Seen and Heard

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byIsabella Fyvie Mayo

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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. 1873. Excerpt: ... A BAD SPECULATION. THE Duncombes had lived for twelve years in their little house on the Hampstead Eoad. It was just a plain brick tenement standing in a row, a very commonplace house, for which they paid the very commonplace rent of forty pounds. The Duncombes had come to it after their honeymoon, when Harry Duncombe, in the first flush of youthful ambition and energy, had run over it with his old bachelor associates, softening his manifest pride of mastership with the disparaging comment, "that it did well enough for a beginning," and had not scrupled to shadow out the situation and surroundings of the ideal mansion he meant to win. That was twelve years ago; and the Dun B combes still dwelt there. The dreamed-of success had not come yet, nor even begun to come. The great red-brick house with the Italian garden, standing on the margin of Caen Wood, about which Harry had always whispered to Margaret in their courting-time, was farther off now than it had been on their wedding-day. True, their income had increased, but not in proportion to the claims upon it. There were five little Duncombes, and Margaret was so keenly conscious of their degeneracy from the quiet, snowy, sweet-tempered cherubs of whom she had dreamed in her early married life, that she found no time to regret her husband's old castles in the air. She knew too well what wonders a spare twenty pounds could work in her household, to ever think of twenty thousand, and confined her ambitions to the modest but utterly unattainable end of keeping the lads always in clean pinafores, and buying one yearly silk dress for herself, while it put her in a small fit of despair to realise that the drawing-room carpet was wearing out. It vexed Harry Duncombe that his wife had to work so closely and fare s...

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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. 1873. Excerpt: ... A BAD SPECULATION. THE Duncombes had lived for twelve years in their little house on the Hampstead Eoad. It was just a plain b...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217045995

ISBN - 13:9780217045995

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