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Chapter 12 - (VERSO)

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black silk, in which she looked un unnaturally fine. Her soft muslin became her much better, but we could not induce her to wear it. Anything more prim and bandboxy than Aunt Olivia when her toilet was finished it has never been my lot to see. Peggy and I watched her as she went downstairs, her skirt held stiffly up all around her that it might not brush the floor.

“‘Mr. Malcolm MacPherson’ will be inspired with such awe that he will only be able to sit back and gaze at her,” whispered Peggy. “I wish he would come and have it over. This is getting on my nerves.”

Aunt Olivia went into the parlor,


From "Aunt Olivia's Beau."


A "bandbox" held the small, starched collars typically used in men's and women's clothing in the 19(begin superscript)th(end superscript) century. Though the collars went out of fashion, the word did not. When used as an adjective, it means excessively neat and clean, just out of the box.