Hand and Glove

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Tauchnitz, 1865 - 385 pages

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Page 220 - Whereupon he draped his flowered dressing-gown around him, and assumed the attitude of a Eoman father. CHAPTER XXIII. FAMILY VERDICTS. THEY were affianced. It was done very quietly, and without any of those rejoicings which usually attend these events in the provincial parts of France. Excepting that a few visits of ceremony were paid, that Marguerite wore a superb brilliant on her wedding-finger, and that M. Hamel went with us everywhere, there was little actual change of any kind. And it was better...
Page 260 - Gallow the very wanderers of the dark, And make them keep their caves: Since I was man, Such sheets of fire, such bursts of horrid thunder, Such groans of roaring wind and rain, I never 249 Remember to have heard: man's nature cannot carry The affliction, nor the fear.
Page 130 - Taken separately; the items 129 of his toilette were, perhaps, too carefully studied. They wanted that austere simplicity which best becomes the person of a gentleman. Still there was something royal in the look and bearing of the man that bore out the elegance of his costume, and stripped it of every vestige of foppishness. His voice, sonorous and subdued; his very manner of carrying his head, and of crossing a room, were such as might have characterized an ambassador or a minister of state.
Page 131 - The great tureens eend up a fragrant incense — the silent footmen come and go, powdered and inaudible, like the ministers of some mysterious religion — the guests sit round in solemn conclave , like the assistants at the sacrifice. The table is a pagan altar; the claret ceases to be claret, and becomes a libation; and the dining-room is a temple dedicated to the gods. Even the most intellectual people are subjugated by the influences of the place , and for the first fifteen minutes everybody...
Page 163 - Lecroix vows that he is no Frenchman — inclines to the opinion that he is of Spanish or Creole blood. Deligny declares that out of a salary of four thousand francs, he spends at the rate of forty thousand. Then there are plenty of young ladies who can see in him only a hero of romance. He is a nobleman in distress — he is disappointed in love — he is an exile — he is, perhaps, one of the heroes of the last Italian revolution ! " Madame laughs aloud — the whole affair is so absurdly untrue....
Page 130 - I perceive, monsieur," she said , at the close of some brief compliment, "that to your other accomplishments you add the genius of punctuality." M. Hamel bowed. "There are , madame ," he said , " according to my creed, two occasions upon which no man of education deserves to be pardoned for an error of time." "And they are —
Page 160 - Coming down by a slippery path at the other side, we find ourselves upon the threshold of a rocky cavern, which pierces through the hill as if it had been tunnelled for the purpose, and is traversed by a clear deep stream about six feet in width, silent as a well, and cold as snow. "This stream,
Page 131 - ... literally and metaphorically, we find our tongue. I am not going to describe the dishes, or, armed with my feeble vocabulary, attempt to criticise the mysteries of 'that sublime art in which the Frenchman excels all the nations of the world, and which the Frenchman alone is competent to appreciate.