The Step-Mother (Volume 2); A Romance

9781235611513: The Step-Mother (Volume 2); A Romance
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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. 1845. Excerpt: ... tention of Mr. Charlton, any document by which the matter may be defined?" "No, Sir, no!" answered the lady, beginning to grow angry as to his coolness, and her cheek becoming somewhat flushed with a vague perception that he saw through her; "there is no memorandum--there is no document. But, surely, Mr. Morton," she added, in a less sharptone, "you can trust to my word." "Oh! undoubtedly," replied Morton; "but it would be much more satisfactory to me, my dear lady, to have somethiug tangible to satisfy certain principles which I have within the last three days announced so distinctly that I fear I could not retreat from them without such written proofs of Mr. Charlton's intentions." The lady was in a state of high consternation and anger. She had expected no such opposition; but what could she do? Her own case was urgent; money she must have; she had always calculated upon having it; and even delay would be ruinous. In these circumstances she lost her usual caution, exposing her game more and more. "Such as I have stated wereMr. Charlton's intentions," she replied; "but I do notsay, Mr.Morton, that I amby.any means disposed to exact the complete fulfilment of his wishes. A third of the property, fairly estimated, is all that I expect; but that I think I have a right to demand." "My dear Madam," replied Morton, in the same quiet tone, "according to your own showing, you have a right to demand half; and all I require is, that the fact of Mr. Charlton's intentions should be so clearly shown as to justify me in acceding, having, as I said, within these three days distinctly expressed an opinion on the subject, which I cannot retract." "Within these three days!" exclaimed Mrs. Charlton, her cheek growing very red; "to whom, Sir--who has a right to meddle with...

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