, however, wore a new breastpin and gave Gerty another.
And the great new attraction, the Chinese giant, had put on a black broadcloth coat across his bony shoulders, in her honor, and made a vigorous effort to sit up straight, and appear at his ease when off duty.
He habitually stooped a good deal in private life, as if there were no object in being eight feet high, except before spectators.
Anne, the placid and imperturbable, was promoted to take the place that Gerty had rejected, in the gentle home of the good sisters.
The secret of her birth, whatever it was, never came to light, but she took kindly, as Madam Delia
had predicted, to “living genteel,” and grew up into a well-behaved mediocrity, unregretful of the showtent.
Yet probably no one reared within the smell of sawdust ever quite outgrew all taste for “the profession,” and Anne, even when promoted to good society, never missed seeing a performance when her wandering friends came by. If I told you under what name Gerty became a star in the low-comedy line, after her marriage, you would all recognize it; and if you had seen her in “Queen