Wolfe, Linnie Marsh
lamely for the want of a topic. Mr. Muir ham had so much to tell us, and we were so pleased to be there/ and hear him say it, that we were both agreeably occupied. But, I must not neglect to say that we never had the feeling that he was monopolizing the conversation. even though he might be doing all the talking. We never had the impression that he was talking down to us. On occasion ran in a more or less serious groove, but often it was f \ embroidered with pleasant levity and amusing anecdote. We were a really cheerful party , even after, a few hours of contact had brought us to the status of old friends, a relation as delightful as it was surprising. There were never any jokes at our expense, but Helen was a fair mark for her father's jocundities, which she usually took with a pleased little laugh. As on the morning when her cereal was a little on the thin side. He gave it no caustic criticism, but he told us what it was* %&% called it "a poor thin beverage," and after another spoonful added, "and it is so invincibly fresh!" All in the way of play. A minute or two of this good natured sarcasm, with every word fitted into place as perfectly as though it had been pondered for publication. When our first evening was over, and our host surmised that we were tired, 09//1
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