"these grounds，" surmised Tai-yue to herself， "must have been originally converted from a piece partitioned from the garden of the Jung mansion." rabbit pearl
Having entered three rows of ceremonial gates they actually caught sight of the main structure， with its vestibules and porches， all of which， though on a small scale， were full of artistic and unique beauty. They were nothing like the lofty， imposing， massive and luxurious style of architecture on the other side， yet the avenues and rockeries， in the various places in the court， were all in perfect taste. couples toys
When they reached the interior of the principal pavilion， a large concourse of handmaids and waiting maids， got up in gala dress， were already there to GREet them. Madame Hsing pressed Tai-yue into a seat， while she bade some one go into the outer library and request Mr. Chia She to come over.
In a few minutes the servant returned. "Master，" she explained， "says： 'that he has not felt quite well for several days， that as the meeting with Miss Lin will affect both her as well as himself， he does not for the present feel equal to seeing each other， that he advises Miss Lin not to feel despondent or homesick； that she ought to feel quite at home with her venerable ladyship， （her grandmother，） as well as her maternal aunts； that her cousins are， it is true， blunt， but that if all the young ladies associated together in one place， they may also perchance dispel some dulness； that if ever （Miss Lin） has any grievance， she should at once speak out， and on no account feel a stranger； and everything will then be right." adult women toys
Tai-yue lost no time in respectfully standing up， resuming her seat after she had listened to every sentence of the message to her. After a while， she said goodbye， and though madame Hsing used every argument to induce her to stay for the repast and then leave， Tai-yue smiled and said， "I shouldn't under ordinary circumstances refuse the invitation to dinner， which you， aunt， in your love kindly extend to me， but I have still to cross over and pay my respects to my maternal uncle Secundus； if I went too late， it would， I fear， be a lack of respect on my part； but I shall accept on another occasion. I hope therefore that you will， dear aunt， kindly excuse me."
"If such be the case，" madame Hsing replied， "it's all right." And presently directing two nurses to take her niece over， in the carriage， in which they had come a while back， Tai-yue thereupon took her leave； madame Hsing escorting her as far as the ceremonial gate， where she gave some further directions to all the company of servants. She followed the curricle with her eyes so long as it remained in sight， and at length retraced her footsteps.