Image from page 99 of "Harper's new monthly magazine" (1850)
Publisher: New York : Harper & Brothers
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bliged to rideaway, not bootless, certainly, for where were feetmore beautifully chausees? but after a bootlesserrand. Meanwhile the gentlemen sate a while in thedining-room, after the British custom which suchveterans liked too well to give up. Other twogentlemen boarders went away, rather alarmedby that storm and outbreak in which Charlottehad quitted the dinner-table, and left the oldsoldiers together, to enjoy, as was their after-dinner custom, a sober glass of somethinghot, as the saying is. In truth, Madameswine was of the poorest; but what better couldyou expect for the money ? Baynes was not eager to be alone with Bunch,and I have no doubt began to blush again whenhe found himself tete-a-tete with his old friend.But what was to be done ? The general did notdare to go up stairs to his own quarters, wherepoor Charlotte was probably crying, and her mo-ther in one of her tantrums. Then in the salonthere were the ladies of the boarding-house party, 242 HARPERS NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE.
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COMFORT IN GRIEF, ;md there Mrs. Bunch would be sure to be at him.Indeed, since the Baynes were launched in thegreat world, Mrs. Bunch was untiringly sarcas-tic in her remarks about lords, ladies, attaches,embassadors, and fine people in general. SoBaynes sate with his friend, in the falling even- ing, in much silence, dipping his old nose in thebrandy-and-water. Little square-faced, red-faced, whisker-dyedColonel Bunch sate opposite his old companion,;regarding him not without scorn. Bunch hada wife. Bunch had feelings. Do you suppose PHILIP. 243 those feelings had not been worked upon bythat wife in private colloquies ? Do you suppose—when two old women have lived together inpretty much the same rank of life—if one sud-denly gets promotion, is carried off to higherspheres, and talks of her new friends, the count-esses, duchesses, embassadresses, as of course shewill—do you suppose, I say, that the unsuccess-ful woman will be pleased at the successful wo-mans success ? Your kno
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