Excerpt from Without a Warrant
Seemed that to return all the accumulated debt of calls I had to enter every house in Flintville, and I have contended with pride that everywhere I made a good impression. My calls were short - in that country, if you wish a call to be short, you must make it yourself - and in that I may have been criticised the native ideal is a whole afternoon aﬂair. But I was most languidly proper, speaking of my aunt's ill-health, which did not permit her to go into society, refer ring to my cousins as the children - though girls of fourteen and seventeen are considered grown in Flintville who ran rather wild, and listening to expressions of pity for myself in my lonely seclusion without showing the resent ment I naturally felt. I talked about books, I obtained a recipe for cake, I expressed grave doubts on the propriety of a church member's dancing. I repeat that I made a favorable impression; and I knew enough not to disturb it by ever going again. Thus it came that I was well spoken of in the town and but little.
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