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A Cigarette-Maker's Romance

F. Marion Crawford

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Promise that you will be my wife, when you are convinced that all this good fortune is real. You do not believe in it, though I cannot tell why. I only ask that when you are obliged to believe in it, you will do as I ask."

Vjera hesitated, and as she stood still the hand he held trembled nervously.[Pg 56]

"I promise," she said, at last, as though with a great effort. Then, all at once, she covered her eyes and leaned against the door-post. He laid his hand caressingly upon her shoulder.

"Is it so hard to say?" he asked, tenderly.

"Oh, but if it should ever be indeed true!" she moaned. "If it should—if it should!"

"What then? Shall we not be happy together? Will it not be even pleasant to remember these wretched years?"

"But if it should turn out so—oh, how can I ever be a fitting wife for you, how can I learn all that a great lady must think, and do, and say? I shall be unworthy of you—of your new f. . . Read More

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In the city of Munich lies a small tobacconist shop where five people toil making endless fine cigarettes: a Cossack, an ex-coachman, two plain young women and a man who believes he is a down-on-his-luck Russian Count. Every Wednesday he says goodbye to his workmates and awaits men from his home...more