This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ... CLAUDIA'S BUSINESS AL men's ways are, in theory, admirable; but some men's ways, in practice, are peculiar. All men are ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ... CLAUDIA'S BUSINESS AL men's ways are, in theory, admirable; but some men's ways, in practice, are peculiar. All men are bound to be considered (by themselves at least) reasonable and logical--yet truth compels the statement that some men do not know their own minds. All men must be admitted as masters--"virile" and self-controlled--nevertheless, the fact remains that some men are more faddish than the most nervous spinster. All men indignantly repudiate the accusation of selfishness; yet the chief drawback to some men is that they cannot escape from their own private demon of profound, unalterable egoism. Many hopelessly selfish men take peculiar delight in the play "A Message from Mars." They cannot see themselves anywhere in the piece and that's where the fun comes in! There was once a certain Man who was by way of being rather fond of, or somewhat in love with, a certain woman. He had dangled half-vaguely after her pretty petticoats for a considerable period, all the while cogitating with himself as to whether he would do a wise or a foolish thing if he asked her to marry him. He never expressed any sentimental emotion toward her, either by touch of hand or word of mouth--and why? Because in his absurd self-consciousness he thought he might look foolish--or that she might think he looked, or was going to look foolish. Whenever he was in her company he imagined that every gnat in the air, every fly on the window-pane was staring at him and commenting on his appearance. And the most curious part of his mental attitude was that he never once thought of Her at all in the matter. He felt that there was really no need to think of her, as of course if he proposed she would naturally jump to acceptance. He laboured under the pleasing...
295pp. Octavo [19.5 cm] Navy blue cloth with gilt stamped titles on the spine and front cover, and elaborate floral gilt stamped borders on the front cover. White and blue ornamental endpapers. Good plus. Minor bumping and rubbing to the extremities. The spine is sunned and slightly rolled. The hinges are going. Bleiler CFL. This is Corelli's final collection of stories, containing, among other supernatural pieces, "The Sculpture's Angel, " with its mystic sculptor and environment of decaying Bohemian elegance.
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