May I point out, by presenting you with this dedication, that in the meantime I am become the parent of the Book?
With the quickness of David at the switch, I slipped a blotting-pad over the dedication, and then, "Pray be seated," I said coldly, but she remained standing, all in a twitter and very much afraid of me, and I know that her hands were pressed together within the muff.
The truth is, I begun to think uncomfortably of the dedication.
But there was still that accursed dedication, lying, you remember, beneath the blotting-pad.
Ma'am," said I, swelling, "it is a Dedication," and I walked majestically to the window.
Yes, I had always known that this was the one flaw in my dedication, but how could I have expected her to have the wit to see it?
Why, you have commended the book so warmly, that you should be ashamed of reading your name before the dedication.
Indeed I have run into a preface, while I professed to write a dedication.
The exercises connected with the dedication
were held in Music Hall, in Boston, and the great hall was packed from top to bottom with one of the most distinguished audiences that ever assembled in the city.
They are literally, so far as one can ascertain, feasts of the dedication
- that is, they were first established in the churchyard on the day on which the village church was opened for public worship, which was on the wake or festival of the patron saint, and have been held on the same day in every year since that time.