Instead of her usual calico wrapper and knitted shawl she wore her best dress of brown merino
, and above her thin strands of hair, which still preserved the tight undulations of the crimping-pins, rose a hard perpendicular bonnet, as to which Ethan's clearest notion was that he had to pay five dollars for it at the Bettsbridge Emporium.
March wrote that he should soon be with them, then Beth felt uncommonly well that morning, and, being dressed in her mother's gift, a soft crimson merino
wrapper, was borne in high triumph to the window to behold the offering of Jo and Laurie.
Presently I discovered that she knew I was watching her, for she stirred not, she lifted not her crafty eyelid; she had glanced down from her netting to her small foot, peeping from the soft folds of her purple merino
gown; thence her eye reverted to her hand, ivory white, with a bright garnet ring on the forefinger, and a light frill of lace round the wrist; with a scarcely perceptible movement she turned her head, causing her nut-brown curls to wave gracefully.
It was one of the misguided Medora's many peculiarities to flout the unalterable rules that regulated American mourning, and when she stepped from the steamer her family were scandalised to see that the crape veil she wore for her own brother was seven inches shorter than those of her sisters-in-law, while little Ellen was in crimson merino
and amber beads, like a gipsy foundling.
dress, covering but not hiding the charming outline of her bosom, matched the color of the cap-ribbons, and was brightened by a white muslin apron coquettishly trimmed about the pockets, a gift from Lady Lydiard.
If you can suppose a disembodied spirit to appear in earthly clothing--of silk or merino
, as the case may be--it's no great stretch to suppose, next, that this same spirit is capable of holding a mortal pencil, and of writing mortal words in a mortal sketching-book.
This,' said the fellow, producing one, 'this is the infallible and invaluable composition for removing all sorts of stain, rust, dirt, mildew, spick, speck, spot, or spatter, from silk, satin, linen, cambrick, cloth, crape, stuff, carpet, merino
, muslin, bombazeen, or woollen stuff.
You are--" He stopped, ran his eye over my dress, which, as usual, was quite simple: a black merino
cloak, a black beaver bonnet; neither of them half fine enough for a lady's-maid.
and Polly looked at her simple blue merino
frock, stout boots, and short hair, with a puzzled air.
In Saxony the importance of the principle of selection in regard to merino
sheep is so fully recognised, that men follow it as a trade: the sheep are placed on a table and are studied, like a picture by a connoisseur; this is done three times at intervals of months, and the sheep are each time marked and classed, so that the very best may ultimately be selected for breeding.
But do you know, last night I was trying to fancy you in a handsome, fashionable dress, and do what I would, that old limp merino
would come back as the only right thing for you.
Elisabeth never wore anything but cotton gowns in summer and merino
in the winter, which she made herself.