Excerpt from Madame: A Novel
Hilda Morrison, the daughter of the host, was standing near the gates, surrounded by a group of her young friends - Charles Seaforth among them - all, in spite of their youth, sufficiently attracted by the wonderful panorama to be loath to quit their post even for the dancing-room.
Colonel Morrison and Julian Lascelles had come out of the house and seated themselves in a summer-house near the entrance of the grounds, to enjoy the solace of a quiet cigar.
The music swelled more gaily forth, the group on the knoll still lingered, the men in the clematis-covered arbor smoked tranquilly on.
Suddenly, there was the sound of wheels and horses' hoofs rushing wildly along the descent above the house.
The two gentlemen hurried out of the summer-house to the place where Hilda and her companions were standing.
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