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In Silk Attire

William Black

Published August 13th 2013
ISBN : 9781492153610
Paperback
180 pages
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I am gathering myself together for a great leap, Jack. Dont look so sad about it, then. Take it as you would one of your Berkshire fences, Harry, with a firm seat and a cool hand. If I only knew what was on the other side, Jack-that bothers me.MoreI am gathering myself together for a great leap, Jack. Dont look so sad about it, then. Take it as you would one of your Berkshire fences, Harry, with a firm seat and a cool hand. If I only knew what was on the other side, Jack-that bothers me. By the way, did you hear of the dinner at old Thornhills on Tuesday? I declare everybody was drunk but the dogs- and they were turned out at night to find their way home by themselves. The Squire got very, very bad-port and brandy alternately-tumbled twice off his horse before he got out of the gate- and then, half an hour after, when the rest of us rode home, we found him sitting in the middle of the road, in the dark, trying to ward off the dogs that had gathered round him and were for licking his face, while he hiccuped to them G-go away, my good people-g-go away-Ive really nothing for you- pon my soul, Ive forgot my p-purse. But whats the matter, Harry? You havent heard a word of my story- and youre looking as glum as a parson. Jack, Im going to marry. Dont be a fool. I am, though. Its all over with me, Jack. I told you I was gathering myself together for a great leap. Who is it, Harry? Annie Napier. There was an interval of dead silence. Mr. John Palk was too prudent a man to hazard a hasty witticism, knowing as he did the somewhat fiery temperament of Harry Ormond, Marquis of Knottingley. Do you mean that, Harry? I do.