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The Cold Embrace

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Language: English
Wordcount: 3,507 / 10 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.1
LoC Category: PR
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 5,327
Added to site: 2005.11.30
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The boisterous gaiety he feels surely is his old light-heartedness come back. He hears the people round him talking of the outrageous conduct of some drunken student, and it is to him they point when they say this--to him, who has not moistened his lips since yesterday at noon, for even now he will not drink; though his lips are parched, and his throat burning, he cannot drink. His voice is thick and hoarse, and his utterance indistinct; but still this must be his old light-heartedness come back that makes him so wildly gay.

The little Debardeuse is wearied out--her arm rests on his shoulder heavier than lead--the other dancers one by one drop off.

The lights in the chandeliers one by one die out.

The decorations look pale and shadowy in that dim light which is neither night nor day.

A faint glimmer from the dying lamps, a pale streak of cold grey light from the new-born day, creeping in through half-opened shutters.

And by this light the bright-eyed Debardeuse

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.3 from 3 reviews: ****
2011.12.26
jhelhen
***..

It was good but it was a little too short for me.

2011.07.13
Sky
****.

A thrilling tale of horrific love

2009.06.18
blueberryfriend
***..

A supernatural short of unrequited love.


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