and kept his horses at Young's stables; he stood high in the Masonic craft and could sing an excellent comic song. He was at once Mrs. Thompson's trusted legal adviser, her staunch friend, and, as he himself declared, her admiring slave.
"One more word," said Mrs. Thompson. "It is time that I gave another dinner at the Dolphin. There are two new men on the Council and there will be more new men next November. I shall want your help to act as deputy host for me. Will you think it out draw up a list of guests and arrange everything?"
"It is for you to command, and for me to obey," said genial Mr. Prentice. "But, upon my word, I don't know why you should go on feasting people in this way."
"I like to stand well with the town."
"And so you do. So you would, if you never gave them another glass of champagne... I think your mamma is far too generous."
But Miss Enid, who seemed unutterably bored, was staring out of the carriage in the other direction. She had not been listening to
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