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The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 34. The Bride! The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 34. The Bride!

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 34. The Bride!
CHAPTER XXXIV. THE BRIDE!Miss Peters was lying in sound slumber, and Mrs. Butler, with a wet sponge in her hand, was standing over the little spinster's bed. "Maria," she said, in her sharp voice. And at the same moment the sponge descended with unerring aim on the sleeper's upturned face. "Good heavens--fire--water! What is it?--I'm drowning--" gasped Miss Peters. She raised her eyes, choked, for her mouth had been open, and some of the contents of the sponge had got in, and then surveyed her sister in trepidation. "Oh, Martha, it's you. How you frightened me!" "I only applied the sponge,"... Long Stories - Post by : shine4789 - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 2933

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 33. The Morning Of The Wedding The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 33. The Morning Of The Wedding

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 33. The Morning Of The Wedding
CHAPTER XXXIII. THE MORNING OF THE WEDDINGBeatrice had seen Mr. Ingram. She had gone to him, but not to stay. "You must go to Mrs. Bertram's," she said; "she has a trouble on her mind. Get her to tell it to you. She will be better afterwards. She fears much. I guess a little of what she fears. She does not know that by to-morrow night all her anxieties will be over." "And the wedding is really to take place in the morning, Beatrice?" "Really and truly. I will be present as bride's-maid, not as bride." Beatrice went home, and Mr.... Long Stories - Post by : shine4789 - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 1840

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 32. The Night Before The Wedding The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 32. The Night Before The Wedding

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 32. The Night Before The Wedding
CHAPTER XXXII. THE NIGHT BEFORE THE WEDDINGMrs. Meadowsweet wondered why Beatrice did not come home. It was the night before the wedding. Surely on that night the bride ought to come early to sleep under her mother's roof. Mrs. Meadowsweet had a good deal to say to her girl. She had made up her mind to give her a nice little domestic lecture. She thought it her duty to reveal to her innocent Beatrice some of the pitfalls into which young married girls are so apt to fall. "Jane," she said to her handmaid, "Miss Beatrice is late." "Eh, so she... Long Stories - Post by : shine4789 - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 2068

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 31. Civil War At Northbury The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 31. Civil War At Northbury

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 31. Civil War At Northbury
CHAPTER XXXI. CIVIL WAR AT NORTHBURYIt is often very difficult to trace Rumor to his foundation. His beginning is sometimes as small as a particle of sand; the first dawning of his existence as impalpable as the air. From these small beginnings, however, rumor arises, strong as a giant, cruel as death. Perhaps no foe has more injured mankind than idle rumor. He was abroad now in the little town of Northbury, and no one quite knew the exact place of his birth. A good many people traced his existence to Hunt, the baker, who sold many loaves of bread, and... Long Stories - Post by : shine4789 - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 733

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 30. Guardians Are Not Always To Be Envied The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 30. Guardians Are Not Always To Be Envied

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 30. Guardians Are Not Always To Be Envied
CHAPTER XXX. GUARDIANS ARE NOT ALWAYS TO BE ENVIEDIt would have been difficult to find a more easy-going, kind, happy-tempered man than Mr. Ingram. He had never married--this was not because he had not loved. Stories were whispered about him, and these stories had truth for their foundation--that when he was young he had been engaged to a girl of high birth, great beauty of person, and rare nobility of mind. Evelyn St. Just had died in her youth, and Mr. Ingram for her sake had never brought a wife home to the pleasant old Rectory. His sorrow had softened, but... Long Stories - Post by : shine4789 - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 2896

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 29. The Feelings Of A Crushed Moth The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 29. The Feelings Of A Crushed Moth

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 29. The Feelings Of A Crushed Moth
CHAPTER XXIX. THE FEELINGS OF A CRUSHED MOTH"I don't think it's right for Maria to be in the room," said Mrs. Butler. "I'll listen to all you've got to say in a moment, Mrs. Gorman Stanley, but--Maria, will you have the goodness to leave us." "I'd rather stay," pleaded poor Miss Maria. "I always was deeply interested in my darling Bee, and it's dreadful to think of her being discussed and gossiped over, and me not present. You know, Martha, you have a sharp tongue." "This from you, Maria? You, who eat my bread. Well! Mrs. Gorman Stanley, you are witness... Long Stories - Post by : shine4789 - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 748

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 28. Rivals. The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 28. Rivals.

