Julius Beaufort, on the night of her annual ball, never failed to appear at the Opera; indeed, she always gave her ball on an Opera night in order to emphasise her complete superiority to household cares, and her possession of a staff of servants competent to organise every detail of the entertainment in her absence.
Manson Mingott's and the Headly Chiverses'); and at a time when it was beginning to be thought "provincial" to put a "crash" over the drawing-room floor and move the furniture upstairs, the possession of a ball-room that was used for no other purpose, and left for three-hundred-and-sixty-four days of the year to shuttered darkness, with its gilt chairs stacked in a corner and its chandelier in a bag; this undoubted superiority was felt to compensate for whatever was regrettable in the Beaufort past.
Beaufort belonged indeed to one of America's most honoured families; she had been the lovely Regina Dallas
The knowing people said it was Beaufort himself who trained the servants, taught the chef new dishes, told the gardeners what hot-house flowers to grow for the dinner-table and the drawing-rooms, selected the guests, brewed the after-dinner punch and dictated the little notes his wife wrote to her friends.
If it is written yonder, in Heaven, that the Duc de Beaufort is to escape, he will escape; and all the precautions of the cardinal will not prevent it.
he asked with his flattering manner; "that Monsieur de Beaufort had escaped, were you not?
My lord," said the guard, "I have simply mentioned the prophecy I heard from a man named Coysel, who believes that, be he ever so closely watched and guarded, the Duke of Beaufort will escape before Whitsuntide.
My father loved Beaufort with the truest friendship and was deeply grieved by his retreat in these unfortunate circumstances.
But Caroline Beaufort possessed a mind of an uncommon mould, and her courage rose to support her in her adversity.
You are a charming friend," replied the Duc de Beaufort, who drank, and passed the goblet to his companion.
de Beaufort, whose lightness or generous reflection had thrown an impediment in the way of the departure of a son, now his only joy.
de Beaufort looked the young man in the face, and read plainly, though his eyes were cast down, the fire of resolution before which everything must give way.