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At Fault - Part II - Chapter XVII _ Conclusion At Fault - Part II - Chapter XVII _ Conclusion

At Fault - Part II - Chapter XVII _ Conclusion
Part II - Chapter XVII ConclusionOne month after their meeting on the train, Hosmer and Therese had gone together to Centerville where they had been made one, as the saying goes, by the good Pere Antoine; and without more ado, had driven back to Place-du-Bois: Mr. and Mrs. Hosmer. The event had caused more than the proverbial nine days' talk. Indeed, now, two months after, it was still the absorbing theme that occupied the dwellers of the parish: and such it promised to remain till supplanted by something of sufficient dignity and importance to usurp its place.But of the opinions,... Long Stories - Post by : smaniam8 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 2244

At Fault - Part II - Chapter XVI _ To Him Who Waits At Fault - Part II - Chapter XVI _ To Him Who Waits

At Fault - Part II - Chapter XVI _ To Him Who Waits
Part II - Chapter XVI To Him Who WaitsThe air was filled with the spring and all its promises. Full with the sound of it, the smell of it, the deliciousness of it. Such sweet air; soft and strong, like the touch of a brave woman's hand. The air of an early March day in New Orleans. It was folly to shut it out from nook or cranny. Worse than folly the lady thought who was making futile endeavors to open the car window near which she sat. Her face had grown pink with the effort. She had bit firmly... Long Stories - Post by : Spiros - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 3449

At Fault - Part II - Chapter XV _ A Fateful Solution At Fault - Part II - Chapter XV _ A Fateful Solution

At Fault - Part II - Chapter XV _ A Fateful Solution
Part II - Chapter XV A Fateful SolutionHosmer passed the day with a great pain at his heart. His hasty and violent passion of the morning had added another weight for his spirit to drag about, and which he could not cast off. No feeling of resentment remained with him; only wonder at his wife's misshapen knowledge and keen self-rebuke of his own momentary forgetfulness. Even knowing Fanny as he did, he could not rid himself of the haunting dread of having wounded her nature cruelly. He felt much as a man who in a moment of anger inflicts an... Long Stories - Post by : mil102 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 1019

At Fault - Part II - Chapter XIV _ A Step Too Far At Fault - Part II - Chapter XIV _ A Step Too Far

At Fault - Part II - Chapter XIV _ A Step Too Far
Part II - Chapter XIV A Step Too FarWho of us has not known the presence of Misery? Perhaps as those fortunate ones whom he has but touched as he passed them by. It may be that we see but a promise of him as we look into the prophetic faces of children; into the eyes of those we love, and the awfulness of life's possibilities presses into our souls. Do we fly him? hearing him gain upon us panting close at our heels, till we turn from the desperation of uncertainty to grapple with him? In close scuffle we... Long Stories - Post by : Not4u2c - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 1470

At Fault - Part II - Chapter XIII _ Melicent Hears the News At Fault - Part II - Chapter XIII _ Melicent Hears the News

At Fault - Part II - Chapter XIII _ Melicent Hears the News
Part II - Chapter XIII Melicent Hears the NewsIt was talked about and wept about at Place-du-Bois, that Gregoire should be dead. It seemed to them all so unbelievable. Yet, whatever hesitancy they had in accepting the fact of his death, was perforce removed by the convincing proof of Father O'Dowd's letter.None could remember but sweetness and kindness of him. Even Nathan, who had been one day felled to earth by a crowbar in Gregoire's hand, had come himself to look at that deed as not altogether blamable in light of the provocation that had called it forth.Fanny remembered those... Long Stories - Post by : edwood - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 2233

At Fault - Part II - Chapter XII _ Tidings That Sting At Fault - Part II - Chapter XII _ Tidings That Sting

At Fault - Part II - Chapter XII _ Tidings That Sting
Part II - Chapter XII Tidings That StingTherese felt that the room was growing oppressive. She had been sitting all morning alone before the fire, passing in review a great heap of household linen that lay piled beside her on the floor, alternating this occupation with occasional careful and tender offices bestowed upon a wee lamb that had been brought to her some hours before, and that now lay wounded and half lifeless upon a pile of coffee sacks before the blaze.A fire was hardly needed, except to dispel the dampness that had even made its insistent way indoors, covering... Long Stories - Post by : JohnMcDermott - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 706

At Fault - Part II - Chapter XI _ A Social Evening At Fault - Part II - Chapter XI _ A Social Evening

At Fault - Part II - Chapter XI _ A Social Evening
Part II - Chapter XI A Social EveningMr. and Mrs. Joseph Duplan with their little daughter Ninette, who had been invited to Place-du-Bois for supper, as well as for the evening, were seated with Therese in the parlor, awaiting the arrival of the cottage guests. They had left their rather distant plantation, Les Chenieres, early in the afternoon, wishing as usual to make the most of these visits, which, though infrequent, were always so much enjoyed.The room was somewhat altered since that summer day when Therese had sat in its cool shadows, hearing the story of David Hosmer's life. Only... Long Stories - Post by : Count_T._Ryman - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 636

