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The Soul Of Melicent (1913)
by James Branch Cabell
Binding: Paperback, 236 pages
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
Weight: 0.77 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 9 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 0548669562
ISBN 13: 9780548669563
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Ill HOW MELICENT WOOED PERION THEN Perion knew that vain regret had turned his brain, very certainly, for it seemed the door had opened and Dame Melicent herself had come, warily, into the panelled gloomy room. It seemed that Melicent paused in the convulsive brilliancy of the firelight, and stayed thus with vaguely troubled eyes like those of a child newly wakened from sleep. And it seemed a long while before she told Perion very quietly that she had confessed all to Ayrart de Montors, and had, by reason of de Montors' love for her, so goaded and allured the outcome of their talk 'ignobly,' as she said that a clean handed gentleman would come at three o'clock for Perion de la Foret, and guide a thief toward unmerited impunity. All this she spoke quite levelly, as one reads aloud from a book; and then, with a signal change of voice,Melicent said: 'Yes, that is true enough. Yet why, in reality, do you think I have in my own person come to tell you of it?' 'Madame, I may not guess. Hah, indeed, indeed,' Perion cried, because he knew the truth and was unspeakably afraid, 'I dare not guess!' 'You sail to morrow for the fighting oversea ' she began, but her sweet voice trailed and died into silence. He heard the crepitations of the fire, and even the hurried beatings of his own heart, as against a terrible and lovely hush of all created life. 'Then take me with you.' Perion had never any recollection of what he answered. Indeed, he uttered no communicative words, but only many foolish babblements. 'Oh, I do not understand,' said Melicent. 'It is as though some spell were laid upon me. Look you, I have been cleanly reared, I have never wronged any person that I know of, and throughout my quiet, sheltered life I have loved truth and honour most of all. My judgment g...


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