Excerpt from The Poor Cousin, Vol. 1 of 3: A Novel
Such were the persons, and' the state of things at Glandale, when, one evening, as the rector and his wife sat together in their little parlour, enjoying the pure summer air as it entered at the open window, bearing the delicate perfume of their favourite roses, Mrs. Herbert suddenly uttered an exclamation of surprise at seeing the village postman enter the garden-gate - for rela tions they had few, and correspondents still fewer. The good rector had just carefully wiped his spectacles, and replaced them in their leathern case, (for he had been reading to his wife a funeral sermon, that was to be preached on the ensuing sabbath, ) but these he hastily drew out again, and prepared to peruse the large.
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