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The Little Vanities of Mrs. Whittaker A Novel   By: (1856-1911)

The Little Vanities of Mrs. Whittaker A Novel by John Strange Winter

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THE LITTLE VANITIES OF MRS. WHITTAKER

A Novel

by

JOHN STRANGE WINTER

Author of " Bootles' Baby ," " The Truth Tellers ," " A Blaze of Glory ," " Marty ," " Little Joan ," " Cherry's Child ," " A Blameless Woman ," etc.

Funk & Wagnalls Company New York and London 1904

Copyright, 1904, by Funk & Wagnalls Company

[Published, June, 1904]

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. REGINA BROWN 9 II. MRS. ALFRED WHITTAKER 17 III. YE DENE 26 IV. SKATING ON THIN ICE 35 V. THE S. R. W. 45 VI. REGINA'S VIEWS 54 VII. "LITTLE PIGLETS OF ENGLISH" 64 VIII. CANDID OPINIONS 73 IX. THE GIRLS' DOMAIN 83 X. A WEIGHTY BUSINESS 92 XI. AMBITIONS 101 XII. TWOPENNY DINNERS 110 XIII. DETAILS 119 XIV. DIAMOND EARRINGS 127 XV. A GOLDEN DAY 136 XVI. OTHER GODS 144 XVII. REGINA COMES TO A CONCLUSION 152 XVIII. THE FIRST LITTLE VANITIES 160 XIX. BROKEN HEARTED MIRANDA 168 XX. FAMILY CRITICISM 176 XXI. DEAR DIEPPE 183 XXII. REGINA ON THE WARPATH 190 XXIII. THE DRESSING ROOM 198 XXIV. RUMOR 208 XXV. POOR MOTHER 216 XXVI. THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW PATH 224 XXVII. ROUND EVERYWHERE 233 XXVIII. A REJUVENATED REGINA 241 XXIX. WARY AND PATIENT 247 XXX. DADDY'S HEART 255 XXXI. REGINA SETS FOOT ON THE DOWN GRADE 263 XXXII. WISE JULIA 270 XXXIII. GRASP YOUR NETTLE 277 XXXIV. A TRENCHANT QUESTION 284 XXXV. THE END OF IT ALL 292

The Little Vanities of Mrs. Whittaker

CHAPTER I

REGINA BROWN

There are many who think that the unfamiliar is best.

To begin my story properly, I must go back to the time when the Empress Eugenie had not started the vogue of the crinoline, when the Indian Mutiny had not stained the pages of history, and the Crimean War was as yet but a cloud the size of a man's hand on the horizon of the world that is to say, to the very early fifties.

It was then that a little girl child was born into the world, a little girl who was called by the name of Regina, and whose father and mother bore the homely appellation of Mr. and Mrs. Brown; yes, plain, simple and homely Brown, without even so much as an "e" placed at the tail thereof to give it a distinction from all the other Browns.

So far as I have ever heard, the young childhood of Regina Brown was passed in quite an ordinary and conventional atmosphere. Her parents were well meaning, honest, kindly, well disposed, middle class persons. According to their lights they educated their daughter extremely well; that is to say, she was sent to a genteel seminary, she was always nicely dressed, and she wore her hair in ringlets.

This state of things continued, without any particular change, until Regina was nearly twenty years old. By that time the great Franco Prussian War had beaten itself into peace, the horrors of the Commune of Paris had come and gone, and the sun of Regina Brown's twentieth birthday rose upon a world in which nations had come once more, at least to outward seeming, to the conclusion that all men are brothers... Continue reading book >>




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