Cloudesley (volume 1); A Tale

Paperback | January 19, 2012

byWilliam Godwin

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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. 1830. Excerpt: ... this, that she was torn from her country. She saw no face, her two domestics excepted, that she had ever seen in her past life. Fatherless, an orphan, she was cast upon tribes and nations, with whom she had no fellowship. She was one solitary and unconnected individual, among an immense crowd of beings, whose thoughts, whose pursuits, whose customs, and whose language were wholly strangers to her. What was there left to her, that was worth the living for? What was there, for the sake of which the burthen of existence could be endured? It seemed in the eyes of Irene a sort of profanation, that she should dream of outliving the existence of Colocotroni, that she should entertain the idea of joining in the commerce and the interests of another race of men, wholly different from and inferior to those among whom she was born. It was as if one, by descent a princess, should suddenly be made a slave, and should be so desenterated of spirit, as to become a companion for slaves, to join in their amusements, to enter into their squabbles, and having once had "a kingdom for a stage, sovereigns to act, and monarchs to behold the swelling scene," should now quarrel for sugarplums and nuts. No: there was nothing that Irene so earnestly desired, and impatiently longed for, as to die, and go to her father. The despondency and indifference with which she regarded every thing around her, rapidly increased. She would sit alone in her apartment, and appear to be talking to Colocotroni. If any one intruded on her when she was thus occupied, she manifested great displeasure. At some times indeed she seemed wholly abstracted. She was engrossed with what stood before her mind; and whatever of reality passed under her eye, whatever speeches were addressed to her, she shewed like ...

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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. 1830. Excerpt: ... this, that she was torn from her country. She saw no face, her two domestics excepted, that she had ever seen in her past life...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:January 19, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217695701

ISBN - 13:9780217695701

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