The Experiences of a Ladies' Maid

The Experiences of a Ladies' Maid

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...him he answered in a bewildered, distracted, far-away voice. "Certainly... certainly... certainly." Opposite him, very stiff in her green gown, upon which spangles of green steel glittered with a phosphorescent brilliancy, and wearing an aigrette of red feathers in her hair, Mme. Charrigaud bent to right and left, and smiled, without ever a word--a smile so eternally motionless that it seemed painted on her lips.. "What a goose!" said Charrigaud to himself. "What a stupid and ridiculous woman! And what a carnival costume! To-morrow, because of her, we shall be the laughing-stock of Parisian society." _ And on her side, Mme. Charrigaud, beneath the fixity of her smile, was thinking: "What an idiot this Victor is! And what a bad appearance he makes! To-morrow we shall catch it on account of his pellets." The topic of correctness in society being exhausted, there followed an embarrassing lull in the conversation, which Kimberly broke by telling of his last trip to London. "Yes," said he, "I spent in London an intoxicating week; and, ladies, I witnessed a unique thing. I attended a ritual dinner which the great poet, John-Giotto Farfadetti, gave to some friends, to celebrate his betrothal to the wife of his dear Frederic-Ossian Pinggleton." "How exquisite that must have been!" minced the Countess Fergus. "You cannot imagine," answered Kimberly, whose look and gestures, and even the orchid that adorned the buttonhole of his coat, expressed the most ardent ecstasy. And he continued: "Fancy, my dear friends, in a large hall, whose blue walls, though scarcely blue, are decorated with white peacocks and gold peacocks--fancy a table of jade, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236756320
  • 9781236756329