This caused him to pause; and when he perceived that the only two among the strangers who had the air of gentlemen, were met with cordial shakes of the hand, he turned back towards his own tenement, a half-dissatisfied, and yet half contented man.
Sometimes she knitted and read with a book in her lap. But when she was not reading, she smiled quietly to herself. It was a curious smile, half-satisfied as one whose prognostications have come true, half-dissatisfied as though there was no great cause for congratulation. Once Mary was curious enough to ask her why she smiled.
"Is that your best frock, Miss Hilton?" asked Mrs Mason, in a half-dissatisfied tone, turning Ruth about; for it was only her Sunday black silk, and was somewhat worn and shabby. "Yes, ma'am," answered Ruth, quietly. "Oh! indeed. "Dress, young ladies, you know, is a very secondary consideration. Conduct is everything.
Aunt Hannah asked, while Helen herself looked a little surprised. But Katy would rather go alone. She had a heap to tell Cousin Morris, and Helen could go next time. "Just as you like;" Helen answered, good-naturedly; but there was a half-dissatisfied, wistful look on her face as she watched her young sister tripping across the fields to call on Morris Grant.