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An autograph by Hugh Miller entitled Chapter XV: The Supper.

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Chapter XV.
The Supper.

The clock struck nine.

As settled in domestic conclave, the dinner had been only a plain early meal, at which the two godfathers & the godmother were treated as three of the family: the frand festival in honour of the christening being reserved for the evening, - and my mother, attended by Mrs Pritchard, had just slipped from the drawing room to inspect the preparations.

"Beautiful, isn't it?" she said, looking along the supper table, gay with flowers & lights & brilliant with plates of which there was an imposing display.

"Very genteel indeed - I might say elegant," replied Mrs Pritchard fixing her gaze expecially on her own ├ępargne. "And those silver branches too, they are almost as handsome & massy as the Cobley's & of the same pattern."

"Between you & me," said my mother "they are the Cobley's - & the tankard, you know, is Mr Ruffy's - a present from one of his rich clients."

"And those silver gilt salts are the Curate's, I believe," said Mrs. Pritchard - "a parting gift from his late flock."?

"I believe it was", said my mother.

"And the dessert spoons," enquired the tall spinster who had made the tour of the table - "all with different crests & initials - pray is that a new fashion?"

"They are the school spoons, from Mrs Trent's," said my mother, reddening."But the knife rests are our own."

"And if I may ask," said Mrs Pritchard, "how many friends do you expect?"

"Why, all those who have lent plates of course," replied my mother.
- "namely the curate, the Cobleys, the Ruffys, Mrs Trent, and Mrs Spinks."

Notes

Alan Cole
Hugh Miller (1802-56) was a self-taught Scottish geologist and writer.
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Miller

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