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SPENCER and Mr. Bartlett were making ready to leave, when a spring-
wagon was drawn up in front of the house, convoyed by a very
restless roan steed, which objected to stopping. Its driver
persuaded it, however, by vigorous cries of "Whoa, there!" "What're
you about, now?" "Stand still, I tell you!" and various other
admonitions of like nature, while a stout lady climbed out
backwards, with considerable display of pudgy ankles in white
stockings above old-fashioned Congress gaiters. Sadie flushed a
little as she looked at her, and said, in a low tone, to Francis:
"I wish we had gotten away." "I don't know," was the equally low
reply. " I think Joe may ntsd me to undertake his defense. I 've
done it imder circumstances less to his credit, I must say." No
comment was made upon this remark, and both of them watched the
new-comer, as, having gotten safely on terra firma, she walked
heavily and laboriously into the house, while her companion drove
away. The lady's face was ruddy with the heat, and her superfluous
weight, as she climbed from the step of the high-bodied wagon,
seemed to have inconvenienced and overexerted her. Joe did not
arise to welcome her, as was his custom with visitors more
anxiously desired. He waited for Polly, and even Polly's motion was
a little reluctant. To use the language of the thought in her
mind?" Here was a pretty kittle of fish!" But even Polly, it
appeared, had not the slightest idea of being browbeaten, or sat
upon, under her own vine and fig-tree. Her glance went very wide of
the mark, and her manner was quite as distant. "Why, how d'ye do,
Mis's Morris?" said she, setting that lady a chair, with very
indifferent courtesy. Mrs. Morris felt the change in the
atmosphere, and looked about for the cause; but seemed re...
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