Zuleika Dobson, Or An Oxford Love Story (International Collectors Library)

A 1911 novel via Max Beerbohm, a satire of undergraduate existence at Oxford throughout the Edwardian period. Zuleika is a tender femme fatale who enthralls the complete undergraduate university at Oxford. each younger guy who sees her falls in love and he or she completely enjoys their awareness. This satire comprises the well-known line "Death cancels all engagements" and offers a corrosive view of Oxford at the moment.

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Over the closed gates of Iffley lock, the water gushed down, longing for the sacrament of the ocean. one of the supine within the box challenging by way of, there has been one whose breast bore a faint-gleaming celebrity. And bending over him, having a look down at him with a lot love and pity in her eyes, used to be the colour of Nellie O'Mora, that "fairest witch," to whose reminiscence he had to-day atoned. And yonder, "sitting upon the river-bank o'ergrown," with wondering eyes, was once one other coloration, extra habituated to those haunts - the color identified so good to bathers "in the deserted lasher," and to dancers "around the Fyfield elm in may possibly. " on the bell's ultimate stroke, the student Gipsy rose, letting fall at the water his collected wild-flowers, and handed in the direction of Cumnor. And now, duly, all through Oxford, the gates of the universities have been closed, and closed have been the doorways of the lodging-houses. each evening, for a few years, at this hour accurately, Mrs. Batch had pop out from her kitchen, to show the major within the front-door. The functionality had some time past turn into computerized. To-night, even if, it was once the cue for additional tears. those didn't stop at her go back to the kitchen, the place she had accrued approximately her a few sympathetic neighbours - ladies of her personal age and sort, capacious of tragedy; ladies who could be trusted; founts of ejaculation, wells of surmise, downpours of remembered premonitions. along with his elbows at the kitchen desk, and his knuckles to his forehead, sat Clarence, motive on belated "prep. " Even an eye-witness of catastrophe may well pall if he repeat his tale too usually. Clarence had famous within the final recital that he used to be wasting his carry on his viewers. So now he sat committing to reminiscence the names of the cantons of Switzerland, and waving apart with a harsh gesture such questions as have been nonetheless positioned to him via the ladies. Katie had sought shelter within the desire for "putting the gentlemen's rooms straight," opposed to the coming of the 2 households to-morrow. Duster in hand, and via the sunshine of a unmarried candle that hardly survived the draught from the open window, she moved from side to side in regards to the Duke's room, a wan and listless determine, casting queerest shadows at the ceiling. there have been different candles that she may have lit, yet this ambiguous gloom ideal her sullen humour. sure, i'm sorry to claim, Katie used to be sullen. She had no longer ceased to mourn the Duke; however it was once much more anger than grief that she felt at his death. She was once as certain as ever that he had no longer enjoyed omit Dobson; yet this basically made it the extra outrageous that he had died due to her. What was once there during this lady that males should still so demean themselves for her? Katie, as you recognize, had initially been unaffected by means of the demise of the undergraduates at huge. yet, simply because they too had died for Zuleika, she used to be bitterly incensed opposed to them now. What may they've got favorite in the sort of girl? She did not even appear like a girl. Katie stuck the dim mirrored image of herself within the replicate. She took the candle from the desk, and tested the mirrored image heavily. She was once definite she was once simply as lovely as leave out Dobson.

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