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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. 1857 Excerpt: ... of scarlet flowers contrasted the rich folds of her thick black hair. A chain of gold was round her neck, from which hung a diamond cross, and there was something so brilliant about her whole appearance that Fanny, though she rose, remained silent. She almost expected the bright apparition to vanish. " I beg your pardon for this intrusion," said the unexpected visiter, " but I wanted my wreath altered, for it hurts my head. I could make no one hear in my own room, and set off in search of my maid: I lost my way and, seeing a light, ventured to come in." " Can I be of any use?" said Fanny. " Why, to own the truth, I shall be thankful for any assistance," and as she went to sit down, she placed her candle on the table, so that the light fell full on Fanny's face: the stranger started from her seat. " No, impossible, yes, it is Fanny, Fanny Beaumont, O, I know it is herself," and, forgetting wreath and every thing else, she flung her arms round her neck, and almost sobbed out incoherent expressions of joy and surprise. Fanny was too amazed for words, and he. companion was the first to recover herself. " Do you not recollect me," asked she halfcrying, half-laughing, " Emeline Elphinstone 1" " Emeline, my little Emeline," exclaimed Fanny: she could not, in the tall, graceful, and very handsome girl who stood before her, find a single trace of the little girl whom she had once petted. " Why I am taller than you now," said the other, enjoying her surprise. " O, how I have tried to find you out, since I came from France, but I never could discover any thing about you: only think of that odious Mrs. Bennett never naming you. What does she keep you shut up here for?" ...
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