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LADY IN HER OWN RIGHT.

R. CLAY, PRINTER, BREAD STREET HILL.

IN HER OWN RIGHT;

A NOVEL.

WESTLAND MARSTON.

Cambridge:

MACMILLAN AND CO.

AND 23, HENRIETTA STREET, COVENT GARDEN,

London.
1860.

[The right of Translation is Reserved.]

249. W. 240.

A LADY IN HER OWN RIGHT.

CHAPTER I.

A FAMILY group stood at the door of a country house in Herefordshire. The quaint picturesque house, with its many gables and projecting windows, was called Oldcourt, and gave its name to a small village which had gradually clustered around it.

The group at the door consisted of a gentleman who might have turned sixty; of his wife, who had seen fewer birthdays, perhaps, by ten; of an only son who had counted twenty-five, and whose clerical dress at once denoted his profession; and of a young lady of nineteen.

The three persons first mentioned were waving their adieux to some friends whose retreating carriage swept down the drive. The demoiselle, her eyes fixed on the ground, stood motionless, as if she had little interest in the matter.

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