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. 1827 Excerpt: ... her resource from desperation, than her choice from supportable woe. De Meurville, reserved and indifferent, it was difficult enough to withstand; but De Meurville, caressing and fond, it was little less than maddening to be one moment allowed to enjoy, and the next compelled to resign. Yet to such a necessity, did he for ever compel the unhappy Agnes, not from an intentional cruelty indeed, but from the struggle which pride and love occasioned in his bosom, constantly causing the former to chill the latter. Never did De Meurville throw his arms about his wife, or indulge in an expression of tenderness towards her, but it was followed with such a sigh of regret, and effort at indifference, as to drown her in tears, and thereby half distract him. Upon her side, Agnes never saw a frown of discontent upon her husband's brow, nor an expression of displeasure in his countenance, but she fancied herself the cause of it, and thus created a perpetual source of woe. He was reading to her one evening an English novel, when the following passage occurred: "It might have been imagined that Cecilia would have found in the society of a beloved husband, all that was necessary to her happiness, but that she did not, he was, to his misfortune, yet to feel." Whether intentionally or the contrary, De Meurville raised his eyes to those of Agnes, after reading these words, and conceiving it the former, her's in a moment filled with tears. From a fear of increasing them, De Meurville did not immediately affect to take any notice, but presently they began to fall in such profusion, that laying aside the book, he asked her, what was the matter? It was so completely in his own sweet accents, VOL. III. K that Agnes threw her arms around him. "I weep to think," s...
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