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The hot and sleep-inviting day had rolled slowly by; never had the river looked brighter and clearer, or more keenly reflected the rays of the sun.
This afternoon we will rest and write letters, unless some one comes to call, 'said Livy, leading her girls to the reading-room, where sleep-inviting chairs, tables supplied with writing-materials, and groves of newspapers, wooed the stranger to repose.
All things conspire to aid him: the ancient joints, ranged side by side like corpses in a morgue, each one decently hidden under its white muslin shroud, whispering of death and decay; the dish of dead flies, thoughtfully placed in the centre of the table; the framed advertisements extolling the virtues of heavy beers and stouts, of weird champagnes, emanating from haunted-looking chateaux, situate -- if one may judge from the illustration -- in the midst of desert lands; the sleep-inviting buzz of the bluebottles.
Do you see after what a sleep-inviting fashion the lights are twinkling all down the shore? "