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By Thomas D'Agostino

New England is wealthy in heritage and secret. a number of sleepy little cities and farming groups distinguish the region's scenic tranquility. yet now not in the past, New Englanders lived in worry of spectral ghouls believed to upward thrust from their graves and stopover at relatives within the evening to suck their lives away. even though the notice "vampire" was once by no means spoken, rankings of households disinterred household through the eighteenth and 19th centuries looking for telltale symptoms that considered one of them can be what's now known as the hot England vampire.

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The woman moved toward the two sisters, bowing her head in acknowledgment, a faint smile on her red lips. Her feet, clad in the briefest and most delicate of red leather Grecian sandals, whispered on the floorboards as she passed them and walked toward the doorway. She left in her wake a hint of a heavy, exotic perfume, and the train of her gown lifted, floated, and caressed Jane‧s muslin skirt as she passed by. “‘Pon my word, Miss Austen, you‧re as cool as a cucumber, whereas I …” Her dance partner produced a handkerchief with which he mopped his sweaty brow.

I shall make all well. It will take but a few seconds and no one will notice. Or would you rather I introduce myself so we may observe the proprieties? ” She dipped a stilted curtsy, afraid the sleeve would thoroughly disengage. ” Miss Smith‧s nostrils flared slightly. She moved closer to Jane, enveloping her in perfume, as though the two of them were wrapped in a shawl lifted from a chest of exotic, fragrant wood. Her fingers tugged and straightened the muslin at Jane‧s shoulder, twisting the fabric so she could adjust the pin to its rightful position.

The musicians, engaged in tuning their instruments and drinking tankards of ale—playing must be as enervating as dancing—seemed inclined to linger before they began the next dance. It was the perfect opportunity to drink some tea or punch and then hope for a partner, preferably a more athletic gentleman than the last, for the next dance. Double doors at one side of the room led to the card tables; a set of double doors opposite them led to the refreshments room, an excellent arrangement for Mrs.

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