The Passing of Thomas: In the St. Peter's Set; At the Grand Hôtel Du Paradis; The Fish of Monsieur Quissard; Le Bon Oncle D'Amérique. Five Stories ... (Google eBook)

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Harper & Brothers, 1900 - 178 pages
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Page 31 - ... at three o'clock in the morning with her own husband had a spice of adventure about it that put her in a very sprightly mood. Under the circumstances there was no need for elaborate dressing. She slipped on a blue cashmere wrapper which Mr. Harver especially approved of — Mrs. Harver was a pronounced blonde, with a great abundance of golden hair, and blue was very becoming to her — and a pair of Turkish blue slippers, embroidered with silver, which set off to excellent advantage her small...
Page 99 - The omnibus shall be sent immediately," he said ; yet hesitating a little and with a slight cough. In point of fact, the omnibus of the Grand Hotel du Paradis was not as yet a reality — it was only a distant hope. The boxes of the commercial travellers who stopped there were brought down from the railway station on a push-cart by old Michel.
Page 12 - AVith the washer- woman possibilities of the situation so pointedly suggested to her, it seemed quite impossible that anybody would entertain the sick-friend postulate for a moment. Her one sustaining consolation was the absolute correctness of her attire. Washer-women, she reflected, were not in the habit of wearing tailor-made gowns ; nor did their gowns, hats, gloves, and fans, as a rule, belong to one harmonious scheme of color. Her gown was tailor-made, and her color effect was irreproachable.
Page 13 - Harver like a 12 knife. She started violently, and she knew by the way her face burned that she must be quite crimson. During the remaining ten minutes that she was in the car she sat rigidly, her face averted from her fellow-passengers, gazing out of the front window. She did not see anything clearly. The backs of the horses seemed to be bobbing about in a curious mist. As she left the car she knew that everybody...
Page 41 - ... or two in silence, and then, in a tone of meditative retrospection, resumed : " The lady to whom I referred just now as being so precise in regard to her dress, the one I used to quote Herrick to, was what I may term the first chapter in my conjugal serial. She was a Bostonian — as I am myself " — there was a touch of natural pride in his voice as he made this self-ennobling statement — " and we were married within a year of my graduation from Harvard.
Page 8 - Prom this they passed on to consideration of what disposition should be made 7 of his remains. Mr. Harver, in his practical way, suggested the dustman ; but Mrs. Harver would not hear of the dustman. " How can you think of such a thing ?" she asked with energy. " It is cruel. Thomas is much better entitled to a lot in Laurel Hill than a good many people who have one. He must be buried fittingly.
Page 46 - I'll stick a knife into yon ! I've run this business in Beacon Street style, so far, because you're a lady and I'ma gentleman. But I want you to understand that it is business, all the same, and that if you try to come any of your monkey shines on me you'll get hurt. If you've got a man up here, and mean to spring him on me, it '11 be the worse for you — for I swear to Heaven I'll make sure of killing you before the fight begins ! The comic opera 46 part of this performance is played out. We've...
Page 101 - I" said Madame. And then, together, they consulted with Chabassu about the dinner and the wines. Chabassu was not the man to let slip so golden an opportunity. His advice was for dishes of which the very meanest cost three francs. And as for wines — it was Monsieur's wish to drink the wines of the country — Chabassu made out a little list that was a dream ! With the oysters and...
Page 39 - I'm mixing my poets, part of that is Herrick, I'm sure — but never mind. I used to quote those lines to the first Mrs. Wilbraharn — my wife, yon know. She was very precise in matters of dress ; really too precise, I used to tell her." Mrs. Harver was very grateful for the delicacy shown in diverting the conversation so neatly from the embarrassing region of her bare feet; and she was glad to find out, though she did not recognize it, this polite gentleman's name. " You are very kind indeed, Mr....

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