Frances Cooke The unbidden guest

ISBN 13: 9781236405111

The unbidden guest

 
9781236405111: The unbidden guest

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. 1909 Excerpt: ...they suffer and that I can not relieve them. To feel that they are safe..." Adam Gordon tapped the table impatiently. "I--I promise," she said, with set, white face. "I will marry Gerald Wright whenever--whenever it pleases you." "That is all." He rose, took a small satchel lying close beside him and began putting his papers into it. "I leave the house immediately to my unbidden guests, and you may make whatever arrangements suit you for their comfort." He smiled and nodded, as utterly impervious to the whiteness of her countenance, her anguished look, as if he did not see them. "I will telephone you from the hotel when to meet me on Saturday and we can return to the city together. As for money, you can have as much of that as you need." So he left her. Poor Eunice, who had lived heretofore the life of a butterfly, save for the serious thoughts she willingly entertained and the burdens of those others whom she chose to help along the road of life--poor Eunice now sank into a chair, dazed. She could grasp only one terrible fact. She had pledged herself, she had given away her future. It was natural, perhaps, for a girl of such tender sympathies, these sympathies broadened by the opportunities of aiding others which her father's wealth afforded, to give such a promise even while recoiling from the consequences which it entailed, grasping at it as a last resort in an hour of danger. And even at this very moment--in fact, at the very moment of giving it--with all her being in revulsion, she could not, dared not, imagine that her father would call on her to keep her word. She clasped her small hands wearily across her closed eyes. A tapping at the door did not arouse her, and when it was forced open gently a...

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