Two Tales of Married Life Hard to Bear, by G M Craik a True Man, by M C Stirling

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 100 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. 1877. Excerpt: ... Brook Street--the winter passed. But if Norah had thought that she had anything to endure from the widow during these months, a time soon came when she looked back upon them enviously and longingly, for one May evening--descending upon her very much like a thunderbolt--this letter was put into her hands from Mrs. Elton: --"Mt Dearest Mrs. Langton," (the widow wrote, ) "I am in a state of despair! I was out this afternoon, and came home an hour ago to find--my house on fire! I don't mean to say it is burnt down--happily the flames have been extinguished, without serious damage--but, oh! if you could see the confusion round me at this moment--curtains and carpets ruined, mirrors cracked, furniture broken! I have not a room fit to sit down in, and must fly! Am I wrong, dear friend, in thinking that you will take a poor houseless creature in?--just for a few days, till chaos is dispersed and order brought back again? "I send this note before me that I may not startle you too much, but I feel so sure of what your hospitable heart will say to my petition, that I will follow my messenger in an hour, without waiting for your answer. "I have received such a shock, and feel so nervous still, that I am eager to get away out of sight of the house, or else I would stand on more ceremony, and wait till morning before I came to you; but you don't care about ceremony, do you? You are too good and kind, I know, to care. I am more afraid of your husband than of you. Pray take my part if he says I am a bold, presuming woman." The colour came to Norah's face as she read this letter. Mr. Langton was with her when she received it, and when she had finished reading it she gave it to him without a word. Neither of them spoke till after he had folded it up, and put it back into its...

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