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Excerpt from The MetropolitansThe full moon, sailing across the sky above Staten Island, in serene indifference to mundane revel, might have perceived that the fifth annual ball of the Hunt Club was nearly at an end. Her light on the hoar-frost madeMoreExcerpt from The MetropolitansThe full moon, sailing across the sky above Staten Island, in serene indifference to mundane revel, might have perceived that the fifth annual ball of the Hunt Club was nearly at an end. Her light on the hoar-frost made grass and late foliage everywhere sparkle with myriad crystals, hid itself in hollowed wave and umbrageous forest near, and only gave way before long pencils of warmer, rosier rays, which shot forth now and then from the open doorway of a great illuminated building. The brittle earth crackled beneath the hoofs of champing horses waiting outside. Impatient coachmen came and went, flapping their arms together to keep warm, like grotesque birds in livery- finding small comfort in the fitful bursts of music which came from within, but more in visits to the rear premises of the Goldenrod Inn, whence they issued wiping their mouths with the backs of their hands.Theres to be another supper after the women goes. Im here till mornin, Id wager me soul!About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology 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.