To make it seem more real and pleasant, I shall call you the Marchioness, do you hear?'
'Then, Marchioness,' said Mr Swiveller, 'fire away!'
The Marchioness, holding her cards very tight in both hands, considered which to play, and Mr Swiveller, assuming the gay and fashionable air which such society required, took another pull at the tankard, and waited for her lead.
The Marchioness of Steyne was of the renowned and ancient family of the Caerlyons, Marquises of Camelot, who have preserved the old faith ever since the conversion of the venerable Druid, their first ancestor, and whose pedigree goes far beyond the date of the arrival of King Brute in these islands.
And do you suppose that that woman, of that family, who are as proud as the Bourbons, and to whom the Steynes are but lackeys, mushrooms of yesterday (for after all, they are not of the Old Gaunts, but of a minor and doubtful branch of the house); do you suppose, I say (the reader must bear in mind that it is always Tom Eaves who speaks) that the Marchioness of Steyne, the haughtiest woman in England, would bend down to her husband so submissively if there were not some cause?
Between the Marchioness and the natural and tender regard of mother for children, there was that cruel barrier placed of difference of faith.
They passed down the room together a few moments later, the Marchioness
wonderfully dressed in a gown of strange turquoise blue, looking up at her companion, and talking with somewhat unusual animation.
Thorley Chivers, but who, having received a Papal title, had resumed her first husband's patronymic, and called herself the Marchioness
Manson, because in Italy she could turn it into Manzoni) the little girl received an expensive but incoherent education, which included "drawing from the model," a thing never dreamed of before, and playing the piano in quintets with professional musicians.
THIRTY years after the sinking of the Marchioness
in the River Thames, one moment from that horrific evening is "frozen in time" for survivor Andrew Sutton.
1989: The Thames pleasure cruiser Marchioness
was hit by a dredger and 51 young people attending a party on the boat were killed.
The chances of an older vessel surviving a collision on the River Thames have not significantly improved since the Marchioness
disaster 30 years ago, the Port of London Authority (PLA) has warned.
Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness
of Cholmondeley, is said to have been 'phased out' by the Duchess of Cambridge following claims of a feud.