Excerpt from At the Bar, Vol. 1 of 2: A Tale
The marriage of Gilbert Penmore with Gabrielle Descartes was certainly an imprudent one, and threatened, at the time of the opening of this story, to turn out very ill for both the one and the other.
Gilbert Penmore was the youngest son of his Excellency Thomas Gilbert Penmore, who, in consideration of great losses incurred at the time of that swift depreciation in West Indian property by which so many unoffending persons were suddenly reduced to comparative poverty, was intrusted by the Colonial Office with the governorship of one of our West Indian islands.
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