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 28. Rivals.
CHAPTER XXVIII. RIVALS.A couple of days after this Beatrice Meadowsweet received a note from Mrs. Bell, asking her to call to see her. The note came early in the morning, and immediately after breakfast Beatrice went to the Bells' house. Mrs. Bell took her into the drawing-room and shut the door behind them both. "Beatrice," she said, "I owed you a grudge, but that is past. You stepped in you had no right to step, and for a time, I won't deny it, my heart was very sore. I haven't sent for you to-day, though, to rip up past troubles.... Long Stories - Post by : shine4789 - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 1311

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 24. Events Move Apace The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 24. Events Move Apace

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 24. Events Move Apace
CHAPTER XXIV. EVENTS MOVE APACEMrs. Bell was very successful in her purchase of plums. In her way she was a notable housewife, and she returned home about eight o'clock that evening with a large basket of greengages, which were all to be boiled down for preserving the following day. As soon as she entered the house the maid came to meet her. "You take these carefully down and put them in the larder, Hannah," said her mistress. "Be careful you don't knock any of them, or the bloom will go off. Why what's the matter, girl? Is Miss Matty worse?" "Lor,... Long Stories - Post by : SimonB - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 3320

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 23. That Fickle Matty The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 23. That Fickle Matty

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 23. That Fickle Matty
CHAPTER XXIII. THAT FICKLE MATTY"Well, doctor, and where are you off to now?" The speaker was the doctor's wife. "I do think it's unreasonable of people," continued this good lady, "to send for you just when you are sitting down to your comfortable breakfast, and you so particular as you are about your coffee." "Who is it, Mary Anne? Who's the messenger from?" turning to the maid-servant, who stood in a waiting attitude half-in, half-out of the door. "Oh, it's only the Bells. You needn't hurry off to the Bells, Tom." "As well they as another," retorted Dr. Morris "Tell the... Long Stories - Post by : SimonB - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 1385

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 22. Spare The Poor Child's Blushes The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 22. Spare The Poor Child's Blushes

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 22. Spare The Poor Child's Blushes
CHAPTER XXII. SPARE THE POOR CHILD'S BLUSHESIt was Miss Peters who first spread the news. She heard it whispered at the fishmonger's, spoken of aloud at the butcher's, and confirmed at the baker's. She could doubt this combined testimony no longer, and hurried home to put on her best bonnet with the wallflowers in it, and go forth on a visiting tour. Miss Peters was in the seventh heaven of delight. To have news, and such news, to convey, would make her a welcome inmate that afternoon of every house in Northbury. She was intensely anxious to go out and convey... Long Stories - Post by : SimonB - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 3378

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 21. With Catherine In The Rose Bower The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 21. With Catherine In The Rose Bower

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 21. With Catherine In The Rose Bower
CHAPTER XXI. WITH CATHERINE IN THE ROSE BOWERMrs. Meadowsweet was not the least like Mrs. Bell. She was not constantly on the watch for lovers for her only daughter. She was naturally such a contented and easy-going woman that she never troubled herself to look far ahead. The time being was always more or less sufficient to her. No two people could be snugger or more absolutely comfortable together than she and her Bee. It was no use therefore worrying her head about the possible contingency that the girl might marry and leave her. Mrs. Meadowsweet, as she walked about her... Long Stories - Post by : SimonB - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 2872

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 20. You Can Take Any Rank The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 20. You Can Take Any Rank

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 20. You Can Take Any Rank
CHAPTER XX. YOU CAN TAKE ANY RANKBeatrice was not, in any sense of the word, a conventional girl. Her nature was independent, and from her earliest days she had been allowed a great deal of liberty. While her father lived he had trained her to love his tastes, to respond to his ideas; he had shared his thoughts with her, and as these thoughts happened to be original, and even slightly tinged with latent genius, the young girl had from the first taken a broad view of life. She was naturally intelligent; and to read and think for herself became a... Long Stories - Post by : SimonB - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 3331

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 19. The Rector's Garden Party The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 19. The Rector's Garden Party

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 19. The Rector's Garden Party
CHAPTER XIX. THE RECTOR'S GARDEN PARTYA few days after the tennis party at the Manor, at which Bertram had talked a good deal to Beatrice, and in a very marked way snubbed Matty Bell, the Rector gave his customary annual treat. He gave this treat every year, and it was looked upon by high and low alike as the great event of the merry month of August. The treat lasted for two days, the first day being devoted to the schools and the humble parishioners, the second to the lads and lasses, the well-to-do matrons and their spouses, who formed the... Long Stories - Post by : SimonB - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 2839

