it was that she was writing for the last time to Willoughby. Elinor paid her every quiet and unobtrusive attention in her power; and she would have tried to soothe and tranquillise her still more, had not Marianne entreated her, with all the eagerness of the most nervous irritability, not to speak to her for the world. In such circumstances, it was better for both that they should not be long together; and the restless state of Marianne's mind not only prevented her from remaining in the room a moment after she was dressed, but requiring at once solitude and continual change of place, made her wander about the house till breakfast-time, avoiding the sight of everybody. At breakfast she neither ate nor attempted to eat anything; and Elinor's attention was then all employed, not in urgi...

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