Excerpt from A Nine-Days' Wonder: A Novelette
It will at once be understood that the society of Millwood is an oligarchy, into which no wealthy autocrat has forced his way. The fortunes of the upper ten or twelve range from moderate to poor, with one exception; and, even in this case, no great extent of demesne overshadows his neighbors. Mr. Vavasour, the hospitable, warm hearted owner of Laurel Bank, returned from India six years be fore the beginning of my story, with a considerable fortune in the funds. He bought the pretty Gothic house standing just out side the village, with its forty acres, and spared no expense in making it a thoroughly comforta ble home.
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