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VANITY FAIR

A NOVEL WITHOUT A HERO

CHAPTER I

CHISWICK MALL

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tury was in its teens, and on one sunshiny morning in June, there drove up to the great iron gate of Miss Pinkerton's academy for young ladies,

Chiswick Mall,

large family coach, with two fat horses in blazing harness, driven by a fat coachman in a three-cornered hat and wig, at the rate of four miles an hour. A black servant, who reposed on the box beside the fat coachman, uncurled his bandy legs as soon as the equipage drew up opposite Miss Pinkerton's shining brass plate, and as he pulled the bell, at least a score of young heads were seen peering out of the narrow windows of the stately old brick house. Nay, the acute observer might have recognised the little red nose of goodnatured Miss Jemima Pinkerton herself, rising over some geranium-pots in the window of that lady's own drawing-room.

It is Mrs. Sedley's coach, sister,” said Miss Jemima.

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Sambo, the black servant, has just rung the bell; and the coachman has a new red waistcoat.'

“Have you completed all the necessary preparations incident to Miss Sedley's departure, Miss Jemima? asked Miss Pinkerton herself, that majestic lady; the Semiramis of Hammersmith, the friend of Doctor Johnson, the correspondent of Mrs. Chapone herself.

“The girls were up at four this morning, packing her trunks, sister,” replied Miss Jemima; we have made her a bow-pot.”

Say a bouquet, sister Jemima, 'tis more genteel.”

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“Well, a booky as big almost as a hay-stack; I have put up two bottles of the gillyflower-water for Mrs. Sedley, and the receipt for making it, in Amelia's beyx.”

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