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PAULINE SEWAED. CHAPTER I. " Joyous mirth and sick'ning sorrow
alternately blend."?Anon. It was in the autumn of 18? that one of
the most elegant mansions in the town of P gave unequivocal
evidences of a soiree of unusual splendour. Carriages in quick
succession stopped before its door, and one continued stream of
gaily-dressed personages poured into the ample hall. The hall
itself was brilliantly illuminated; and liveried servants with
obsequious politeness moved to and fro, with the air and gesture of
those who feel their own dignity to increase with the greater
consequence of each new arrival of the elite of a gay metropolis.
The gorgeous rooms into which the guests were ushered gave ample
evidence of the princely opulence of their possessor. Whatever art
could produce of luxurious elegance; whatever wealth could purchase
for ornament, comfort, or convenience, was there bestowed in the
most lavish profusion; which, as may be imagined, lost none of
their magnificence in the rich floods of light, that, streaming
from ten thousand artificial suns, gleamed in every imaginable
spot, where art directed by taste could devise. Here, beauty, wit,
and mirth arrayed themselves in all their bewitchingattractions,
previous to their descent into the drawing- rooms. Thither let us
precede them, that at our leisure we may form some acquaintance
with the interesting being, who is to occupy so much of our
attention in the course of the following pages. At the upper end of
a suite of apartments, furnished with regal magnificence, stood Mr.
Calvin Seward, the most elegant man of his day; tall, and
well-proportioned; dressed richly, and with the most fastidious
taste; yet in every, even the most trifling respect, corresponding
with a gentleman of his age, which one unacquainted...
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