Excerpt from Bella's Blue-Book: The Story of an Ugly Woman On my fifteenth birthday my father gave me an album, beautifully bound in blue velvet with silver ornaments and a silver lock, with my mogram on the cover in silver, A. S. Young girls, my father said as he gave it to me, are always fond of writing out poetry and things of that sort, and you can use this book for that purpose. So various crude rhymes of my own composition found a place there, and, when they were written out neatly, looked quite imposing on the smooth vellum paper, in spite of their halting feet. Very soon, however, I awoke to the consciousness that my prose was better than my verse, and so I put down in my locked album, with perfect freedom, everything I did t care to confide to any one else - my most secret thoughts and feelings. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.