This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...even more frequently thun before her marriage. Always having been used to a reckless expenditure and the greatest luxuries money could procure, she often spends her husband's money merely from a desire for amusement, and orders costly laces and impossible toilettes from every shop she happens to enter, utterly regardless of their cost. She does not see much of her husband. He spends his days principally at the British Museum, or with his learned friends, and his nights he devotes entirely to study in his own private room at the back of the house, and only makes his appearance in the drawing-room when there is a dinner-party, or a not very large assembly--for he has no taste for balls, and large receptions bore him; but he allows her to go her own way unmolested, never crosses her, and at times even goes the length of accompanying her to any large party such as she hardly as yet dares to go to by herself. Upon the whole she is tolerably happy, for this fast, highly exciting life is very pleasant, and besides, it possesses the additional charm of novelty for her. But what a vain, empty, profitless existence to look back upon it is, to be sure!--the popularity of her large dinner-parties, the triumph of obtaining a long-desired invitation, the unmistakable success of an extraordinary toilette, the only landmarks on a great flat of frivolity. It is true that Mary has always been most frivolous--a regular Froufrou, as her friend Lord Eothesay used to call her--and as yet she has not reached the age when people are given to looking back; but somehow or other she cannot help thinking at times that her life is a mistake, an utterly useless life, and that for all the benefit she reaps either for herself or for others she might just as well be...
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