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The Other Pawn

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Pages: 262

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Mary Deane

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II IN THE ROYAL CRESCENT THE Pennystones' house in the Royal Crescent was one to which such distinguished strangers as dropped down from high altitudes were sure to be brought, for Seyton Pennystone and his wife Elizabeth were among the select few—the leading people—in Bath. They were a childless couple in the pleasant, sober sunshine of life's October. He was tall, thin, with kind eyes, a long nose, mutton-chop whiskers and almost abnormally gentle manners. His tailor dared not alter the cut of his trousers or the waistline of his coats, for he was a dandy of the days of the dandies grown gracefully old, with the shelter of a decent wig on his bald head. Many beggars sat at the street corners, in muffetees and comforters, with rugs over their knees and mats to put their feet on—a broom leaning against the chair was a badge of a supposed industry rather than an implement for use. The pence of the guileless poured into their pouches, and Mr Pennystone laid out a regular sum every day among them. He supported the impostors, but he also subscribed to every worthy object in Bath. As a member of the Literary Society he would diligently read up a subject for conversation in one of the few monthly magazines, but was flurried if expected to go beyond that printed limit. Mrs Pennystone was a fine woman—she had alwaysbeen handsome and intended remaining so. Her complexion was smooth and clear, her hair deep brown without being dyed as other women had to dye theirs. She had a stately carriage and sumptuous shoulders, which she continued to display after the fashion of her youth. Admirable, if it were only for her excellent health, she was wadded about with ample prejudices, but free from fads. Her husband's admiration of her was a religion with him, and her consciousne...  

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