TORQUAY was the place for the honeymoon; but Exeter was to be the end of that day's stage. Mr. Germain's valet put them into the train, handed his master the tickets, Mary her jewelcase, took off his hat and retired to an adjoining compartment. Everything was very easy, done with an absence of enthusiasm which might have chilled a more resolute heart than this bride's. It was done, she reflected, as if a wedding was a matter of every day. Why, a budget of evening papers, Punch, Truth, and other things had been laid in order upon the opposite seat. Was he going to read all these? It was almost incredible -- but after the events of the afternoon she could have believed anything. She felt her ring to make sure, and then her eye caught sight of the paper on the window -- Reserved to Exeter -- J. Germain, Esquire. Perhaps great people always reserved carriages when they travelled -- perhaps a carriage would always be reserved for her when she went about alone. There would have been a maid if she had chosen; it had been proposed to her. She had laughed and said, "Of course not!" But he had
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Publication information: Book title: Halfway House:A Comedy of Degrees. Contributors: Maurice Hewlett - Author. Publisher: C. Scribner's Sons. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1908. Page number: 192.
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