The Lover's Progress

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Rarebooksclub.com, May 14, 2012 - 116 pages
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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. 1901 Excerpt: ...thinking that I might not like to be seen walking down the boulevards with her, and I was thinking that I should certainly compromise her if I acted as her escort in the presence of all Paris. But did we care what people might say or think? For my own part, whatever resolutions I might form when I was alone, I no sooner found myself in her presence than I surrendered to her charm. Though I would not as yet acknowledge it, the die was cast, and I was caught in the toils once more. "Well, yes; let us go down the boulevards," I said, with a smile. "After all, we are our own masters." From the Faubourg we turned on to the Boulevard Montmartre, which we found still thronged with people, for it was only a few minutes past eleven o'clock, and besides, it was Saturday. And we joined the stream of promenaders going westward, Salta still resting her hand on my right arm, and walking with that rhythmical step of hers which made it delightful to be beside her. I could not keep back a compliment. "How beautifully you walk!" I said. "Do you know, I have never seen a woman walk like that since I was in Spain, where they walk so well." "Fows trouvez?" she answered with a smile; "it comes to me quite naturally." "Ah, you are right there," I retorted; "it must come naturally, it cannot be acquired." But the sights around us began to engage our attention. On one side big omnibuses crowded with passengers were rolling along amid streams of cabs, of both the brougham and the victoria pattern, their lamps filling the roadway with a multitude of flashing stars. And on our other side the cafes were brilliantly illuminated, while hundreds of people sat at the little tables set out over part of the footw...

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