Jack Sheppard Vol III (of III)

Jack Sheppard Vol III (of III)

by William Harrison Ainsworth, G-Ph Ballin (Editor)

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Extract:

CHAPTER XI. DOLLIS HILL REVISITED.


About an hour after the occurrences at Newgate, the door of the small back-parlour already described at Dollis Hill was opened by Winifred, who, gliding noiselessly across the room, approached a couch, on which was extended a sleeping female, and, gazing anxiously at her pale careworn countenance, murmured,-"Heaven be praised! she still slumbers-slumbers peacefully. The opiate has done its duty. Poor thing! how beautiful she looks! but how like death!"
Deathlike, indeed, was the repose of the sleeper,-deathlike and deep. Its very calmness was frightful. Her lips were apart, but no breath seemed to issue from them; and, but for a slight-very slight palpitation of the bosom, the vital principle might be supposed to be extinct. This lifeless appearance was heightened by the extreme sharpness of her features-especially the nose and chin,-and by the emaciation of her limbs, which was painfully distinct through her drapery. Her attenuated arms were crossed upon her breast; and her black brows and eyelashes contrasted fearfully with the livid whiteness of her skin. A few short, dark locks, escaping from beneath her head-dress, showed that her hair had been removed, and had only been recently allowed to grow again.
"Poor Mrs. Sheppard!" sighed Winifred, as she contemplated the beautiful wreck before her,-"Poor Mrs. Sheppard! when I see her thus, and think of all she has endured, of all she may yet have to endure, I could almost pray for her release from trouble. I dare not reflect upon the effect that her son's fate,-if the efforts to save him are ineffectual,-may have upon her enfeebled frame, and still worse upon her mind. What a mercy that the blow aimed at her by the ruffian, Wild, though it brought her to the brink of the grave, should have restored her to reason! Ah! she stirs."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541353862
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/29/2016
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

William Harrison Ainsworth (4 février 1805 à Manchester, Angleterre - 3 janvier 1882 à Reigate, Angleterre) est un romancier historique anglais. Alors qu'il complète sa formation en droit à Londres, il rencontre l'éditeur John Ebers, gérant du Her Majesty's Theatre. Ebers introduit Ainsworth dans les cercles littéraires et d'arts dramatiques, ainsi qu'à sa fille qu'il épousera.
Ainsworth a tâté de l'édition, mais a préféré se consacrer au journalisme et à la littérature. Son premier roman a été Rookwood en 1834, qui met en vedette Dick Turpin. Une série de 39nouvelles suivra, la dernière publiée en 1881. Ainsworth est mort à Reigate le 3 janvier 1882.

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