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Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 37 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 37

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 37
PART II CHAPTER XXXVIIBurnamy took up his mail to Stoller after the supper which they had eaten in a silence natural with two men who have been off on a picnic together. He did not rise from his writing-desk when Burnamy came in, and the young man did not sit down after putting his letters before him. He said, with an effort of forcing himself to speak at once, "I have looked through the papers, and there is something that I think you ought to see." "What do you mean?" said Stoller. Burnamy laid down three or four papers opened to... Long Stories - Post by : munroe145 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 3538

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 36 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 36

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 36
PART II CHAPTER XXXVIThe path to the castle slanted upward across the shoulder of the hill, to a certain point, and there some rude stone steps mounted more directly. Wilding lilac-bushes, as if from some forgotten garden, bordered the ascent; the chickory opened its blue flower; the clean bitter odor of vermouth rose from the trodden turf; but Nature spreads no such lavish feast in wood or field in the Old World as she spoils us with in the New; a few kinds, repeated again and again, seem to be all her store, and man must make the most of them.... Long Stories - Post by : munroe145 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 1601

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 35 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 35

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 35
PART II CHAPTER XXXVIf Burnamy and Miss Triscoe took the lead in the one-spanner, and the others followed in the two-spanner, it was not from want of politeness on the part of the young people in offering to give up their places to each of their elders in turn. It would have been grotesque for either March or Stoller to drive with the girl; for her father it was apparently no question, after a glance at the more rigid uprightness of the seat in the one-spanner; and he accepted the place beside Mrs. March on the back seat of the two-spanner... Long Stories - Post by : munroe145 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 761

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 34 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 34

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 34
PART II CHAPTER XXXIVThere are few prettier things than Carlsbad by night from one of the many bridges which span the Tepl in its course through the town. If it is a starry night, the torrent glides swiftly away with an inverted firmament in its bosom, to which the lamps along its shores and in the houses on either side contribute a planetary splendor of their own. By nine o'clock everything is hushed; not a wheel is heard at that dead hour; the few feet shuffling stealthily through the Alte Wiese whisper a caution of silence to those issuing with a... Long Stories - Post by : munroe145 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 2349

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 33 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 33

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 33
PART II CHAPTER XXXIIIThere were several kings and their kindred at Carlsbad that summer. One day the Duchess of Orleans drove over from Marienbad, attended by the Duke on his bicycle. After luncheon, they reappeared for a moment before mounting to her carriage with their Secretaries: two young French gentlemen whose dress and bearing better satisfied Mrs. March's exacting passion for an aristocratic air in their order. The Duke was fat and fair, as a Bourbon should be, and the Duchess fatter, though not so fair, as became a Hapsburg, but they were both more plebeian-looking than their retainers, who were... Long Stories - Post by : munroe145 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 1531

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 32 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 32

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 32
PART II CHAPTER XXXIIThe mid-day dinner at Pupp's was the time to see the Carlsbad world, and the Marches had the habit of sitting long at table to watch it. There was one family in whom they fancied a sort of literary quality, as if they had come out of some pleasant German story, but they never knew anything about them. The father by his dress must have been a Protestant clergyman; the mother had been a beauty and was still very handsome; the daughter was good-looking, and of a good-breeding which was both girlish and ladylike. They commended themselves by... Long Stories - Post by : munroe145 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 2908

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 31 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 31

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 31
PART II CHAPTER XXXIBetween his work for Stoller and what sometimes seemed the obstructiveness of General Triscoe, Burnamy was not very much with Miss Triscoe. He was not devout, but he went every Sunday to the pretty English church on the hill he contributed beyond his means to the support of the English clergy on the Continent, for the sake of looking at her back hair during the service, and losing himself in the graceful lines which defined, the girl's figure from the slant of her flowery hat to the point where the pewtop crossed her elastic waist. One happy... Long Stories - Post by : munroe145 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 2266

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 27 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 27

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 27
PART II CHAPTER XXVIIThough Stoller had formally discharged Burnamy from duty for the day, he was not so full of resources in himself, and he had not so general an acquaintance in the hotel but he was glad to have the young fellow make up to him in the reading-room, that night. He laid down a New York paper ten days old in despair of having left any American news in it, and pushed several continental Anglo-American papers aside with his elbow, as he gave a contemptuous glance at the foreign journals, in Bohemian, Hungarian, German, French, and Italian, which littered... Long Stories - Post by : TrevorReed - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 3528

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 26 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 26

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 2 - Chapter 26
PART II CHAPTER XXVIThey found Burnamy expecting them at the station in Carlsbad, and she scolded him like a mother for taking the trouble to meet them, while she kept back for the present any sign of knowing that he had staid over a day with the Triscoes in Leipsic. He was as affectionately glad to see her and her husband as she could have wished, but she would have liked it better if he had owned up at once about Leipsic. He did not, and it seemed to her that he was holding her at arm's-length in his answers about... Long Stories - Post by : TrevorReed - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 1554

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 25 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 25

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 25
PART I CHAPTER XXVThe next morning was so fine that it would have been a fine morning in America. Its beauty was scarcely sullied, even subjectively, by the telegram which the portier sent after the Marches from the hotel, saying that their missing trunk had not yet been found, and their spirits were as light as the gay little clouds which blew about in the sky, when their train drew out in the sunshine, brilliant on the charming landscape all the way to Carlsbad. A fatherly 'traeger' had done his best to get them the worst places in a non-smoking compartment,... Long Stories - Post by : TrevorReed - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 2806

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 23 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 23

