A Bachelor's Story

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byOliver Bell Bunce

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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. 1860. Excerpt: ... ning. But the contemplation of one object had unsettled his mind a little; his eye was unsteady in its gaze; his walk was irregular; his manner more dejected than ever. At times his fancy would now give a fantastic direction to his thoughts. He evinced great eagerness in the phenomena of falling bodieR; he searched for the written experience of those who had survived great falls; he acted and reacted, in imagination, the sensations so likely to bo experienced; he pictured ever his crushed form upon the rocks, with upturned face white in the sunlight, and very strangely seemed to feel a horrible pleasure in the fancy. "One day, ns he lay stretched upon a rock which projected over the precipice, a lad from the village came wandering near in search of wild berries. It was an open-faced, frank-eyed boy of about fourteen years. The solitude of the monomaniac was so rarely disturbed, that at the first sound of the boy's foot he evinced vexation; but suddenly brightening up with a new thought, he called the lad to approach. "' Boy,' said he, 'how far can you fling a stone V "' Oh 1 ever so far, sir,' replied the lad, with a proud look. "' Let me see you. Throw it as high above you as you can--let it fall over the edge of the precipice.' "The boy very eagerly run to pick up a stone, and the old man, with his finger upon his pulse, watched the missile as it flew high in the air, until it reached its utmost height, and seemed to pause suspended for an instant, and then swiftly descending, plunged into the gulf of space far below the watchers. "' Not ten pulses 1' muttered the old man; 'and yet better if it had-been longer. The speed is too swift--the heart would start and snap at such Telocity.' "' Shall I throw another?' inquired the boy, who thought his companion...

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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. 1860. Excerpt: ... ning. But the contemplation of one object had unsettled his mind a little; his eye was unsteady in its gaze; his walk was irre...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217146783

ISBN - 13:9780217146784

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