Diana Tempest (of 3) Volume I

Diana Tempest (of 3) Volume I

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Excerpt: ...Those large women wear well, John; they 148 don't shrivel up to nothing like Mrs. Graham, or expand like Lady Torrington, that emblem of plenty without waist. He, he! Look at Mrs. Courtenay, too. There's a fine old pelican with an eye to the main chance. Always look at the mother and the grandmother if you can. But she is on too large a scale for you." "Not in the least," said John, calmly. "I cherish thoughts of Miss Delmour, who is quite three inches taller." "Don't marry a Delmour! They are too thin. Those girls have neither mind, body, nor estate. I have seen two generations of them. They have a sort of prettiness when they are quite new; but look at her married sisters. They all look as if they had shrunk in the wash." "I must go and speak to Mrs. Courtenay," said John, from whose impenetrable face it would have been difficult to judge whether 149 his companion's style of conversation amused or disgusted him. "Three years' absence blunts the recollection of one's friends." And he moved away towards the next room. The recollection of a good many people, however, had apparently not become blunted, and it was some time before he could make his way to Mrs. Courtenay, who was talking with a Turkish Ambassador and revolutionizing his ideas of English women. She was genuinely glad to see John, having known him from a boy. "You know your cousin Diana, of course?" she said, as Di came towards them. "Indeed I do not," said John. "I asked who she was at the Thesinger wedding to-day, and found myself in the ludicrous position of not knowing my own first cousin." "Not recognizing her, you mean?" said Mrs. Courtenay. "Surely you must have seen her often in my house before you went 150 abroad; but I suppose she was in a chrysalis school-room state then, and has emerged into young ladyhood since. Here is your cousin saying he does not know you," continued Mrs. Courtenay, turning to Di. "John, this is Di. Di, this is your first cousin, John Tempest." Both...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236717473
  • 9781236717474