At Fault - Part II - Chapter X _ Perplexing Things At Fault - Part II - Chapter X _ Perplexing Things

At Fault - Part II - Chapter X _ Perplexing Things
Part II - Chapter X Perplexing Things"Lucilla!"The pale, drooping girl started guiltily at her mother's sharp exclamation, and made an effort to throw back her shoulders. Then she bit her nails nervously, but soon desisted, remembering that that also, as well as yielding to a relaxed tendency of the spinal column, was a forbidden indulgence."Put on your hat and go on out and get a breath of fresh air; you're as white as milk-man's cream."Lucilla rose and obeyed her mother's order with the precision of a soldier, following the directions of his commander."How submissive and gentle your daughter is," remarked... Long Stories - Post by : gillmartin - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 2635

At Fault - Part II - Chapter IX _ The Reason Why At Fault - Part II - Chapter IX _ The Reason Why

At Fault - Part II - Chapter IX _ The Reason Why
Part II - Chapter IX The Reason WhySampson, the young colored boy who had lighted Fanny's fire on the first day of her arrival at Place-du-Bois, and who had made such insinuating advances of friendliness towards her, had continued to attract her notice and good will. He it was who lighted her fires on such mornings as they were needed. For there had been no winter. In mid-January, the grass was fresh and green; trees and plants were putting forth tender shoots, as if in welcome to spring; roses were blossoming, and it was a veritable atmosphere of Havana rather... Long Stories - Post by : littleRock - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 2358

At Fault - Part II - Chapter VIII _ With Loose Rein At Fault - Part II - Chapter VIII _ With Loose Rein

At Fault - Part II - Chapter VIII _ With Loose Rein
Part II - Chapter VIII With Loose Rein"De Lord be praised fu' de blessin's dat he showers down 'pon us," was Uncle Hiram's graceful conclusion of his supper, after which he pushed his empty plate aside regretfully, and addressed Aunt Belindy. " 'Pears to me, Belindy, as you reached a pint wid dem bacon an' greens to-night, dat you never tetched befo'. De pint o' de flavorin' is w'at I alludes to.""All de same, dat ain't gwine to fetch no mo'," was the rather uncivil reply to this neat compliment to her culinary powers."Dah!" cried the youthful Betsy, who formed... Long Stories - Post by : wsiebler - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 2101

At Fault - Part II - Chapter VII _ Melicent Leaves Place-du-Bois At Fault - Part II - Chapter VII _ Melicent Leaves Place-du-Bois

At Fault - Part II - Chapter VII _ Melicent Leaves Place-du-Bois
Part II - Chapter VII Melicent Leaves Place-du-BoisThere had been no witness to the killing of Jocint; but there were few who did not recognize Gregoire's hand in the affair. When met with the accusation, he denied it, or acknowledged it, or evaded the charge with a jest, as he felt for the moment inclined. It was a deed characteristic of any one of the Santien boys, and if not altogether laudable--Jocint having been at the time of the shooting unarmed--yet was it thought in a measure justified by the heinousness of his offense, and beyond dispute, a benefit to... Long Stories - Post by : liberti - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 3161

At Fault - Part II - Chapter VI _ One Night At Fault - Part II - Chapter VI _ One Night

At Fault - Part II - Chapter VI _ One Night
Part II - Chapter VI One Night"Gregoire was right: do you know those nasty creatures have gone and left every speck of the supper dishes unwashed? I've got half a mind to give them both warning to-morrow morning."Fanny had come in from the kitchen to the sitting-room, and the above homily was addressed to her husband who stood lighting his cigar. He had lately taken to smoking."You'd better do nothing of the kind; you wouldn't find it easy to replace them. Put up a little with their vagaries: this sort of thing only happens once a year.""How do you know... Long Stories - Post by : Sniper - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 707

At Fault - Part II - Chapter V _ One Afternoon At Fault - Part II - Chapter V _ One Afternoon

At Fault - Part II - Chapter V _ One Afternoon
Part II - Chapter V One AfternoonWhatever may have been Torpedo's characteristics in days gone by, at this advanced period in his history he possessed none so striking as a stoical inaptitude for being moved. Another of his distinguishing traits was a propensity for grazing which he was prone to indulge at inopportune moments. Such points taken in conjunction with a gait closely resembling that of the camel in the desert, might give much cause to wonder at Therese's motive in recommending him as a suitable mount for the unfortunate Fanny, were it not for his wide-spread reputation of angelic... Long Stories - Post by : kdwashere - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 3300

At Fault - Part II - Chapter IV _ Therese Crosses the River At Fault - Part II - Chapter IV _ Therese Crosses the River

