The Dodd Family Abroad
by Charles James Lever (9781458871664)

The Dodd Family Abroad
Charles James Lever
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 260
Category: Literary
Publisher: General Books
ISBN: 9781458871664
ISBN-10: 1458871665

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: LETTEE III. MISS DODD TO MISS DOOLAN, OF BALL YDOGL AN. Htel de Bellevue, Brussels. Deabest Kittt, If anything could divert the mind from sorrow?from the " grief that sears and scalds"?it would be the delightful existence of thia charming city, where associations of the past and present pleasure divide attention between them. We are stopping at the Bellevue, the great hotel of the upper town; but my delight, my ecstasy, is the old city?the Grande Place, especially, with its curious architecture of mediteval taste, its high polished roofs, and carved architraves. I stood yesterday at the window where Count Egmont marched forth to the scaffold?I touched the chair where poor Horn sat for the last time, while his fainting wife fell powerless at his knees, and I thought ?yes, dearest Kitty, I own it?I thought of that last dreadful parting in the summer-house with poor Peter. My tears are blotting out the words as I write them. "Why?why, I ask, must we be wretched ? Why are we not free to face the humble destiny which more sordid spirits would shrink from ? What is there in narrow fortune, if the heart soars above it ? Papa is, however, inore inexorable than ever; and as for Mamma, she looks at me as though I were the disgrace of our name and lineage. Gary never did?never could understand me, poor child ?may she never know what it is to suffer as I do But why do I distress you with my sorrows " let me tune my harp to lighter lays," as that sweet poet, Haynes Bailey, says. We were yesterday at the great ball of Count Hacgenstroem, the Danish Ambassador here. Papa received a large packet of letters of introduction on Monday last, from the Foreign Office. It would seem that Lord P. thought Pa was a member, for he addressed him as M.P.; but the mistake has been so far fort...

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