Frankenstein's Bride by Hilary Bailey

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After dinner, as we sat in the drawing-room with the doors open on to the terrace, the pretty Elizabeth Frankenstein delighted us with some charming songs, Lucy Feltham moved us much with her singing of The Ash Grove and we gentlemen rent the ether with some lusty choruses from The Beggar’s Opera. The guests departed, the household went to bed, but Victor and I repaired to the library where we talked over our wine into the next morning. We spoke of science and our common interest in philology. He himself had spent seven years touring among the Indian tribes of America and attempting to put together a dictionary of their various tongues.

I read of it. It was a most excellent occasion, was it not; the room packed with 2 6 bride_pgs i–58 9/13/07 9:43 AM Page 27 F R A N K E N S T E I N ’ S B R I D E the most brilliant men and women in London, both eminent scientists and the fashionable? I believe the King himself attended, Victor. ” “His Majesty did me that honor,” Victor agreed. ” I asked. Victor was rueful. “I have, on one occasion, but we made little progress. This is my reason for asking for your help, Jonathan. ” demanded Hugo.

We did not begin that week, or the week after, for Maria was studying a new operetta, Hera’s Revenge by Maestro Valli and encountering difficulties with the work. Rehearsals were prolonged and, as she was also performing daily at die playhouse in another piece it was not until that gloomy afternoon in November, which I have previously described, that we met again at Cheyne Walk in the same small parlor as before.

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