The American Senator

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CHAPTER XXIII
POOR CANEBACK

A CLOSER intimacy will occasionally be created by some accident, some fortuitous circumstance, than weeks of ordinary intercourse will produce. Walk down Bond Street in a hailstorm of peculiar severity and you may make a friend of the first person you meet, whereas you would be held to have committed an affront were you to speak to the same person in the same place on a fine day. You shall travel smoothly to York with a lady and she will look as though she would call the guard at once were you so much as to suggest that it were a fine day; but if you are lucky enough to break a wheel before you get to Darlington, she will have told you all her history and shared your sherry by the time you have reached that town. Arabella was very much shocked by the dreadful accident she had seen. Her nerves had suffered, though it may be doubted whether her heart had been affected much. But she was quite conscious when she reached her room that the poor major's misfortune, happening as it had done just beneath her horse's feet, had been a godsend to her. For a moment the young lord's arm had been round her waist and her head had been upon his shoulder. And again when she had slipped from her saddle she had felt his embrace. His fervour to her had been simply the uncontrolled expression of his feeling at the moment,--as one man squeezes another tightly by the hand in any crisis of sudden impulse. She knew this;--but she knew also that he would probably revert to the intimacy which the sudden emotion had created. The mutual galvanic shock might be continued at the next meeting,--and so on. They had seen the tragedy together, and it would not fail to be a bond of union. As she told the tragedy to her mother, she delicately laid aside her hat and whip and riding dress, and then asked whether it was not possible that they might prolong their stay at Rufford. 'But the Gores, my

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vi
  • Introduction vii
  • Note on the Text xv
  • Select Bibliography xvi
  • A Chronology of Anthony Trollope xix
  • Contents xxvii
  • Chapter I- Dillsborough 1
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 8
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 22
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 35
  • Chapter VII- The Walk Home 42
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 47
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 54
  • Chapter X- Goarly''s Revenge 62
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 69
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 76
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 83
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 90
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 97
  • Chapter XVI- Mr. Gotobed''s Philanthropy 103
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 110
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 117
  • Chapter XIX- ''Who Valued the Geese?'' 125
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 132
  • Chapter XXI- The First Evening at Rufford Hall 138
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 145
  • Chapter XXIII- Poor Caneback 152
  • Chapter XXIV- The Ball 158
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 165
  • Chapter XXVII- ''Wonderful Bird!'' 180
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 187
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 192
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 200
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 207
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 215
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 229
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 235
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 241
  • Chapter XXXVII- How Things Were Arranged 248
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 261
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 269
  • Chapter XLI- The Senator is Badly Treated 277
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 284
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 291
  • Chapter XLIV- ''Particularly Proud of You'' 299
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 306
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 313
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 319
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 326
  • Chapter XLIX- Miss Trefoil''s Decision 334
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 341
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 348
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 363
  • Chapter LV ''I Have Told Him Everything'' 376
  • Chapter LVI ''Now What Have You Got to Say?'' 383
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 390
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 398
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 405
  • Chapter LX Again at Mistletoe 413
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 418
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 425
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 433
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 440
  • Chapter LXV the New Minister 448
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 453
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 460
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 475
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 481
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 488
  • Chapter LXXII ''Bid Him Be a Man'' 496
  • Chapter LXXIII ''Is It Tanti?'' 503
  • Chapter LXXIII ''Is It Tanti?'' 511
  • Chapter LXXIII ''Is It Tanti?'' 523
  • Chapter LXXIII ''Is It Tanti?'' 530
  • Chapter LXXIII ''Is It Tanti?'' 545
  • Chapter LXXIII ''Is It Tanti?'' 552
  • Explatory Notes 559
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