Diana, Lady Lyle

Paperback | February 12, 2012

byWilliam Hepworth Dixon

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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. 1877 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. CONTESSA TAB. 'yes, Miss? Yes, Madam?' Tab salutes the ladies jauntily, closing the door, and looking from the painter to the invalid. 'Want me to sit, Miss?' Tab is a mixed blood, rather white than black; of lithe and supple figure, not wanting in a sort of animal grace. Her step is quick, her head erect, and something in her air reminds you of an Indian scout. Her cheek is tawny brown, her hair a rippling knot of wool. But for that extra twist in her locks, and an unwholesome tinge of yellow in her eyeballs, she might pass for a gipsy, at a distance for a Capriote. 'Sit on the stool. I'll get my brushes in a trice.' 'All right--Miss.' Tab seems at home, neither the rich hangings nor the delicate ladies being strange to her. Ever since she could crawl on hands and feet she has crept in and out of this morning-room, as free to come and go as the spaniel and the cat. These jasper shafts and arches have been always in her sight--just things of course, like the green limes and the copper-beeches in the grounds outside. She peers with deeper interest at the ebony frames. When she was a piccaninny she used to look at those dancing Cupids and those rosy Innocents, all so pink and white, and wonder if they'd ever come down and play. Tab is a native of the soil--a daughter of the house. Sally Crump, her mother, the mulatta, lives at the farm, and works in the tobaccofields; but years ago, when the Senator was a young man, and his brother George was still at Riverside, Sally lived in the house as a domestic slave. George 'made a fool' of her. Frank only heard of their intrigue when Tab was bom, and then the two brothers had a row. George went away, calling his brother an infernal Puritan. Sally was sent to the farm, where she soon took up with a fellow-...

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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. 1877 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. CONTESSA TAB. 'yes, Miss? Yes, Madam?' Tab salutes the ladies jauntily, closing the door, and looking from the pain...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217203450

ISBN - 13:9780217203456

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