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The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 28 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 28

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 28
CHAPTER XXVIIITEN years had glided away, yet not in all that time had Jessie Loring received a word of intelligence from Paul Hendrickson. He had passed from sight like a ship when darkness falls upon the ocean--the morning sees her not again, and the billows give no record of the way she went. But still Jessie bore his image at her heart; still her love was undimmed, and her confidence unshaken--and still she felt herself bound by the old shackles, which no human hand could break from her fettered limbs. One day, about this time, as Mrs. Denison sat reading, a... Long Stories - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 2940

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 27 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 27

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 27
CHAPTER XXVIIAs Hendrickson had rightly supposed, Jessie Loring came forth from her seclusion of years. Not all at once, but by gradual intrusions upon the social life around her. At first she went abroad on a mission of charity. Then her friend Mrs. De Lisle, drew her to her house, and there a new face that interested her awakened a new impulse in her mind. And so the work went on, and ere long she was in part restored to society. But how different from the one who had withdrawn from it years before! Suffering and discipline had left upon her... Long Stories - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 2246

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 26 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 26

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 26
CHAPTER XXVIWHEN the news of Mr. Dexter's second marriage reached Mr. Hendrickson, he said: "Now she is absolved!" but his friend Mrs. Denison, replied: "I doubt if she will so consider it. No act of Mr. Dexter's can alter her relation to the Divine law. I am one of these who cannot regard him as wholly innocent. And yet his case is an extreme one; for his wife's separation was as final as if death had broken the bond. But I will not judge him; he is the keeper of his own conscience, and the All-Wise is merciful in construction." "I... Long Stories - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 1635

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 22 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 22

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 22
CHAPTER XXIIWITHOUT a note of warning, the public were startled by the news that Mrs. Dexter had left her husband. Wisely, sober second thought laid upon the lips of Mr. Dexter the seal of silence. He gave no reason for the step his wife had taken, and declined answering all inquiries, even from his nearest friends. From a man of impulse, he seemed changed at once into a man of deliberate purpose. His elegant home was not given up, though he lived in it a kind of half hermit life. Abroad, he was reserved; while everything about him gave signs of... Long Stories - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 1506

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 21 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 21

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 21
CHAPTER XXIONCE more Jessie found herself alone in the little chamber where her gentle girlish life, had strengthened towards womanhood. Many times had she visited this chamber since her marriage, going to it as to some pilgrim-shrine, but never with the feelings that now crowded upon her heart. She had returned as a dove, to the ark from the wild waste of waters, wing-weary, faint, frightened--fluttering into this holy place, conscious of safety. She was not to go out again. Blessed thought! How it warmed the life-blood in her heart, and sent the currents in more genial streams through every vein.... Long Stories - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 2188

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 20 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 20

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 20
CHAPTER XXWHEN Mrs. Loring went back to her chamber, after Mr. Dexter withdrew from the house, she found Jessie in bed, lying as still as if asleep. She looked up when her aunt came to the bedside--at first with stealthy, half-timid glances--then with more of trust, that changed into loving confidence. Mrs. Loring bent down and kissed her. "Oh, Aunt Phoebe! that was very cruel in him." "What was cruel, dear?" The thoughts of Mrs. Loring went farther back than to the interview in her parlor. "He tried to ruin me even in your regard." "But he failed, Jessie. I will... Long Stories - Post by : ozzy2boys - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 1892

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 19 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 19

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 19
CHAPTER XIX"Is Jessie here?" inquired Mr. Dexter, in a hurried manner. "She is," replied Mrs. Loring. "I wish to see her." "Sit down, Mr. Dexter. I want to speak with you about Jessie." Mr. Dexter sat down, though with signs of impatience. "What is the meaning of this? What has happened, Mr. Dexter?" "Only a slight misunderstanding. Jessie is over sensitive. But I must see her immediately; and alone, if you please, Mrs. Loring." "I am sorry, Mr. Dexter, but Jessie will not see you." "Not see me!" "No, Sir." "Go and say that I am here, and that I must... Long Stories - Post by : ozzy2boys - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 2484

