Valetta (Volume 1); A Novel
ISBN 0217414141 (0-217-41414-1)
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Softcover, General Books LLC, 2012
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Book summary: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851. Excerpt: ... by this one solitary candle with the long unsnuffed wick. Its decorations were of an age and order which the "Beams of garish day Gild but to flout--" The carpet was old and threadbare. The walnut-wood table was dark with the stains of past conviviality--conviviality which certainly dated back for half a century. Around the room, from their dimmed frames, a row of hard-featured periwigged ancestors looked down upon their degenerate descendent. Some of them were in doublet and hose; others in the buff leather jerkins, and broad hats of the days of trouble; others again in the huge rolled wig of the earlier Hanoverian reigns. There was the father of old Joe as sturdy as if he had been cast in iron. There was his brother, the admiral, with a pig-tail and a blue coat with laced lappels. There was the ship which his grandfather had commanded. The ship which his brother had commanded, and paintings of two of his actions. A print of the death of Nelson, and another representing the monument in St. Paul's, erected to the memory of Admiral Hardyman. Among the'se worthies there had originally figured a portrait of the Squire himself, in the dress of a midshipman with a dirk at his side, and his fair hair parted from his open brows. There was something about it, or about the associations which it suggested not altogether pleasing to the old gentleman. He had it taken down, and removed into a lumber attic, where it was placed with its face to the wall, and forgotten by all except Valetta and Ehoda, who would, at intervals, in the course of their ramblings among the old deserted rooms at the top of the house, make an expedition to see "dear grandpapa,' and to wonder how beautiful he had been, and to moralize, after their own fashion, on the effects of time. It was in ...
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