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 18. 'When Duncan Gray Came Home To Woo' The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 18. "When Duncan Gray Came Home To Woo"

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 18. 'When Duncan Gray Came Home To Woo'
CHAPTER XVIII. "WHEN DUNCAN GRAY CAME HOME TO WOO"Most people go away for change of air in the month of August, but this was by no means the fashion in the remote, little old-world town of Northbury. In November people left home if they could, for it was dull, very dull at Northbury in November, but August was the prime month of the year. It was then the real salt from the broad Atlantic came into the limpid waters of the little harbor. August was the month for bathing, for yachting, for trawling. Some denizens of the outside world even came... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 2977

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 14. At Her Gates The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 14. At Her Gates

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 14. At Her Gates
CHAPTER XIV. AT HER GATESMr. Bell was as thin as his wife was fat, and as quiet and unassuming as she was bumptious and talkative. On the occasion of this memorable supper he very nearly drove his better half into fits by his utter want of observation. "It's that that worries me in Bell," the good woman was often heard to say. "When a thing is as plain as the nose on his face he won't see it. And not all my hints will make him see it. Hints!--You might hint forever to Bell, and he wouldn't know what you were... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 1360

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 13. The White Boat And The Green The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 13. The White Boat And The Green

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 13. The White Boat And The Green
CHAPTER XIII. THE WHITE BOAT AND THE GREENAbout a fortnight after the events mentioned in the last chapter, the landlady of the Blue Lion, the little slatternly village inn where Mr. Hart and his granddaughter had their quarters, was somewhat disappointed, somewhat puzzled, and certainly possessed by the demon of curiosity when Hart told her that he and his granddaughter intended to take their departure that evening. Hart often went away; Mrs. Timms was quite accustomed to his sudden exits, but his granddaughter was always left as a hostage behind. Hart with his queer ways, his erratic payments, was perhaps not... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 1292

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 12. Nina, You Are So Persistent The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 12. Nina, You Are So Persistent

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 12. Nina, You Are So Persistent
CHAPTER XII. NINA, YOU ARE SO PERSISTENT"I wish you wouldn't worry me so, miss." "Well, answer my question. Has Mr. Hart come back?" "Yes--no--I'm sure I can't say. Maybe he's in his room, maybe he's not. You do look dirty, miss, and tired--my word, awful tired. Now have you been, Miss Josephine, since early yesterday morning? After no good, I'll be bound. Oh, dear me, yes, after no good! You're a wild one, and you're a daring one; and you'll come to a bad end, for all your eyes are so bright, if you don't mind." Josephine's queer, restless eyes... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 726

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 11. Somebody Admired Somebody The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 11. Somebody Admired Somebody

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 11. Somebody Admired Somebody
CHAPTER XI. SOMEBODY ADMIRED SOMEBODY"Then, if that's the case," said Mrs. Bell, "if that's really and truly the case, and no mistake about it, Matty must have some new frocks made up for her at once. I have no idea of a child of mine looking shabby or behind any one else, but you must tell me truly, Alice, if he really was attentive. Bless you, child, you know what I mean. Was there any hand-squeezing, and was he always and forever making an excuse to have a look at her. No one could have been more genteel than your father... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 1365

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 10. The Reason Of The Visit The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 10. The Reason Of The Visit

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 10. The Reason Of The Visit
CHAPTER X. THE REASON OF THE VISITOn the evening of the next day Mrs. Bertram came home. She looked very tired and worn, but her manner to her children was less stern, and more loving than usual. Loftus, in especial, she kissed with rare tenderness; and even for one brief moment laid her head on her tall son's broad shoulder, as if she wanted to rest herself there. On the evening of her mother's return Catherine was particularly bright and cheerful. As a rule, Catherine's will and her mother's were two opposing elements. Now they were one. This conjunction of two... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 2997

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 9. The Ghost In The Avenue The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 9. The Ghost In The Avenue

The Honorable Miss: A Story Of An Old-fashioned Town - Chapter 9. The Ghost In The Avenue
CHAPTER IX. THE GHOST IN THE AVENUERosendale Manor had heaps of rooms. It was an old house, added to at many times; added to by builders, who had little or no knowledge of their craft, who were prodigal of space, and illiberal in all matters of convenience. The Manor was the sort of house which might best be described as inadequate for the wants of ordinary people. For instance, its drawing-rooms were large out of all proportion as its dining-room, morning-room and library were ridiculously small. It had a spacious hall and wide landings, but its stairs were steep and narrow,... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. T. Meade - Read : 2493