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Sandra Belloni - Book 4 - Chapter 33. Defeat And Flight Of Mrs. Chump Sandra Belloni - Book 4 - Chapter 33. Defeat And Flight Of Mrs. Chump

Sandra Belloni - Book 4 - Chapter 33. Defeat And Flight Of Mrs. Chump
BOOK IV CHAPTER XXXIII. DEFEAT AND FLIGHT OF MRS. CHUMPOn reaching home that night, Arabella surprised herself thinking, in the midst of her anguish: "Whatever is said of us, it cannot be said that there is a house where the servants have been better cared for." And this reflection continued to burn with an astounding brilliancy through all the revolutions of a mind contemplating the dread of a fallen fortune, the fact of a public exposure, and what was to her an ambition destroyed. Adela had no such thoughts. "I have been walking on a plank," she gasped from time to... Long Stories - Post by : pcmatt - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3075

Sandra Belloni - Book 4 - Chapter 32. The Supper Sandra Belloni - Book 4 - Chapter 32. The Supper

Sandra Belloni - Book 4 - Chapter 32. The Supper
BOOK IV CHAPTER XXXII. THE SUPPERDespite the pouring in of the flood of guests about the tables, Mrs. Chump and Mr. Pole sat apparently unconcerned in their places, and, as if to show their absolute indifference to observation and opinion, went through the ceremony of drinking to one another, upon which they nodded and chuckled: a suspicious eye had the option of divining that they used the shelter of the table cloth for an interchange of squeezes. This would have been further strengthened by Mrs. Chump's arresting exclamation, "Pole! Company!" Mr. Pole looked up. He recognized Lady Gosstre, and made an... Long Stories - Post by : pcmatt - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1001

Sandra Belloni - Book 4 - Chapter 31. Besworth Lawn Sandra Belloni - Book 4 - Chapter 31. Besworth Lawn

Sandra Belloni - Book 4 - Chapter 31. Besworth Lawn
BOOK IV CHAPTER XXXI. BESWORTH LAWN"I am curious to see what you will make of this gathering. I can cook a small company myself. It requires the powers of a giantess to mix a body of people in the open air; and all that is said of commanders of armies shall be said of you, if you succeed." This was Lady Gosstre's encouragement to the fair presidents of the fete on Besworth Lawn. There had been a time when they would have cried out internally: "We will do it, fail who may." That fallow hour was over. Their sole thought was... Long Stories - Post by : pcmatt - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 715

Sandra Belloni - Book 4 - Chapter 30. Of The Double-Man In Us... Sandra Belloni - Book 4 - Chapter 30. Of The Double-Man In Us...

Sandra Belloni - Book 4 - Chapter 30. Of The Double-Man In Us...
BOOK IV CHAPTER XXX. OF THE DOUBLE-MAN IN US, AND THE GREAT FIGHT WHEN THESE ARE FULL-GROWNFlying from port to port to effect an exchange of stewards (the endless occupation of a yacht proprietor), Wilfrid had no tidings from Brookfield. The night before the gathering on Besworth Lawn he went to London and dined at his Club--a place where youths may drink largely of the milk of this world's wisdom. Wilfrid's romantic sentiment was always corrected by an hour at his Club. After dinner he strolled to a not perfectly regulated theatre, in company with a brother officer; and when they... Long Stories - Post by : pcmatt - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2818

Sandra Belloni - Book 4 - Chapter 29. First Scourging Of The Fine Shades Sandra Belloni - Book 4 - Chapter 29. First Scourging Of The Fine Shades

Sandra Belloni - Book 4 - Chapter 29. First Scourging Of The Fine Shades
BOOK IV CHAPTER XXIX. FIRST SCOURGING OF THE FINE SHADESThe card of Mr. Powys found Arabella alone in the house. Mrs. Lupin was among village school-children; Mrs. Chump had gone to London to see whether anything was known of Mr. Pole at his office she fell upon the youth Braintop, and made him her own for the day. Adela was out in the woods, contemplating nature; and Cornelia was supposed to be walking whither her stately fancy drew her. "Will you take long solitary walks unprotected?" she was asked. "I have a parasol," she replied; and could hear, miles distant,... Long Stories - Post by : pcmatt - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1460

Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 25. A Farce Within A Farce Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 25. A Farce Within A Farce

Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 25. A Farce Within A Farce
BOOK III CHAPTER XXV. A FARCE WITHIN A FARCEBraintop's knock at the door had been unheeded for some minutes. At last Emilia let him in. The brandy and biscuits were placed on a table, and Emilia resumed her watch by Mr. Pole. She saw that his lips moved, after a space, and putting her ear down, understood that he desired not to see any one who might come for an interview with him: nor were the clerks to be admitted. The latter direction was given in precise terms. Emilia repeated the orders outside. On her return, the merchant's eyes were open.... Long Stories - Post by : pcmatt - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 768

Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 24. Emilia Makes A Move Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 24. Emilia Makes A Move

Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 24. Emilia Makes A Move
BOOK III CHAPTER XXIV. EMILIA MAKES A MOVEMr. Pole was closeted in his City counting-house with Mr. Pericles, before a heap of papers and newly-opened foreign letters; to one of which, bearing a Russian stamp, he referred fretfully at times, as if to verify a monstrous fact. Any one could have seen that he was not in a condition to transact business. His face was unnaturally patched with colour, and his grey-tinged hair hung tumbled over his forehead like waves blown by a changeing wind. Still, he maintained his habitual effort to look collected, and defeat the scrutiny of the sallow-eyed... Long Stories - Post by : pcmatt - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2117

Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 23. Wilfrid Diplomatizes Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 23. Wilfrid Diplomatizes

Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 23. Wilfrid Diplomatizes
BOOK III CHAPTER XXIII. WILFRID DIPLOMATIZESAll Wilfrid's diplomacy was now brought into play to baffle Mr. Pericles, inspire Emilia with the spirit of secresy, and carry on his engagement to two women to their common satisfaction. Adela, whose penetration he dreaded most, he had removed by a flattering invitation to Stornley; and that Emilia might be occupied during his absences, and Mr. Pericles thrown on a false scent, he persuaded Tracy Runningbrook to come to Brookfield, and write libretti for Emilia's operas. The two would sit down together for an hour, drawing wonderful precocious noses upon juvenile visages, when Emilia would... Long Stories - Post by : pcmatt - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3061

Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 22. The Pitfall Of Sentiment Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 22. The Pitfall Of Sentiment

Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 22. The Pitfall Of Sentiment
BOOK III CHAPTER XXII. THE PITFALL OF SENTIMENTCornelia sat with a clenched hand. "You are rich and he is poor," was the keynote of her thoughts, repeated from minute to minute. "And it is gold gives you the right in the world's eye to despise him!" she apostrophized the vanished Laura, clothing gold with all the baseness of that person. Now, when one really hates gold, one is at war with one's fellows. The tide sets that way. There is no compromise: to hate it is to try to stem the flood. It happens that this is one of the temptations... Long Stories - Post by : pcmatt - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1503

Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 21. Return Of Mr. Pericles Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 21. Return Of Mr. Pericles

Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 21. Return Of Mr. Pericles
BOOK III CHAPTER XXI. RETURN OF MR. PERICLESAt this season Mr. Pericles reappeared. He had been, he said, through "Paris, Turin, Milano, Veniss, and by Trieste over the Summering to Vienna on a tour for a voice." And in no part of the Continent, his vehement declaration assured the ladies, had he found a single one. It was one universal croak--ahi! And Mr. Pericles could, affirm that Purgatory would have no pains for him after the torments he had recently endured. "Zey are frogs if zey are not geese," said Mr. Pericles. "I give up. Opera is dead. Hein? for a... Long Stories - Post by : pcmatt - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1542

Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 20. By Wilming Weir Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 20. By Wilming Weir

Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 20. By Wilming Weir
BOOK III CHAPTER XX. BY WILMING WEIRA half-circle of high-banked greensward, studded with old park-trees, hung round the roar of the water; distant enough from the white-twisting fall to be mirrored on a smooth-heaved surface, while its out-pushing brushwood below drooped under burdens of drowned reed-flags that caught the foam. Keen scent of hay, crossing the dark air, met Emilia as she entered the river-meadow. A little more, and she saw the white weir-piles shining, and the grey roller just beginning to glisten to the moon. Eastward on her left, behind a cedar, the moon had cast off a thick cloud,... Long Stories - Post by : pcmatt - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2581

Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 19. Life At Brookfield Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 19. Life At Brookfield

Sandra Belloni - Book 3 - Chapter 19. Life At Brookfield
BOOK III CHAPTER XIX. LIFE AT BROOKFIELDGossip of course was excited on the subject of the choice of a partner made by the member for the county. Cornelia placed her sisters in one of their most pleasing of difficulties. She had not as yet pledged her word. It was supposed that she considered it due to herself to withhold her word for a term. The rumour in the family was, that Sir Twickenham appreciated her hesitation, and desired that he might be intimately known before he was finally accepted. When the Tinleys called, they heard that Cornelia's acceptance of the baronet... Long Stories - Post by : pcmatt - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1696

Sandra Belloni - Book 2 - Chapter 15. Wilfrid's Exhibition Of Treachery Sandra Belloni - Book 2 - Chapter 15. Wilfrid's Exhibition Of Treachery

Sandra Belloni - Book 2 - Chapter 15. Wilfrid's Exhibition Of Treachery
BOOK II CHAPTER XV. WILFRID'S EXHIBITION OF TREACHERYA letter from Brookfield apprised Wilfrid that Mr. Pole had brought Mrs. Chump to the place as a visitor, and that she was now in the house. Formal as a circular, the idea of it appeared to be that the bare fact would tell him enough and inspire him with proper designs. No reply being sent, a second letter arrived, formal too, but pointing out his duty to succour his afflicted family, and furnishing a few tragic particulars. Thus he learnt, that while Mr. Pole was advancing toward the three grouped ladies, on the... Long Stories - Post by : pcmatt - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1718

Sandra Belloni - Book 2 - Chapter 14. The Besworth Question Sandra Belloni - Book 2 - Chapter 14. The Besworth Question

Sandra Belloni - Book 2 - Chapter 14. The Besworth Question
BOOK II CHAPTER XIV. THE BESWORTH QUESTIONMr. Pole was one of those men whose characters are read off at a glance. He was neat, insignificant, and nervously cheerful; with the eyes of a bird, that let you into no interior. His friends knew him thoroughly. His daughters were never in doubt about him. At the period of the purchase of Brookfield he had been excitable and feverish, but that was ascribed to the projected change in his habits, and the stern necessity for an occasional family intercommunication on the subject of money. He had a remarkable shyness of this theme, and... Long Stories - Post by : Nice81 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2673

Sandra Belloni - Book 2 - Chapter 13. Contains A Short Discourse On Puppets Sandra Belloni - Book 2 - Chapter 13. Contains A Short Discourse On Puppets

Sandra Belloni - Book 2 - Chapter 13. Contains A Short Discourse On Puppets
BOOK II CHAPTER XIII. CONTAINS A SHORT DISCOURSE ON PUPPETSOn the morrow Wilfrid was gone. No one had seen him go. Emilia, while she touched the keys of a muted piano softly in the morning quiet of the house, had heard the front-door close. At that hour one attributes every noise to the servants. She played on and waited patiently, till the housemaid expelled her into the dewy air. The report from his bedchamber, telling the ladies of his absence, added that he had taken linen for a lengthened journey. This curious retreat of my hero belongs to the order of... Long Stories - Post by : Nice81 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2073

Sandra Belloni - Book 2 - Chapter 12. Showing How Sentiment And Passion... Sandra Belloni - Book 2 - Chapter 12. Showing How Sentiment And Passion...

