Overview

CONTENTS


BOOK FIRST--THE AGE OF FAITH

CHAPTER PAGE
I. Presents a Shameless Heroine 3
II. Poor Jane 30
III. A Start in Life 61
IV. Mirage 90
V. The New World 122
VI. The Old Serpent 148
VII. Motherhood 176

BOOK SECOND--THE AGE OF KNOWLEDGE

I. Disenchantment. 211
II. A Second Start in Life 241
III. Work 274
IV. The Dream and the Years 300
V. Success 331
VI. Discoveries 368
VII. Readjustments 406
VIII. The Test 444
IX. The Past 476
X. Dream and the Reality 501




BOOK FIRST

THE AGE OF FAITH




CHAPTER I

PRESENTS A SHAMELESS HEROINE


After a day of rain the sun came out suddenly at five o'clock and threw
a golden bar into the deep Victorian gloom of the front parlour. On the
window-sill, midway between the white curtains, a pot of blue hyacinths
stood in a cracked china plate, and as the sunlight shone into the room,
the scent of the blossoms floated to the corner where Gabriella was
patiently pulling basting threads out of the hem of a skirt. For a
minute her capable hands stopped at their work, and raising her smooth
dark head she looked compassionately at her sister Jane, who was
sitting, like a frozen image of martyrdom, in the middle of the long
horsehair sofa. Three times within the last twelve months Jane had fled
from her husband's roof to the protection of her widowed mother, a weak
person of excellent ancestry, who could hardly have protected a sparrow
had one taken refuge beneath her skirt. Twice before Mrs. Carr had wept
over her daughter's woes and returned her, a sullen saint, to the arms
of the discreetly repentant Charley; but to-day, while the four older
children were bribed to good behaviour with bread and damson preserves
in the pantry, and the baby was contentedly playing with his rubber ring
in his mother's arms, Gabriella had passionately declared that "Jane
must never, never go back!" Nothing so dreadful as this had ever
happened before, for the repentant Charley had been discovered making
love to his wife's dressmaker, a pretty French girl whom Jane had
engaged for her spring sewing because she had more "style" than had
fallen to the austerely virtuous lot of the Carr's regular seamstress,
Miss Folly Hatch. "I might have known she was too pretty to be good,"
moaned Jane, while Mrs. Carr, in her willow rocking-chair by the window,
wiped her reddened eyelids on the strip of cambric ruffling she was
hemming.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013415850
  • Publisher: SAP
  • Publication date: 9/25/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 385 KB

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