At first they imagined that the bride and bridegroom
would arrive immediately, and attached no importance at all to their being late.
With all its sweet and mystical significance, surely the prevailing feeling in the hearts of bride and bridegroom
is, or should be, that of happiness,--happiness bubbling and dancing, all sunny ripples from heart to heart.
By some accident the bridegroom
was a little less punctual than the widow and her bridal attendants; with whose arrival, after this tedious, but necessary preface, the action of our tale may be said to commence.
Too bad the breakfast is at old Catherine's," the bridegroom
could fancy Reggie Chivers saying.
But it was not because he was particularly proud this morning, as is the wont of bridegrooms
, for his happiness was of a kind that had little reference to men's opinion of it.
There was the proper and awful pause while the bridegroom
was kept waiting at the church.
The bride and bridegroom
talk and laugh apart, as has always been their manner; and the Buffers work their way through the dishes with systematic perseverance, as has always been THEIR manner; and the pokey unknowns are exceedingly benevolent to one another in invitations to take glasses of champagne; but Mrs Podsnap, arching her mane and rocking her grandest, has a far more deferential audience than Mrs Veneering; and Podsnap all but does the honours.
I wish you well, my dear, I heartily wish you well, but I think you'll be sorry for it," said Aunt March to Meg, adding to the bridegroom
, as he led her to the carriage, "You've got a treasure, young man, see that you deserve it.
Not to protract this portion of our narrative, and to make short work of a long story, let it be briefly written that before the interview came to a close, the single gentleman deemed he had sufficient evidence of having been told the truth, and that he endeavoured to force upon the bride and bridegroom
an acknowledgment of their kindness to the unfriended child, which, however, they steadily declined accepting.
Our dresses were white, trimmed with green in honour of Ireland; and we each had a handsome gold bracelet given to us as a present from the bridegroom
Our young bride and bridegroom
had chosen Brighton as the place where they would pass the first few days after their marriage; and having engaged apartments at the Ship Inn, enjoyed themselves there in great comfort and quietude, until Jos presently joined them.
sat together in a corner, rigidly silent, like Quakers whom the spirit moveth not, being still in the odd predicament of bashfulness towards their own young wives.