Affecting Scenes (2); Being Passages from the Diary of a Physician, Volume 2
General Books LLC, 2009 - 176 pages
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. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...To do him justice, he behaved in the business with perfect politeness and condescension; wrote to her from Italy, carefully returning-her'all her letters; spoke of her admirable qualities in the handsomest strain; and, in choice and feeling language, regretted the altered state of his affections, and that the " fates had ordained their separation." A few months afterward, the estranged couple met casually in Hyde Park, and Lord passed Miss Dudleigh with a strange stare of. irrecognition, that showed the advances he had made in the command of manner! She had been really attached to him, for he was a young man of handsome appearance, and elegant, winning manners. The only things he wanted were a head and a heart! This circumstance, added to the perpetual harassment of domestic sorrows, had completely undermined her delicate constitution; and her brother's conduct. prostrated the few remaining energies that were left her. But Mrs. Dudleigh has latterly slipped from our observation. I have little more to say about her. Aware that her own infamous conduct had conduced to her husband's ruin, she had resigned herself to the incessantlashingsof remorse, and was wasting away daily. Her excesses had long before sapped her constitution; and she was now little else than a walking skeleton. She sat moping in her bedroom for hours together, taking little or no notice of what happened about her, and manifesting no interest in life. When, however, she heard of her son's fate--the only person on earth she really loved--the intelligence smote her finally down. She never recovered from the stroke. The only words she uttered, after hearing of his departure for America, were, " wretched woman! guilty mother! I have done it all!" The serious illness of her poor...
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