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The Ward of Thorpe-Combe


The Ward of Thorpe-Combe

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    Frances Milton Trollope
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1842 Original Publisher: Baudry's European Library Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: These inferior, or at any rate uninterested functionaries, performed the duties consigned to them in a very able manner, and without having their nerves in the slightest degree affected by the appearance of those upon whom their services were first bestowed. But far different was the state of Mrs. Barnes. At this eventful moment she stood on the first landing-place of the great stairs, the very model in dress and general appearance of what a country gentleman's housekeeper ought to be, when, in addition to all the importance belonging to the station, she possesses that sort of indescribable dignity which ever attaches, where mistress there is none, to the person who ranks first among the women-kind of an establishment. Her niece Nancy was a stair or two above her, equipped to enact the part of ladies' maid: while two more exceedingly spruce-looking damsels stood ready in the rear, to carry band-boxes, run for warm water, take possession of cords and travelling cloaks, and, in a word, to perform all the multifarious services which the experienced Mrs. Barnes knew were required when ladies arrived, as she was led to expect would probably be the case on the present occasion, without their abigails. So well arranged were all these matters, that had a few unattended duchesses been unexpectedly added to the company, the self-possess- edMrs. Barnes would have felt in nowise alarmed for the result.... but great was her dismay when from her place of vantage she looked down upon the party who first appeared io partake of the welcome that had been in all points so ass...   show more
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