So, when Gertrude met Lady Brandon, her lot was secretly wretched, and she was glad to accept an invitation
to Brandon Beeches in order to escape for a while from the admiral's daily sarcasms on the marriage list in the "Times.
The principal gentry of the colony received invitations
, which were distributed to their residences, far and near, by messengers on horseback, bearing missives sealed with all the formality of official dispatches.
As a matter of course, it was a little out of the common way that the governess was asked to make one, in the invitations
given to the Monsons.
Then came the moment of the final blessing, when the forever sublime words, "The peace of God, which passeth all understanding," seemed to blend with the calm afternoon sunshine that fell on the bowed heads of the congregation; and then the quiet rising, the mothers tying on the bonnets of the little maidens who had slept through the sermon, the fathers collecting the prayer-books, until all streamed out through the old archway into the green churchyard and began their neighbourly talk, their simple civilities, and their invitations
to tea; for on a Sunday every one was ready to receive a guest--it was the day when all must be in their best clothes and their best humour.
He, indeed, ignorant that the still hour, a cloudless moon, and an open lattice, had revealed to me the secret of his selfish love and false friendship, would have continued smooth and complaisant as ever; but I grew spiny as a porcupine, and inflexible as a blackthorn cudgel; I never had a smile for his raillery, never a moment for his society; his invitations
to take coffee with him in his parlour were invariably rejected, and very stiffly and sternly rejected too; his jesting allusions to the directress (which he still continued) were heard with a grim calm very different from the petulant pleasure they were formerly wont to excite.
Sometimes I was too indolent for exercise, and accepting one of the many invitations
I was continually receiving, stretched myself out on the mats of some hospitable dwelling, and occupied myself pleasantly either in watching the proceedings of those around me or taking part in them myself.
Crawford was somewhat distinguishing his niece-- nor perhaps refrain (though unconsciously) from giving a more willing assent to invitations
on that account.
wants to become Madame General, in order that, in future, she may be spared the receipt of such invitations
from Casino authorities as she received three years ago.
But now that you have become the fashion, and have your pick every day of three invitations
to dinner, we are tossed into the corner.
The cook was a huge, jet-black negro, and, unlike all the negroes Harvey had met, did not talk, contenting himself with smiles and dumb-show invitations
to eat more.
How glad they had been to hear papa invite him to stay dinner, how sorry when he said it was quite out of his power, and how glad again when he had promised in reply to papa and mamma's farther pressing invitations
to come and dine with them on the morrow--actually on the morrow; and he had promised it in so pleasant a manner, as if he felt all the motive of their attention just as he ought.
Arthur's cheery acceptance of the news that she received invitations
from others had been like a blow, leaving her numb and listless.