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【BUR-285】CATSUITINTERNATIONALLilyLaBeau

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-24 22:05:16
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【BUR-285】CATSUITINTERNATIONALLilyLaBeau �


"CaptainCreweisamanoffortune,"shesaid."Thediamondminesalone--"

MissAmeliawasbewildered.

"Thankyou,"shesaid,"forcomingtomyparty."

Mr.Barrowwheeledrounduponher."Diamondmines!"hebrokeout."Therearenone!Neverwere!"

"Youhadbetternotpayforanythingmore,ma'am,"heremarked,"unlessyouwanttomakepresentstotheyounglady.Noonewillrememberyou.Shehasn'tabrassfarthingtocallherown."

Refreshmentswerenotlikelytobedisdainedatanyhour,andmanypairsofeyesgleamed.MissAmeliaarrangedtheprocessionintodecorum,andthen,withSaraathersideheadingit,sheleditaway,leavingtheLastDollsittinguponachairwiththegloriesofherwardrobescatteredabouther;dressesandcoatshunguponchairbacks,pilesoflace-frilledpetticoatslyingupontheirseats.

"Birthdaypresents,"saidMr.Barrowinthesamecriticalmanner,"toachildelevenyearsold!Madextravagance,Icallit."

Shesatdownuponthefloorandturnedthekey.Thechildrencrowdedclamoringaroundher,assheliftedtrayaftertrayandrevealedtheircontents.Neverhadtheschoolroombeeninsuchanuproar.Therewerelacecollarsandsilkstockingsandhandkerchiefs;therewasajewelcasecontaininganecklaceandatiarawhichlookedquiteasiftheyweremadeofrealdiamonds;therewasalongsealskinandmuff,therewereballdressesandwalkingdressesandvisitingdresses;therewerehatsandteagownsandfans.EvenLaviniaandJessieforgotthattheyweretooelderlytocarefordolls,andutteredexclamationsofdelightandcaughtupthingstolookatthem.

Saradidnothearher;butasshestoodwithhergreen-grayeyesfixedsteadilyonMissMinchin,shefeltherselfgrowingratherhot.WhenMissMinchintalkedaboutmoney,shefeltsomehowthatshealwayshatedher--and,ofcourse,itwasdisrespectfultohategrown-uppeople.


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