Payn, James A confidential agent

ISBN 13: 9781443262712

A confidential agent

9781443262712: A confidential agent
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...him, and that to those of the baser sort I was superior in many ways. Not a very exalted estimate, you will say, of my poor merits; yet it seems I had appraised them far too high. He went through the form of marriage, indeed; but I have reason to know that it was null and void; and so far (I say it, though a woman--so you may judge what I have suffered) I am thankful to him.' Her tone throughout was one of the deepest humiliation and despondency, save when she spoke of the man passing as her husband, when the memory of recent cruelty and insult seemed to rouse a momentary bitterness. Mr. Barlow, though scandalised, was touched. Whatever sins this woman had committed, he felt she had been punished for them. 'If this man is not your husband,' he said gently, 'you can escape from him. If my advice can be of any service--or you require the means to return to England' 'I thank you, sir,' she said, with less of gratitude, however, in her tone than selfcontempt, 'but what becomes of me is a small matter. "We were speaking of Matthew Helston.' 'True; I was in hopes that you could tell me how this Mr. Butt was in possession of the fact that Helston was in Paris and endeavouring to dispose of the jewels. That it is so I have reason to know, since I have just come from M. Monteur, a diamond merchant' 'In the Eue de Bris?' interrupted the other.' 'Yes; how did you know that?' 'Mr. Butt has been there on business, to ray knowledge.' 'Indeed! On what business?' 'I believe to sell some family diamonds. That is what I thought you came about. There is something amiss with them, I'm certain. I thought they might be lying about the room when you came in, which frightened me.' 'Have you ever seen them?' inquired the lawyer quickly. 'Yes; Mr. Butt showed them...

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