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Vineta The Phantom City   By: (1838-1918)

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VINETA,

THE PHANTOM CITY.

FROM THE GERMAN OF E. WERNER, AUTHOR OF "GOOD LUCK," "BROKEN CHAINS," ETC.

BY

FRANCES A. SHAW.

BOSTON: ESTES AND LAURIAT. 1877.

COPYRIGHT, 1877. Estes and Lauriat.

Stereotyped at the Boston Stereotype Foundry, No. 19 Spring Lane.

CONTENTS.

CHAP.

I. The Widow and her Son,

II. Waldemar,

III. Villica,

IV. The Meeting,

V. The Brothers' First Meeting,

VI. A Transformation,

VII. Strategy and Jealousy,

VIII. The Old "Wonder City,"

IX. Dr. Fabian's Diplomatic Mission,

X. Leo's Visit to Altenhof,

XI. The New Regime at Villica,

XII. The New Conspirators,

XIII. The Young Landlord's Return,

XIV. The Hunting Party,

XV. The "History of Ancient Germany."

XVI. Cassandrian Warnings,

XVII. The French Lessons,

XVIII. The Assessor's Wooing,

XIX. The Forest Drive,

XX. The Conflict between Love and Duty,

XXI. The Rescue,

XXII. The New University Professor,

XXIII. Brother against Brother,

XXIV. The Fatal Venture,

XXV. Hubert grows Misanthropic,

XXVI. A Dream of Exile,

XXVII. The Government Counsellor,

XXVIII. The "Frau Professorin,"

XXIX. Reunion,

XXX. Auf Wiedersehen!

VINETA.

CHAPTER I.

THE WIDOW AND HER SON.

The hot summer afternoon neared its close. The sun had already set, but the twilight glow still lingered in the western sky, and was mirrored in the sea, which, scarcely rippled by a zephyr's breath, caught the last splendors of the dying day.

At some distance from the shore along which ran the great promenade of the fashionable watering place of C , usually thronged with visitors at this hour, stood a solitary country house, modest and unpretending, but distinguished from the large and splendid villas of the neighborhood by the beauty of its situation and its outlook over the sea to the horizon's verge. It was a quiet, secluded spot, well fitted to be the abode of people seeking retirement and desiring no part in the gay, excited life around them. At an open glass door leading out upon a balcony stood a lady in deep mourning. Her stature was tall and imposing, and although she had reached the meridian of life, she was still beautiful. This face with its firm, regular outlines could never have possessed the charm of gentleness and amiability, but years had robbed it of little of its cold, severe beauty. The black dress with its heavy crape trimmings indicated a recent bereavement, but the eyes bore no trace of tears; there was no touch of sensibility in the resolute features. If sorrow had come near this woman, she had not felt it deeply, or she had conquered it.

At the lady's side stood a gentleman of equally imposing appearance; although very near her in age, he seemed ten years her senior, for time and life had left deep traces as they swept over his head. The grave, expressive face bore that impress which the world's storms and conflicts leave behind them; the dark, abundant hair was tinged with gray, the brow was furrowed, and the profound melancholy of the glance was in keeping with that look of sadness stamped upon all the features... Continue reading book >>




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