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Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. EFFULGENCE. " Now then, we are all going to break up, and be amusing. No more t$ie-a-tete$. Now, Clara,?now, Alice,?we have thought of such a capital game, and you must all join in it." Mrs. Kellum had put forth one or two attempts to make her guests circulate, and to discharge what seemed to her the duties of a hostess ;?but she had not tried a second time to detach Miss Mauleverer from her 43 companion throughout the various musical performances which succeeded her own. Her husband had curtly desired her to leave Dirom alone. He was particularly anxious to see how the young man, who was of exceptionally lowly birth, and whom he had never before seen in society above his own standing, would conduct himself. He had an idea that Dirom was one of " Nature's gentlemen "?and he had a theory about " Nature's gentlemen." It gratified him to perceive the fulfilment of his secret predictions. If his talented pupil, who presumably had never in his life entered a drawing-room such as the present on equal terms, could talk easily, unaffectedly, and agreeably with the young lady of highestrank present, it argued with him that Dirom would be at home anywhere. He did not know that there is a sovereignty before which every lesser emotion gives way. For the moment Dirom was as a man enchanted ; capable of anything; indifferent to surroundings ; wrapped in a beatific halo, and conscious only of an exquisite sensation of unana- lysed delight. But to the ordinary eye he merely presented the spectacle of a well- mannered youth engaged in everyday conversation. " Nobody could do it better," chuckled his superior, watching from afar. " Aye, aye, I knew what was in Dirom?I knew it from the first." It even struck him as rather fine that, beyond subduing their...
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780217423885
Publisher: General Books
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Returnable: N
Spine Width: 1 mm
Width: 186 mm
ISBN-10: 0217423884
Publisher Date: 01 Feb 2012
Height: 242 mm
No of Pages: 18
Series Title: English
Weight: 54 gr
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