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By Catharine Maria Sedgwick

Mr. Elton was once previously a flourishing dealer, or, in kingdom word, a service provider, within the village of ———. within the early a part of his existence he undesirable been profitable in company; and having a due part of that, suggest delight that's gratified by way of pecuniary superiority, he used to be cautious to seem really as wealthy as he was once. whilst he was once on the best of fortune's wheel, a few of his prying neighbours shrewdly suspected, that the express of his wealth was once fairly out of share to the truth; and their facet glances and prophetic whispers betrayed their contempt of the offensive airs of the purse-proud man.

The humans within the village of ——— have been basic of their behavior, and affordable of their modes of existence; and Mr. Elton's occasional indulgence in a showy piece of furnishings, or a dear article of gown for himself or for his spouse, attracted discover, and, we worry, occasionally provoked envy, even from those that have been wiser and lots more and plenty larger than he was once. So inconsistent are men—and ladies too—that they generally envy a exhibit of which they realy despise, and loudly condemn the intent.

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Elvira was once seated at the throne, ambitiously arrayed in a vivid scarlet Canton crape frock, a white sarsenet shawl, beautifully thrown over her shoulders. Her hair, in imitation of a few favorite heroine, flowed in ringlets over her neck, excepting a unmarried braid, with which, as she fancied, ‘à los angeles grecque,’7 she had encompassed her forehead, and, so as to add to this confusion of the classical and the pastoral orders, rather than the crescent of Diana8 within the version, she had sure her braid with blue glass beads. “Who is that? who's that? ” was once whispered from one to a different. “The wealthy widow Wilson’s daughter,” the strangers have been responded. Mrs. Wilson, whose maternal delight (for maternal tenderness she had now not) was once swollen by means of the awareness of overcome Jane, nodded and whispered to all inside of her listening to, “My daughter, sir”—“my daughter, ma’am; you spot, by way of the invoice, the prize composition is to be spoken through the author of it. ” Elvira rose and complicated. She had asked that she could communicate rather than interpreting her piece, and she or he spouted it with all of the airs and graces of a sentimentalist of the beau monde. while she dropped her courtesy, and again to her partners, her often excessive color used to be heightened by means of the delight of good fortune and the excitement of demonstrate. a few have been heard to claim, “She is a beauty;” whereas others shook their heads, and saw, “The younger woman should have nice abilities to put in writing any such piece, yet she appeared too daring to delight them. ” ahead of the busy hum of remark had died away, an previous guy, with a bald head, a prepared eye, and a really good-humoured face, rose and acknowledged “he might make daring to talk a observe; bashfulness was once appropriate to formative years, yet used to be no longer essential to grey hairs: he was once kinder-loath to damage a tender body’s excitement, yet he needs to personal he didn't wish to see rather a lot flourish in borrowed plumes; that, if he learn the attention correct, the younger girl used to be to talk a bit of her personal framing; he had no fault to discover with the conversing; she spoke as shrewdpermanent as a legal professional; yet he knew them phrases in addition to the catechism, and if the school-master or the minister could please to stroll to his condominium, which was once demanding by means of, they could learn them out of an previous Boston newspaper, that his girl, who have been useless ten years come independence, had pasted up by means of the part of his mattress, to maintain off the rheumatis. ” The previous guy sat down; and Mr. Evertson, who had all alongside been a bit suspicious of foul play, begged the persistence of the viewers, whereas he himself can make the mandatory comparability. Mrs. Wilson, aware of the ownership of a dossier of previous Boston papers, and good realizing the artifice was once yet too possible, fidgetted from one part of the pew to the opposite; and the conscience-stricken woman, at the pretence of being seized with a violent tooth-ach, left the church. the instructor quickly back, and used to be very sorry to be obliged to assert, that the results of the research have been destructive to the younger lady’s integrity, because the piece had, certainly, been copied, verbatim, from the unique essay within the Boston paper.

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