The priest was continually sending first the beadle and then the deacon to find out whether the bridegroom had not come, more and more often he went himself, in a lilac vestment and an embroidered sash, to the side door, expecting to see the bridegroom.
The bridegroom was expected at the church while he was pacing up and down his room like a wild beast in a cage, peeping out into the corridor, and with horror and despair recalling what absurd things he had said to Kitty and what she might be thinking now.
Seating myself in a corner of the transept where I could see all and be little seen, I with the rest awaited the coming of the overdue bridegroom. Meanwhile the usual buzzing and bobbing of heads went on amongst the usual little group near the foot of the altar.
Suddenly, with a sob, the bridegroom covered his face with his hands, and crying, "I cannot!
Immediately after, the footsteps of the bridegroom
and his friends were heard at the door.
"THERE THEY COME!" breathed the best man excitedly; but the bridegroom
But it was not because he was particularly proud this morning, as is the wont of bridegrooms
, for his happiness was of a kind that had little reference to men's opinion of it.
sat at the top, with the false princess on one side, and the true one on the other; but nobody knew her again, for her beauty was quite dazzling to their eyes; and she did not seem at all like the little goose-girl, now that she had her brilliant dress on.
Here, too, are Boots and Brewer, and the two other Buffers; each Buffer with a flower in his button-hole, his hair curled, and his gloves buttoned on tight, apparently come prepared, if anything had happened to the bridegroom
, to be married instantly.
"I wish you well, my dear, I heartily wish you well, but I think you'll be sorry for it," said Aunt March to Meg, adding to the bridegroom
, as he led her to the carriage, "You've got a treasure, young man, see that you deserve it."
Not to protract this portion of our narrative, and to make short work of a long story, let it be briefly written that before the interview came to a close, the single gentleman deemed he had sufficient evidence of having been told the truth, and that he endeavoured to force upon the bride and bridegroom
an acknowledgment of their kindness to the unfriended child, which, however, they steadily declined accepting.
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.
The rain drove into the bride and bridegroom
's faces as they passed to the chariot.
sat together in a corner, rigidly silent, like Quakers whom the spirit moveth not, being still in the odd predicament of bashfulness towards their own young wives.