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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... MY WONDERFUL WIFE. CHAPTER I. She was really a wonderful woman!--I always said so! She captivated me with a smile; she ...Read MoreThis 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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... MY WONDERFUL WIFE. CHAPTER I. She was really a wonderful woman!--I always said so! She captivated me with a smile; she subjugated my frail and trembling soul with a glance. She took such utter possession of me from the very moment I set eyes on her that I had no longer any will of my own; in fact, to this day I don't know how I came to marry her. I have a hazy idea that she married me. I think it is very likely, knowing, as I know now, what a powerful, sweeping-away-of-all-obstacles sort of intellect she has. But when I first saw her she was a glorious girl! One of those " fine" girls, don't you know? --with plump shoulders, round arms, ample bosom, full cheeks, good teeth and quantities of hair--a girl with " go," and " pluck," and plenty of " style;" just the kind of creature for a small, mild, rather nervous man like me. She had just come back from the Highlands, where she had "brought down" a superb stag with a single unerring shot from her gun; and all the blowsy glow of the Scotch breeze was about her, and all the scent of the gorse and heather seemed to come out in whiffs from her cropped and frizzy " fringe." She talked--ye gods! how amazingly she talked--she laughed, till the superabundant excess of her immense vitality made me positively envious! She danced with the vigour and swing of a stalwart amazon--danced till my brain swung round and round in wild gyrations to the delirious excitement of her ceaseless twirl. For she never tired, never felt faint, never got giddy--not she! She was in sound health, mark you; sound and splendid physical condition, and had appetite enough for two ordinary men of middle size; moreover, she ate a mixture of things that no ordinary man could possibly eat without future spasms. I watched her...Read Less
Fair. No Dustjacket. 1919. 252 pages. No dust jacket. Burgundy cloth boards. Cracking to the front and back hinge, exposed netting, slack binding. Staining to the rear pastedown corner. Some staining to a few of the pages throughout. Boards are dirtied and have heavy corner bumping, scuffing, rubbing and moderate surface markings. Spine staining and faded. Sold as good reading copy only.
Good in ACCEPTABLE jacket. 1919. 253 pages. White dust-jacket over red cloth boards. The pages are tanned throughout but clean and clearly legible. The boards are mildly tanned along the spine with bumped corners and rub-marks on all sides. The dust-jacket is rubbed and tanned all over with scuffing and small cuts along the top and bottom edges.
This was a really lovely book of brilliant short stories, some longer than others. I really enjoyed this book. As always, when I finish reading a Marie Corelli book, I am quite sad. Nowadays I tend to read some of them over again.
I will search Alibris to see if there are any I haven't bought yet!
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