The signal meant that the brougham bearing the bride and her father was in sight; but there was sure to be a considerable interval of adjustment and consultation in the lobby, where the bridesmaids
were already hovering like a cluster of Easter blossoms.
After a most pathetic leave-taking, Mr Lillyvick and his bride departed for Ryde, where they were to spend the next two days in profound retirement, and whither they were accompanied by the infant, who had been appointed travelling bridesmaid
on Mr Lillyvick's express stipulation: as the steamboat people, deceived by her size, would
Strong is agreeable," he said, taking the bridesmaid
's hand in his, "Hazel and I think it would be ripping to make it a double wedding."
What time Mrs Veneering, carrying baby dressed as a bridesmaid
, flits about among the company, emitting flashes of many-coloured lightning from diamonds, emeralds, and rubies.
Of Miss Lavinia, who acts as a semi-auxiliary bridesmaid
, being the first to cry, and of her doing homage (as I take it) to the memory of Pidger, in sobs; of Miss Clarissa applying a smelling-bottle; of Agnes taking care of Dora; of my aunt endeavouring to represent herself as a model of sternness, with tears rolling down her face; of little Dora trembling very much, and making her responses in faint whispers.
All the girls were in tears and white muslin, except a select two or three, who were being honoured with a private view of the bride and bridesmaids
Lorry; there was even to be no bridesmaid
but the gaunt Miss Pross.
Although he sometimes dreamed sentimentally of marriage in the abstract, of actual marriage, of marriage with a flesh-and-blood individual, of marriage that involved clergymen and 'Voices that Breathe o'er Eden,' and giggling bridesmaids
and cake, Dudley Pickering was afraid with a terror that woke him sweating in the night.
There was no bell-ringing, and there were no bridesmaids
. The bride drove up quietly with her father, and there was a subdued note even in the murmur of recognition which ran along the villagers as they stood in groups near the church porch.
The three children and I attended the ceremony as bridesmaids
. We were joined by two young ladies, cousins of the bride and very agreeable girls.
No cheering; no sunshine; no flowers strewn in our path; no grand breakfast; no genial speeches; no bridesmaids
; no fathers or mother's blessing.
She ought to have said, 'No, I shall be married respectably from home, and have a wedding and a silk dress and bridesmaids
and lots of presents.' But she didn't.