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Cymric Strain - Book 2
By Una Howell (USA - circa 1893)
Chapter 27 - A Page Removed!
Copyright Scott Dunbar 2010
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A Page Removed!
There are experiences universal, and experiences individual, and the impediments of marriage are both. Naturally a family like ours that lived at peak pressure could be expected to …
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Our supply of experience was already running low. However, Dell Eberhard whipped up a fluffy trousseau, and after being caught in a few “showers,” at the end of the first semester (time not place), we mumbled our vows to the blessing of a blizzard.
The Rich Young Man Who Was Not Rich At All had added some fifty pounds to his figure in a few weeks, which led some to question his identity as he walked down the aisle, but no one interrupted the ceremony. Everyone not only help his peace but, with the originality that characterizes wedding guests, said it was a “lovely wedding.”
We noticed a few, minor slips, but we would. For instance, the orange blossoms arrived the day after the wedding, and the cellist didn’t arrive at all. He had forgotten the day.
Then the organist’s wife, who had never been known to be devout, prior to that seizure, refused to allow her husband to play on Ash Wednesday. After all, a wedding is not child’s play to be classed with “The Farmer in the Dell. The soloist was studying to be a priest and he didn’t regard the ceremony as unholy at all. In fact he sang “Call Me Thine Own” with a most uncelibatarian fervor.
The solution to the organ problem was like this: A was disbarred altogether. B played for C so that C could play for me though B wanted to, but bowed to expediency. It was quite involved.
The slip de luxe that didn’t show, but might have, was the groom’s. In a guarded moment he carefully locked the two wedding rings made of gold from the family mine in one of the trunks he sat on all the way to Chicago (He would have no “NEWLY WEDDED” labels defacing his luggage!) It was a really nice little turn his unconscious mind did him but he didn’t act on it. Instead he hustled back to the railway baggage room and sealed his fate.
The arrival of the bridal party was so late that the clergyman, who was crouching in a cold corridor, had almost reached the freezing point, and the groom’s parents barely ducked under the white ribbons. Their sit-down sounded the alarm for “Lohengrin.”
Once the hurdles were achieved, the shivering minister tied the know and the Rich Young Man Who Was Not Rich At All kissed his bride and whisked her away to haven such as Mignon described.
“Where the orange flowers grow
Where the fruits are like gold
And the red roses blow”
And so ends the saga of a family, incused a short-legged, long-haired member who had the most wonderful friends in the world and sang her way into the hearts of gentle people.
Chapter 1 - Evanston
Chapter 2 - The Department of Music
Chapter 3 - Northwestern University
Chapter 4 - Beaued
Chapter 5 - Late for the 1am Train!
Chapter 6 - A Visit from Home
Chapter 7 - Bill Declares Himself
Chapter 8 - Engaged to be Married
Chapter 9 - A Grand Piano for Me?
Chapter 10 - Apartment Life in Evanston
Chapter 11 - On the Train with a Pass
Chapter 12 - Eric’s Decline
Chapter 13 - The Organist
Chapter 14 - Lilly Dies
Chapter 15 - An Unprincipled Woman
Chapter 16 - Music Critic
Chapter 17 - A Rich Young Man
Chapter 18 - Helping the World
Chapter 19 - On a Bicycle Built for Two
Chapter 20 - Mendelssohn Concerto in E Major
Chapter 21 - The Meister Way
Chapter 22 - An Admirer
Chapter 23 - Gentlemen Callers
Chapter 24 - The Scotchman
Chapter 25 - Checking on Maynard
Chapter 26 - Rich Young Man - Not so Much
Chapter 27 - A Page Removed!
Chapter 28 - The Marriage
Chapter 29 - Plans for a New Marriage
Chapter 30 - Honeymoon
Chapter 31 - A New Home
Chapter 32 - Getting to Know Elgin -1901
Chapter 33 - Our First Mobile (Auto)
Chapter 34 - Life in Elgin
Chapter 35 - Preparing for Birth
Chapter 36 - Stillborn!
Chapter 37 - Leave Leeches to Treat an Ear Ache
Chapter 38 - Winfield Illinois Sanatorium