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Cecil Castlemaine's Gage, Lady Marabout's Troubles, and Other Stories   By: (1839-1908)

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CECIL CASTLEMAINE'S GAGE,

LADY MARABOUT'S TROUBLES,

AND

OTHER STORIES.

BY "OUIDA,"

AUTHOR OF "IDALIA," "STRATHMORE," "CHANDOS," "GRANVILLE DE VIGNE," ETC.

PHILADELPHIA: J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY. 1900.

CECIL CASTLEMAINE'S GAGE,

AND OTHER STORIES.

ADVERTISEMENT.

The Publishers have the pleasure of offering to the many admirers of the writings of "Ouida," the present volume of Contributions, which have appeared from time to time in the leading Journals of Europe, and which have recently been collected and revised by the author, for publication in book form.

They have also in press, to be speedily published, another similar volume of tales, from the same pen, together with an unpublished romance entitled "UNDER TWO FLAGS."

Our editions of Ouida's Works are published by express arrangement with the author; and any other editions that may appear in the American market will be issued in violation of the courtesies usually extended both to authors and publishers.

PHILADELPHIA, MAY, 1867.

CONTENTS

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CECIL CASTLEMAINE'S GAGE; OR, THE STORY OF A BROIDERED SHIELD 11

LITTLE GRAND AND THE MARCHIONESS; OR, OUR MALTESE PEERAGE 37

LADY MARABOUT'S TROUBLES; OR, THE WORRIES OF A CHAPERONE. In Three Seasons : Season the First. The Eligible 84 Season the Second. The Ogre 121 Season the Third. The Climax 164

A STUDY À LA LOUIS QUINZE; OR, PENDANT TO A PASTEL BY LA TOUR 211 I. The First Morning 212 II. The Second Morning 218 III. Midnight 227

"DEADLY DASH." A STORY TOLD ON THE OFF DAY. 235

THE GENERAL'S MATCH MAKING; OR, COACHES AND COUSINSHIP 265

THE STORY OF A CRAYON HEAD; OR, A DOUBLED DOWN LEAF IN A MAN'S LIFE 306

THE BEAUTY OF VICQ D'AZYR; OR, NOT AT ALL A PROPER PERSON 339

A STUDY À LA LOUIS QUATORZE: PENDANT TO A PORTRAIT BY MIGNARD 368

CECIL CASTLEMAINE'S GAGE;

OR,

THE STORY OF A BROIDERED SHIELD.

Cecil Castlemaine was the beauty of her county and her line, the handsomest of all the handsome women that had graced her race, when she moved, a century and a half ago, down the stately staircase, and through the gilded and tapestried halls of Lilliesford. The Town had run mad after her, and her face levelled politics, and was cited as admiringly by the Whigs at St. James's as by the Tories at the Cocoa tree, by the beaux and Mohocks at Garraway's as by the alumni at the Grecian, by the wits at Will's as by the fops at Ozinda's.

Wherever she went, whether to the Haymarket or the Opera, to the 'Change for a fan or the palace for a state ball, to Drury Lane to see Pastoral Philips's dreary dilution of Racine, or to some fair chief of her faction for basset and ombre, she was surrounded by the best men of her time, and hated by Whig beauties with virulent wrath, for she was a Tory to the backbone, indeed a Jacobite at heart; worshipped Bolingbroke, detested Marlborough and Eugene, believed in all the horrors of the programme said to have been plotted by the Whigs for the anniversary show of 1711, and was thought to have prompted the satire on those fair politicians who are disguised as Rosalinda and Nigranilla in the 81st paper of the Spectator .

Cecil Castlemaine was the greatest beauty of her day, lovelier still at four and twenty than she had been at seventeen, unwedded, though the highest coronets in the land had been offered to her; far above the coquetteries and minauderies of her friends, far above imitation of the affectations of "Lady Betty Modley's skuttle," or need of practising the Fan exercise; haughty, peerless, radiant, unwon nay, more untouched; for the finest gentleman on the town could not flatter himself that he had ever stirred the slightest trace of interest in her, nor boast, as he stood in the inner circle at the Chocolate house (unless, indeed, he lied more impudently than Tom Wharton himself), that he had ever been honored by a glance of encouragement from the Earl's daughter... Continue reading book >>




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