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The Lost Lady of Lone   By: (1819-1899)

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THE LOST LADY OF LONE

By MRS. E.D.E.N. SOUTHWORTH

Author of "Nearest and Dearest," "The Hidden Hand," "Unknown," "Only a Girl's Heart," "For Woman's Love," etc.

1876

PUBLISHERS' NOTICE.

"THE LOST LADY OF LONE" is different from any of Mrs. Southworth's other novels. The plot, which is unusually provocative of conjecture and interest, is founded on thrilling and tragic events which occurred in the domestic history of one of the most distinguished families in the Highlands of Scotland. The materials which these interesting and tragic annals place at the disposal of Mrs. Southworth give full scope to her unrivalled skill in depicting character and developing a plot, and she has made the most of her opportunity and her subject.

CONTENTS.

I. The bride of Lone

II. An ideal love

III. The ruined heir

IV. Salome's choice

V. Arondelle's consolation

VI. A horrible mystery on the wedding day

VII. The morning's discovery

VIII. A horrible discovery

IX. After the discovery

X. The letter and its effect

XI. The vailed passenger

XII. The house on Westminster Road

XIII. A surprise for Mrs. Scott

XIV. The second bridal morn

XV. The cloud falls

XVI. Vanished

XVII. The lost Lady of Lone

XVIII. The flight of the duchess

XIX. Salome's refuge

XX. Salome's protectress

XXI. The bridegroom

XXII. At Lone

XXIII. A startling charge

XXIV. The vindication

XXV. Who was found?

XXVI. Off the track

XXVII. In the convent

XXVIII. The soul's struggle

XXIX. The stranger in the chapel

XXX. The haunter

XXXI. The abbess' story

XXXII. The duke's double

XXXIII. After the earthquake

XXXIV. Risen from the grave

XXXV. Face to face

XXXVI. A gathering storm

XXXVII. A sentence of banishment

XXXVIII. The storm bursts

XXXIX. The rivals

XL. After the storm

XLI. Father and son

XLII. Her son

XLIII. The duke's ward

XLIV. Retribution

XLV. After the revelation

XLVI. Retribution

XLVII. The end of a lost life

XLVIII. Husband and wife

THE LOST LADY OF LONE.

CHAPTER I.

THE BRIDE OF LONE.

"Eh, Meester McRath? Sae grand doings I hae na seen sin the day o' the queen's visit to Lone. That wad be in the auld duke's time. And a waefu' day it wa'."

"Dinna ye gae back to that day, Girzie Ross. It gars my blood boil only to think o' it!"

"Na, Sandy, mon, sure the ill that was dune that day is weel compensate on this. Sooth, if only marriages be made in heaven, as they say, sure this is one. The laird will get his ain again, and the bonnyest leddy in a' the land to boot."

"She is a bonny lass, but na too gude for him, although her fair hand does gie him back his lands."

"It's only a' just as it sud be."

"Na, it's no all as it sud be. Look at they fules trying to pit up yon triumphal arch! The loons hae actually gotten the motto 'HAPPINESS' set upside down, sae that a' the blooming red roses are falling out o' it. An ill omen that if onything be an ill omen. I maun rin and set it right."

The speakers in this short colloquy were Mrs. Girzie Ross, housekeeper, and Mr. Alexander McRath, house steward of Castle Lone.

The locality was in the Highlands of Scotland. The season was early summer. The hour was near sunset. The scene was one of great beauty and sublimity. The occasion one of high festivity and rejoicing.

The preparations were being completed for a grand event. For on the morning of the next day a deep wrong was to be made right by the marriage of the young and beautiful Lady of Lone to the chosen lord of her heart.

Lone Castle was a home of almost ideal grandeur and loveliness, situated in one of the wildest and most picturesque regions of the Highlands, yet brought to the utmost perfection of fertility by skillful cultivation... Continue reading book >>




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