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Examples of Serpent
A word from thee-would one open his mouth?
Would it be strange to the bowab or the slave that he should return with thee stark and still?
And now we see _Mary_ seated in the lap of luxury, with soft gowns to wear, and peaches to eat and instant slaves at her beck.
I am sorry to say that _Mary_ did not flinch from these conditions quite so much as I could have hoped.
So you have the unusual spectacle of a true and loving wife pleading in vain for the embraces of her true and loving husband.
Now and again she remembers to pity the loneliness of her husband, whose cottage light she can see from the window of her bower; and once, by a ruse, she gets him to break the conditions and visit her; but when he learns that the invitation came from her, and not, as alleged, from the Countess, his conscience will not permit him to take advantage of his chance.