Overhead, Handel's March swelled pompously through the imitation stone vaulting, carrying on its waves the faded drift of the many weddings at which, with cheerful indifference, he had stood on the same chancel step watching other brides float up the nave toward other bridegrooms
Irwine and her daughters were waiting at the churchyard gates in their carriage (for they had a carriage now) to shake hands with the bride and bridegroom
and wish them well; and in the absence of Miss Lydia Donnithorne at Bath, Mrs.
I scrutinized the faces of the two bridegrooms
, and saw but little probability of their leaving the bosom of earthly bliss, in the first week of the honeymoon and at the frosty hour of three, to climb above the clouds; nor when I felt how sharp the wind was as it rushed through a broken pane and eddied between the chinks of my unplastered chamber, did I anticipate much alacrity on my own part, though we were to seek for the 'Great Carbuncle.'
At first they imagined that the bride and bridegroom
would arrive immediately, and attached no importance at all to their being late.
With all its sweet and mystical significance, surely the prevailing feeling in the hearts of bride and bridegroom
is, or should be, that of happiness,--happiness bubbling and dancing, all sunny ripples from heart to heart.
By some accident the bridegroom
was a little less punctual than the widow and her bridal attendants; with whose arrival, after this tedious, but necessary preface, the action of our tale may be said to commence.
When the time came for them to set out, the fairy went into her bed- chamber, and took a little knife, and cut off a lock of her hair, and gave it to the princess, and said, 'Take care of it, dear child; for it is a charm that may be of use to you on the road.' Then they all took a sorrowful leave of the princess; and she put the lock of hair into her bosom, got upon her horse, and set off on her journey to her bridegroom
There was the proper and awful pause while the bridegroom
was kept waiting at the church.
'Mortimer, you wretch,' says Lady Tippins, turning the eyeglass about and about, 'where is your charge, the bridegroom
's hand trembled visibly, and no one heard his replies.
As he propounded this question, which Kit's mother echoed, somebody in a room near at hand, uttered a great shriek, and a stout lady in a white dress came running to the door, and supported herself upon the bridegroom
Forth came the bride and bridegroom
. Him I saw not; I had eyes for none but her.
At this point the bridegroom
's questions suddenly came to an end, and the bridegroom
's face exhibited an expression of ungovernable astonishment.
Mrs Deborah no sooner observed this than she fell to squeezing and kissing, with as great raptures as sometimes inspire the sage dame of forty and five towards a youthful and vigorous bridegroom
, crying out, in a shrill voice, "O, the dear little creature!--The dear, sweet, pretty creature!
Our dresses were white, trimmed with green in honour of Ireland; and we each had a handsome gold bracelet given to us as a present from the bridegroom
. If you add to the persons whom I have already mentioned, the elder members of Mrs.