Lady Aubrey, or What Shall I Do? (Volume 4)

9781150072192: Lady Aubrey, or What Shall I Do? (Volume 4)
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. 'It cannot be too soon: for I am weary Of the bewildering masquerade of life, Where strangers walk as friends, and friends as strangers; Where whispers overheard betray false hearts; And through the mazes of the crowd we chase Some form of loveliness, that smiles, and beckons, And cheats us with fair words, only to leave A mockery and a jest; maddened--confused, Not knowing friend from foe." Spanish Student. "Is it really necessary that I should go to this party to-night, and that L should accept all these invitations?" was Clara's address to Sir Edgar at breakfast, after ruminating for some minutes, and turning over several cards which were on the table. "I think so, certainly. To what do you object?" "Oh, it is all so different now! Then the long drive, it makes one's dress look so ehiffonne'e." "That is an objection, I suppose; still, with management, you might sit for more than an hour and a half without being crumpled." "Ah, I see you can't understand; men never do. Well, then, supposing I were to get over that, don't you think that being here and not in town is sufficient excuse?" "If you wish to make excuses--" "Not excuses exactly; besides to some places I might like to go, and then it would be awkward. Mamma won't listen to me when I talk of staying at home with her and papa, and threatens to go to the sea-coast if I do; so I can't insist on that: only, as I said before, it is all so different now." "I don't see the great difference." "Don't you? Why, for instance, we cannot return invitations, we cannot give dinner-parties, and balls and fetes, as we used to do." "I do not imagine that people wish you to do so: my opinion is that they are too happy to have such an adornment to their parties as my pretty Clara on any terms. It would b...

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