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Fair Margaret (1905)


Fair Margaret (1905)

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    Francis Marion Crawford
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III The servant who opened the door smiled. He was a man of thirty-five, or thereabouts, with cheerful blue eyes, a brown moustache and pink cheeks. He wore a blue cotton apron and had a feather duster in his hand: and he smiled very pleasantly. 'Madame Bonanni said she would see me this morning,' Margaret explained.' 'What name, if you please?' the man asked, contemplating her with approval. 'Miss Donne.' 'Very well. But Madame is in her bath,' observed the servant, showing no inclination to let Margaret pass. 'Mademoiselle would do better to come another day.' 'But Madame Bonanni has given me an appointment.' 'It is possible,' the man replied, still smiling calmly. 'I have come to sing to her,' Margaret said, with a little impatience. 'Ah — then it is different!' He positively beamed. "Then Mademoiselle is a musician? Who would have thought it?' Margaret was not quite sure who would have thought it, but she thought the servant decidedly familiar. At that moment he stood aside for her to pass, shut the front door after her and led the way to the short flightof steps that gave access to the house from the carriage entrance. 'This way, Mademoiselle. If Mademoiselle will be good enough to wait, I will inform Madame.' ' Please don't disturb her! You said she was in her bath.' ' Oh, that has no importance!' the man cried cheerfully, and disappeared at once. Margaret looked about her, but if she had been bund she would have been aware that she was in a place quite unlike any she had ever been in before. The air had an indescribable odour that was almost a taste: it smelt of Houbigant, Greek tobacco, Persian carpets, women's clothes, liqueur and late hours: and it was not good to breathe — except, perhaps, for people used to the air of t...  
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