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THE BÚS Y-BODIES;

A NOVEL

BY THE AUTHORS OF "THE ODD VOLUME."

“ TAK IT AMANG YE,” SAID JENNY DENNISON.

Tales of my Landlord.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR

LONGMAN, REES, ORME, BROWN, AND GREEN,

AND

ADAM BLACK, EDINBURGH.

1827.
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THE

BUSY-BODIES.

CHAPTER I.

Sold. News! news !
Tamb. Now, now! What's the matter?

MARLOWE.

D. Pedro. Lady, will you walk about with your

friend? Much Ado about Nothing.

Who can doubt that early next morning Miss Kennedy found leisure to call on her friend Miss Macdonald, with whom, to the exclusion of all other visitors, she remained shut up for at least two hours ? The particulars of their conference have not been communicated; but while Miss Macdonald

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accompanied Miss Kennedy to the front door, the latter was heard to say, “Remember you have it in strict confidence;" to which the other responded, depend upon my secrecy.'

No sooner was Miss Kennedy shut out, than a portentous peal summoned Betty into the presence of her mistress. “ Fly instantly, Betty, with my compliments to Miss Mackinlay, and say, if she is disengaged this evening, I will have the pleasure of drinking tea with her.-Stay,” as Betty moved towards the door" should Miss Mackinlay be engaged, go to Mrs Smellarat ; and if Mrs Smellarat can't receive me, go to Miss Jenny Nettles.—Surely,” she continued, as the servant left the room, “ they cannot all be engaged—I think I will surprise some of them. I only hope Miss Kennedy has not been with them already— tis strange she can keep nothing to herself. I doubt if she has been telling the truth, 'tis so highly improbable that people in their senses should choose to amuse them

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