Weavers and weft, and other tales, by the author of 'Lady Audley's secret'.

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Page 207 - I will not have it," replied Don Rocco. "Go home, I tell you! I am going to bed at once." He started to leave; but the Moro was too quick for him, rushed to the door, locked it, and put the key in his pocket. "No, sir! you don't go out of here! Might I not die tonight? Wouldn't I, if the Lord just blew on me like this?
Page 122 - Joseph Waylie had cut his throat. " He must have done it last night," said the manager. " There's a letter for his wife on the table yonder. Is that you, Mrs. Waylie? A bad business, isn't it? Poor Joseph !" Caroline knelt down by the side of the bench, and stopped there on her knees, as still as death, till the room was clear of all but me. " They think I deserve this, Waters," she said, lifting her white face from the dead man's shoulder, where she had hidden it; " but I meant no harm. Give me...
Page 114 - I tried to lecture her, but she laughed off my reproaches ; and I saw her that night with a bracelet on her arm, which I knew must be another gift from the captain. He was in a stage-box, and threw her a bouquet of choice flowers after her scene with the tiger. It was the prettiest sight in the world to see her pick up the flowers and offer them to the grim-looking animal to smell, and then snatch them away with a laugh, and retire, courtesying to the audience, and glancing coquettishly towards the...
Page 127 - When she came among us again she had lost every vestige of colour, and her face had that set look which you must have observed just now. ' The fright of her encounter with the tiger gave her that look,' I said ; ' I don't much wonder at it.' ' Not a bit of it,' answered the clown. ' That's the curious part of the story. She didn't 'think anything of her skirmish with the tiger, though it quite spoilt her beauty. What frightened her was the sight of her husband sitting in the pit, as he had sat there...
Page 121 - cried Caroline. " Then he has come back. I'll go with you." She was following me as I crossed the stage, but the young man tried to stop her. '• You'd better not come just yet, Mrs. Waylie," he said in a hurried way, that was strange to him. " It's only Waters that's wanted, on a matter of business.
Page 212 - The future was full of fair promises. There was only a dreary interval of doubt and severance to be endured in the present. The thought that Barbara was confined to her room by illness did not alarm him. It was natural that her husband's death should have agitated and overwhelmed her.
Page 199 - ... be repeated in the shifting repertoire of those days. She knew that he loved her, and that earnest look of his had touched her deeply. What was it now for her, who had never known a good man's love, to hear him offer the devotion of a lifetime, and sue humbly for permission to carry her away from a life which was most abject misery ! Her heart thrilled as she heard him. Yes, this was true love — this was the glory and grace of life which she had missed. She could measure the greatness of her...
Page 191 - Drama, he broke down the barriers of duty, and wrung from the tearful, blushing girl a hasty consent to a Fleet marriage, which was solemnized before she had time to repent that weak moment of concession. The milliner was angry, for she had believed Mr. Stowell her own admirer, and although too wise to think of him as a husband, wished to retain him as a suitor.
Page 217 - Stowell has not left the theatre, has she ? ' It seemed just possible that he had missed her in the fog. ' No, poor thing, she won't go out till to-morrow, and then she'll be carried out feet foremost.
Page 197 - He was so deeply in love that he thought it would be everlasting renown to have won Barbara. He would go down to posterity famous as the husband of the loveliest woman of...

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