The Courage of Conviction: A Novel (Classic Reprint)by T. R. Sullivan
The night was but half over at Mrs. Brinkley Barrington's, yet already her hundred invited guests, comparing notes confidentially in the pauses of the music, were convinced that it was one to be long remembered. The new oval room, hung with pale-blue silken damask, had been proved flawless, acoustically and
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The night was but half over at Mrs. Brinkley Barrington's, yet already her hundred invited guests, comparing notes confidentially in the pauses of the music, were convinced that it was one to be long remembered. The new oval room, hung with pale-blue silken damask, had been proved flawless, acoustically and artistically. The Paganini of the day, inspired by these favoring conditions, had surpassed himself, drawing from his rare old violin such strains as never before were heard. More than that, the soft, diffused glow, streaming down from the gilded cornice which concealed the lights, was most becoming. The women, wearing their best in satin, lace, and jewels, looked their best, and knew it. Supreme satisfaction shone in every face; all was so strange and so delightful that even the most jaded wanderer of the night could not help yielding to the tingle of a new sensation.
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