Wives and Daughters ELIZABETH GASKELL CHAPTER 49 Đây là một tác phẩm anh ngữ nổi tiếng với những từ vựng nâng cao chuyên ngành văn chương. Nhằm giúp các bạn yêu thich tiếng anh luyện tập và củng cố thêm kỹ năng đọc tiếng anh . | Wives and Daughters ELIZABETH GASKELL CHAPTER 49 Molly Gibson Finds A Champion Lady Cumnor had so far recovered from the violence of her attack and from the consequent operation as to be able to be removed to the Towers for change of air and accordingly she was brought thither by her whole family with all the pomp and state becoming an invalid peeress. There was every probability that the family would make a longer residence at the Towers than they had done for several years during which time they had been wanderers hither and thither in search of health. Somehow after all it was very pleasant and restful to come to the old ancestral home and every member of the family enjoyed it in his or her own way Lord Cumnor most especially. His talent for gossip and his love of small details had scarcely fair play in the hurry of a London life and were much nipped in the bud during his Continental sojournings as he neither spoke French fluently nor understood it easily when spoken. Besides he was a great proprietor and liked to know how his land was going on how his tenants were faring in the world. He liked to hear of their births marriages and deaths and had something of a royal memory for faces. In short if ever a peer was an old woman Lord Cumnor was that peer but he was a very good-natured old woman and rode about on his stout old cob with his pockets full of halfpence for the children and little packets of snuff for the old people. Like an old woman too he enjoyed an afternoon cup of tea in his wife s sitting-room and over his gossip s beverage he would repeat all that he had learnt in the day. Lady Cumnor was exactly in that state of convalescence when such talk as her lord s was extremely agreeable to her but she had contemned the habit of listening to gossip so severely all her life that she thought it due to consistency to listen first and enter a supercilious protest afterwards. It had however come to be a family habit for all of them to gather together in Lady .