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Next, to turn to topics more agreeable, we had a newly-married
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Next, To Turn To Topics More Agreeable, We Had A Newly-Married Couple, Devoted To Each Other, With A Pleasant Story Of How They Had First Seen Each Other Years Ago At A Preparatory School, And That Very Afternoon He Had Carried Her Books Home For Her.

I do not know if this story will be plain to southern readers; but to me it recalls many

A school idyll, with wrathful swains of eight and nine confronting each other stride-legs, flushed with jealousy; for to carry home a young lady's books was both a delicate attention and a privilege.

Then there was an old lady, or indeed I am not sure that she was as much old as antiquated and strangely out of place, who had left her husband, and was travelling all the way to Kansas by herself. We had to take her own word that she was married; for it was sorely contradicted by the testimony of her appearance. Nature seemed to have sanctified her for the single state; even the colour of her hair was incompatible with matrimony, and her husband, I thought, should be a man of saintly spirit and phantasmal bodily presence. She was ill, poor thing; her soul turned from the viands; the dirty tablecloth shocked her like an impropriety; and the whole strength of her endeavour was bent upon keeping her watch true to Glasgow time till she should reach New York. They had heard reports, her husband and she, of some unwarrantable disparity of hours between these two cities; and with a spirit commendably scientific, had seized on this occasion to put them to the proof.

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