The Courtier of the Days of Charles Ii (Volume 3); With Other Tales

9780217891561: The Courtier of the Days of Charles Ii (Volume 3); With Other Tales

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. 1839. Excerpt: ... Florentine smiled upon him; already saw in him all she had dreamed of as most attractive in a lover--most endearing in a husband. He was Victor himself, Victor, less rough, less irritable; he was Victor's friend too, her father's guest, and soon her own infatuated adorer. To avow his attachment, even to her brother, however, was out of the question; for old Raulain made no secret of his engagements with Prosper Anguie; and, as Florentine had at present uttered no declaration of her intentions to profit by her father's sanction, and discard, at the close of the twelve months of probation the suitor who, in the course of the first six months, had undoubtedly made some advances in her favour, delicacy sealed the lips of all parties concerned. The farmer, meanwhile, did not interfere to prevent his daughter accompanying the two friends when they proceeded on their fishing expeditions by the side of those bright brooks intersecting the shady pastures of the neighbourhood of Franchetour; and Florentine and Alphonse often sat together under the hazel-bushes, listening to the thrush and blackbird; or watching the silent progress of the blossomy summer hours, while Victor reckoned, with triumphant pride, the weight of his basket of trout or grayling, satisfied that his friend was reciting the hair-breadth 'scapes of their mutual campaigns, and his sister (like the gentle lady wedded to the Moor) seriously inclining her ear to listen. Even when, on their return homewards between the green thickets of the bocage, the lovers lingered together behind and out of Victor's sight, he did not trouble himself to turn and seek them, but patiently awaited their coming up to join him; concluding that they were amusing themselves gathering from the thorn bushes the tufts of woo...

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