The Story Girl had brought flowers for her mother's grave as usual, and while she arranged them on it the rest of us read for the hundredth time the epitaph on Great-Grandfather King's tombstone, which had been composed by Great-Grandmother
From a letter of my great-grandmother
's written to a stubborn daughter upon some unfilial behavior, like running away to be married, I suspect that she was fond of the high-colored fiction of her day, for she tells the wilful child that she has "planted a dagger in her mother's heart," and I should not be surprised if it were from this fine-languaged lady that my grandfather derived his taste for poetry rather than from his father, who was of a worldly wiser mind.
One of these relatives, though it was no nearer than a third cousin, was Betts Shoreham, whose great-grandmother
had been a bona fide de la Rocheaimard, and who was enabled, at once, to point out to the poor deserted orphan some forty or fifty persons, who stood in the same degree of affinity to her.
First, her birth was higher; for her great-grandmother
by the mother's side was a cousin, not far removed, to an Irish peer.
"There was the case of poor Grandmamma Spicer; your great-grandmother
The children went to live with their great-grandmother
, who found them "inconveniently young," while Thackeray remained alone in London.
Not my or thy great-grandfather's, but our great-grandmother
Nature's universal, vegetable, botanic medicines, by which she has kept herself young always, outlived so many old Parrs in her day, and fed her health with their decaying fatness.
Stand down." He called up the competing lordling again, and asked: "What was the rank and condition of the great-grandmother
who con- ferred British nobility upon your great house?"
"That lady in blue is my great-grandmother
, by Millington.
It has been with us since Gregory Lashmar, your great-grandmother
Well, everything on this tray is at least a hundred years old: these cups, these spoons, this ewer, are all heirlooms; my great-grandmother
left them to my grandmother, she to my mother, and my mother brought them with her from England to Switzerland, and left them to me; and, ever since I was a little girl, I have thought I should like to carry them back to England, whence they came."
It is not MY custom to awake great-grandmothers
out of their sleep that I may bid them-- sleep on!