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.
There were three other couples, following the bride and bridegroom
: first, Martin Poyser, looking as cheery as a bright fire on this rimy morning, led quiet Mary Burge, the bridesmaid; then came Seth serenely happy, with Mrs.
When the time came for them to set out, the fairy went into her bed- chamber, and took a little knife, and cut off a lock of her hair, and gave it to the princess, and said, 'Take care of it, dear child; for it is a charm that may be of use to you on the road.' Then they all took a sorrowful leave of the princess; and she put the lock of hair into her bosom, got upon her horse, and set off on her journey to her bridegroom
There was the proper and awful pause while the bridegroom
was kept waiting at the church.
'Mortimer, you wretch,' says Lady Tippins, turning the eyeglass about and about, 'where is your charge, the bridegroom
's hand trembled visibly, and no one heard his replies.
As he propounded this question, which Kit's mother echoed, somebody in a room near at hand, uttered a great shriek, and a stout lady in a white dress came running to the door, and supported herself upon the bridegroom
I bowed to the bride, and vehemently wrung the bridegroom
At this point the bridegroom
's questions suddenly came to an end, and the bridegroom
's face exhibited an expression of ungovernable astonishment.