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chairs. One of the gentlemen, Mr. Eshton, observing me, seemed to
propose that I should be asked to join them; but Lady Ingram
instantly negatived the notion.

‘No,’ I heard her say: ‘she looks too stupid for any game of the
sort.’ Ere long a bell tinkled, and the curtain drew up. Within the
arch, the bulky figure of Sir George Lynn, whom Mr. Rochester
had likewise chosen, was seen enveloped in a white sheet: before
him, on a table, lay open a large book; and at his side stood Amy
Eshton, draped in Mr. Rochester’s cloak, and holding a book in her
hand. Somebody, unseen, rang the bell merrily; then Adele (who
had insisted on being one of her guardian’s party), bounded
forward, scattering round her the contents of a basket of flowers
she carried on her arm. Then appeared the magnificent figure of
Miss Ingram, clad in white, a long veil on her head, and a wreath
of roses round her brow; by her side walked Mr. Rochester, and
together they drew near the table. They knelt; while Mrs. Dent and
Louisa Eshton, dressed also in white, took up their stations behind
them. A ceremony followed, in dumb show, in which it was easy to
recognise the pantomime of a marriage. At its termination, Colonel
Dent, and his party consulted in whispers for two minutes, then
the Colonel called out‘Bride!’ Mr. Rochester bowed, and the curtain

A considerable interval elapsed before it again rose. Its second
rising displayed a more elaborately prepared scene than the last.
The drawing-room, as I have before observed, was raised two steps
above the dining-room, and on the top of the upper step, placed a
yard or two back within the room, appeared a large marble basin,
which I recognised as an ornament of the conservatory-where it
usually stood, surrounded by exotics, and tenanted by gold fish-
and whence it must have been transported with some trouble, on
account of its size and weight.

Seated on the carpet, by the side of this basin, was seen Mr.
Rochester, costumed in shawls, with a turban on his head. His dark
eyes and swarthy skin and Paynim features suited the costume
exactly: he looked the very model of an Eastern emir, an agent or a
victim of the bowstring. Presently advanced into view Miss
Ingram. She, too, was attired in oriental fashion: a crimson scarf
tied sash-like round the waist; an embroidered handkerchief
knotted about her temples; her beautifully moulded arms bare, one
of them upraised in the act of supporting a pitcher, poised
gracefully on her head. Both her cast of form and feature, her
complexion and her general air, suggested the idea of some
Israelitish princess of the patriarchal days; and such was doubtless
the character she intended to represent.
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