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Excerpt from Vivian Grey, Vol. 2: A Romance of Youth
The great saloon Of the New House afforded ex cellent accommodation for the dancers. It Opened on the gardens, which, though not very large, were tastefully laid out, and were this evening brilliantly illuminated. In the smaller saloon the Austrian troop amused those who were not fascinated by waltz or quadrille with acting proverbs: the regular dramatic performance was thought too heavy a business for the evening. There was sufficient amusement for all; and those who did not dance, and to whom proverbs were no novelty, walked and talked, stared at others, and were themselves stared at; and this, perhaps, was the greatest amusement of all. Baron von Ko nigstein did certainly to-night look neither like an unsuccessful gamester nor a designing villain. Among many who were really amusing he was the most so, and, apparently without the least consciousness of it, attracted the admiration of all. To the Trevor party he had attached himself immediately, and was constantly at Lady Madeleine's side, introducing to her, in the course Of the evening, his own and Mr. St. George's particular friends, Mr. And Mrs. Fitzloom. Among many smiling faces Vivian Grey's was clouded; the presence of the Baron annoyed him. When they first met he was conscious that he was stiff and cool. One moment's reﬂection convinced him of the folly of his conduct, and he made a struggle to be Very civil. In five minutes' time he had involuntarily insulted the Baron, who stared at 'his friend, and evidently did not comprehend him.
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