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General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1844 Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: CHAPTER VII. " I Don't know what the deuce people mean by calling Esther Banks plain, for to my taste she has the finest expression of countenance I almost ever beheld," exclaimed Augustus Murray, bursting into his sister's very beautiful little sitting- room. " I declare to you, Bertha, that once or twice, while I was talking to her this morning, I caught myself gazing at her with a feeling of delight I can hardly account for. Beauty certainly is a beautiful thing; but the loveliest face without expression -- yes, the very loveliest, and I have seen many such in my travels -- could no more match the countenance of Esther Banks, as the various thoughts and feelings passed through her heart and head, stamping themselves on her changing features, than I might match Apollo " Bertha smiled. "Ah you may laugh as you will, fair sister, but upon my soul, as she stood with her graceful figure resting against an arm of the old oak, while her varying colour and fine eyes told too plainly what was passing within, I thought I had never beheld so perfectly loveable a creature I would to Heaven " "Why Augustus, dear Augustus what are you talking about ?" said Bertha, laughing -- " you are certainly beside yourself -- you are raving -- positively raving " "No, no; well, yes, it does appear something like it, I confess; but really I can think of nothing else; I can't get her animated look, while shewas talking about you, out of my head, if I would. The idea, the bare idea, of calling such a woman as that ugly. I vow I feel quite Quixotie, and ready to do battle upon all or any who shall dare to affirm that Es...
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