This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ... in secret and in silence she might brood over this dear proof of a power, which she now exercised for the first time—which now for the first she believed to exist—and which now, and for ever, her inmost soul acknowledged was dearer to the heart of woman than all that the princedoms, principalities, and powers of the earth, could bestow. Lady Mary Arundel watched the exit of the queen-like beautyshe watched too the countenance of her brother, as he turned from the spot where he lost sight of her—and taking the arm that he silently offered, suffered him to lead her to the carriage without a word of pleasantry on the subject; for new as she was in such matters, a something, like instinct, told her it was no time for jesting. CHAPTER XVII., ' The common chat of gossips when they meet." Drtden. lis less than half an hour after Lady Gatcomb retired, the rooms were cleared, when Sir Herbert and Lady Monson, with the guests staying in the house, assembled, spite of fashion and a late dinner, round a well-spread supper-table in the dinner-parlour. This was one of the very few points on which the admiral would be commander; and whether from caprice, or the love of novelty, or the irresistible piquancy of sundry little entremets, which never failed to appear there, Sir Herbert's suppers were constantly eaten and enjoyed by all his friends, however foreign such strangelytimed hospitality might be to their habits. It was at this genial hour that the wit of Mrs. Cutliffe blazed with the greatest brightness, and her repeated declarations that this was the most delightful portion of the day, had probably placed her higher in Sir Herbert's good graces than all her bons-mots could have done without it. Yet the veteran was by no means insensible either...
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