Grosse, Carl Horrid Mysteries; A Story

ISBN 13 : 9780217490849

Horrid Mysteries; A Story

9780217490849: Horrid Mysteries; A Story

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1796. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Our ladies, too, were sensible of our misconduct, and grew gradually more reserved; and we now were the only persons that did not observe it. I was at length reminded of it by Alfonso, who, all the evening, had been a silent observer of our behaviour, without taking the least share in our diversions. I imparted his remarks secretly to the Count, and our eyes were opened at once. We now beheld ourselves and our partners entirely deserted by the company, and the rest dispersed in several groups. However, we neglected to make a proper use of that discovery, being diverted by the jealousy of the company; and, instead of behaving with more circumspection, encreased our caresses and our attention to our partners, which vexed their lovers in such a degree, that they drew nearer with glowing faces, and with looks which plainly told us that it was high time to discontinue our ungentleman-like sport. Night was, fortunately, setting in. The families broke up, and went to their respective homes, probably very little edified by the conclusion of their rural ball and our conduct. Annette and Lucy also were impatient to go home: we offered them our arms, and attended them to their house, amid the pretty audible hisses of those that had staid behind. There are situations in human life in which we really seem to be controuled by some magic charm, of which the events of that evening were a speaking instance. All these humiliating consequences of our conduct, the cold civility of the old people, the scornful looks of the girls, the wry faces of the young men, and even the reserve and growing coldness of our charmers, were not sufficient to make us sensible of our foolish imprudence. The landlord and his dame, who, some hours before, had received us with so much kindness, and atten...

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