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Bella Donna

Robert Smythe Hichens

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. . .lar movement that adequately expressed an inward moral surprise mingled with condemnation. Mrs. Armine seemed totally undisturbed by these demonstrations, her only comment upon the lady being that it was really strange that "in these days" any one could be found to wear magenta and red together, especially any one with a complexion like Lady Hayman's. And her astonishment at the triple combination of colours seemed so simple, so sincere, that it had to be believed in as merely an emanation from an artistic temperament. It was probable that the Haymans told other English on the Hohenzollern the news of Nigel's marriage, for several of the faces that had stared from the luncheon-tables continued to stare on the deck, but with a slightly different expression; the sheer, dull curiosity being exchanged for that half-satirical interest with which the average person of British blood regards a newly-married couple.

This contemplation of them made Nigel secretly angry, an. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A beautiful woman, with an ugly soul, a divorcee, a demimondaine. She is over 40, but admits to 38. Marries a decent idealistic man for his inheritance and respectability. It does not work out as she'd hoped. She has an affair with an Egyptian business man, she is consumed by her passion, she wan...more

Very interesting and sensual.

Interesting story and characters, but the author had an almost Jamesian love of words. I'm not saying this is The Golden Bowl, because nothing is The Golden Bowl, but at 500+ pages, this was a bit of a marathon. I appreciated the author's knowledge and obvious love of Egypt, but would have apprec...more