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VILLAGE BELLES.

A NOVEL

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOLUME I.

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LONDON:

BALDWIN AND CRADOCK, PATERNOSTER ROW.

1833.

G. WOODFALL, ANGEÇ COURT, SKINNER STREET, LONDON. CONTENTS OF VOL. I.

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Chapter

1. Births, Marriages, and Deaths
II. Domestic Distresses
III. The Vicar's Ménage
IV. Absent without leave

V. Female Accomplishments
VI. A Bachelor's Tea Table
VII. An A. R. A.
VIII. A Sudden Convert
IX. A Village Soirée
X. Drawing Lessons Gratis
XI. Painting Al Fresco
XII. A Tea Party un'ler a Walnut Tree
XIII. Nut-Cracking
XIV. Suspicious Appearances .
XV. Civil. ertinences
XVI. A Day of Pleasure
XVII. Effects of Cold Bathing
XVIII. All in the Wrong .

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VILLAGE BELLES.

CHAPTER I.

BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS.

The youngest of the two Miss Parkinsons, of Park Place, amazingly disobliged her family by marrying the Reverend Henry Wellford, vicar of Summerfield, who had nothing on earth but good looks, good qualities, and four hundred and fifty pounds a year to recommend him. Alas! how did her father storm and rage, how did her mother fume and fret, how did aunt Diana congratulate herself that she had settled her thirty thousand pounds on Hannah her eldest niece, how did the aforesaid Hannah sneer and observe “ she had thought how it would end,” and how did the good folks of Stoke Barton stare and sigh and shake their heads, and bless heaven that no poor

VOL. I.

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