An artist's proof by Alfred AustinAn artist's proof by Alfred Austin

An artist's proof

byAlfred Austin

Paperback | February 6, 2012

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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. 1864. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. Mortimer was once again at Gracewood, and alone. Winter was over certainly, but spring had not yet come. Trying equinoctial time, when the balance of sleep and of waking is so evenly kept, when the rights of torpor and growth are too evenly adjusted, and one almost turns back to the hard and sharp black frost, seeing that the soft green leaves are so slow to arrive. Gratifications are becoming few, just as wants are growing large. Man's animal strength waxes vigorous, and his palate keen but choice. Though the trusty gun must hang over the mantelshelf, and there is no wild winged thing to spread upon the board, yet spring chickens are scarce in the farm-yard, and the glib salmon is still dear in market overt; whilst boating is as yet bitter cold work, and galloping in the teeth of an east wind seems like courting ingratitude. A detestable N time all over, making women look pinched, and men irritably fretful. The impatience, evoked at this season by the laggard progress of the year, extends to the feelings touching any other advent desired but delayed. Mortimer was terribly under its influence. The buds would not burst round his cottage, no borough open to a dash would become vacated, and no face peeped through the bare brown branches. So, in inverse proportion, was the hurry in his heart, for the pink blossoms, for the free and independent constituency, for the golden hair and lithe little foot. One of these would not be sufficient. Indeed two of the three would not be enough. He must have them all. The spring must shake all its wilful tresses loose, the magic letters must be added to his name, and then he might discover his fair and unforgotten enchantress, with some hope of propitiating her Gorgon. Without the sunny inducements of the firs...
Title:An artist's proofFormat:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217677770

ISBN - 13:9780217677776