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Tylney Hall

TYLNEY HALL. 297

Female dresses, were bought, sold, and exchanged

—cleaned, dyed, and altered. Tall mothers,

figuratively speaking, were cut down into dumpy

daughters ; spare aunts were let out with new

breadths into fat nieces, and big sisters were

tucked and taken in till they became little ones.

The hoarded costume of a century back was

ransacked to deck modern beauties, and sometimes

the suits of three or four generations contributed

to make up a single dress—for example, Miss

Giblett had a mother cap with grandmother lappets,

an aunt boddice, a great aunt laced apron, and a

great grandmother skirt. Moreover, the dairy

savings and farm-yard perquisites were laid out in

fashionable millinery and cheap jewellery, so that

Miss Rackstraw might be said to have a necklace

of new-laid eggs—Miss Blossom, a tippet of fresh

butter, and Miss Rugby, a new gown of fatted

chickens, trimmed with green-gosling ribands, and

flounced with turkey-poults. As for Miss Bilberry,

she determined to go in her riding-habit, as the

best habit she had.

There was a dab-wash in every house. At each

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