The Bachelor's Christmas: And The Matrimonial Tontine Benefit Association

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C. Scribner's sons, 1902 - Digital images - 95 pages
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Page 18 - As he went out into the frosty night the clock in the hall struck half-past six. There were only five parcels left and the coupe was nearly empty. Tom opened the door and stepping inside, lay back wearily. Presently he picked up one of the parcels — it was a book apparently, from its shape — and laid it at his side. When Perkins drew up the next time, Tom gathered the remaining four and ran up the steps with them. They were for his sister Kitty and her little company, and he spent a few moments...
Page 25 - I was unable to — I," and she had paused in her embarrassment. " There were so many, of course." " No, it was not that, Mr. Wiggin, I assure you." But she had looked a little hurt at his gruff words. " I had a very good reason for not bringing them." There had been a piteous look in the girl's eyes as she spoke, which he had often recalled since ; but then he had thought of nothing but his anger and the slight which had been put upon him. He felt like asking why she had not left Charles Leverett...
Page 22 - I'll try," said Frazer, with another grin, and he ambled off in the direction of the office. Tom went into the reading-room and picked up a magazine. Presently he passed his hands across his eyes again, for the wreaths in the windows of the house in Farragut Place were grinning at him still. He said to himself that he guessed he needed another drink, and pressed the electric button at his side. "Ask Mr. Frazer Bell what he'll have and bring me a Martigny cocktail,
Page 44 - George, don't be afraid," said Tom. " They won't bite." " We really won't hurt you, Mr. Hapgood," said Miss Madeline, the eldest ; " do come in." It was too late for the woman-hater to draw back now, so, like the man he was, he braced his muscles and faced the music. He bowed with grave courtesy to the youngest Miss Bellknap ; he bowed with a faint smile — just a ghostly glimmer, but, nevertheless, a smile — to Miss Arabella, the second Miss Bellknap ; and when he faced the eldest Miss Bellknap,...
Page 7 - Tom, like most old bachelors, prided himself on doing everything in a thorough, deliberate fashion. He had made his last purchase a fortnight ago, and had spent two entire evenings in putting the array of toys and fancy goods in presentable order. They were of all sorts and sizes, for Tom had paled neither before bulk nor price. There was a safety bicycle for a nephew who had set his heart on one, and the tiniest of gold watches for his eldest niece. There was a warm fur-lined cloak for his dead...
Page 21 - ... can give us in honor of the occasion. I say, old man, will you do me the favor to order it ? You know fifty times better than I what we ought to have to get the best.
Page 42 - Bellknap on his other side. Tom was making pretty good progress, but what really troubled him was whether it would do for him to place Isabelle Hardy next to himself. Would not such a proceeding be quite inconsistent with the vow which he had been living up to for the past five years ? What sense would there be in...
Page 42 - ... be quite inconsistent with the vow which he had been living up to for the past five years ? What sense would there be in putting himself in the way of temptation, when he knew perfectly well that she did not care a button for him ? What use, indeed ? And yet, as he said to himself, Christmas comes but once a year, and this was his party, and — and had not she herself stated that they certainly were old enough now to take care of themselves ? Why shoiildn't he sit next to her ? He was no longer...
Page 8 - Christmas, proceeded to daze their intellects, of every particle of which they stood in sore need for the purpose of a safe descent, by tossing to each of them a gold coin of twice the denomination. For some moments they stood in bewildered, sheepish silence, examining their treasure, as though to make...
Page 50 - ... Madeline phrased it, to give the old bachelors a chance for a short cigar. When that was over Tom bundled his company into carriages, and away they all went in the gayest of spirits. Whatever belonging to the greenhouse had not been spread over the dinner-table adorned the walls of the...

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