At Fault - Part II - Chapter IV _ Therese Crosses the River
Part II - Chapter IV Therese Crosses the RiverTo shirk any serious duties of life would have been entirely foreign to Therese's methods or even instincts. But there did come to her moments of rebellion--or repulsion, against the small demands that presented themselves with an unfailing recurrence; and from such, she at times indulged herself with the privilege of running away. When Fanny left her alone--a pathetic little droop took possession of the corners of her mouth that might not have come there if she had not been alone. She laid the flowers, only half arranged, on the bench beside... Long Stories - Post by : Patrickwc - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 607

At Fault - Part II - Chapter III _ A Talk Under the Cedar Tree At Fault - Part II - Chapter III _ A Talk Under the Cedar Tree

At Fault - Part II - Chapter III _ A Talk Under the Cedar Tree
Part II - Chapter III A Talk Under the Cedar TreeDay by day, Fanny threw off somewhat of the homesickness which had weighted her at coming. Not by any determined effort of the will, nor by any resolve to make the best of things. Outside influences meeting half-way the workings of unconscious inward forces, were the agents that by degrees were gently ridding her of the acute pressure of dissatisfaction, which up to the present, she had stolidly borne without any personal effort to cast it off.Therese affected her forcibly. This woman so wholesome, so fair and strong; so un-American... Long Stories - Post by : freelanceguru - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 3250

At Fault - Part II - Chapter II _ 'Neva to See You!' At Fault - Part II - Chapter II _ "Neva to See You!"

At Fault - Part II - Chapter II _ 'Neva to See You!'
Part II - Chapter II "Neva to See You!"Therese judged it best to leave Fanny a good deal to herself during her first days on the plantation, without relinquishing a certain watchful supervision of her comfort, and looking in on her for a few moments each day. The rain which had come with them continued fitfully and Fanny remained in doors, clad in a warm handsome gown, her small slippered feet cushioned before the fire, and reading the latest novel of one of those prolific female writers who turn out their unwholesome intellectual sweets so tirelessly, to be devoured by... Long Stories - Post by : babici - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 1794

At Fault - Part II - Chapter I _ Fanny's First Night at Place-du-Bois At Fault - Part II - Chapter I _ Fanny's First Night at Place-du-Bois

At Fault - Part II - Chapter I _ Fanny's First Night at Place-du-Bois
Part II - Chapter I Fanny's First Night at Place-du-BoisThe journey South had not been without attractions for Fanny. She had that consciousness so pleasing to the feminine mind of being well dressed; for her husband had been exceedingly liberal in furnishing her the means to satisfy her fancy in that regard. Moreover the change holding out a promise of novelty, irritated her to a feeble expectancy. The air, that came to her in puffs through the car window, was deliciously soft and mild; steeped with the rich languor of the Indian summer, that had already touched the tree tops,... Long Stories - Post by : moneymancn - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 1964

At Fault - Part I - Chapter XII _ Severing Old Ties At Fault - Part I - Chapter XII _ Severing Old Ties

At Fault - Part I - Chapter XII _ Severing Old Ties
Part I - Chapter XII Severing Old TiesReturning from the matinee, Belle and her friend Lou Dawson, before entering their house, crossed over to Fanny's. Mrs. Worthington tried the door and finding it fastened, rang the bell, then commenced to beat a tattoo upon the pane with her knuckles; an ingenuous manner which she had of announcing her identity. Fanny opened to them herself, and the three walked into the parlor."I haven't seen you for a coon's age, Fanny," commenced Belle, "where on earth have you been keeping yourself?""You saw me yesterday breakfast time, when you came to borrow the... Long Stories - Post by : urban - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 3336

At Fault - Part I - Chapter XI _ The Self-Assumed Burden At Fault - Part I - Chapter XI _ The Self-Assumed Burden

At Fault - Part I - Chapter XI _ The Self-Assumed Burden
Part I - Chapter XI The Self-Assumed BurdenThe wedding was over. Hosmer and Fanny had been married in the small library of their Unitarian minister whom they had found intent upon the shaping of his Sunday sermon.Out of deference, he had been briefly told the outward circumstances of the case, which he knew already; for these two had been formerly members of his congregation, and gossip had not been reluctant in telling their story. Hosmer, of course, had drifted away from his knowledge, and in late years, he had seen little of Fanny, who when moved to attend church at... Long Stories - Post by : cmpros - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 2129

At Fault - Part I - Chapter X _ Fanny's Friends At Fault - Part I - Chapter X _ Fanny's Friends

At Fault - Part I - Chapter X _ Fanny's Friends
Part I - Chapter X Fanny's FriendsIt was on the day following Hosmer's visit, that Mrs. Lorenzo Worthington, familiarly known to her friends as Belle Worthington, was occupied in constructing a careful and extremely elaborate street toilet before her dressing bureau which stood near the front window of one of the "flats" opposite Mrs. Larimore's. The Nottingham curtain screened her effectually from the view of passers-by without hindering her frequent observance of what transpired in the street.The lower portion of this lady's figure was draped, or better, seemingly supported, by an abundance of stiffly starched white petticoats that rustled audibly... Long Stories - Post by : Arun_Pal_Singh - Date : April 2012 - Author : Kate Chopin - Read : 2969