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1865. Excerpt: ... know all the little weak reasons why Mrs. Smith
did not speak to Mrs. Brown; he knew nothing of the domestic
broils, the silly jealousies, the intestine wars, which cut up the
town into two camps, High and Low, Church and State, Whig and Tory,
Big-endian and Little-endian, or by whatever colours, blue, orange,
green, or red, they were designated. Brought up without the
influence of a state of things so wilfully ridiculous, the
stranger, perhaps, hoped to enjoy the delights of society, to taste
the pleasures of social intercourse, to be on friendly terms with
every body, and be happy. But woe be unto him, if to-day dining at
Mrs. Brown's, he went the next night to Mrs. Smith's to tea; he was
cut by both. And then, at an annual public ball, what
heart-burnings, if any of the rival faction had more jewels, or a
"sweeter silk," or a brighter colour, or more admirers, --it was
worse than death; the ball thus degenerating into an arena for
combat, where looks of cool disdain, of profound contempt, of
derision, were secretly interchanged by the leadens of the various
bands. In all public assemblies the philosopher may find food for
his cynicism or his reflection; but it is in a local meeting in a
state offend that his observing spirit may always hope for some
results of value to the history of the human heart. And in an
old-fashioned house, with a large garden, a big brass plate on the
door, situated at the end of the town, on the high road to London,
in this same town of P, lived Ada, the little flower-girl, now the
petted joy, the spirit of gladness that ruled supreme in the old
grocer's house. She had entered her new home under the brightest
auspices--Mrs. Merrydew having received her with affectionate
solicitude, the more that all her husband's misery, as to ...
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