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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... promise? You're to save a
dance for me, you know." "Come, come, Kimble, don't you be too
for'ard," said the Squire. "Give the young uns fair-play. There's
my son Godfrey '11 be wanting to have a round with you if you run
off with Miss Nancy. He's bespoke her for the first dance, I'll be
bound. Eh, sir what do you say?" he continued, throwing himself
backward, and looking at Godfrey. "Haven't you asked Miss Nancy to
open the dance with you?" Godfrey, sorely uncomfortable under this
significant insistance about Nancy, and afraid to think where it
would end by the time his father had set his usual hospitable
example of drinking before and after supper, saw no course open but
to turn to Nancy and say, with as little awkwardness as
possible--"No; I've not asked her yet, but I hope she'll
consent--if somebody else hasn't been before me." "No, I've not
engaged myself," said Nancy, quietly, though blushingly. (If Mr
Godfrey founded any hopes on her consenting to dance with him, he
would soon be undeceived; but there was no need for her to be
uncivil.) "Then I hope you've no objections to dancing with me,"
said Godfrey, beginning to lose the sense that there was anything
uncomfortable in this arrangement. "No, no objections," said Nancy,
in a cold tone. "Ah, well, you're a lucky fellow, Godfrey," said
uncle Kimble; "but you're my godson, so I won't stand in your way.
Else I'm not so very old, eh, my dear?" he went on, skipping to his
wife's side again. "You wouldn't mind my having a second after you
were gone--not if I cried a good deal first?" "Come, come, take a
cup o' tea and stop your tongue, do," said good-humoured Mrs
Kimble, feeling some pride in a husband who must be regarded as so
clever and amusing by the company generally. If he had...
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