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Excerpt from Enid: A Novel

With an emotion inconceivable by townsmen, the village of Ditchley on a fine September afternoon witnessed the passage of an open carriage, drawn at the full trot of a pair of high-stepping greys, and containing a gentleman and a lady.

The male occupant was instantly identified as Mr. Glover, the new landlord, of whose antecedents as a tradesman there were whisperings. In his companion some saw a governess, though her languid ease hardly tallied with dependence. But the certainty that Mr. Glover was a widower, with two daughters on the brink of womanhood, coloured the supposition of a governess.

It was four o'clock, an hour when able men were not at home to gape at the vision. Only a few old toothless gaffers were there, leaning on garden gates, who pulled their forelocks. But the women flew to each cottage-door, dropping courtesies through late hollyhocks and sunflowers to the fine equipage, whose owner bowed graciously in return. And the children were just streaming noisily out of school, so Ditchley was not altogether voiceless on that great day.

The youngsters, hushed through awe of the approaching splendour, formed hedges to let it pass. The reverence of the little girls took the shape of an abortive attempt to sit down; the little boys touched their foreheads and flourished their hands to the gentry, throwing the palms outward. Some of the smallest pressed sleeves to brows as if to screen their eyes from an unbearable radiance.

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EAN: 9781330248423
ISBN: 1330248422
Untertitel: A Novel (Classic Reprint). Paperback. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Forgotten Books
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2015
Seitenanzahl: 364 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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