The American Senator

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CHAPTER LX
AGAIN AT MISTLETOE

THE reader will have been aware that Arabella Trefoil was not a favourite at Mistletoe. She was so much disliked by the duchess that there bad almost been words about her between her grace and the duke since her departure. The duchess always submitted, and it was the rule of her life to submit with so good a grace that her husband, never fearing rebellion, should never be driven to assume the tyrant. But on this occasion the duke had objected to the term 'thoroughly bad girl,' which had been applied by his wife to his niece. He had said that 'thoroughly bad girl' was strong language, and when the duchess defended the phrase he had expressed his opinion that Arabella was only a bad girl and not a thoroughly bad girl. The duchess had said that it was the same thing. 'Then,' said the duke, 'why use a redundant expletive against your own relative?' The duchess, when she was accused of strong language, had not minded it much; but her feelings were hurt when a redundant expletive was attributed to her. The effect of all this had been that the duke in a mild way had taken up Arabella's part, and that the duchess, following her husband at last, had been brought round to own that Arabella, though bad, had been badly treated. She had disbelieved, and then believed, and had again disbelieved Arabelia's own statement as to the offer of marriage. But the girl had certainly been in earnest when she had begged her aunt to ask her uncle to speak to Lord Rufford. Surely when she did she must have thought that an offer had been made to her. Such offer, if made, had no doubt been produced by very hard pressure;--but still an offer of marriage is an offer, and a girl, if she can obtain it, has a right to use such an offer as so much property. Then came Lord Mistletoe's report after his meeting with Arabella up in London. He had been unable to give his cousin any satisfaction, but he was clearly of opinion that she had been ill-used. He did not venture to suggest any steps, but did think

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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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