Strange waters by Robert Edward FrancillonStrange waters by Robert Edward Francillon

Strange waters

byRobert Edward Francillon

Paperback | January 10, 2012

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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. 1878. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... OVERTURE. III. ROME. CHAPTER IX. CINDERELLA. One all-important formality has been omitted from the process of this history. Fortunately the error may be amended. It lies in not having set out with those essential words, 'Once upon a time., Once upon a time, then--that is to say, when Miss Hayward of Deepweald was a child in arms and the Reverend Reginald Gaveston unborn--the same sun that was afterwards to bake Mrs. Swann,s Dorcas meeting, shone, much more brightly, though less hotly, into a very different sort of room. Room, indeed, is hardly the name for it. It was an immense loft, darkened by loop-holes, long and wide enough for a granary, but so low that a short man could touch its black rafters without having to stand on tiptoe. The floor, uncarpeted, was as black as the rafters; half its planks were loose, and all were rat-eaten; every dusty sunbeam was needed to save the wariest feet from the innumerable traps that the rats and mice had set for their human enemies. Of furniture, in the sense of the word accepted by the Swanns, there was none. But, nevertheless, the room was crowded with furniture calculated to turn many an honest man into a kleptomaniac, and small blame to him. The very blackness of the rafters was half hidden by gorgeous draperies of lace, old and yellow enough to turn a sane man into a collector, and to drive a collector into acute frenzy. There was a sort of poetry about the very recklessness with which the exquisite treasures of web-work were seemingly left to moulder in such a hole, and to set off the blackness of old timber instead of the whiteness of young shoulders. It must have been a sorrow to the sun itself, whenever he managed to get a fair peep through a loophole, to miss on each occasion another priceless scrap of foliage or...
Title:Strange watersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217563686

ISBN - 13:9780217563680