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1871 Excerpt: ...Gossip revelled decorously, but devouringly. Who
has not noticed her funereal propriety, how absolute it is Prima
donna of the difficult gamut of the affections by what
unexceptionable gradations she sounds the heavy bass of sympa 104
thy; the slow chromatic notes of consolation; the still, ascending
tones of admonition, suggestive insinuation, and increasing cheer,
--until she trills away, with inimitable verve, among the high
halfnotes of lively speculation. At weddings she is festal, though
with a pensive moderation, as if remembering the vanity of all
earthly hopes, and the fleeting nature of all earthly joys. In
social scandal, she is the incarnation and the mouth-piece of
modesty attacked, virtue and truth outraged She is loud, as such
noble qualities naturally are. But a ripe grief, that may not be
controlled, a new-made grave, leaving a gap in some wounded hearts
far wider than it makes in mother earth, --though often and often
filled almost as soon, as easily, as paltrily, --these are her
specialities. She has also a famous way of settling family
difficulties and complications, particularly such as are brought
about by death. Let us then, reader, sit down at her feet and
hearken: --"I should not in the least wonder if he died of grief,
poor man Such a heavy blow, and so sudden, and such a dreadful way
for her to die and they say he is quite broken down. Chloe carried
him oysters to-day noon, cooked beautifully. I was there, and it
was revivin' just to smell 'em; and he couldn't touch one, poor
soul: no doubt he has his fears for her eternal happiness,
--ushered without a moment's warning into the presence of her Maker
And such a young giddy thing too, how awful, to be sure " "But,
Gossip, though you take your posthumous gauge of cha...
|Country of origin:
Zadel Barnes Gustafson
||246 x 189 x 5mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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