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Opportunity; A Novel

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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. 1867 Excerpt: ...she read on; though the words failed as entirely in reaching her comprehension as they did that of the man upon the sofa. Her manner at his entrance had only been what he expected or, rather, feared; but the change which had since come over it startled, angered, and confounded him. The lower part of his nature was roused with an irritated, mortified sense of defeat, while from his better self was developed honest sore-heartedness and vague dread that in some unaccountable way he had lost his hold upon that to which it most behooved him to cling as he valued his salvation for this world and the next. What he had done or said in a single passive hour to warrant her wrathful contempt he could not understand; but he struggled vainly against a feeling that he deserved it. The twilight was gathering; and Harvey, who dreaded any break in the proceedings which might necessitate conversation, had turned her book frpm the window to the fire, and was reading by its light, when the door opened, a head was put in, a voice exclaimed, " Ah, here he is! I told you so "; and the speaker, Mrs. Harvey, came into the room, drawing Henrietta after her. " We went up stairs to pay you a visit, Mr. Ferguson," Sophia volubly went on, seeming, as she always did, to take possession of, if not to occupy, the entire apartment, " and when we found the cage empty we knew directly where to look for the bird." She felt more than doubtful of her reception from each one of them, and therefore attempted to supply cordiality enough for the whole party. Dr. Dan had turned round in amazed disgust at this unwonted intrusion; but as it was not within the bounds of possibility to order one's wife or one's guests out of any room they chose to enter, he moved his whole e... Hide synopsis

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