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Dodo the Second

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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 not being in any sense a house, because if undesirable guests proposed themselves, no 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 now-a-days everybody smoked in every room in the house, Nadine said that it was misleading, if not 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 now Esther Sturgis shared Nadine's bedroom as people stuck out of most of the windows of the cottage.

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June 2016 : UK Paperback

Title: Dodo: The Second (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-331-29781-8 / 978-1-331-29781-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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May 2011 : USA Paperback

Title: Dodo the second
Author(s): E F 1867-1940 Benson
ISBN: 1-172-82216-6 / 978-1-172-82216-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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