The Descent of Man & Other Stories

The Descent of Man & Other Stories

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The Descent of Man & Other Stories by Edith Wharton

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The Descent of Man; The Other Two; Expiation; The Lady's Maid's Bell; The Mission of Jane; The Reckoning; The Letter; The Dilettante; The Quicksand; A Venetian Night's Entertainment

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ull savour of his adventure. There, during the long cool August days, lying full length on the pine-needles and gazing up into the sky, he would meet the eyes of his companion bending over him like a nearer heaven. And what eyes they were!--clear yet unfathomable, bubbling with inexhaustible laughter, yet drawing their freshness and sparkle from the central depths of thought! To a man who for twenty years had faced an eye reflecting the obvious with perfect accuracy, these escapes into the inscrutable had always been peculiarly inviting; but hitherto the Professor's mental infidelities had been restricted by an unbroken and relentless domesticity. Now, for the first time since his marriage, chance had given him six weeks to himself, and he was coming home with his lungs full of liberty.

It must not be inferred that the Professor's domestic relations were defective: they were in fact so complete that it was almost impossible to get away from them. It is the happy husbands who are really in bondage; the litt

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