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The House of Mirth - complete and unabridged
written by Edith Wharton |
read by Eleanor Bron
As a proficient actor, Eleanor Bron has played a variety of roles in films and on stages. In this recording, her voice was like winter and summer, spring and autumn, like up-stream of a river, raging and roaring, like down-stream of a river, gentle and calm. In a word, her voice has brought the most out of the book.
BTW, Edith Wharton was an artist and her novels were like pieces of fine art, exquisite and elegant. She deserved standing side by side with other giants in the history of American literature, like Henry James, Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner ...
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An impulse of curiosity made him turn out of his direct line to the door, and stroll past her. He knew that if she did not wish to be seen she would contrive to elude him; and it amused him to think of putting her skill to the test.
"Mr. Selden--what good luck!"
She came forward smiling, eager almost, in her resolve to intercept him. One or two persons, in brushing past them, lingered to look; for Miss Bart was a figure to arrest even the suburban traveller rushing to his last train.
Selden had never seen her more radiant. Her vivid head, relieved against the dull tints of the crowd, made her more conspicuous than in a ball-room, and under her dark hat and veil she regained the girlish smoothness, the purity of tint, that she was beginning to lose after eleven years of late hours and indefatigable dancing. Was it really eleven years, Selden found himself wondering, and had she indeed reached the nine-and-twentieth birthday with which her rivals credited her?
"What luck!" she repeated. "How nice of you to come to my rescue!"
He responded joyfully that to do so was his mission in life, and asked what form the rescue was to take.
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