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Julia Bride
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JULIA BRIDE -- THE YOUNG MAN HAD LEFT HER, SMILING, LOOK- ING BACK ............ Froittispicg 66 HE SAYS I WAS GOOD TO HIM, MRS. DRACK Facingp. 46 THERE NEVER WAS ANYTHING THE LEAST SERIOUS BETWEEN US . . . . . . . 56 SHE YIELDED TO THE BITTERNESS ..... 82 JULIA BRIDE JULIA BRIDE -- HE had walked with her friend to the top of the wide steps of the Museum, those that descended from the galleries of painting, and then, after the young man had left her, smiling, looking back, waving all gayly and expressively his hat and stick, had watched him, smiling too, but with a dif- ferent intensity-had kept him in sight till he passed out of the great door. She might have been waiting to see if he would turn there for a last demonstration which was exactly what 11e did, renewing his cordial gesture and with his look of glad devotion, the radiance of his young face, reaching her across the great space, as she felt, in un- diminished truth. Yes, so she could feel, and she remained a minute even after he was gone she gazed at the empty air as if he had filled it still, asking herself what more she wanted and what, if it didnt signify glad de- votion, his whole air could have represented. She was at present so anxious that she could wonder if he stepped and smiled like that for mere relief at separation yet if he desired in that degree to break the spell and escape the danger why did he keep coming back to her, and why, for that mat- ter, had she felt safe a moment before in let- ting him go She felt safe, felt almost reck- less-that was the proof-so long as he was with her but the chill came as soon as he had gone, when she took the measure, in- stantly, of all she yet missed. She might now have beentaking it afresh, by the testi- mony of her charming clouded eyes and of the rigor that had already replaced her beau- tiful play of expression. Her radiance, for the minute, had carried as far as his, travelling on the light wings of her brilliant prettiness-he, on his side, not being facially handsome, but only sensitive, clean and eager. Then, with its extinction, the sus- taining wings dropped and hung. She wheeled about, however, full of a pur- pose she passed back through the pictured rooms, for it pleased her, this idea of a talk with Mr. Pitman-as much, that is, as any- thing could please a young person so troubled. It happened indeed that when she saw him rise at sight of her from the settee where he had told her five minutes before that she would find him, it was just with her ner- vousness that his presence seemed, as through an odd suggestion of help, to connect itself. Nothing truly would be quite so odd for her case as aid proceeding from Mr. Pitman unless perhaps the oddity would be even greater for himself-the oddity of her hav- ing taken into her head an appeal to him. She had had to feel alone with a vengeance -inwardly alone and miserably alarmed- to be ready to meet, that way, at the first sign from him, the successor to her dim father in her dim fathers lifetime, the second of her mothers two divorced husbands. It made a queer relation for her a relation that struck her at this moment as less edifying, less natural and graceful than it would have been even for her remarkable mother-and still in spite of this parents third marriage, her union with Mr. Connery, from whom she was informally separated. It was at the back of Julias head as she approached Mr. Pitman, orit was at least somewhere deep within her soul, that if this last of Mrs...
Genre: Fiction
Published: Oct 2007
Publisher: Owen Press
ISBN13: 9781408607701
ISBN10: 1408607700
Pages: 100