No Name, Volume 3

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Sampson Low, 1862

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Page 266 - ... qualified, to please any other person. I should be preferring the hollow peace that would be patched up by my submission (for you could never forget that this submission had been obtained by money pressure), and the enjoyment of more money, to undergoing the great risk and trial which I see before me. I am old enough by this time to know my own mind and deliberately accede to my father's proposal that I should receive no more from him if I refuse to do what he wishes; it is fair play; I don't...
Page 107 - ... moved mechanically; he looked and spoke like a man in a dream. "Will you take my arm, sir?" He shook his head, and, preceding her along the passage and up the stairs, led the way into his wife's room. When she joined him and locked the door, he stood passively waiting for his directions, without making any remark, without showing any external appearance of surprise. He had not removed either his hat or coat. Mrs. Lecount took them off for him. "Thank you," he said, with the docility of a well-trained...
Page 173 - I have made the general sense of propriety my accomplice this time. Do you know who I am ? I am a respectable married woman, accountable for my actions to nobody under heaven but my husband. I have got a place in the world, and a name in the world, at last. Even the law, which is the friend of all you respectable people, has recognized my existence, and has become my friend too ! The Archbishop of Canterbury gave me his licence to be married, and the vicar of Aldborough performed the service.
Page 35 - ... incident, however trivial on the one hand or sensational on the other, is ever introduced for the mere sake of amusement or sensation. Take, for example, the great "sensation-scene" in No Name, where for half an hour Magdalen sits, with the bottle of laudanum in her hand, counting the passing ships. "If, in that time, an even number passed her — the sign given should be a sign to live. If the uneven number prevailed, the end should be — death.
Page 357 - ... that they come to much the same thing. However that may be, here I am — incredible as it may appear — a man with an income, at last. The founders of my fortune are three in number. Their names are Aloes, Scammony, and Gamboge. In plainer words, I am now living — on a Pill. I made a little money (if you remember) by my friendly connection with you. I made a little more by the happy decease (Requiescat in Pace /) of that female relative of Mrs. Wragge's from whom, as I told you, my wife had...
Page 403 - Do I deserve my happiness?" she murmured, asking the one question at last. "Oh, I know how the poor narrow people who have never felt and never suffered would answer me if I asked them what I ask you. If they knew my story, they would forget all the provocation, and only remember the offense ; they would fasten on my sin, and pass all my suffering by.
Page 32 - It has come to this. The end I have toiled for, at such terrible cost to myself, is an end which I must reach or die. It is wickedness, madness, what you will — but it is so. There are now two journeys before me to choose between. If I can marry him — the journey to the church. If the profanation of myself is more than I can bear — the journey to the grave!" Under that last sentence, she wrote these lines : "My choice is made. If the cruel law will let you, lay me with my father and mother...
Page 35 - Spud of the plow into the air, and setting the life or death of the woman who had deserted him on the hazard of the falling point. The infection of that terrible superstition seized on her mind as suddenly as the new day had burst on her view. The promise of release which she saw in it from the horror of her own hesitation roused the last energies of her despair. She resolved to end the struggle by setting her life or death on the hazard of a chance.
Page 358 - They can't get rid of me and my Pill ; they must take us. There is not a single form of appeal in the whole range of human advertisement which I am not making to the unfortunate public at this moment. Hire the last new novel, there I am, inside the boards of the book. Send for the last new Song — the instant you open the leaves, I drop out of it. Take a cab — I fly in at the window in red. Buy a box of tooth-powder at the chemist's — I wrap it up for you in blue. Show yourself at the theater...
Page 139 - Tell him that your trust in this matter rests solely on your confidence in his honor, and on your belief in his affectionate remembrance of your father and yourself. You have known the admiral since you were a boy. He has his little whims and oddities; but he is a gentleman from the crown of his head to the sole of his foot; and he is utterly incapable of proving false to a trust in his honor, reposed by his dead friend.

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