A Family Tree; And Other Stories

Paperback | January 15, 2012

byBrander Matthews

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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. 1889. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... June 22, 1887.--This is the longest day of the year; and it has seemed the longest of my life. I scarcely closed my eyes last night during the endless hours, while my memory persisted in recalling every word she had spoken in our brief talk, and in bringing up before me again every movement of her head as she sat between me and the fading twilight that outlined her delicate figure against the gray curtain. With the early dawn I arose restlessly, impatient to get away from solitude; I began the day with a railroad ride of five hours in cars which grew hotter and dustier as the train sped along the arid track:--but it is not because of any of these things, or because of all of them, that the day has seemed so long to me. There is a reason deeper and more potent than these trifles. Even as I write now her face comes between me and this paper--I see again the laughing eye and the twisted wave of the golden hair--and it is only by a tense effort that I can refrain from throwing away the pen and rushing out into the night to pace aimlessly until I shall drop from exhaustion. Just why I have sat me down to begin this journal, I confess I do not know. It is in obedience to a vague impulse, almost irresistible, and altogether inexplicable. To talk to a friend is a relief; and with a pen in my hand and this blankbook before me, I feel as though I might hold silent converse with myself. A man, heart-sore and ready to hate all women for the sake of one, whom he has loved too well for his own peace, must try vainly to supply the male need of the female by a development in himself of feminine traits. To keep a diary calls for an introspective loquacity wherein woman is more gifted than man; but if there comes a demand for a faculty, I suppose that the male of our species is a...

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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. 1889. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... June 22, 1887.--This is the longest day of the year; and it has seemed the longest of my life. I scarcely closed my eyes last night d...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217422861

ISBN - 13:9780217422864

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