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 18 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 18

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 18
CHAPTER XVIIION the day after the interview with Mrs. De Lisle, Mrs. Dexter, whose mind had been lifted quite above its morbid state, was sitting alone at one of the parlor windows. She had been noting, with curious interest, the types of character in faces that met her eyes, and then disappeared to give place to others as singularly varied, when a new countenance, on which her eyes fell, lighted up suddenly. It was that of Hendrickson, whom she had not seen since their parting at Newport. He paused, lifted his hat, bowed and went on. It was no cold, formal... Long Stories - Post by : pbrandtnews - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 580

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 17 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 17

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 17
CHAPTER XVIITHE season at Newport closed, and the summer birds of fashion flitted away. But Mrs. Dexter still remained, and in a feeble condition. It was as late as November before the physician in attendance would consent to her removal. She was then taken home, but so changed that even her nearest friends failed to recognize in her wan, sad, dreary face, anything of its old expression. No man could have been kinder--no man could have lavished warmer attentions on another than were lavished on his wife by Mr. Dexter. With love-like assiduity, he sought to awaken her feelings to some... Long Stories - Post by : pbrandtnews - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 2940

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 16 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 16

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 16
CHAPTER XVIAT Albany, Mr. Hendrickson found Miss Arden awaiting him. The warmth of her reception showed that he was more in her eyes than a pleasant friend. And in his regard she held the highest place--save one. The meeting with Mrs. Dexter at Newport was unfortunate. Hendrickson had looked right down into her heart; reading a page, the writing on which she would have died rather than have revealed. Her pure regard for him was her own deeply hidden secret. It was a lamp burning in the sepulchre of buried hope. She could no more extinguish the sacred fire than quench... Long Stories - Post by : pbrandtnews - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 753

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 12 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 12

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 12
CHAPTER XIITHE first year of trial passed. If the young wife's heart-history for that single year could be written, it would make a volume, every pages of which the reader would find (sic) spoted with his tears. No pen but that of the sufferer could write that history; and to her, no second life, even in memory, were endurable. The record is sealed up--and the story will not be told. It is not within the range of all minds to comprehend what was endured. Wealth, position, beauty, admiration, enlarged intelligence, and highly cultivated tastes, were hers. She was the wife of... Long Stories - Post by : pbrandtnews - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 2147

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 11 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 11

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 11
CHAPTER XITHE efforts which were made to save Miss Loring, only had the effect to render the sacrifice more acutely painful. Evil instead of good followed Mrs. Denison's appeals to Mr. Dexter. They served but to arouse the demon jealousy in his heart. Upon Hendrickson's movements he set the wariest surveillance. Twice, since that never-to-be-forgotten evening he met the young man in company when Jessie was present. With an eye that never failed for an instant in watchfulness, he noted his countenance and movements; and he kept on his betrothed as keen an observation. Several times he left her alone, in... Long Stories - Post by : pbrandtnews - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 1474

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 10 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 10

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 10
CHAPTER XLEON DEXTER was not wrong in his suspicions. It was Hendrickson who visited Miss Loring on the evening of his interview with Mrs. Denison. The young man had striven, with all the power he possessed, to overcome his fruitless passion--but striven in vain.--The image of Miss Loring had burned itself into his heart, and become ineffaceable. The impression she had made upon him was different from that made by any woman he had yet chanced to meet, and he felt that, in some mysterious way, their destinies were bound up together. That, in her heart, she preferred him to the... Long Stories - Post by : pbrandtnews - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 2542

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 9 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 9

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 9
CHAPTER IXMRS. DENISON'S fears were prophetic. Evil, not good, came of her well meant efforts to prevent the coming sacrifice. Instead of awakening generous impulses in the mind of Leon Dexter, only anger and jealousy were aroused; and as they gained strength, love withdrew itself, for love could not breathe the same atmosphere. The belief that Hendrickson was the man to whom Mrs. Denison referred, was fully confirmed by this fact. Dexter had resolved to see Miss Loring that very evening, and was only a short distance from her home, and in sight of the door, when he saw a man... Long Stories - Post by : pbrandtnews - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 2220

