pen, and Laura sat down to the piano. Two or three songs were selected, and Gilbert sang to Laura鈥檚 accompaniment. He had a good voice, and a correct ear, and the double 鏉窞涓濊浼氭墍闂ㄥ簵 performance passed off smoothly.
鈥淒oesn鈥檛 your brother sing?鈥?asked Gilbert.
鈥淔red? He don鈥檛 know one tune from another; besides, he don鈥檛 like the
piano. The hand-organ is his favorite instrument.鈥?
鈥淚 mean to buy one when I am rich enough,鈥?said Fred.
鈥淪hall you go around with it?鈥?asked Laura; 鈥渙r only keep it in the parlor for the entertainment of 鏉窞姘寸（璁哄潧 visitors?鈥?
鈥淵ou may laugh as much as you like,鈥?said Fred; 139鈥渂ut a hand-organ, that is, a good one, sounds splendid.鈥?
鈥淒id you ever see such a barbarian? Gilbert, what else do you sing?鈥?
The evening slipped away almost before they were aware. To Gilbert, it was positively delightful. Not that he was in love with Laura, but, never having had a sister, it was an agreeable novelty to him to meet a young girl so frank and attractive as Laura.
鈥淚 hope you will come again soon, Mr. 鏉窞鐢峰＋spa鎺ㄨ崘 Greyson,鈥?said Mrs. Vivian, when our hero rose to take his leave.
鈥淵es, do come,鈥?said Laura.
鈥淚 shall consider it a privilege to call,鈥?said Gilbert, with sincerity.
鈥淏y the way,鈥?said Mr. Vivian, 鈥淚 have taken several tickets for a concert in Steinway Hall next Wednesday evening. I have a spare one for you, Mr. Greyson, if you have no engagement.鈥?
鈥淚 鏉窞妗戞嬁鎸夋懇澶氬皯閽?shall be very glad to accept one, sir.鈥?
鈥淭hen come up to dinner that evening; we dine at six. We will all go together.鈥?
鈥淎m I to go?鈥?asked Fred.
140鈥淭here will be a ticket for you, if you would like to go, though I am afraid you won鈥檛 enjoy the classical music you will hear.鈥?
鈥淣o matter,鈥?said Fred, 鈥淚鈥檒l go, though I鈥檇 rather go to a circus.鈥?
鈥淚f there were 鏉窞娲楁荡鎸夋懇 only a hand-organ, Fred would enjoy it,鈥?suggested Laura.
鈥淲ell, Gilbert, what sort of a time did you have?鈥?asked Mr. 鏉窞瀹跺涵spa鑱旂郴鏂瑰紡 Ingalls, when his room-mate returned.
鈥淒elightful! I am going to dine there next Wednesday.鈥?
鈥淚t seems to me you are making a favorable impression in that quarter.鈥?
鈥淚 hope so.鈥?
A knock was heard at the door.
鈥淐ome in,鈥?said Mr. Ingalls.
Mr. Alphonso Jones opened the door and entered.
鈥淓xcuse my late intrusion, gents,鈥?he said. 鈥淎nd how did you find 鏉窞妗戞嬁涓績鐗规湇 the Vivians, Mr. Greyson?鈥?
鈥淰ery well, thank you.鈥?
鈥淭hey are very high-toned people.鈥?
141鈥淚 presume so, but I am not much of a judge,鈥?said Gilbert
鈥淧robably,鈥?said Mr. Ingalls, 鈥測ou do not know as many of that class as Mr. Jones. Did you find the Montmorencys well, Mr. Jones?鈥?
鈥淨uite so, thank you. Mrs. Montmorency has had a bad cold; but she has quite 鏉窞姘寸枟浼氭墍楠岃瘉 recovered now. They talk of going to Europe next summer.鈥?
鈥淒o they, indeed? How you will miss them!鈥?
鈥淭o be sure. However, I have many other friends in the first circles whom I can visit. I suppose, Mr. Greyson, the Vivians have a fine house?鈥?
鈥淚t seems very comfortable.鈥?
鈥淭he Montmorencys live in a perfe