Sandra Belloni - Book 2 - Chapter 12. Showing How Sentiment And Passion...
BOOK II CHAPTER XII. SHOWING HOW SENTIMENT AND PASSION TAKE THE DISEASE OF LOVEA pillar of dim silver rain fronted the moon on the hills. Emilia walked hurriedly, with her head bent, like a penitent: now and then peeping up and breathing to the keen scent of the tender ferns. Wilfrid still grasped her hand, and led her across the common, away from the rout. When the uproar behind them had sunk, he said "You'll get your feet wet. I'm sorry you should have to walk. How did you come here?" She answered: "I forget." "You must have come here in... Long Stories - Post by : Nice81 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2984

Sandra Belloni - Book 2 - Chapter 11. In Which We See The Magnanimity That Is In Beer Sandra Belloni - Book 2 - Chapter 11. In Which We See The Magnanimity That Is In Beer

Sandra Belloni - Book 2 - Chapter 11. In Which We See The Magnanimity That Is In Beer
BOOK II CHAPTER XI. IN WHICH WE SEE THE MAGNANIMITY THAT IS IN BEERAt half-past nine of the clock on the evening of this memorable day, a body of five-and-twenty stout young fellows, prize-winners, wrestlers, boxers, and topers, of the Hillford Club, set forth on a march to Ipley Common. Now, a foreigner, hearing of their destination and the provocation they had endured, would have supposed that they were bent upon deeds of vengeance; and it requires knowledge of our countrymen to take it as a fact that the idea and aim of the expedition were simply to furnish the offending... Long Stories - Post by : Nice81 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2735

Sandra Belloni - Book 1 - Chapter 10. The Ladies Of Brookfield At School Sandra Belloni - Book 1 - Chapter 10. The Ladies Of Brookfield At School

Sandra Belloni - Book 1 - Chapter 10. The Ladies Of Brookfield At School
BOOK I CHAPTER X. THE LADIES OF BROOKFIELD AT SCHOOLRichford was an easy drive from Brookfield, through lanes of elm and white hawthorn. The ladies never acted so well as when they were in the presence of a fact which they acknowledged, but did not recognize. Albeit constrained to admit that this was the first occasion of their ever being on their way to the dinner-table of a person of quality, they could refuse to look the admission in the face. A peculiar lightness of heart beset them; for brooding ambition is richer in that first realizing step it takes, insignificant... Long Stories - Post by : Nice81 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1310

Sandra Belloni - Book 1 - Chapter 9. The Rival Clubs Sandra Belloni - Book 1 - Chapter 9. The Rival Clubs

Sandra Belloni - Book 1 - Chapter 9. The Rival Clubs
BOOK I CHAPTER IX. THE RIVAL CLUBSHardly had the last sound of the drum passed out of hearing, when the elastic thunder of a fresh one claimed attention. The truth being, that the Junction Club of Ipley and Hillford, whose colours were yellow and blue, was a seceder from the old-established Hillford Club, on which it had this day shamefully stolen a march by parading everywhere in the place of it, and disputing not only its pasture-grounds but its identity. There is no instrument the sound of which proclaims such a vast internal satisfaction as the drum. I know not whether... Long Stories - Post by : Nice81 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3531

Sandra Belloni - Book 1 - Chapter 5. Emilia Plays On The Cornet Sandra Belloni - Book 1 - Chapter 5. Emilia Plays On The Cornet

Sandra Belloni - Book 1 - Chapter 5. Emilia Plays On The Cornet
BOOK I CHAPTER V. EMILIA PLAYS ON THE CORNETThe night was warm under a slowly-floating moon. Full of compassion for the poor girl, who had moved him if she had failed in winning the assembly, Wilfrid stepped into the garden he expected to find her, and to be the first to pet and console her. Threading the scented shrubs, he came upon a turn in one of the alleys, from which point he had a view of her figure, as she stood near a Portugal laurel on the lawn. Mr. Pericles was by her side. Wilfrid's intention was to join... Long Stories - Post by : Nice81 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3023