The wiser folly

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byLeslie Moore

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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. 1916. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XLI AT SOME LENGTH Elizabeth sat down on the bench beside him. Her whole demeanour said as plainly as speech: "Take your own time. I have nothing on earth to do but listen to you. Nothing will give me greater pleasure. This is what I have been wanting." It is astonishing what confidence such an attitude will give. Confidences--hesitating confidences, at all events--will take flight before the least trace of urgency. If you think you've got to be in a hurry to show them, they hide like shy children in the inmost recesses of your soul, and no amount of coaxing will bring them forth to the light of day. You may, by dint of violent effort, force them forth, so to speak; but, coming unwillingly, they show no trace of their true personality. You barely recognize them yourself; a stranger will not recognize them at all, unless he be the one in a million endowed with an almost uncanny gift of insight. And such a one, to my thinking, will never hurry confidences. "Do you mind my smoking?" asked David. "Not a bit," returned Elizabeth cheerily. David pulled pipe and tobacco pouch from his pocket. Busy with them, he spoke. "I am a bad hand at talking," said he. "Words are slippery kind of things, and slide out of my mind as soon as I think I've got them fixed there; so, if I talk in a muddle, perhaps you'll forgive me. I can't even get what I want to say very clearly to myself." He paused to light his pipe. Then went on: "I fancy I'll have to talk a bit in kind of symbols. I see things that way myself better than in actual descriptive words. You know, of course, my reason for being here?" "I do," responded Elizabeth. David was silent for a moment. "Well," he said presently, pulling at his pipe, "when I set out on this job, I didn't think much about the right ...

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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. 1916. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XLI AT SOME LENGTH Elizabeth sat down on the bench beside him. Her whole demeanour said as plainly as speech: "Take yo...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:62 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217401821

ISBN - 13:9780217401821

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