A Mad Betrothal

A Mad Betrothal

“Captain Osmond” wins the admiration of young, impetuous Nadine Halsey when he saves her from the ravages of a mad dog.
Gilbert Wetherell, a rival for the love of Nadine, meets “Captain Osmond” in a duel, while her own cousin and confidant, Maud, is also her rival for the affections of Gilbert.

Written by Laura Jean Libbey (1862–1824) and copyright 1888 by Robert Bonner’s Sons. 46 Chapters, 288 pages, 76,000 words.

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Chapters:
I. – “I Would Love Him if I Could; but I Cannot, Papa.”
II. – The Handsome, Dashing, Gallant Young Captain.
III. – “Evidently a Fatal Mistake has been Made.”
IV. – “He Shall Never Take You From Me.”
V. – “It Can Never Be; I Command You to Give your Lover Up.”
VI. – The Isolated River Road that leads through Bryly Woods.
VII. – As the Sun Rises a Life Drifts Out.
VIII. – A Cruel Falsehood that Changes the Current of Three Lives.
IX. – “Did Papa Really Wish Me to Marry Him, Maudie?”
X. – “You Shall Remain Here Until You Do Consent, Though it be Forever.”
XI. – To Nadine’s Dismay She Found, When the Woman Quitted the Room, She Locked the Door Carefully.
XII. – Love to Hatred Turned.
XIII. – A Cruel Revenge.
XIV. – “If I Should Find My Lover, Only to Discover him Married to Another, I Should Fall Down on my Face—Dead.”
XV. – Nadine’s Thrilling Escape.
XVI. – His Wife.
XVII. – “Is Your Answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ My Darling?” He Asked, Eagerly.
XVIII. – Maud Dorchester’s Jealousy.
XIX. – Wedding Preparations.
XX. – “Unhappy is the Bride on Whom the Rain Falls.”
XXI. – Captain Osmond’s Fate.
XXII. – Poor Nadine Meets Her Doom Upon Her Wedding Day.
XXIII. – She has Thought Less of Breaking my Heart, than a Child Thinks of Breaking a Toy.
XXIV. – Nadine Makes a Daring Escape.
XXV. – Nadine Learns the Contents of the Mysterious Ebony Box.
XXVI. – While He had been Speaking, a Fertile Plot had Entered Maud’s Brain.
XXVII. – “Tell her that Her Wish shall be Obeyed, Maud. We Shall be Henceforth as Strangers.”
XXVIII. – “For the Old Love’s Sake.”
XXIX. – “I will Save You, Nadine, or Die With You.”
XXX. – “I Cannot Tell You What Parted Us.”
XXXI. – Watching and Waiting in Vain.
XXXII. – Love’s Rosy Dream Enthralls the Handsome Artist.
XXXIII. – The Hasty Trip to Europe.
XXXIV. – The Terrible Calamity in Mid Ocean.
XXXV. – Saved, but for a More Cruel Fate.
XXXVI. – “Who would Inhabit this Bleak World Alone?”
XXXVII. – A Daring Scheme Successfully Carried Out.
XXXVIII. – Faithful Unto Death.
XXXIX. – “I Love him Still.”
XL. – Recognized.
XLI. – “I will Lay Aside my Pride, and Send for Him.”
XLII. – “Her Face is so Familiar—I am Sure We have Met Before.”
XLIII. – Nadine and Jessie meet Face to Face.
XLIV. – Let me Turn my Face to the Wall—and Die.
XLV. – He will Never Forgive—and Forget.
XLVI. – Love’s Young Dream is Realized at Last.