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Edith Wharton

The Buccaneers

  • Fabiola Lopezцитує12 днів тому
    dominant beauty, was her first impression; no proud angelic heads, ready for coronets or halos, such as she was used to in England; unless indeed the tall fair girl with such heaps of wheat-coloured hair and such gentian-blue eyes — or the very dark one, who was too pale for her black hair, but had the small imperious nose of a Roman empress... yes, those two were undoubtedly beautiful, yet they were not beauties. They seemed rather to have reached the last height of prettiness, and to be perched on that sunny lower slope, below the cold divinities. And with the other three, taken one by one, fault might have been found on various counts; for the one in the striped pink and white organdy, though she looked cleverer than the others, had a sharp nose, and her laugh showed too many teeth; and the one in white, with a big orange-coloured sash the colour of the poodle’s bow (no doubt she was his mistress) was sallow and red- haired, and you had to look into her pale starry eyes to forget that she was too tall, and stooped a little. And as for the fifth, who seemed so much younger — hardly more than a child — her small face was such a flurry of frowns and dimples that Miss Testvalley did not know how to
  • Fabiola Lopezцитує12 днів тому
    first thought was that she had never seen five prettier girls in a row; her second (tinged with joy) that Mrs. Russell Parmore would have been scandalized by such an exhibition, on the Saratoga railway platform, in full view of departing travellers, gazing employes, and delighted station loafers; her third that, whichever of the beauties was to fall to her lot, life in such company would be infinitely more amusing than with the Par- mores. And still smiling she continued to examine the mirthful mocking faces.
  • iamawriter7цитує2 місяці тому
    once you’ve got the soot and the fog in your veins you simply can’t live without them
  • iamawriter7цитує2 місяці тому
    the fashions and follies of a society which had always ignored her. At least life in England had a background, layers and layers of rich deep background, of history, poetry, old traditional observances, beautiful houses, beautiful landscapes, beautiful ancient buildings, palaces, churches, cathedrals. Would it not be possible, in some mysterious way, to create for one’s self a life out of all this richness, a life which should somehow make up for the poverty of one’s personal lot?
  • iamawriter7цитує2 місяці тому
    was not the atmosphere of London but of England which had gradually filled her veins and penetrated to her heart. She thought of the thinness of the mental and moral air in her own home; the noisy quarrels about nothing, the paltry preoccupations, her mother’s feverish interest
  • iamawriter7цитує2 місяці тому
    Wherever the men are amused, fashion is bound to follow,”
  • iamawriter7цитує2 місяці тому
    I hate women who try to amuse me.”
  • iamawriter7цитує2 місяці тому
    Though he was not yet thirty, his life had been full of dramatic disturbances; indeed, to be the only son of Sir Helmsley Thwarte was in itself a potential drama
  • iamawriter7цитує2 місяці тому
    He preferred making a fortune to marrying one,
  • iamawriter7цитує2 місяці тому
    Guy had never learned to take his father’s tropical fits of rage without wincing.
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