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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. 1875 Excerpt: ...exercise was during the pronunciation of Mr. Thorne's grace. He had caught Mabel's look a moment before, and it seemed to him that he would accept any conditions that smoothed his way to her side. After dinner he would surely find opportunity to exchange a few sentences--and the ice once broken! She passed through the door while he held it open, and just gave him a look out of the violets; but it was enough to make every drop of blood in his body dance a fandango. Then came the South Terrace; and then chaos. In the midst of his bewilderment, however, there came also two clear convictions. First, that Mr. Clinton possessed the very necessity, sine qua non, the lack of which had hampered himself--money in ""abundance. He had thought of Mabel always as adorning high station, and there had always been a vague prophecy in his mind that she should be mistress of Halidon. The attainment of money enough to buy Halidon was hardly possible to him, short of a miracle; yet Mr. Grippe got it from less beginnings. Then second, that Mr. Clinton probably deserved her. It was difficult to acknowledge it, but he found that he would readily admit Clinton's fitness for any other damsel of his acquaintance. The American had grown upon him of late, showing so much manliness, generosity, candor, and manifesting constantly an eagerness for his friendship that was certainly flattering. And even at the moment of the shock, when Clinton pressed up to him, and out of anxiety for his welfare and safety urged him to take his weapon, he could not find it in his jealous heart to repulse him. As Mr. Grippe's carriage rolled along the road, he asked himself a hundred times if there could be any mistake about the scene on the terrace. Clinton, vehement, passionate, full of ardor!--...
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