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182                       MEMOIRS OP JOSEPH GBIMAXDJ.

person, and that he preferred adhering to his old custom of
supping at home with his wife after the play. Mackintosh,
however, urged that his friends were very wealthy people, that
he would find them very useful and profitable acquaintances,
and by these and a thousand other persuasions, overcame his
disinclination to go. He consented, and an evening was fixed
for the visit.

On the appointed night, as soon as he had finished at the
theatre, he called a coach and directed the driver to set Tn'm
down at the address which Mackintosh had given him. The
coach stopped before a very large house, apparently handsomely
furnished, and brilliantly lighted up. Not having any idea that
the man could possess friends who lived in such style, he at first
supposed that the driver had made a mistake; but while they
were discussing the point, Mackintosh, elegantly dressed, darted
out of the passage, and, taking his arm, conducted him into a
brilliant supper-room.

If the outside of the house had given Mm cause for astonish-
ment, its internal appearance redoubled his surprise. Every-
thing was on a scale of the most costly splendour: the spacious
rooms were elegantly papered and gilded, elegant chandeliers
depended from the ceilings, the richest carpets covered the
floors, and the other furniture, too, was of the most expensive
description. The supper comprised a choice variety of luxuries,
and was splendidly served; the costliest wines of various kinds
and vintages sparkled upon the table.

There were just twelve persons in the supper-room, besides
Mackintosh and himself—to wit, six ladies and six gentlemen,
who were all introduced as married people. The first couple to
whom he was introduced were of course the host and hostess,
Mr. and Mrs. Farmer, who welcomed Mm with enchanting
urbanity and condescension. Every member of the party was
beautifully dressed: the ladies wore jewellery of the most bril-
liant description, the numerous attendants were in handsomeomestict time, a grand ballet of action, entitled "The Ogre and Little Thumb; or,