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Ada Leverson - Love's Shadow

Ada Leverson - Love's Shadow

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On the surface, Edith and Bruce Ottley seem like the perfect Edwardian couple – respectable, presentable and well mannered. However, in reality, Edith begins to feel a little bored with her marriage since Bruce is a man with many eccentricities and absurdities. Edith’s husband seems to complain about everything and everyone and he thinks too well of himself. Luckily, Edith’s friend Hyacinth Verney is there to bring a little excitement into Edith’s dull life. Hyacinth is a beautiful and glamorous young woman whom everyone adores and admires. She appears to have the perfect life, except that the young woman is madly in love with someone who doesn’t show any interest in her. Hyacinth cannot really understand why the man of her dreams doesn’t seem to admire her like everyone else, thus she tries to do everything in order to win his attention. After many misunderstandings, heartaches and jealousies, Hyacinth and her beloved are finally united.
On the surface, Edith and Bruce Ottley seem like the perfect Edwardian couple – respectable, presentable and well mannered. However, in reality, Edith begins to feel a little bored with her marriage since Bruce is a man with many eccentricities and absurdities. Edith’s husband seems to complain about everything and everyone and he thinks too well of himself. Luckily, Edith’s friend Hyacinth Verney is there to bring a little excitement into Edith’s dull life. Hyacinth is a beautiful and glamorous young woman whom everyone adores and admires. She appears to have the perfect life, except that the young woman is madly in love with someone who doesn’t show any interest in her. Hyacinth cannot really understand why the man of her dreams doesn’t seem to admire her like everyone else, thus she tries to do everything in order to win his attention. After many misunderstandings, heartaches and jealousies, Hyacinth and her beloved are finally united.

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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofLove'sShadow,byAdaLeversonCopyrightlawsarechangingallovertheworld.BesuretocheckthecopyrightlawsforyourcountrybeforedownloadingorredistributingthisoranyotherProjectGutenbergeBook.ThisheadershouldbethefirstthingseenwhenviewingthisProjectGutenbergfile.Pleasedonotremoveit.Donotchangeoredittheheaderwithoutwrittenpermission.Pleasereadthe"legalsmallprint,"andotherinformationabouttheeBookandProjectGutenbergatthebottomofthisfile.Includedisimportantinformationaboutyourspecificrightsandrestrictionsinhowthefilemaybeused.YoucanalsofindoutabouthowtomakeadonationtoProjectGutenberg,andhowtogetinvolved.**WelcomeToTheWorldofFreePlainVanillaElectronicTexts****eBooksReadableByBothHumansandByComputers,Since1971*******TheseeBooksWerePreparedByThousandsofVolunteers!*****Title:Love'sShadowAuthor:AdaLeversonReleaseDate:January,2006[EBook#9786][ThisfilewasfirstpostedonOctober16,2003]Edition:10Language:EnglishCharactersetencoding:ISO-8859-1***STARTOFTHEPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOK,LOVE'SSHADOW***E-textpreparedbySuzanneShell,BeginnersProjects,VirginiaPaque,andtheProjectGutenbergOnlineDistributedProofreadingTeamLOVE'SSHADOWADALEVERSONFirstPublishedLondon,1908.(BookOneofTHELITTLEOTTLEYS)
 
[Illustration:Love'sShadow]LovelikeashadowfliesWhensubstancelovepursues;Pursuingthatthatflies,Andflyingwhatpursues.SHAKESPEARECHAPTERIHyacinth'There'sonlyonethingImustreallyimploreyou,Edith,'saidBruceanxiously.'_Don't_makemelateattheoffice!''Certainlynot,Bruce,'answeredEdithsedately.Shewasseatedoppositeherhusbandatbreakfastinaverynew,verysmall,verywhiteflatinKnightsbridge--exactlylikethousandsofothernew,small,whiteflats.Shewasyoungandpretty,butnotobvious.Onemightsupposethatshewasmoresubtlethanwasshownbyherusualexpression,whichwasmerelycheerfulandintelligent.'NowIhavetowritethatletterbeforeIgo,'Bruceexclaimed,startingupandlookingatherreproachfully.'Whydidn'tIwriteitlastnight?'Edithhadn'ttheslightestidea,asshehadheardnothingoftheletterbefore,but,inthecourseofthreeyears,shehadlearntthatitsavedtimetoaccepttriflinginjustices.Soshelookedguiltyandalittleremorseful.Hemagnanimouslyforgaveher,andbegantowritetheletterataneatwhitewriting-table.'Howmanyg'saretherein"Raggett"?'heaskedsuspiciously.Shedidn'tanswer,apparentlyovertakenbyasuddenfitofabsenceofmind.'Onlyone,ofcourse.Howabsurdyouare!'saidherhusband,laughing,ashefinishedtheletterandcamebacktothetable.Shepouredoutmorecoffee.'It'sacuriousthing,'hewentoninatoneofimpartialregret,'that,withallthefussaboutmoderncultureandhighereducationnowadays,girlsarenoteventaughttospell!''Yes,isn'tit?ButevenifIhadbeentaught,itmightnothavebeenmuchuse.Imightjustnothavebeentaughttospell"Raggett".It'saname,isn'tit?'
 
'It'saverywell-knownname,'saidBruce.'Idaresayitis,butIdon'tknowit.Wouldyouliketoseetheboybeforeyougo?''Whataquestion!Ialwaysliketoseetheboy.ButyouknowperfectlywellIhaven'ttimethismorning.''Verywell,dear.Youcanseehimthisafternoon.''Whydoyousaythat?YouknowI'mgoinggolfingwithGoldthorpe!Itreallyishard,Edith,whenamanhastoworksomuchthathehasscarcelyanytimeforhiswifeandchild.'Shelookedsympathetic.'Whatareyoudoingtoday?'heasked.'Hyacinth'scomingtofetchmeforadriveinthemotor.'Hisfacebrightened.Hesaidkindly,'I_am_soglad,darling,thatyouhavesuchadelightfulfriend--whenIcan'tbewithyou.IadmireHyacinthverymuch,ineveryway.Sheseemsdevotedtoyou,too,whichisreallyveryniceofher.WhatImeantosayis,thatinherpositionshemightknowanybody.Youseemypoint?''Quite.''Howdidyoumeetheroriginally?''Wewereschool-friends.''She'ssuchalovelycreature;Iwondershedoesn'tmarry.''Yes,butshehastofindsomeoneelsewhom_she_thinksalovelycreature,too.''Edith,dear.''Yes,Bruce.''Iwishyouwouldn'tsnapmeuplikethat.Oh,Iknowyoudon'tmeanit,butit'sgrowingonyou,rather.'Shetriedtolookserious,andsaidgently,'Isit,really?Iamsorry.''Youdon'tmindmetellingyouofit,doyou?''Notatall.I'mafraidyouwillbelate,Bruce.'Hestartedupandhurriedaway,remindingEdiththatdinnerwastobeateight.Theypartedwithaffectionatesmiles.Whenhehadgonedowninthelift,Edithtookaninextensivewalkthroughtheentireflat,goingintoeachroom,andlookingatherselfineverylooking-glass.Sheappearedtolikeherselfbestinthedining-roommirror,forshereturned,staredintoitrathergravelyforsomelittletime,andthensaidtoherself:'Yes,I'mbeginningtolookbored.'

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