Ahead of the rest and nearer to him ran a dark-haired, remarkably slim, pretty girl in a yellow chintz
dress, with a white handkerchief on her head from under which loose locks of hair escaped.
Katharine knew by heart the sort of mood that possessed her as she walked upstairs to the drawing-room, her mother's arm in hers; and she could anticipate the pleasure with which, when she had turned on the lights, they both regarded the drawing-room, fresh swept and set in order for the last section of the day, with the red parrots swinging on the chintz
curtains, and the arm-chairs warming in the blaze.
It had a chintz
covering--representing large bunches of roses scattered over a pale green ground.
In the middle of the room there is a big ottoman; and this, with the carpet, the Morris wall-papers, and the Morris chintz
window curtains and brocade covers of the ottoman and its cushions, supply all the ornament, and are much too handsome to be hidden by odds and ends of useless things.
His bed, provided with light chintz
curtains, was placed, with the head against the wall of the room, so as to leave a good open space on either side of it.
On christmas night, a dozen girls piled onto the bed which was the dress circle, and sat before the blue and yellow chintz
curtains in a most flattering state of expectancy.
The furniture was the perfection of luxury and beauty; the table in the centre was bright with gaily bound books, elegant conveniences for writing, and beautiful flowers; the second table, near the window, was covered with all the necessary materials for mounting water-colour drawings, and had a little easel attached to it, which I could expand or fold up at will; the walls were hung with gaily tinted chintz
; and the floor was spread with Indian matting in maize-colour and red.
Mrs Sparkler, installed in the rooms of state--the innermost sanctuary of down, silk, chintz
, and fine linen--felt that so far her triumph was good, and her way made, step by step.
So vivid were they, in his relation of them, that he once held a dispute with his sister as to the particular figure or print of a chintz
morning-dress which he had seen their mother wear, in the dream of the preceding night.
An enormous settee, or sofa, covered with light chintz
, stretched along the walls for nearly twenty feet on one side of the hail; and chairs of wood, painted a light yellow, with black lines that were drawn by no very steady hand, were ranged opposite, and in the intervals between the other pieces of furniture.
"Yes, and we all learned to make bread, and cook, and wore little chintz
gowns, and were as gay and hearty as kittens.
With these words, Kate hurried away, to hide the traces of emotion that were stealing down her face, and to prepare herself for the walk, while Mrs Nickleby amused her brother-in-law by giving him, with many tears, a detailed account of the dimensions of a rosewood cabinet piano they had possessed in their days of affluence, together with a minute description of eight drawing-room chairs, with turned legs and green chintz
squabs to match the curtains, which had cost two pounds fifteen shillings apiece, and had gone at the sale for a mere nothing.