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blushes, ejaculations, tremors, and titters, in return for their
importunity. The matrons, meantime, offered vinaigrettes and
wielded fans; and again and again reiterated the expression of their
concern that their warning had not been taken in time; and the
elder gentlemen laughed, and the younger urged their services on
the agitated fair ones.
In the midst of the tumult, and while my eyes and ears were fully
engaged in the scene before me, I heard a hem close at my elbow: I
turned, and saw Sam.
‘If you please, miss, the gipsy declares that there is another young
single lady in the room who has not been to her yet, and she
swears she will not go till she has seen all. I thought it must be you:
there is no one else for it. What shall I tell her?’ ‘Oh, I will go by all
means,’ I answered: and I was glad of the unexpected opportunity
to gratify my much-excited curiosity. I slipped out of the room,
unobserved by any eye-for the company were gathered in one
mass about the trembling trio just returned-and I closed the door
quietly behind me.
‘If you like, miss,’ said Sam, ‘I’ll wait in the hall for you; and if she
frightens you, just call and I’ll come in.’ ‘No, Sam, return to the
kitchen: I am not in the least afraid.’ Nor was I; but I was a good
deal interested and excited.