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American Detective Fiction    April 1841-July 1891

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  Published in
Flag of Our Union October 30, 1858 and
Ballou’s Dollar Monthly Magazine January, 1859.
 
My Mysterious Neighbors
by Mrs. M. A. Denison

  and behold! We did not see them at all—for they took supper in their own room. The next day and the next they absented themselves in the same way, not only at supper, but at breakfast and dinner, and finally we ascertained that they did not intend to be on exhibition for our benefit. Of course, we did not like it; we could not be expected to like it. We received our share of inquisitorial inspection, and wanted to put others through the same course of—vegetable tops. 

Very well, if they avoided their fellow boarders in that style, it was very likely, yes, it was more than probable that they were no better than they should be.

“A runaway match,” suggested one.

“A couple of spiritualists—free lovers,” chimed in another.

“Something wrong, anyway,” said a third,

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    They had the room next to mine. My boardinghouse was one of a row—all boardinghouses, where the same carts came, all in a row, too, with meat and vegetables; where the landladies sometimes stood—all in a row—all in caps—to inspect the interior of said carts.

My landlady was decidedly the best looking of the whole. Most of them wore (as my brother once facetiously observed) “an air of pinch,” as if hard times had turned an extra screw on them, as indeed everything about them had an extra something—except their tables.

As I said before, or should have said, my mysterious neighbors had the next room to mine. They came in a carriage, the lady closely veiled, and when we sat all agog at the supper table expecting to meet them face-to-face—expecting to have the exquisite pleasure of passing our comments on the color of their eyes and the style of their general make-up—lo
   

 

 


 

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