Miranda of the Balcony: A Story
Macmillan, 1899 - Conflict of generations - 313 pages
Romeo and Juliet have got nothing on Miranda Warriner and Luke Charnock. Although every sign seems to point to these lovers' fated union, a series of increasingly insurmountable obstacles seem to be conspiring to keep them apart--many of which stem from the misdeeds of Miranda's late husband Ralph.
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Page 108 - ... school boy, and afterwards a rapidly rising member of the Diplomatic Service, has fallen, partly through sheer bad luck and partly through inborn weakness of character, so low that he stoops to blackmail Miranda — for a purpose. What that purpose is can best be made clear in the author's own words : ' What is it you want to do ? ' she asked, and Wilbraham confided in her. The position was strange no doubt. Here was a woman whom he had bullied, whom he meant to rob, and on whom he meant to live...
Page 275 - But why, if you love me, do you not leave everything for my sake?" asked the Brazilian. This South American born, being logical, as men are who have lived the life of nature, at once resumed the conversation at the point where it had been broken off, putting his arm round Valerie's waist. "Why?
Page 49 - Imagine that you are reading an interesting novel and ex hypothesi are absorbed in it, what are the conditions and the nature of your mental process ? You have just read the following passage : " ' My God ! ' he said in a hushed and trembling whisper, and she gave no sign that she heard. She might have fainted but that her eyes glittered out of the shadow straight and steadily into his.
Page 163 - At that distance and in that clear light, Ronda seemed one piece of ivory, exquisitely carved and tinted, and then exquisitely mounted on a black pedestal.
Page 230 - Us ont bien tort qui disent qu'il ne faut que deux pour faire 1'amour. II faut au moins trois.