鈥淏erlin,鈥?she writes, 鈥渉ad become as odious to me as it once was dear. I flattered myself that, renouncing grandeurs, I might lead a soft and tranquil life in my new home, and begin a happier year than the one which had just ended.鈥? 加勒比系列_加勒比久久综合_加勒比东京热在线 In his plots Bulwer has generally been simple, facile, and successful. The reader never feels with him, as he does with Wilkie Collins, that it is all plot, or, as with George Eliot, that there is no plot. The story comes naturally without calling for too much attention, and is thus proof of the completeness of the man鈥檚 intellect. His language is clear, good, intelligible English, but it is defaced by mannerism. In all that he did, affectation was his fault. Yes, I am sure of that. She was dearer to me than my own sister鈥攃ared for me much more than Gwendolen ever cared, though Gwen and I were always good friends. Poor[Pg 323] feather-headed Gwen! She writes me affectionate letters, hoping she may get to Italy in the autumn, though it is impossible for her to come just now. And mother and father write to me just in the same way鈥攎other regretting that her health won't allow her to leave Dinan; father hoping to see me in the autumn. Their letters are full of hopefulness, she concluded, with a faint touch of irony. 鈥淭he wide, overarching sky,鈥?writes Carlyle, 鈥渓ooks down on49 no more inflexible sovereign man than him, in the red-collared blue coat and white leggins, with the bamboo in his hand; a peaceable, capacious, not ill-given sovereign man, if you will let him have his way; but to bar his way, to tweak the nose of his sovereign royalty, and ignominiously force him into another way, that is an enterprise no man or devil, or body of men or devils, need attempt. The first step in such an attempt will require to be the assassination of Frederick Wilhelm, for you may depend upon it, royal Sophie, so long as he is alive the feat can not be done.鈥? I've a surprise for you, Mrs. Disney, he said, seating himself by the sofa where Isola was lying, surrounded by invalid luxuries, books, lemonade, fan, and eau de Cologne flask, her feet covered with a silken rug.