Washington Square

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Harper, 1901 - Fathers and daughters - 264 pages
 

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The reason why Catherin can`t believe people who don`t like Morris is that he is the man who propose to her for the first time , and she feels very happy, I think. However , I can`t understand all of ... Read full review

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It's a story of parents and lovers. Catharine loves Morris, but her father doesn't allow their marriage because he thinks Morris is a bad man. Catharine suffers this problem. She wants her father ... Read full review

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Page 122 - Morris hesitated a moment; and then, as if he spoke advisedly— "I do like the money!" "Ah, but not— but not as he means it. You don't like it more than Catherine?" He leaned his elbows on the table and buried his head in his hands. "You torture me!" he murmured. And, indeed, this was almost the effect of the poor lady's too importunate interest in his situation. But she insisted on making her point. "If you marry her in spite of him, he will take for granted that you expect nothing of him, and...
Page 12 - ... without fortune - with nothing but the memory of Mr Penniman's flowers of speech, a certain vague aroma of which hovered about her own conversation. Nevertheless, he had offered her a home under his own roof, which Lavinia accepted with the alacrity of a woman who had spent the ten years of her married life in the town of Poughkeepsie.
Page 244 - From her own point of view the great facts of her career were that Morris Townsend had trifled with her affection, and that her father had broken its spring. Nothing could ever alter these facts; they were always there, like her name, her age, her plain face. Nothing could ever undo the wrong or cure the pain that Morris had inflicted on her, and nothing could ever make her feel toward her father as she felt in her younger years. There was something dead in her life, and her duty was to try and fill...
Page 14 - ... the proposition which Mrs. Penniman had tacitly laid down, that it was of importance that the poor motherless girl should have a brilliant woman near her. His assent could only be tacit, for he had never been dazzled by his sister's intellectual lustre. Save when he fell in love with Catherine Harrington, he had never been dazzled, indeed, by any feminine characteristics whatever ; and though he was to a certain extent what is called a ladies' doctor, his private opinion of the more complicated...
Page 179 - It has not taken me suddenly. I have been raging inwardly for the last six months. But just now this seemed a good place to flare out. It's so quiet, and we are alone.
Page 221 - He had seen her at the window looking out, and he stopped a moment at the bottom of the white steps, and gravely, with an air of exaggerated courtesy, lifted his hat to her. The gesture was so incongruous to the condition she was in, this stately tribute of respect to a poor girl despised and forsaken was so out of place, that the thing gave her a kind of horror, and she hurried away to her room. It seemed to her that she had given Morris up.
Page 75 - We must settle something — we must take a line," he declared, passing his hand through his hair and giving a glance at the long narrow mirror which adorned the space between the two windows, and which had at its base a little gilded bracket covered by a thin slab of white marble, supporting in its turn a backgammon board folded together in the shape of two volumes, two shining folios inscribed in letters of greenish gilt, History of England.
Page 79 - Catherine opened her eyes, gazing at him, and she could give no better promise than what he read there. "You will cleave to me ?" said Morris. " You know you are your own mistress — you are of age. " "Ah, Morris!" she murmured, for all answer. Or rather not for all, for she put her hand into his own. He kept it awhile, and presently he kissed her again. This is all that need be recorded of their conversation ; but Mrs. Penniman, if she had been present, would probably have admitted that it was...
Page 23 - The ideal of quiet and of genteel retirement, in 1835, was found in Washington Square, where the doctor built himself a handsome, modern, wide-fronted house, with a big balcony before the drawing-room windows, and a flight of white marble steps ascending to a portal which was also faced with white marble.
Page 61 - VIII If it were true that she was in love, she was certainly very quiet about it; but the Doctor was of course prepared to admit that her quietness might mean volumes. She had told Morris Townsend that she would not mention him to her father, and she saw no reason to retract this vow of discretion. It was no more than decently civil, of course, that after having dined in Washington Square, Morris should call there again: and it was no more than natural that, having been kindly received on this occasion,...

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