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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...Lilac entered, and bowed gracefully to the elderly and impressively to the young ladies. "I'm sure you'll pardon my intrusion, ladies," he began. "Your servant tells me Mr. Bodgers is not at home, but perhaps, madam, you will permit me to explain the object of my visit to you. How charming your garden looks from the windows." "Mr. Bodgers is absent just now," said that gentleman's better half, somewhat coldly; " in fact, he is at Mr. Buncombe's committee-room. As you are of course aware, he is one of that gentleman's chief supporters." "Indeed?" replied Lilac, gravely. "I regret very much to learn that. Knowing his influence and his position as a public man, I was in hopes of enlisting his interest on behalf of my friend, Lord Brakespear; under these circumstances I must apologize for troubling you. But may I call again? I think, perhaps, a little explanation of Lord Brakespear's views might have some weight with Mr. Bodgers. Brakespear is very anxious for some communication with your husband. With his zeal for the public welfare, his position in the neighbourhood, and the interest which he takes in those classes below his own, Lord Brakespear feels that Mr. Bodgers, of all men, is the man with whom he would like to exchange views on the current question of the political world." Mrs. Bodgers was in a flutter of gratified importance. "I shall be pleased to communicate anything you may have to say to my husband, though I'm afraid I can offer you little hope of any support from him. His influence is, to a certain extent, pledged in favour of our friend, Mr. Buncombe. Will you take some tea?" "I shall be delighted," said Lilac, seating himself; "but, pardon me,...
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