It was the old lady's habit on the fine summer mornings to repair to the arbour in which Mr.
The old lady was very precise and very particular; and as this ceremony had been observed for three successive summers without the slightest deviation from the accustomed form, she was not a little surprised on this particular morning to see the fat boy, instead of leaving the arbour, walk a few paces out of it, look carefully round him in every direction, and return towards her with great stealth and an air of the most profound mystery.
Jingle was walking in the garden close to the arbour at that moment.
had fallen into great decay, and was in the last stage of mouldiness.
Without communicating his intention to any one, the bridegroom proceeded with a palpitating heart to the little sequestered arbour
, where he had overheard his bride offering up those petitions for his happiness and conversion.
Some of these cabins were turreted, some had false windows painted on their rotten walls; one had a mimic clock, upon a crazy tower of four feet high, which screened the chimney; each in its little patch of ground had a rude seat or arbour