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illustrated.1849 Excerpt: ... XX. Meanwhile, things had gone on
very quietly and monotonously in Mr. Churchill's family. Only one
event, and that a mysterious one, had disturbed its serenity. It
was the sudden disappearance of Lucy, the pretty orphan girl; and
as the booted centipede, who had so much excited Mr. Churchill's
curiosity disappeared at the same time, there was little doubt that
they had gone away together. But whither gone, and wherefore
remained a mystery. Mr. Churchill, also, had had his profile, and
those of his wife and children, taken, in a very humble style, by
Mr. Bantam, whose advertisement he had noticed on his way to school
nearly a year before. His own was considered the best, as a work of
art. The face was cut out entirely; the collar of the coat velvet;
the shirt-collar very ligh and white; and the top of his head
ornamented with a crest of hair turning up in front, though his own
turned down;--which slight deviation from nature was explained and
justified by the painter as a licence allowable in art. One
evening, as he was sitting down to begin for at least the hundredth
time the great romance;--subject of so many resolves and so much
remorse, so often determined upon but never begun;--a loud knock at
the street-door, which stood wide open, announced a visitor.
Unluckily, the study-door was likewise open; and consequently,
being in full view, he found it impossible to refuse himself; nor,
in fact, would he have done so, had all the doors been shut and
bolted;--the art of refusing one's self being at that time but
imperfectly understood in Fairmeadow. Accordingly, the visitor was
shown in. He announced himself as Mr. Hathaway. Passing through the
village, he could not deny himselt the pleasure of calling on Mr.
Churchill, whom he knew by his writings in the per...
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