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""It would be rather nice if you would put Clovis up for another six days while I go up north to the MacGregors'," said Mrs. Sangrail sleepily across the breakfast-table. It was her invariable plan to speak in a sleepy, comfortable voice whenever she was unusually keen about anything; it put people off their guard, and they frequently fell in with her wishes before they had realized that she was really asking for anything. Lady Bastable, however, was not so easily taken unawares; possibly she knew that voice and what it betokened—at any rate, she knew Clovis."

"WE are enthroned in the back yard. The big hen, white as a cream cheese, is brooding in the depths of a basket near the coop whose imprisoned occupant is rummaging about. But the black hen is free to travel. She erects and withdraws her elastic neck in jerks, and advances with a large and affected gait. One can just see her profile and its twinkling spangle, and her talk appears to proceed from a metal spring. She marches, glistening black and glossy like the love-locks of a gypsy; and as she marches, she unfolds here and there upon the ground a faint trail of chickens."

"Lyric soprano DOROTHY KIRSTEN was born in Montclair, New Jersey, on this day in 1910. She studied voice at Juilliard at night while working days demonstrating sewing machines. She made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 1945 where she performed for the next 30 years, specializing in the lead roles of such Puccini operas as Tosca, La Bohème and Madame Butterfly."

Title photo from Steve Webb.

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  • Afghanistan
  • Jun 25, 2006
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