The carver stood beside his creation mending the beautiful fan
, which by some accident was broken in her hand.
and Fan gave the cherub a shake, which produced an explanation.
They all went about their own affairs; and after doing the honors of the house, Fan was called to the dressmaker, leaving Polly to amuse herself in the great drawing-room.
Polly thought that a very odd speech, and could n't help saying, "Are n't Fan and Maud little girls, too?
Fan has been a young lady this two years, and Maud is a spoiled baby.
That 's the way I was brought up, and that 's why Fan calls me old-fashioned, I suppose.
And Korsunsky began waltzing with measured steps straight towards the group in the left corner, continually saying, "Pardon, mesdames, pardon, pardon, mesdames"; and steering his course through the sea of lace, tulle, and ribbon, and not disarranging a feather, he turned his partner sharply round, so that her slim ankles, in light transparent stockings, were exposed to view, and her train floated out in fan
shape and covered Krivin's knees.
She took up her fan
and commenced swinging it thoughtfully.
Picked the people up,' said Mrs Gowan, tapping the sticks of her closed fan (a large green one, which she used as a hand-screen) on her little table.
Every nerve,' repeated Mrs Gowan, looking at him in calm obstinacy, with her green fan between her face and the fire.
Mrs Gowan shut up her great green fan, tapped him on the arm with it, and tapped her smiling lips.
It made such a painful impression upon him to hear her talking in this haughty tone, and to see her patting her contemptuous lips with her fan, that he said very earnestly, 'Believe me, ma'am, this is unjust, a perfectly groundless suspicion.