Nobody spoke for a minute; then Meg said in an altered tone, "You know the reason Mother proposed not having any presents this Christmas was because it is going to be a hard winter for everyone; and she thinks we ought not to spend money for pleasure, when our men are suffering so in the army.
I know I do--teaching those tiresome children nearly all day, when I'm longing to enjoy myself at home," began Meg, in the complaining tone again.
Really, girls, you are both to be blamed," said Meg, beginning to lecture in her elder-sisterly fashion.
cried that little dried plum of a Meg Giry, heroically holding Sorelli back by her gauze skirt.
But Sorelli, armed with a dagger that never left her, turned the key and drew back the door, while the ballet-girls retreated to the inner dressing-room and Meg Giry sighed:
You must have Meg saddled for me and brought to the door at half- past eleven, and I shall want Rattler saddled for Pym at the same time.
Arthur went in for the sake of patting Meg, declining as far as possible to see anything in the stables, lest he should lose his temper before breakfast.
Tripe it was; and Meg, in high joy, protested he should say, in half a minute more, it was the best tripe ever stewed.
And so,' said Meg, busying herself exultingly with the basket,
He wrote long letters to his children, and chiefly to Meg, his best-loved daughter.
Dear Meg," Sir Thomas wrote for the last time, "I never liked your manner better towards me than when you kissed me last.
Dearest, dearest Meg
,--I do not know what you will say: Paul and I are in love--the younger son who only came here Wednesday.