De Vere (volume 1); Or, The Man Of Independence

Paperback | January 10, 2012

byRobert Plumer Ward

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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. 1831. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... on the very close of a birthnight in which she had charmed all eyes! But my business is with facts; and as Constance, at present at least, could not be sophisticated by a world she had scarcely seen, I will trust to that simple circumstance, and her own character, for proof that I have recorded nothing unnatural. Who, indeed, not absolutely worn out, or plunged in dissipation for a longer time than its novelty could charm--who that has discovered the powerless realities of the pageantries of life, --but has felt a reaction, a want of assistance, and a remorse, such as has been described? The disposition in which we left Constance was not merely transient; nor were the thoughts with which she lay down to rest dissipated, like an evil dream, by the cheerfulness of the morning sun. At breakfast it was remarked that she bore the traces of any thing but joy; and many of her younger guests wondered that a beauty, an earl's daughter, and an heiress could exhibit a face of seriousness. But, in fact, the enjoyment of the day before seemed now at least to have been problematical. What she had seen had by no means satisfied her; for it had left her with no very high opinion of her species. The fashionable part of her company seemed stiff, jealous, and unimpressive; the rustic, equally jealous, and not the more sincere from having less polish. Examining her own part in the exhibition, she could not divest herself of the notion, that to be the object and centre of a great circle, one must be, or at least seem to be, a great actress. This did not please; and in the midst of company and magnificence, she found there was a void in her heart, for which, as it was unexpected, so she could not account. It was therefore without regret that she saw her guests rapidly diminishing as ...

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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. 1831. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... on the very close of a birthnight in which she had charmed all eyes! But my business is with facts; and as Constance, at present at l...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:134 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.29 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217815588

ISBN - 13:9780217815581

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