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 23
PART I CHAPTER XXIIITheir windows, as they saw in the morning, looked into a large square of aristocratic physiognomy, and of a Parisian effect in architecture, which afterwards proved characteristic of the town, if not quite so characteristic as to justify the passion of Leipsic for calling itself Little Paris. The prevailing tone was of a gray tending to the pale yellow of the Tauchnitz editions with which the place is more familiarly associated in the minds of English-speaking travellers. It was rather more sombre than it might have been if the weather had been fair; but a quiet rain was... Long Stories - Post by : TrevorReed - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 2408

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 22 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 22

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 22
PART I CHAPTER XXIIIn the start from Cuxhaven the passengers had the irresponsible ease of people ticketed through, and the steamship company had still the charge of their baggage. But when the Marches left Hamburg for Leipsic (where they had decided to break the long pull to Carlsbad), all the anxieties of European travel, dimly remembered from former European days, offered themselves for recognition. A porter vanished with their hand-baggage before they could note any trait in him for identification; other porters made away with their trunks; and the interpreter who helped March buy his tickets, with a vocabulary of strictly... Long Stories - Post by : TrevorReed - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 3252

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 21 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 21

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 21
PART I CHAPTER XXITheir absence was plausibly explained, the next morning, by the young German friend who came in to see the Marches at breakfast. He said Hamburg had been so long a free republic that the presence of a large imperial garrison was distasteful to the people, and as a matter of fact there were very few soldiers quartered there, whether the authorities chose to indulge the popular grudge or not. He was himself in a joyful flutter of spirits, for he had just the day before got his release from military service. He gave them a notion of what... Long Stories - Post by : TrevorReed - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 2575

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 20 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 20

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 20
PART I CHAPTER XXOn one hand their windows looked toward a basin of the Elbe stately white swans were sailing; and on the other to the new Rathhaus, over the trees that deeply shaded the perennial mud of a cold, dim public garden water-proof old women and impervious nurses sat, and children played in the long twilight of the sour, rain-soaked summer of the fatherland. It was all picturesque, and within-doors there was the novelty of the meagre carpets and stalwart furniture of the Germans, and their beds, which after so many ages of Anglo-Saxon satire remain immutably preposterous.... Long Stories - Post by : TrevorReed - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 2047

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 16 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 16

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 16
PART I CHAPTER XVIThat was not the first time General Triscoe had silenced question of his opinions with the argument he had used upon Eltwin, though he was seldom able to use it so aptly. He always found that people suffered, his belief in our national degeneration much more readily when they knew that he had left a diplomatic position in Europe (he had gone abroad as secretary of a minor legation) to come home and fight for the Union. Some millions of other men had gone into the war from the varied motives which impelled men at that time; but... Long Stories - Post by : TrevorReed - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 1938

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 15 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 15

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 15
PART I CHAPTER XVIt was this afternoon that the dance took place on the south promenade. Everybody came and looked, and the circle around the waltzers was three or four deep. Between the surrounding heads and shoulders, the hats of the young ladies wheeling and whirling, and the faces of the men who were wheeling and whirling them, rose and sank with the rhythm of their steps. The space allotted to the dancing was walled to seaward with canvas, and was prettily treated with German, and American flags: it was hard to go wrong with flags, Miss Triscoe said, securing herself... Long Stories - Post by : TrevorReed - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 2477

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 14 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 14

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 14
PART I CHAPTER XIVAt dinner that day the question of 'The Maiden Knight' was debated among the noises and silences of the band. Young Mrs. Leffers had brought the book to the table with her; she said she had not been able to lay it down before the last horn sounded; in fact she could have been seen reading it to her husband where he sat under the same shawl, the whole afternoon. "Don't you think it's perfectly fascinating," she asked Mrs. Adding, with her petted mouth. "Well," said the widow, doubtfully, "it's nearly a week since I read it, and... Long Stories - Post by : TrevorReed - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 2130

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 13 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 13

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 13
PART I CHAPTER XIIIThe voyage of the Norumbia was one of those which passengers say they have never seen anything like, though for the first two or three days out neither the doctor nor the deck-steward could be got, to prophesy when the ship would be in. There was only a day or two when it could really be called rough, and the sea-sickness was confined to those who seemed wilful sufferers; they lay on the cushioned benching around the stairs-landing, and subsisted on biscuit and beef tea without qualifying the monotonous well-being of the other passengers, who passed without noticing... Long Stories - Post by : TrevorReed - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 1946

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 12 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 12

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 12
PART I CHAPTER XIIThe dinner was uncommonly good, as the first dinner out is apt to be; and it went gayly on from soup to fruit, which was of the American abundance and variety, and as yet not of the veteran freshness imparted by the ice-closet. Everybody was eating it, when by a common consciousness they were aware of alien witnesses. They looked up as by a single impulse, and saw at the port the gaunt face of a steerage passenger staring down upon their luxury; he held on his arm a child that shared his regard with yet hungrier eyes.... Long Stories - Post by : TrevorReed - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 2290

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 11 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 11

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 1 - Chapter 11
PART I CHAPTER XIAt lunch, in the faded excitement of their first meeting, the people at the Marches' table did not renew the premature intimacy of their breakfast talk. Mrs. March went to lie down in her berth afterwards, and March went on deck without her. He began to walk to and from the barrier between the first and second cabin promenades; lingering near it, and musing pensively, for some of the people beyond it looked as intelligent and as socially acceptable, even to their clothes, as their pecuniary betters of the saloon. There were two women, a mother and daughter,... Long Stories - Post by : TrevorReed - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 3015