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The Sorrows of Satan By Marie Corelli Published by Lippencott, USA 1896 1895 Hardcover Antique Book, Fiction Novel Female Author

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The Sorrows of Satan
By Marie Corelli
Published by Lippencott, USA (1896) 1895
Used Hardcover


Condition: Good.
Original red cloth boards have silver text and decoration at front and also spine. Pages are clean, strong and text is crisp. There is a neat inscription on first blank leaf: “For Mrs. Mayo: With wishes for Many happy returns of the day. ARC March 5th 1847 42 yrs”
Edges and corners are bumped, there is a bit of fraying beginning. The spine is slightly darkened and aged from being shelved. It will display nicely.

Excerpt from book:

THE SORROWS OF SATAN
I
Do you know what it is to be poor? Not poor with the
arrogant poverty complained of by certain people who have
five or six thousand a year to live upon, and who yet swear
they can hardly manage to make both ends meet, but really
pQ0r>—downright, cruelly, hideously poor, with a poverty
that is graceless, sordid and miserable? Poverty that com­
pels you to dress in your one suit of clothes till it is worn
threadbare,—that denies you clean linen on account of the
ruinous charges of washerwomen,—that robs you of your own
self-respect and causes you to slink along the streets vaguely
abashed, instead of walking erect among your fellow-men
in independent ease,—this is the sort of poverty I mean.
This is the grinding curse that keeps down noble aspiration
under a load of ignoble care; this is the moral cancer that
eats into the heart of an otherwise well-intentioned human
creature and makes him envious and malignant, and inclined
to the use of dynamite. When he se es the fat idle woman of
society passing by in her luxurious carriage, lolling back
lazily, her face mottled with the purple and red signs of super­
fluous eating,—when he observes the brainless and sensual
man of fashion smoking and dawdling away the hours in the
Park as if all the world and its millions of honest hard workers
were created solely for the casual diversion of the so-called
'upper classes,—then the good blood in him turns to gall
and his suffering spirit rises in fierce rebellion crying out—
"Why in God's name, should this injustice be? Why
should a worthless lounger have his pockets full of...

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