Tuesday, March 02, 2010

20Jun1871, Unmitigated Boys and Girls Don't Do!

LONDON, June 20th, 1871.
—We had a portentously dull dinner party, F. not arriving till afterwards and Sissy Ashley coming minus husband. Unmitigated boys and girls don't do ! and we had no couple. Even Gertrude was struck with sotto-voce shyness ; Mary Howard, Messrs. Strutt, Sturgis, and Willy held their tongues ; Beilby Lawley made fitful conversation with me, Edith asked questions and I prosed.

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