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Mystery and Confidence, Vol. 2

A Tale

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Published: 1814
Language: English
Wordcount: 35,359 / 106 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.7
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 337
Added to site: 2011.06.19
mnybks.net#: 30189
Origin: gutenberg.org
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had an opportunity of seeing: when two or three gentlemen happened to call before dinner, her whole manner changed, and she became really absurd: her voice was softened----her head leant on one shoulder----a tolerably white hand and arm displayed in every possible attitude, and she behaved, in every respect, like a very silly affected girl; but when they were gone, she was again tolerably conversable, and St. Aubyn, ceasing to play upon her foibles, and turning the conversation to such topics as were most likely to shew her to advantage, the afternoon and evening passed pleasantly enough. Nor was St. Aubyn sorry to familiarise Ellen, by degrees, to company, or to do the honour of his table, before they should be obliged to receive the neighbouring families at dinner, many of whom he knew (especially two or three ladies who had unmarried daughters) would be eagerly looking out for any little omission in her, while Miss Alton was so delighted with the good things before her (certainly being un peu gourmande

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