The Twilight of the Souls

The Twilight of the Souls

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The Twilight of the Souls by Louis Couperus

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Here once more is that Van Lowe family connection, many of whom we know so intimately already. Its straining threads are still held desperately, if no longer very firmly, by old Granny Van Lowe. Still, on Sunday evenings, the family rendezvous at their house is maintained, however perfunctorily or impatiently, by those of her subjects who are within call. But the threads are steadily lengthening and weakening.

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there's nothing wrong at Grand-mamma's!..."

But now the maid had opened the door and Dorine rushed into the room excitedly, perspiring under her straw hat, with a face as red as fire. She was in a furious temper; and it was impossible at first to make out what she said:

"Just think ... just think...."

She could not get her words out; the passion of rage seething inside her made her incapable of speaking; moreover, she was out of breath, because she had been walking very fast. Her hair, which was beginning early to turn grey, stuck out in rat-tails from under her sailor-hat, which bobbed up and down on her head; her clothes looked even more carelessly flung on than usual; and her eyes blinked with a look of angry malevolence, a look of spite and discontent gleaming through tears of annoyance.

"Just think ... just think...."

"Come, Sissy, calm yourself and tell us what's the matter!" said Gerrit, admonishing her in a good-natured, paternal, jovial fashion.

"Well then--j

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