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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. 1889. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. THE DINNER BELL. When the first dinner bell rang those who were playing tennis on the lawn began to play up faster, in order to make the most of the minutes left to them: those who were strolling and talking together in the garden turned reluctant steps and slowly sauntered homeward: those who were sitting in the shade, lazily moved their limbs and looked regretfully at the setting sun. It was an evening near the end of August, when the sun goes down about seven, and the dinner bell tolls also the knell of parting day. The day had been fine; the sky was blue overhead, and rosy to west and east: the air wa3 warmed through and through, the fragrance of jessamine and lingering honeysuckle was borne on the breeze; a few overblown roses hung upon the bushes: the voice of the blackbird came from the wroods, with the prolonged cry of the yellow-hammer: the gardens were filled with the prodigal luxixriance of late summer and early autumn--tall hollyhocks flowering at the top, big sunflowers hanging their heavy heads, sprawling nasturtiums, gladiolus broken down by the wind, ragged masses of sweet-peas lying over their sticks, and white-belled figwort--the bells filled with bumble-bees. The tennis, players were young men and maidens, whose sports, when they play together, it is all times a joy to behold: those who walked in the gardens were young men and maidens going two and two,--garden walks were originally made in pious imitation of that sloping way constructed by the Patriarch, handrailed on either side, which led into the Ark: those who sat on the terrace, or under the walnut-tree in the basket-chairs, were also young men and maidens. It was, in fact, a company of young men and maidens: if I were young, I should desire no better company: when one...
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