The Worlds Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes. 1906. Vols. IV: American
After the Funeral
By James Montgomery Bailey (18411894)
IT was just after the funeral. The bereaved and subdued widow, enveloped in millinery gloom, was seated in the sitting-room with a few sympathizing friends. There was that constrained look so peculiar to the occasion observable on every countenance. The widow sighed.
Oh, yes! chimed in several. They came in their own carriage, too, said the sister, animatedly. And then there were the Randalls and the Van Rensselaers. Mrs. Van Rensselaer had her cousin from the city with her; and Mrs. Randall wore a very heavy black silk, which I am sure was quite new. Did you see Colonel Haywood and his daughters, love?