Antonia (Volume 1)
ISBN 0217686559 (0-217-68655-9)
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Softcover, General Books LLC, 2012
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Book summary: This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1898. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... lilac were being despoiled by the caresses of the warm breeze. Although a woman of sixty, she was well preserved: her eyes were still beautiful; her hair was almost black, and her hands were delicate. Small, slender, fair, and dressed with exquisite neatness, although with extreme simplicity, fie was knitting, and every now and then looked up at her son, absorbed in studying a rose. "Julien," she said, "why is it that you do not sing any longer at your work? You might, perhaps, persuade the nightingale to let us hear its voice." "Listen, mother, he is beginning now of his own accord," replied Julien; "he does not require a leader." In fact, the nightingale, for the first time in the year, began at this very moment to pour forth his pure and resounding notes. "Ah! it is really singing!" cried Madam Thierry. "A year has gone by. Do you see it, Julien?" she added, as the young man, interrupting his work, gazed into the thick grove before the window. "I thought that I saw her," he replied, with a sigh; "but I was mistaken." He returned to his easel. His mother looked at him anxiously, but asked no further questions. "It is the same thing," she continued, after a pause, "you have a beautiful voice also, and I love to hear the pretty songs that your poor father sang so well -- only a year ago, at this time!" "Yes," said Julien, "you want me to sing his songs, and then you weep. No, I will not sing them." "I will not shed a tear, I promise you! Sing me something gay, and I will laugh -- as if he were here.-' "No, do not ask me, mother! It pains me as well as you to hear those songs. Give me a little time. Let all come about gently. Do not let us do violence to our sorrow." "Julien, you must not talk of sorrow any longer," said the mother firmly, although in an...
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