"[...]central name of Rufus, and it was to his hand that I had restored her parasol. I was to look upon her face at last-I knew it-and to speak with her. Ah, yes, I did tremble! It was not because I feared she might recognize her poor slave of the painted head-top, nor that Poor Jr. would tell her. I knew him now too well to think he would do that ...Read More"[...]central name of Rufus, and it was to his hand that I had restored her parasol. I was to look upon her face at last-I knew it-and to speak with her. Ah, yes, I did tremble! It was not because I feared she might recognize her poor slave of the painted head-top, nor that Poor Jr. would tell her. I knew him now too well to think he would do that, had I been even that other of whom he had spoken, for he was a brave, good boy, that Poor Jr. No, it was a trembling of another kind-something I do not know how to explain to those who have not trembled in the same way; and I came alone to my room in the hotel, still trembling a little and having strange quickness of breathing in my chest. I did not make any light; I did not wish it, for the precious darkness of the Cathedral remained with me-magic darkness in which I beheld floating clouds made of the dust of gold and vanishing melodies. Any person who knows of these singular things comprehends how little of them can be told; but to those people who do not know of them, it may appear all great foolishness. Such people are either too young, and they must wait, or too old-they have forgotten! It was an hour afterward, and Poor Jr. had knocked twice at my door, when I lighted the room and opened it to him. He came in, excitedly flushed, and, instead of taking a chair, began to walk quickly up and down the floor. "I'm afraid I forgot all about you, Ansolini," he said, "but that girl I ran into is a-a Miss Landry, whom I have known a long-" I put my hand on his shoulder for a moment and said: "I think I am not so dull, my friend!" He made a blue flash at me with his eyes, then smiled and shook his head. "Yes, you are right," he answered, re-beginning his fast pace over the carpet.[...]."Read Less
New. This item is printed on demand. Booth Tarkinton was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. Alice Adams won a Pulitzer Prize in 1922. The Beautiful Lady is told from t.
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