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Emily Chester; 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. 1871 Excerpt: ...any woman, even the simplest. He knew there were a hundred recesses in her nature into which he could never enter, --oratories and confessionals of whose existence he was totally ignorant; and he counted this one of them. He little dreamed of the Spartan-like control with which that woman sat and endured a caress, which gave her the same sensation as though some loathsome reptile had drawn its slow length across her. With his previous introduction to this feeling in her towards him, it would seem strange that he did not now suspect it, but for the fact that he only knew it by its old form of open manifestation; and she, being thoroughly on her guard, took care that none should now appeal Also, besides the unconscious tendency in human nature only to see and believe that which runs with our inclination, the man was so drunk with happiness, his brain so filled and saturated with bliss, as to deaden its usual perception. The awakening is coming closer and closer upon him, and yet, until the last moment, he sleeps on, and the future is veiled in merciful darkness. His Paradise blooms to him as fair and imperishable as ever Eden did to Adam. For two or three months this experience went on; Emily's health becoming every day more firmly established, but the conflict in her nature growing intolerable. With her entire faith in Max, with her intellect yielding allegiance to his, with her deep gratitude and friendship towards him, she felt that, but for this terrible thorn in the flesh, she could have been peacefully happy. ' Fate seemed with one hand to lift a sweet cup to her lips, and with the other to mingle bitter poison with every drop. Sometimes when they read or talked together, when Max's brain asserted its dominion over her, she would forget all other feeling... Hide synopsis

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