The Court and the Cottage

The Court and the Cottage

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...kind of disposition, and Mrs. Meredith was too wise to provoke a fit of it by any unreasonable demands. Lily, bright and clever, floated up far beyond her sister in all matters requiring quickness of perception and instinctive grasp of any subject. She arrived at a conclusion with very little thought or trouble; but the examination papers set by Mrs. Meredith at Christmas, showed where Lily failed. Daisy, with no pretension, and at a far slower pace, had gained a great deal more than her sister from their six months' study. Elfrida was in her work what she was in her life, uncertain and variable. A creature of moods and impulse, it was curious to read over what she wrote, --one question in a History paper, answered with wonderful brevity and entirely to the point, the next wandering from it, and confused, and hard to make sense of. Mrs. Meredith gave Mr. Huntingdon all the papers written by the four girls to read, and he was surprised at the great inequality which Elfrida showed. Signor Montalozzi's terms for coming out to Maintree had so far exceeded Mrs. Clarke's ideas of what they would be, that the singing lessons had never yet come off; and now the Christmas holidays were come, and it was agreed to postpone the lessons till spring. But the wax flowers had been taken off the old square piano at the Cottage, and Elfrida was allowed to practise there at stated times, --when the ladies were out in the village, or taking a drive in the low carriage, drawn by the sober Rupert; or--and that was a rare event indeed--when the brougham came to the door, and the two ladies went out to dine. There were several houses where this ceremony was gone through once in the year, when Miss Ponsonby put on a black velvet gown and a diamond brooch, and Miss Adelaide...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236681010
  • 9781236681010