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The Daily Dispatch: February 6, 1861., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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Right or wrong? When it became known, in the quiet country town of Pyneton, in Dorsetshire, that young Mr. Frederick Blount was actually engaged to be married to Lina Hausmann, the excitement amongst its most select circle was very considerable indeed — for my story begins nearly twenty years ago, and at that time Pyneton did boast a select circle, consisting chiefly of maiden and widow ladies of good family, all more or less "county people" originally, who, having abundant leisure, kept a sharp eye upon their local society, and protested strongly against any admixture of a less aristocratic element, or any concession to the upsetting and levelling tendencies they lamented to observe in the age. Therefore, when Mrs. Tracy, raising both hands over her cup of tea, broke out; "Good Heavens! to think of a scion of Dictate coming down to a low foreign artist," the circle around her foot this so be a burst of natural indignation only commensurate with the occasion, and responded to it