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Lucretia, Vol. 6

By Bulwer-Lytton, Edward

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Title: Lucretia, Vol. 6  
Author: Bulwer-Lytton, Edward
Language: English
Subject: Literature & thought, Literature and history, Literature & philosophy
Collections: Classic Literature Collection, Project Gutenberg Consortia Center
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RETROSPECT. We have now arrived at that stage in this history when it is necessary to look back on the interval in Lucretia?s life, between the death of Dalibard, and her reintroduction in the second portion of our tale. One day, without previous notice or warning, Lucretia arrived at William Mainwaring?s house; she was in the deep weeds of widowhood, and that garb of mourning sufficed to add Susan?s tenderest commiseration to the warmth of her affectionate welcome. Lucretia appeared to have forgiven the past, and to have conquered its more painful recollections; she was gentle to Susan, though she rather suffered than returned her caresses; she was open and frank to William. Both felt inexpressibly grateful for her visit, the forgiveness it betokened, and the confidence it implied. At this time no condition could be more promising and prosperous than that of the young banker. From the first the most active partner in the bank, he had now virtually almost monopolized the business. The senior partner was old and infirm; the second had a bucolic turn, and was much taken up by the care of a large farm he had recently purchased; so that Mainwaring, more and more trusted and honored, became the sole managing administrator of the firm. Business throve in his able hands; and with patient and steady perseverance there was little doubt but that, before middle age was attained, his competence would have swelled into a fortune sufficient to justify him in realizing the secret dream of his heart, the parliamentary representation of the town, in which he had already secured the affection and esteem of the inhabitants.


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