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1878. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV. THE BALL. We have referred to a
ball as the occasion on which a breach "was openly made between Sir
Ayling and Rosamund. She and Gertrude--her sisters were on a visit
to her--arrayed in all their glory--and splendid indeed the girls
looked when they left their rooms, radiant with youth, beauty, and
gems, each with a light shawl over her snowy shoulders--met in the
drawing-room to await the more mature Maud, who took longer in
dressing, or 'making up, ' as she would have termed it in any one
else; and Gertrude began to improve the occasion by one of her
little lectures, under which Rosamund began to writhe impatiently
now. 'If Desborough is there to-night you will avoid him, of
course?' 'Avoid--do you think I mean to follow him?' asked Rosamund
petulantly, fanning herself as she stood under the gaselier, the
light of which shone down on her, flushing her golden hair, her
exquisite, yet unsatisfied, face, and her richly-laced ball-dress.
'Do not dance with him more than once, even if at all; for people
will talk, and are talking, I fear, of you both.' 'Let them talk.'
'Dearest, dearest, don't say so ' 'I do, Gerty, ' replied Rosamund,
becoming defiant; 'what would you have me to say?' 'I would have
you to remember that you are the wife of Sir Ayling Aldwinkle.' 'I
am not likely to forget that unpleasant fact, ' said Rosamund,
tapping the floor with her tiny foot, and taking a side glance at
herself in the mirror above the fireplace; 'but he outrages me by
his correspondence with--you know whom I mean.' 'But you must not
outrage yourself and the memory of your father.' 'True, ' said the
girl sadly. 'Oh, had poor papa lived, I should not have been
to-night the victim that I am, and the subject of so many weary
lectures. But who can the woman be that ...
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