and members of his family, traced among the branches of a weeping willow with other sentimentalities invented by royalism during the Terror,--in spite of his ruins, the chevalier, trimming his beard before a shabby old toilet-table, draped with trumpery lace
, exhaled an essence of the eighteenth century.
From time to time Madame Rabourdin joined in, just as a well-trained cat puts a velvet paw on her mistress's laces
with the claws carefully drawn in.
The German, though he reeled for an instant before the thrust of the Englishman, struck his opponent so fairly upon the vizor that the laces
burst, the plumed helmet flew to pieces, and Sir Nigel galloped on down the lists with his bald head shimmering in the sunshine.
Noo ye're married to her, there's her bonnets and goons and under-clothin'--her ribbons, laces
, furbelows, and fallals.
You may be sure that she showed Rebecca over every room of the house, and everything in every one of her drawers; and her books, and her piano, and her dresses, and all her necklaces, brooches, laces
, and gimcracks.
That afternoon three cheerful-looking Italians strolled about Black Hawk, looking at everything, and with them was a dark, stout woman who wore a long gold watch-chain about her neck and carried a black lace
Edna had sent her a fresh bunch of violets with black lace
trimmings for her hair.
She then broke the lace
off short, and dexterously throwing it into a ditch, was presently obliged to entreat them to stop, and acknowledged her inability to put herself to rights so as to be able to walk home in tolerable comfort.
They looked fuller of lace
than ever this morning, but her eyes were not laughing at all.
Nor was the lace
any ordinary expensive English lace
, such as any good shop can supply.
She herself has told me that lace
is worn in hell; and as she must know how to make it, let it never be out of her hands; for when she is occupied in shifting the bobbins to and fro, the image or images of what she loves will not shift to and fro in her thoughts; this is the truth, this is my opinion, and this is my advice.
I had almost forgotten the most important point--which is that I should like you to go and tell Madame Chiffon that I wish the blond lace
to be changed in conformity with yesterday's patterns, if she will be good enough to bring with her a new assortment.