She pities him, so she is good to him," aid Jo, beaming at her from the croquet ground.
An impromptu circus, fox and geese, and an amicable game of croquet finished the afternoon.
It was croquet
in our time, and the ladies had not reefed in their skirts quite so taut.
Miss Blanche--taking no notice of her step-mother's reproof, or of her uncle's commentary on it--pointed to a table on which croquet mallets and balls were laid ready, and recalled the attention of the company to the matter in hand.
Here," remarked the old gentleman, taking up a croquet mallet from the table near him, "is one of the qualifications for success in modern society.
But now, as I strolled out on the lawn, still nursing a grudge against my friend's high-handedness, I saw Lawrence on the croquet
lawn, aimlessly knocking a couple of very ancient balls about, with a still more ancient mallet.
Later on I heard the noise of croquet
balls, and looked out again, and it was Charles Wilcox practising; they are keen on all games.
Betsy reminded her that Liza Merkalova and Baroness Shtoltz were coming to play croquet
with her that morning with their adorers, Kaluzhsky and old Stremov.