Excerpt from Family Secrets, or Hints to Those Who Would Make Home Happy, Vol. 1
The happy bridegroom, for such indeed he might be called, was a medical gentleman of the highest repu tation, just launching into public favour, as the partner or one of the oldest and most popular practitioners in the same little gossiping and busy town. And well the spectators said he looked that day; his tall gentlemanly figure dressed in black, and his dark hair and manly countenance, contrasting with the snow-white robes, the soft blue eyes, and delicate complexion of the bride. It was, in short, a wedding with which the most envious observer could find no fault; the parties were so well suited in age, character, and rank; the dresses were so admirably chosen; and every thing was conducted in so unexceptionable a manner. The very elements of nature, things animate and inanimate, the earth and air, appeared as if rejoicing in the happy auspices of the day; for, as the carriage, in the course of a few hours, again rolled away along the broad smooth road, past the little villas situated in the outskirts of the town, it seemed to sweep through a complete labyrinth of lilachs and laburnums, varied here and there by the tender green of the weeping willow, or the spiral poplar pointing to the sky.
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