The cares of state were over for that day, the Drawing Room had been well attended, several new presentations had taken place, the three-and- sixpence accidentally left on the table had accidentally increased to twelve shillings, and the Father of the Marshalsea refreshed himself with a whiff of cigar.
You are a little low this evening, Frederick,' said the Father of the Marshalsea.
Fore Gad, Ned,' rejoined the father, 'I was cool enough last night.
I am quite charmed,' said the father rising, and walking slowly to and fro--stopping now and then to glance at himself in the mirror, or survey a picture through his glass, with the air of a connoisseur, 'that we have had this conversation, Ned, unpromising as it was.
And the father played with his daughter as though she were a child of six.
At last, on Ginevra's birthday, her mother, in despair at the estrangement which, day by day, assumed a more serious character, meditated an attempt to reconcile the father and daughter, by help of the memories of this family anniversary.
Because," replied the father
, "to absolve you for that motive would be a sin for which the king would never absolve me, my lord.
The elders stood up around, and the Father
feebly raised himself to a more erect position, but continued sitting in his great chair.
of their charge was one of those Italians nursed in the memory of the antique glory of Italy--one among the schiavi ognor frementi, who exerted himself to obtain the liberty of his country.
For the second it shall be granted also, for I will not willingly divide the father
and the son.
The difference between the pair was, that while the father was violent and a bully, the son had thrice the nerve and courage of the parent, and could not merely make an attack, but resist it; and finding that the moment was now come when the contest between him and his father was to be decided, he took his dinner with perfect coolness and appetite before the engagement began.
I ain't going to have any of this dam sentimental nonsense and humbug here, sir," the father cried out.