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The Inner Sisterhood A Social Study in High Colors   By: (1857-1917)

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The Inner Sisterhood.

The Inner Sisterhood

T.I.S.

A SOCIAL STUDY IN HIGH COLORS

by

DOUGLASS SHERLEY

WHO WROTE

The Valley of Unrest: A Book without a Woman

1884 IMPRIMARY LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY JOHN P. MORTON AND COMPANY

Copyrighted according to Law, 1884, By Douglass Sherley.

The Inner Sisterhood.

Dedicated to

One of the Sisterhood.

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Just After the Ball:

Miss Kate Meadows.

ROBERT FAIRFIELD, LOVER:

Miss Belle Mason.

THE BUZZ SAW GIRL:

Miss Alice Wing.

FLIRTING FOR REVENUE ONLY:

Miss Rose Clendennin.

Mother and Daughter:

Miss Sophia Gilder.

A CASE OF COMPOUND FRACTURE.

Miss Mary Lee Manley.

Platitudes and Pleasures:

Miss Lena Searlwood.

I

A Bit of Sweet Simplicity In Blue.

Just After The Ball.

The storm door closes with a bang! My escort, a stupid fellow, has said "Good night!" He drives down the street in his old rattletrap of a coupe. I am so glad he is gone! And yet I am always afraid of burglars or something dreadful, whenever I go into the house alone so late at night. I bolt the inside door. I mount the hall chair, left waiting by papa, and, trembling with a nameless fear, turn out the gas and leave myself in darkness. I make two vain dashes for the stair; a third, and I have found it. I grope for the heavy rail and go rapidly up, two steps at a time, and finally, out of breath, badly frightened, reach my room. What a relief! I turn on the light two, three, yes, four burners, and wish for more. I stir up the fire into a blaze; look over my left shoulder, but see nothing; listen, but hear nothing. I wheel my dressing table near by; seat myself before the pretty oval mirror. I tear off those ugly blossoms, sent by that stupid man for me to wear; I look long and earnestly at the tired face I see reflected in the pretty oval mirror, with its beveled edges and dainty drapery of pink silk and pure white mull. It is not a pretty face; even my friends do not think me beautiful. Yet I sometimes fancy alas! perhaps it is only a fancy that I have on my face a suggestion of beauty, even if beauty itself be absent. My eyes are full and dark, with long lashes; my mouth is somewhat large, not a good shape either, and some people who do not like me say that they can easily detect a hard, cold expression which does not please them. But my profile is good in spite of my ill featured mouth, and there is generally acknowledged a certain high born, well bred look about the poise of my shapely head which gains for me more than a mere passing notice. My manners are pronounced "charming," and by many those who like me charmingly faultless. So, after all, in spite of this lack of a positive style of beauty, I am what might be termed a "social success." But it is a social success which I have slowly gained, with much labor, and its duration is somewhat uncertain. I am just beginning to be sure of myself, although this is my fourth winter out. True, I have almost always had an escort to every thing given, but I have never been able to fully assert myself. Now, wherever I go, I boldly, and without fear, seek out some comfortable place in some one room, at reception, party, or ball, and rest assured that all of my now many friends and half dozen or more lovers will seek me out, and having found me, will linger about me the entire evening; and if I like, I need not even move from that one pleasant place during the entertainment, but have my supper brought to me and the two or three other girls who make up our set, for you know it is so disagreeable to crowd into the supper room; it is a vulgar eagerness, that carries with it a low born air of actual hunger, and it is so vulgar to be hungry; and our set is so well born and so well reared... Continue reading book >>




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