Young Hearts (Volume 1); A Novel by a Recluse. With a Preface by Miss Jane Porter
by Jane Porter
ISBN 0217254829 (0-217-25482-9)
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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. 1834. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... spirit of the drooping girl, and assured her that no change had come over the love of the warm heart that now breathed against her bosom. Almost instantaneously recovering her natural gaiety, Mary advanced to where young Mordaunt was standing, and introduced him to her friend: placing the hand of Cathleen within the one he smilingly extended, she said, with marked emphasis: "This, Henry, is my foster-sister; and if the request is not an unreasonable one, and you can, without breaking your vows to the absent, spare any portion of your valuable esteem, I would claim it for the dear friend of my childhood." Henry pressed the passive hand to his lips, and assured Mary that if it was her desire, he would for the future divide his affection between them, as the bosom friend of his sweet adopted sister, must ever possess an undisputed claim to his regard. "Do not trust him, Cathleen," said Mary, archly, while a deep blush mantled on her cheek; "he would deceive thee, dear sister, and promise thee more than he has to bestow; should he justly satisfy all claimants to his love, I fear me very much, that you and I, like two poor widows, will be obliged to be contented with our thirds." "Indeed!" replied Cathleen, "am I then to understand that another has a right to a share of that esteem which Mr. Mordaunt has so generously offered to bestow a half upon my unworthy self?" Henry again took the fair hand of Cathleen, and before Mary could return an answer, assured her that her suspicions were without foundation. "There is no being in existence," he said, looking earnestly in the varying countenance of Mary, "that has any claim upon my affection, except the dear friends within these walls. Those who doubt the sincerity of my love, may live to lose it; but never, whil...
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