Strong-Minded Woman: Or, Two Years After (Classic Reprint)
It was on the first day of November, 1874, that a merry party was assembled in the drawing-room of one of the most elegant houses in Fifth Avenue, in the city of New York. The company, as regarded sex, was very unequally divided; for while there was present only one representative of the male part of the human family, there were no less than five members of that portion which is, as science has determined, if not the more numerous, certainly the more important.
The time was a few minutes before seven in the evening, and the occasion was the forty-second anniversary of the entrance of the master of the house, the only man present, into this "vale of tears." It was a family party, and each individual member of it was waiting, with more or less impatience, for the French butler to make his appearance at the door, and to announce with a profound bow that "Madame est servie."
While they are in this state of expectancy, the opportunity may be taken to bring them more prominently before the reader.
First, there is Geoffrey Moultrie, whose birthday is being celebrated.
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