Excerpt from The Bostonians: A Novel 'Olive will come down in about ten minutes; she told me to tell you that. About ten; that is exactly like Olive. Neither five r fifteen, and yet t ten exactly, but either nine or eleven. She didn't tell me to say she was glad to see you, because she doesn't kw whether she is or t, and she wouldn't for the world expose herself to telling a fib. She is very honest, is Olive Chancellor; she is full of rectitude. Nobody tells fibs in Boston; I don't kw what to make of them all. Well, I am very glad to see you, at any rate.' These words were spoken with much volubility by a fair, plump, smiling woman who entered a narrow drawing-room in which a visitor, kept waiting for a few moments, was already absorbed in a book. The gentleman had t even needed to sit down to become interested: apparently he had taken up the volume from a table as soon as he came in, and, standing there, after a single glance round the apartment, had lost himself in its pages. He threw it down at the approach of Mrs. Luna, laughed, shook hands with her, and said in answer to her last remark, 'You imply that you do tell fibs. Perhaps that is one.' 'Oh ; there is thing wonderful in my being glad to see you, ' Mrs. Luna rejoined, 'when I tell you that I have been three long weeks in this unprevaricating city.' 'That has an unflattering sound for me, ' said the young man. 'I pretend t to prevaricate.' 'Dear me, what's the good of being a Southerner?' the lady asked. 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.