We pegged and quaffed away in silence for a while, until the time came when, instead of sitting bolt upright, and grasping the knife and fork firmly, we leant back in our chairs and worked slowly and carelessly - when we stretched out our legs beneath the table, let our napkins
fall, unheeded, to the floor, and found time to more critically examine the smoky ceiling than we had hitherto been able to do - when we rested our glasses at arm's-length upon the table, and felt good, and thoughtful, and forgiving.
Everything from the table napkins
to the silver, china, and glass bore that imprint of newness found in the households of the newly married.
The pattern of the soup-plates, the stiff folds of the napkins
, which rose by the side of each plate in the shape of arum lilies, the long sticks of bread tied with pink ribbon, the silver dishes and the sea-colored champagne glasses, with the flakes of gold congealed in their stems--all these details, together with a curiously pervasive smell of kid gloves, contributed to her exhilaration, which must be repressed, however, because she was grown up, and the world held no more for her to marvel at.
I may leave her now with her sheets and collars and napkins
The room was full of the blue wreaths of smoke, and the lamp-light shone through the thin haze upon gold-topped bottles, plates, napkins
, and a litter of oyster shells and cigarettes.
It was indeed wonderful how, with the self-respect and sense of propriety of the British housekeeper, the lady had within a few minutes adorned the central table with a snow-white cloth, laid the napkins
upon it, and set forth the simple meal with all the elegance of civilization, including an electric torch lamp in the centre.
Twice a week they had to put through hotel linen, - the sheets, pillow-slips, spreads, table- cloths, and napkins
Lemons, oranges and paper napkins
, arranged with mathematical precision, sat among the glasses.
Here 's fun," said Polly, as she was received with a clash of spoons and a waving of napkins
On the marble slab were two plates, two napkins
, two rolls of bread, and a dish, with another napkin
in it, on which reposed two quaint little black balls.
Consequently, every Friday,--the day of her dinner parties,--Madame Rabourdin helped the chambermaid to do the rooms; for the cook went early to market, and the man-servant was cleaning the silver, folding the napkins
, and polishing the glasses.
The leaves of this tree were all paper napkins
, and it presented a very pleasing appearance to the hungry little girl.