Excerpt: ...have the power to spend thousands of guineas on tiger skins, Oriental rugs, and other beauties, barrenness is easily transformed. The drawing-room wore a changed aspect, and at a first glance it was to be seen that in poor little Lady Anstruthers, as she had generally been called, there was to be noted alteration also. In her case the ...
Excerpt: ...have the power to spend thousands of guineas on tiger skins, Oriental rugs, and other beauties, barrenness is easily transformed. The drawing-room wore a changed aspect, and at a first glance it was to be seen that in poor little Lady Anstruthers, as she had generally been called, there was to be noted alteration also. In her case the change, being in its first stages, could not perhaps be yet called transformation, but, aided by softly pretty arrangement of dress and hair, a light in her eyes, and a suggestion of pink under her skin, one recalled that she had once been a pretty little woman, and that after all she was only about thirty-two years old. That her sister, Miss Vanderpoel, had beauty, it was not necessary to hesitate in deciding. Neither Lord Dunholm nor his wife nor their son did hesitate. A girl with long limbs an alluring profile, and extraordinary black lashes set round lovely Irish-blue eyes, possesses physical capital not to be argued about. She was not one of the curious, exotic little creatures, whose thin, though sometimes rather sweet, and always gay, high-pitched young voices Lord Dunholm had been so especially struck by in the early days of the American invasion. Her voice had a tone one would be likely to remember with pleasure. How well she moved
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Good+ with no dust jacket; Reading copy. Small amount wearing, soiling. Aged. Front blank end page torn out, traumatizing front hinge. Page 25/26 is loose, attached (bound) 'by a thread'. 8vo 8"-9" tall; 512 pages.
Burnett is the author of Little Lord Fauntleroy, Secret Garden and the Little Princess (Shirley Temple movie version). This is a historical novel illustrating the interplay between America and England pre-auto era - where Englishmen met and married American women and vice versa (pretty much among either the moneyed or aristocratice classes). It's an adult story, romantic. Likable hero and heroine and nasty villain. It presents an idealized view of English manors and estates and connected villages, but does give you the flavor of the times. If you have read the children's stories, you will enjoy this book as well.
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