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Jessamine A Novel   By: (1830-1922)

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JESSAMINE.

POPULAR NOVELS.

By Marion Harland.

I. ALONE. II. HIDDEN PATH. III. MOSS SIDE. IV. NEMESIS. V. MIRIAM. VI. THE EMPTY HEART. VII. HELEN GARDNER. VIII. SUNNYBANK. IX. HUSBANDS AND HOMES. X. RUBY'S HUSBAND. XI. PHEMIE'S TEMPTATION. XII. AT LAST. XIII. TRUE AS STEEL. ( New. ) XIV. JESSAMINE. ( Just ready. )

"The Novels of Marion Harland are of surpassing excellence. By intrinsic power of character drawing and descriptive facility, they hold the reader's attention with the most intense interest and fascination."

All published uniform with this volume. Price $1.50 each, and sent free by mail, on receipt of price, by

G. W. CARLETON & CO., New York.

JESSAMINE.

A Novel.

by

MARION HARLAND,

Author of "Alone," "Hidden Path," "Nemesis," "Moss Side," "Miriam," "Empty Heart," "Helen Gardner," "Sunnybank," "Husbands and Homes," "Ruby's Husband," "Phemie's Temptation," "At Last," "True as Steel," etc.

New York: G. W. Carleton & Co., Publishers. London: S. Low, Son & Co. M.DCCC.LXXIII.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1873, by M. Virginia Terhune, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

Stereotyped at the Women's Printing House, 56, 58 and 60 Park Street, New York.

At Wisdom's gate Suspicion sleeps, And deems no ill where no ill seems.

MILTON.

To Mrs. MARGARET J. PRESTON , OF LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA, This Volume is AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED ,

NOT ONLY AS A TRIBUTE TO HER PERSONAL WORTH AND TALENTS, BUT AS ANOTHER SEAL SET UPON THE DEAR AND SAD MEMORY WE HOLD IN COMMON, AND WHICH CANNOT FAIL OF RENEWAL IN WRITING OR READING OF

"ROY FORDHAM."

MARION HARLAND.

CONTENTS.

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CHAPTER I 11

CHAPTER II 24

CHAPTER III 37

CHAPTER IV 53

CHAPTER V 64

CHAPTER VI 78

CHAPTER VII 92

CHAPTER VIII 108

CHAPTER IX 129

CHAPTER X 145

CHAPTER XI 160

CHAPTER XII 170

CHAPTER XIII 185

CHAPTER XIV 202

CHAPTER XV 217

CHAPTER XVI 228

CHAPTER XVII 241

CHAPTER XVIII 254

CHAPTER XIX 270

CHAPTER XX 283

CHAPTER XXI 299

CHAPTER XXII 316

CHAPTER XXIII 325

CHAPTER XXIV 336

CHAPTER XXV 349

CHAPTER XXVI 364

CHAPTER XXVII 375

Jessamine.

CHAPTER I.

A young girl lay upon a lounge in the recess of an oriel window. If disease held her there, it had not altered the contour of the smooth cheek, or made shallow the dimples in wrist and elbow of the arm supporting her head; had not unbent the spirited bow of the mouth, or dimmed the glad light of the gray eyes. Most people called these black, deceived by the shadow of the jetty lashes. They were wide open, now, and the light of a sunny mid day streamed in upon her face through the window, yet the upper part of the irid was darkened by the heavy fringe that matched in line the well defined brows. Her hair, also black, with purple reflections glancing from every coil and fold, was braided into a coronal, and about the heavy plait knotted at the back of the head was twisted a half wreath of yellow jessamine... Continue reading book >>




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