The Old Maid (The 'Fifties)

The Old Maid (The 'Fifties)

The Old Maid (The 'Fifties)

The Old Maid (The 'Fifties)

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In the old New York of the 'fifties a few families ruled, in simplicity and affluence. Of these were the Ralstons.

The sturdy English and the rubicund and heavier Dutch had mingled to produce a prosperous, prudent and yet lavish society. To "do things handsomely" had always been a fundamental principle in this cautious world, built up on the fortunes of bankers, India merchants, ship- builders and ship-chandlers. Those well- fed slow-moving people, who seemed irritable and dyspeptic to European eyes . . .

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