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Tylney Hall

TYLNEY HALL. 227

tation, tliough the Hive was so handy, and they

had carriages of their own ;

whereas the metropo-

litan families who had been asked, came almost to

a fraction, notwithstanding the distance was consi-

derable, and many had to hire vehicles. It was

singular, besides, that those who had the farthest

to travel arrived first; guests from Bishopsgate,

Ludgate, and Cripplegate, came in, and had suc-

cessively made the tour of the house and grounds

before a single soul was announced who belonged

to the vicinity. However the interval was a

grateful one, for it allowed the master and mistress

of the Hive to feel really "at home" with their

former connexions, and to indulge in the luxury

of civic recollections, unrepressed by the presence

of their more aristocratic acquaintance. Mrs.

Twigg exhibited to her female friends her drawing-

room, bedrooms, storeroom, kitchen, washhouse,

brewhouse, and her unprofitable dairy ;

meanwhile

Twigg paraded his old cronies through his dining-

room, billiard-room, study and stables, or trotted

them round the grounds, pointing out peeps and

prospects, and then rushing back to act as showman

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