The many works already in print by this versatile authoress have established her reputation as a novelist, and these short stories contribute largely to the stock of pleasing narratives and adventures alive to the memory of all who are given to romance and fiction." --New Haven Journal
est of the family, to show Beatrice strict courtesy, disliked her, because she was not an advantageous match, was much too young in their opinion, and had no money--the gravest crimes a woman can have in the eyes of any man's relatives. "The 14th! Indeed! yours is a very short engagement!"
"Is there any reason why it should be longer?"
"O, dear, no! none that I am aware of. I wish, earnestly, my dear Earlscourt, I could congratulate you more warmly; but I can never say what I do not feel, and I had so much hoped--"
"My dear Helena, as long as I have so much reason to congratulate myself, it matters very little whether you do or do not," smiled Earlscourt. He was too much of a lion to be stung by gnats.
"I dare say. I sincerely trust you may ever have reason. But I heard some very disagreeable things about that Mr. Boville, Beatrice's father. Do you know that he was in a West India regiment, but was deprived of his commission even there?--a perfect blackleg and sharper, I understand
Did not like the book much although it was quite well written. There are so many French words and phrases that it almost qualifies to be a bilingual novel. There are definite traces of Balzac in the story; Ouida was quite ambitious and reading her Wikipedia entry makes one think that she actually mirrored her own life on the "puissant" great ladies of Balzac's novels.