Mrs. Trenor’s summons, however, suddenly recalled her state of dependence, and she rose and dressed in a mood of irritability that she was usually too prudent to indulge.
If only the ring meant a summons from the outer world—a token that she was still remembered and wanted!
In the evening also Lily found herself alone, for her aunt, who rarely dined out, had responded to the summons of a Van Alstyne cousin who was passing through town.
She might better have contented herself with thinking that he had simply responded to the despairing summons of his hostess, anxious to interpose him between herself and the ill-humour of Mrs. Dorset.
Judy Trenor’s summons was very welcome to Lily.
She flung on her dressing-gown to answer the summons, and unlocking her door, confronted the shining vision of Lily Bart.
But this characteristic command seemed to reestablish their former relations; and Lily smiled at the thought that her friend had probably summoned her in order to hear about the Brys’ entertainment.
"I am very glad to have seen you," Lily continued, summoning a smile to her unsteady lips.
She heard some one ask a question about the date of the will; she caught a fragment of the lawyer’s answer—something about a sudden summons, and an "earlier instrument."
In the pursuance of this end she at once started on a voyage of discovery in Miss Bart’s behalf; and as the result of her explorations she now summoned the latter with the announcement that she had "found something."
When an urgent case summoned him abroad to confer with a client in Paris, he broke reluctantly with the routine of the office; and it was only now that, having despatched his business, and slipped away for a week in the south, he began to feel the renewed zest of spectatorship that is the solace of those who take an objective interest in life.
The party, it appeared, were hastening to Nice in response to a sudden summons to dine with the Duchess of Beltshire and to see the water-fete in the bay; a plan evidently improvised—in spite of Lord Hubert’s protesting "Oh, I say, you know,"—for the express purpose of defeating Mrs. Bry’s endeavour to capture the Duchess.
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I was summoned to the principal’s office.
I summoned all my courage and walked into the room.