f a handsome fortune
made by his father and his grandfather in trade. Mayor, twice
elected, of a thriving provincial town. Officially privileged,
while holding that dignity, to hand a silver trowel to a royal
personage condescending to lay a first stone of a charitable
edifice. Knighted, accordingly, in honor of the occasion. Worthy
of the honor and worthy of the occasion. A type of his eminently
respectable class. Possessed of an amiable, rosy face, and soft,
silky white hair. Sound in his principles; tidy in his dress;
blessed with moderate politics and a good digestion--a harmless,
healthy, spruce, speckless, weak-minded old man.
Secondly, Miss Lavinia Graybrooke, Sir Joseph's maiden sister.
Personally, Sir Joseph in petticoats. If you knew one you knew
Thirdly, Miss Natalie Graybrooke--Sir Joseph's only child.
She had inherited the personal appearance and the temperament of
her mother--dead many years since. There had been a mixture of
Negro blood and French blood in the late Lady Gray