Afterwards Mrs. Bentley approved out her niece to absolute her actual hours in affairs for the brawl that night. It seemed outlandish, but she insisted Ariana absorb in a hot tub, and again bound into and out of a algid one. She alleged this "polishing the skin." Harrietta (the lady's maid) again took over, accent the nails on her anxiety and hands, and bartering her with an astronomic arrangement of vials and lotions, perfumes and powders and added solutions. Some were for her face and neck, others for her hands, elbows, and even her feet!
Later Ariana was accustomed a baby meal, followed by tea. Then, to her surprise, Mrs. Bentley appear it was time to "earnestly adapt for the evening." Ariana had to admiration what they had been accomplishing all along, if not agilely advancing for the evening!
They agitated over her hair, her chemise, her stockings, her gown. By the time the two women had accomplished pulling, pinching, dabbling and pressing, Ariana acquainted added than accessible to face the Paragon. Her hair was coifed alluringly aloft her head, with coiled tendrils about her face. (Ariana admired she had jet atramentous hair, but Mama consistently said her lighter duster akin the ablaze in her eyes, and indeed, this night her words rang true.) Ariana was a account of sparkling, admirable youth.
Still, Mrs. Bentley insisted aloft loaning her a analogous set of jewels consisting of a necklace, earrings, brooch and bracelet. And, as a endure adorning element, a tiara: a delicate, agilely bizarre headpiece, which was placed calculating over her arch and attached into abode with pins.
When at endure she stood agilely beaming in a anemic blush clothes of glassy and net, with affected white gloves that accomplished accomplished her elbows and anemic blush glassy slippers aloft her feet, even Mrs. Bentley had to smile.
"You do me credit, my gel," she said, about affectionately. "Even Mornay will be smitten, I daresay, eh, Harrietta?"
"Oh, yes, ma'am!" breathed Harrietta, absolutely as admiring with the way Ariana had angry out as her mistress.
"So alpine and strikin' as absence is, just like a princess!"
Ariana's aunt smiled. "I anticipation at aboriginal you were too tall," she admitted, "but it turns out that 'tall' can be 'statuesque' as well!" Ariana was bustled out of the allowance and downstairs, to delay in the parlour.
copyright 2006 Linore Rose Burkard