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 8 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 8

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 8
CHAPTER VIIIA FEW days after the meeting between Mr. Hendrickson and Miss Loring, as just mentioned, Mr. Dexter received the following communication: "DEAR SIR--I am scarcely well enough acquainted with you to venture this note and request; but I happen to know of something so vital to your happiness, that I cannot feel conscience-clear and not ask an interview. I shall be at home this evening. "ALICE DENISON." Early in the evening, Dexter was at the house of Mrs. Denison. "You have frightened me my dear madam!" he said, almost abruptly, as he entered the parlor he found her... Long Stories - Post by : pbrandtnews - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 1095

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 7 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 7

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 7
CHAPTER VIITHE visit of Hendrickson was an hour too late, Dexter had already been there, and pressed his suit to a formal issue. The bold suitor had carried off the prize, while the timid one yet hesitated. Jessie went back to her room, after her interview with Paul Hendrickson, in spiritual stature no longer a half developed girl, but a full woman grown. The girl's strength would no longer have sustained her. Only the woman's soul, strong in principle and strong to endure, could bear up now. And the woman's soul shuddered in the conflict of passions that came like furies... Long Stories - Post by : pbrandtnews - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 2964

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 6 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 6

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 6
CHAPTER VIIT was an hour from the time Mr. Hendrickson left the house of Mrs. Denison before he found himself in one of Mrs. Loring's parlors. He had been home a caller detained him. Full ten minutes elapsed after his entrance, ere Jessie's light tread was heard on the stairs. She came down slowly, and as she entered the room, Hendrickson was struck with the singular expression of her face. At the first glance he scarcely recognized her. "Are you not well, Miss Loring?" he asked, stepping forward to meet her. His manner was warm, and his tones full of... Long Stories - Post by : pbrandtnews - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 1947

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 2 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 2

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 2
CHAPTER IIIT was past the hour of two, when Jessie Loring stepped from the carriage and entered her home. A domestic admitted her. "Aunt is not waiting for me?" she said in a tone of inquiry. "No; she has been in bed some hours." "It is late for you to be sitting up, Mary, and I am sorry to have been the cause of it. But, you know, I couldn't leave earlier." She spoke kindly, and the servant answered in a cheerful voice. "I'll sit up for you, Miss Jessie, at any time. And why shouldn't I? Sure, no one in... Long Stories - Post by : pbrandtnews - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 875

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 1 The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 1

The Hand But Not The Heart - Chapter 1
CHAPTER I"PAUL!" The young man started, and a delicate flush mantled his handsome face, as he turned to the lady who had pronounced his name in a tone slightly indicative of surprise. "Ah! Mrs. Denison," was his simple response. "You seem unusually absent-minded this evening," remarked the lady. "Do I?" "Yes." "You have been observing me?" "I could not help it; for every time my eyes have wandered in this direction, they encountered you, standing in the same position, and looking quite as much like a statue as a living man." "How long is it since I first attracted your attention?"... Long Stories - Post by : pbrandtnews - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 3145

Married Life: Its Shadows And Sunshine - The Unloved One. An Extract From 'Love In High Life' Married Life: Its Shadows And Sunshine - The Unloved One. An Extract From "Love In High Life"

Married Life: Its Shadows And Sunshine - The Unloved One. An Extract From 'Love In High Life'
......FIXED in his resolution to repel every manifestation of tenderness on the part of his wife, Percy Edwards maintained towards her the same cold formality, in spite of all her earnest efforts to break the icy crust of his feelings. He did not love her, and was not inclined to affect a passion; nay, she was absolutely repulsive to him, and the least he could do, under the circumstances, was to protect himself as he did without overt acts of unkindness. And thus disjoined, instead of united, Mr. and Mrs. Edwards moved along their way through life, envied by hundreds, who,... Long Stories - Post by : EquityChampions - Date : May 2012 - Author : T. S. Arthur - Read : 863