Charlotte Temple and Lucy Temple (Penguin Classics) by Susanna Rowson

By Susanna Rowson

Rowson's story of a tender woman who elopes to the us in basic terms to be deserted by way of her fiance was the bestselling novel in American literary heritage. This version additionally contains Lucy Temple, the attention-grabbing tale of Charlotte's orphaned daughter.

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He pulled open a drawer and there was a ring of stiff collars turning a little yellow like papyrus with disuse. A photograph of his mother stood in a silver frame on his wardrobe. She wore a high whalebone collar and stared out with an expression of complete calm on a scene that never changed: death and torture and loss had no effect on the small patch of wall that met her gaze--the old wallpaper with sprigs of flowers that her mother-in-law had ordered. Above one sprig was a small penciled face: at fourteen it had meant someone and something he had forgotten, some vague romantic passion of adolescence, perhaps a love and a pain he had believed would last as long as his life.

When he dies," the girl said, "you can take your oath it will be in a state of grace with the sacrament in his mouth, forgiving all his enemies. " "I'll be the one who's damned. Because I shan't forgive. " She said, "I thought you were hungry. You didn't eat much of that cheese. " "It's time I got along," he said. "You don't have to hurry. " "Oh, yes, I think so. " She said, "We could do with a man here. A couple of women can't keep a place like this clean. " "It's as you like. Wages wouldn't be a difficulty," she said bitterly.

He was a man who would sell his life... " "We have no reason to be sorry here, Monsieur Chavel. I assure you our attitude has always been strictly correct. " He envied Jules: to have been able to remain "correct": to have saved his self-respect by small doses of rudeness or inattention. But for him--to have remained correct would have meant death. " "A few and they are very slow. They haven't got the fuel. They stop at every station. Sometimes they stop all night. " The unaccustomed brandy was running along the dry subterranean channels of his mind: sitting there in the familiar cafe, where even the mirrors and cornices were chipped in the places he remembered, he felt an enormous longing just to be able to get up and catch a train and go home as he had often done in past years.

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