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    Catherine Charlotte Maberly
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. Two or three hours! What a little space compared to eternity! Yet, how eventful in the lives of men—in the appearance of places—in the alteration of feelings! As the trusty Mrs. Leigh rolled along in the old family coach, destined to convey the elite of the female part of the household from Camerford House to the church, she could not help smiling, as she passed in front of the terrace, and saw the windows of the library. She kept her recollections, however, toherself: for she was a woman of great prudence when not under the influence of her fear of ghosts, and there was no danger of them just then. Never had any place worn a brighter or happier look than Camerford House did upon that morning. The promise of the night had not been fulfilled: daylight had brought with it all its splendour, and bathed the beautiful grounds in a flood of sunshine. The interior of the mansion had likewise recovered its gaiety. The guests invited to witness the ceremony were rapidly arriving. The marriage settlements at the last moment were duly signed, and the bride in all her finery, was for the last time doing the honours of her father's house, and receiving with the most perfect grace, the congratulations of a whole host of particular friends, who were hastening already to loadwith flattery and caresses the future mistress of Mannering Park, and possessor of a fortune of thirty thousand a year. Even Genevieve, the timid, tearful Genevieve, had summoned all her courage, and, in her capacity of bridesmaid, hovered round her sister with the prettiest effect imaginable. Very lovely she looked in her dress of pink and white, with her large clustering fair curls escaping from beneath her bonnet. Half child, and half woman, she united the playfulness of the one, with the sensib...  
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