The American Senator

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CHAPTER XXI
THE FIRST EVENING AT RUFFORD HALL

THE phaeton arrived the first, the driver having been especially told that he need not delay on the road for the other carriage. She had calculated that she might make her entrance with better effect alone with her mother than in company with Morton and the Senator. It would have been worth the while of any one who had witnessed her troubles on that morning to watch the bland serenity and happy ease with which she entered the room. Her mother was fond of a prominent place, but was quite contented on this occasion to play a second fiddle for her daughter. She had seen at a glance that Rufford Hall was a delightful house. Oh, if it might become the home of her child and her grandchildren, and possibly a retreat for herself! Arabella was certainly very handsome at this moment. Never did she look better than when got up with care for travelling, especially as seen by an evening light. Her slow motions were adapted to heavy wraps, and however she might procure her large sealskin jacket, she graced it well when she got it. Lord Rufford came to the door to meet them, and immediately introduced them to his sister. There were six or seven people in the room, mostly ladies, and tea was offered to the new comers. Lady Penwether was largely made, like her brother; but was a languidly lovely woman, not altogether unlike Arabella herself in her figure and movements, but with a more expressive face, with less colour, and much more positive assurance of high breeding. Lady Penwether was said to be haughty, but it was admitted by all people that when Lady Penwether had said a thing or had done a thing, it might be taken for granted that the way in which she had done or said that thing was the right way. The only other gentleman there was Major Caneback, who had just come in from hunting with some distant pack, and who had been brought into the room by Lord Rufford that he might give some account of the doings of the day. According to Caneback,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vi
  • Introduction vii
  • Note on the Text xv
  • Select Bibliography xvi
  • A Chronology of Anthony Trollope xix
  • Contents xxvii
  • Chapter I- Dillsborough 1
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 8
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 22
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 35
  • Chapter VII- The Walk Home 42
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 47
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 54
  • Chapter X- Goarly''s Revenge 62
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 69
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 76
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 83
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 90
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 97
  • Chapter XVI- Mr. Gotobed''s Philanthropy 103
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 110
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 117
  • Chapter XIX- ''Who Valued the Geese?'' 125
  • Chapter II- The Morton Family 132
  • Chapter XXI- The First Evening at Rufford Hall 138
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 145
  • Chapter XXIII- Poor Caneback 152
  • Chapter XXIV- The Ball 158
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 165
  • Chapter XXVII- ''Wonderful Bird!'' 180
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 187
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 192
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 200
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 207
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 215
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 229
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 235
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 241
  • Chapter XXXVII- How Things Were Arranged 248
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 261
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 269
  • Chapter XLI- The Senator is Badly Treated 277
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 284
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 291
  • Chapter XLIV- ''Particularly Proud of You'' 299
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 306
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 313
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 319
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 326
  • Chapter XLIX- Miss Trefoil''s Decision 334
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 341
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 348
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 363
  • Chapter LV ''I Have Told Him Everything'' 376
  • Chapter LVI ''Now What Have You Got to Say?'' 383
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 390
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 398
  • Chapter XXII- Jemima 405
  • Chapter LX Again at Mistletoe 413
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 418
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 425
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 433
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 440
  • Chapter LXV the New Minister 448
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 453
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 460
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 475
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 481
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 488
  • Chapter LXXII ''Bid Him Be a Man'' 496
  • Chapter LXXIII ''Is It Tanti?'' 503
  • Chapter LXXIII ''Is It Tanti?'' 511
  • Chapter LXXIII ''Is It Tanti?'' 523
  • Chapter LXXIII ''Is It Tanti?'' 530
  • Chapter LXXIII ''Is It Tanti?'' 545
  • Chapter LXXIII ''Is It Tanti?'' 552
  • Explatory Notes 559
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