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Out of the Question: A Comedy
by William Dean Howells
Binding: Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: BiblioLife
Weight: 0.47 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8 x W: 0.47 inches
ISBN 10: 0559954425
ISBN 13: 9780559954429
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CONTENTS. IN THE PARLOR OF THE PONKWASSET HOTEL. THE QUBSTION. 311 s IAGGIE W ALLAC a E n d 311 s L ILLYR OBERTS. THE Ponkwasset Hotel stands on the slope of n hill and fronts the irregular mass of Ponkwasset 3Iounhin, on which the grdleries and northern windows of the parlor look out. The parlor is furnished mith two hair cloth sofas, two hair cloth ersychairs, ahd cane seated cllairs of livers patterus against one side of the room stands n piano, near either end of which a door opens into the corridor in the center of the parlor a marble topped table supports a state lamp of kerosene, a perfume by day, a flame by night, and r eatrh is table sit two young ladies mith what they call work in their hands and laps. G Out of the Question. Mss l nggie Ilallace, with her left wrist cnrvt xl in the act of rolling up n, 1i irt of her work, at vhicli she looks down wit11 n very thoughtfill air and n careworn little sig11 I doilt think I shall cut it bias, after all, Lilly. dliss Lilly Rolerts, lettii g her work fill1 illto her lap, in alnazement Why, 3lnggie Ilaygie Xo. Or at le st I slia it decide to do so till I ve h ld Leslics opiniori on it. She has perfect taste, and sho could tell at n glance wl etlicr it voulcl do. Lilly I wonder sho isnt here, now. The stage nlust bc very late. Alaggie I snpposc the postmaster at South IIcrodias waited to finish his supper before 110 cli iiged the mail, as they cull it. I was so in hopes she vould coxne vliile they were at tea It will so disgust her to see them all strung aloiig the piazza and staring their eyes ont at the arrivals, when tlie stage drives up, 3 horrible picture which Miss lVa11 1ce dl arnily contemplates for a momclit in mental vision. Lilly Vlip dont you go down, too, Jlaggic Perhaps she d find n E11nili ir f icc n relief. Z i z the Parlor of the Ponkwasset Hotel. 7 Jfaggie, recalled to herself by the mild suggestion Thank you, Lilly. Id rather not be thought so vulgar as that, by Leslie Bellingham, if it S quite the same to other friends. Imagine lier catching sight of me in that . crowd I should simply wither away. Lilly, rebelIiously Well, I dont see why she sllould feel authorized to overawe people in that manner. What does she do to show her immense superiority Jfaggie Everything In the first place she S 7 so refined and cultivated, you caut Iive and then she takes your breath away, she S so perfectly lovely and then she kills you dead with her style, and a11 that. She is nt the least stiff. She S the kindest to otlier people you ever saw, and the care . fullest of their feelings and she has the grandest principles, and she s divinely impulsive But somehow you feel that if you do anythii gth at S a little vulgar in her presence, you d better die aQ once. I t was always so at school, and it always will be. Why you mould no more dare to do or say anything just a little common, doiit you know, 8 01il of the Question. wit11 Leslie Belli igliam 11 young lady, 111, slender, and with all air of delicate tlistinction, lCls appeared at the door of the parlor. She is of that 1 type of beauty mlricll approncl es the English, without losing the A n e r i fin l e leass ldg mce shc is Fair, nnd lrer eyes arc rather gray tharr blue her ioscis slightly aquiline lier expression is serioiis, but becomes amused as slie listells to 3liss lVa1 lace. She wears one of thoso blonde travelingcostumes, wllose gerreral fasliionnlleness slio somehow sub lucs into character with herself over lier arm slie carries a sliawl. Shc drifts liglltly into the room...


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