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1814 Excerpt: ...reached their ears. " I was coming," said he, " to
see what was become of you: you ladies are all alike--so long in
getting ready for a journey my good woman can never find her hat,
or her cloak in time." Mrs. P. made a suitable answer to this
address; and, after a short conversation, not needing recital, they
reached Mr. Bustle's house, at the door of which they were met by
Mrs. B. and her daughter, these two ladies not THE GARDEN. IS being
accustomed to the frigid mode of waiting the announcing of a
visitor in a distant drawinsrroom. Cake and wine soon made their
appearance; but Mrs. Placid refused the latter as a morning
refreshment. The squire disappeared in a moment, and returned with
a sparkling glass of his home-made perry, which, he observed, was
generally liked by all the ladies who came to his house. The widow
could not resist the temptation, to oblige him by tasting what his
hospitality had so instantaneously procured, though she protested
against the propriety of the action as a general custom. As soon as
Mrs. Bustle had shewn her guests her house, (a ceremony all were
obliged to go through on a first visit) the squire proposed a walk
in the outward premises; for he was equally desirous of exhibiting
his garden, his stables, and his dogs. The former pleased the
ladies extremely: Mrs. Placid pronounced it to be a garden which,
for neatness and utility, she never saw excelled. She would
willingly have been excused a visit to the stables, being, as she
said, no judge of horses; but the squire led the way with an air
which spoke--You must follow. No persuasions, however, could induce
her to approach the fine animals near enough to examine their
beauties to the full extent of the squire's wishes; and Rachel, who
stood be 16 THE S...
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