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Macmillan and Company, 1891 - 319 pages
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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

This is a sweet tale of the little old ladies living in a small town in England. It's told from the perspective of a young visitor, including her affectionate yet sly remarks about the quirks of life ... Read full review

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User Review  - TerriS - LibraryThing

This is a cute book written in the mid-1800's, and it really shows the difference in society at that time and how people (in England, at least) thought about class and everyone's societal position. Read full review

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Page 61 - Matilda sat bolt upright, and looked wistfully out of the windows, as we drew near the end of our journey. The aspect of the country was quiet and pastoral. Woodley stood among fields ; and there was an old-fashioned garden, where roses and currant-bushes touched each other, and where the feathery asparagus formed a pretty background to the pinks and gilly-flowers ; there was no drive up to the door : we got out at a little gate, and walked up a straight box-edged path. " My cousin might make a drive,...
Page 14 - a little out of tune ; but we were none of us musical, though Miss Jenkyns beat time, out of time, by way of appearing to be so. It was very good of Miss Jenkyns to do this ; for I had seen that, a little before, she had been a good deal annoyed by Miss Jessie Brown's unguarded admission (a propos of Shetland wool) that she had an uncle, her mother's brother, who was a shopkeeper in Edinburgh.
Page 9 - ... Captain Brown walked upstairs, nothing daunted, spoke in a voice too large for the room, and joked quite in the way of a tame man about the house. He had been blind to all the small slights, and omissions of trivial ceremonies, with which he had been received. He had been friendly, though the Cranford ladies had been cool ; he had answered small sarcastic compliments in good faith ; and with his manly frankness had overpowered all the shrinking which met him as a man who was not ashamed to be...
Page 64 - He was evidently half-ashamed and half-proud of his extravagance in this respect. They were of all kinds — poetry and wild weird tales prevailing. He evidently chose his books in accordance with his own tastes, not because such and such were classical or established favourites. "Ah!" he said, "we farmers ought not to have much time for reading; yet somehow one can't help it.
Page 64 - Holbrook called the counting-house, when he paid his labourers their weekly wages at a great desk near the door. The rest of the pretty sitting-room — looking into the orchard, and all covered over with dancing tree-shadows — was filled with books. They lay on the ground, they covered the walls, they strewed the table. He was evidently half ashamed and half proud of his extravagance in this respect.
Page 132 - ... intercourse, and Peggy wanted now to make several little confidences to her, which Miss Barker was on thorns to hear, but which she thought it her duty, as a lady, to repress. So she turned away from all Peggy's asides and signs ; but she made one or two very malapropos answers to what was said ; and at last, seized with a bright idea, she exclaimed, "Poor, sweet Carlo! I'm forgetting him. Come down stairs with me, poor ittie doggie, and it shall have its tea, it shall...
Page 61 - I would go down to the shop with her ; and there, after much hesitation, we chose out three caps to be sent home and tried on, that the most becoming might be selected to take with us on Thursday. She was in a state of silent agitation all the way to Woodley. She had evidently never been there before ; and, although she little dreamt I knew anything of her early story, I could perceive she was in a tremor at the thought of seeing the place which might have been her home, and round which it is probable...
Page 60 - June day — for it was June now. He named that he had also invited his cousin, Miss Pole ; so that we might join in a fly, which could be put up at his house. I expected Miss Matty to jump at this invitation ; but no ! Miss Pole and I had the greatest difficulty in persuading her to go. She thought it was improper ; and was even half annoyed when we utterly ignored the idea of any impropriety in her going with two other ladies to see her old lover. Then came a more serious difficulty. She did not...
Page 17 - I am quite aware of that," returned she. " And I make allowances, Captain Brown." "Just allow me to read you a scene out of this month's number," pleaded he. "I had it only this morning, and I don't think the company can have read it yet." " As you please," said she, settling herself with an air of resignation. He read the account of the " swarry " which Sam Weller gave at Bath. Some of us laughed heartily. I did not dare because I was staying in the house. Miss Jenkyns sat in patient gravity. When...
Page 58 - God bless my soul ! I should not have known you. How are you ? how are you ? " He kept shaking her hand in a way which 'proved the warmth of his friendship ; but he repeated so often, as if to himself, "I should not have known you!

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