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THE BUSY-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. III.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR

LONGMAN, REES, ORME, BROWN, AND GREEN,

AND

ADAM BLACK, EDINBURGH.

1827.

hc

PR 4503

C3B8

V. 3

DIANA UNIVERSITY CIBRARY

EDINBURGH :

PRINTED BY JAMES BALLANTYNE AND CO.

THE

BUSY-BODIES.

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CHAPTER I.

Alas! when angry words begin
Their entrance on the lips to win;
When sullen eye and flushing cheek
Say more than bitterest tone could speak;
And look and word, than fire or steel,
Give wounds more deep,-time cannot heal;
And anger digs, with tauntings vain,
A gulf it may not pass again.

L. E. L.

“ We have not yet taken Mrs Lennox to see Dalkeith Palace,” said Sir Thomas one evening, when Willoughby, Spencer, and Ashley were with them.—“Should you like to go ?” he continued, addressing his daughter-in-law; " there are some very fine paintings there."

Nothing would delight me more,” re

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plied Mrs Lennox, who, though she did not care three straws for the finest paintings in the world, and only knew a Vandyke when she saw it on her frills, was always in the humour for any scheme which promised amusement; “ I shall be quite charmed to see the Palace.”

Suppose, then,” said Sir Thomas," that we fix to-morrow for the excursion; but, with this proviso, that the day is favourable.—Have you any objections,” he continued, addressing the gentlemen,“ to join our party ?"

“ None in the world,” they all exclaimed ; " we shall be most happy to accompany you."

“ I think,” said the Baronet, “ that we should set out soon after twelve o'clock."

This being agreed to, it was also arranged that the gentlemen should be in Hope Street a quarter before the important hour.

“ How does the night look, Charles ?” said Ellinor, as soon as the visitors had left them.

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