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The Old Countess

or, The Two Proposals

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Author: Ann S. Stephens
Published: 1873
Language: English
Wordcount: 84,138 / 241 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 588
Added to site: 2009.09.01
mnybks.net#: 25170
Genre: Romance
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s wife. She asked for impossibilities. Love born in tumult and founded in selfishness must have its reactions, and between those two the shadow of a wronged woman was forever falling; and, struggle as they would, it grew colder and darker every year. But upon these two persons time operated differently. The wild impetuosity of his character had hardened into reserve. His ambition was to stand high among men of his own class--to be known as a statesman of power in the realm.

But, in all this Rachael knew that she was a drawback and a heavy weight upon his aspirations. Was it that she was less bright or beautiful? No, no. Her mirror contradicted the one doubt, and the power which she felt in her own genius rebuked the other.

Once give her a foothold among the men and women who had so persistently considered her as an intruder, and the old vigor and pride of her life would come back with it: the idolatry which had induced that infatuated man to overlook these stumbling blocks to his pride

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