She abruptly thrust the letter (as the phrase is) into my face.
Having reached that inevitable conclusion, I turned to the more interesting object of investigation which was presented to me by Rosanna Spearman's letter. The address was written as follows:--'For Franklin Blake, Esq.
At dinner Anna Mikhaylovna talked the whole time about the war news and about Nikolenka, twice asked when the last letter
had been received from him, though she knew that already, and remarked that they might very likely be getting a letter
from him that day.
Noticing that the post-mark was "Glasgow," Sir Patrick (to whom the letter
had been delivered) looked with a certain distrust at the handwriting on the address.
In the second place, he never hinted at the circumstances under which Cecilia's letter
had been confided to the gentleman who had left it at her door.
But through the remainder of Hester's life there were indications that the recluse of the scarlet letter
was the object of love and interest with some inhabitant of another land.
Bernouin entered, followed by the gentleman, who had orders from the king to place the letter
in the hands of the cardinal himself.
Well knowing this (the letter
proceeded to say), he had nevertheless persisted in forcing himself upon her as a species of family connection: and she had weakly sanctioned the intrusion, solely from the dread that he would otherwise introduce himself to Mr.
did very little service to his cause; for it consisted of little more than confessions of his own unworthiness, and bitter lamentations of despair, together with the most solemn protestations of his unalterable fidelity to Sophia, of which, he said, he hoped to convince her, if he had ever more the honour of being admitted to her presence; and that he could account for the letter
to Lady Bellaston in such a manner, that, though it would not entitle him to her forgiveness, he hoped at least to obtain it from her mercy.
"His eminence cannot see the letter
without the bearer of it," replied the young man; "but to convince you that I am really the bearer of a letter
, see, here it is; and kindly add," continued he, "that I am not a simple messenger, but an envoy extraordinary."
The symptoms were favourable.Instead of answering, Harriet turned away confused, and stood thoughtfully by the fire; and though the letter
was still in her hand, it was now mechanically twisted about without regard.
Taking for granted (what was perhaps doubtful enough) that the fragments of the letter
could be recovered, my own conviction was that the writing on them, though it might be faded, would certainly still be legible.
Putting the letter
down before me on the table, she said, timidly:
Here is the paper; do you know the writing?" As he spoke, Villefort drew the letter
from his pocket, and presented it to Dantes.
The reading of a letter
was not the affair of an instant to Mr.