West, Mrs A Tale of the Times

ISBN 13: 9781151657213

A Tale of the Times

 
9781151657213: A Tale of the Times

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1799 edition. Excerpt: ...couple; for that at prefent all the world knew him by the title of lady Arabella Macdonald's flave. No one more ftrongly felt thofe paffions which Pope affirms to be the predominate features in the mind of women, " the love of pleafure" and " the love of fway," than her ladyfhip. But fince it was at lead doubtful, whether fhe could continue to be " queen for life," fhe was defirous to protract the period which acknow-H 6 ledged ledged her right of government; and, as the gentleman was not very urgent for an early day, the lady's fenfibility was not hurt by repeated denials. Another unexpected caufe of delay at this time intervened. Lady Madeline had often declared, that as foon as flie had fettled her dear niece to her fatif-fa6tion, fhe mould have entirely done with a world of which fhe repeatedly ailured her friends fhe was quite weary. Twenty years before, on her firft marriage with her ever-lamented fir Simon Frazer, fhe had ufed fimilar expreffions. She then faid that fhe only lived for his fake i and if fhe were fo unfortunate as to lofe him, her " occupation would be gone," and existence would become an infupportable burden. But as that deprecated event did happen without any lafting change in her ladyfhip's apparent rdifh for the good things of this life, it was was fufpected, that twenty years hence her affeitionate heart might find fome pretext for that ftrong attachment to her perfon, which herexceffive attention to her own health and fafety rendered vifible to all who knew her. When the reader, therefore, confiders the infinite fucceffion of laft plans, and final engagements, which fhe would probably have pleaded, his fenfibility will be lefs hurt to find, that death dealt by her, as he did by " the fair lady in coftly robes,'...

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