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The Mansion - Henry van Dyke

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Michael J. Leonard
Division of Undergraduate Studies
The Pennsylvania State University
226 Grange Building
University Park, PA  16802-6702
e-mail: mjl3@psu.edu


The Mansion

By Henry van Dyke



There was an air of calm and reserved opulence about 
the Weightman mansion that spoke not of money squandered, 
but of wealth prudently applied.  Standing on a corner of 
the Avenue no longer fashionable for residence, it looked upon 
the swelling tide of business with an expression of complacency 
and half-disdain.

The house was not beautiful.  There was nothing in its straight
front of 
chocolate-colored stone, its heavy cornices, its broad, staring
windows of 
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