Excerpt from Dodo: The Second Nadine Waldenech's sitting-room in her mother's cottage at Meering in North Wales was a great square chamber on the ground floor with many windows. The cottage, considered as a cottage, was quite a large one, for it held some eighteen people, but Dodo was firm on this subject of its t being in any sense a house, because if undesirable guests proposed themselves, one believed you if you said your house was full, whereas it was clearly credible that a cottage might be so crammed that people really were sticking out of the windows. In the days when the commodious cottage was built, this sitting-room of Nadine's had been the smoking-room, but since w-a-days everybody smoked in every room in the house, Nadine said that it was misleading, if t positively untrue, to call any room the smoking-room, and she wanted this particular room very much. It opened out of her bedroom on one side, which was convenient, and out of the drawing-room on the other. This, too, had its advantages, for it was thus an easy meeting-place for those who wished to drop in for a little more conversation after bed-time had been officially proclaimed. The official proclamation of bed-time, it may be remarked, was designed to get rid of bores, who, thereupon, if they had any sense of propriety, would proceed to immure themselves in their appointed resting-places. Just w Esther Sturgis shared Nadine's bedroom as people stuck out of most of the windows of the cottage. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.