The Forsyte Saga: Volume 2 by John Galsworthy

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By John Galsworthy

During this moment a part of John Galworthy's trilogy of affection, strength, cash and relations feuding, a brand new iteration has arrived to divide the Forsyte extended family with society scandals and conflicting passions

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This consisted in sitting before the fire in front of a wooden machine like a pillory, across which was drawn a very tight piece of canvas. On this canvas, with patience unparalleled, and energies that never gave way, she would work for hours in the production of a green worsted cat, with yellow eyes and vermilion tail. Somehow or other, however, it is matter of historical fact, that she never got beyond the beginning of the tail and the tip of the left ear. Either her worsted was not to be found when she wanted to re-thread her needle; or somebody came in; or somebody went out; or she was called imperiously away to some other business of still greater importance, such as to water the new geranium; or to write out a piece of music which she never finished; or to 13 Sketches of Young Ladies take a ribbon off her bonnet; or to put it on again; or to change her shoes for a walk, which always ended in her changing her mind and not walking.

Don’t you remember that you promised to write down for me, in this album, one of your poetical effusions? Sit down, there’s a good man. Here’s the pen and everything. ” Thus were we, half ravenous with hunger, forced to sit down and write for one mortal hour with no redress, half of which time the literary young lady was looking over our shoulder to see how we got on, and the other half translating a French divine into her best English, and a square red book. When we had concluded our performance, we thought we were released, and were preparing to depart to the pastrycook’s, when the literary young lady compelled us to sit down and hear her criticisms upon Milton’s verses, which we had just been writing from memory, but which in her simple mind she thought to be our own composition.

She detests high roads. Nothing with her is in the mean. She either dotes or abominates. If you dance with her at a ball, she is sure to begin philosophising, in a small way, about the feelings. She is particularly partial to wearing fresh flowers in her hair at dinner. You would be perfectly thunderstruck to hear, from her own lips, what an immense number of dear friends she has, both young and old, male and female. Her correspondence with young ladies is something quite appalling. She was never known, however, in her life, to give one piece of actual information, except in a postscript.

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