And Jim never has met any of his dinner guests beforehand.
Now the landlord prided himself upon keeping a first-class hotel, and he feared that his guests would not like the rough-looking traveler.
Once she was certain Cade and his guests were comfortable, she retreated to her room with a book.
The guests must be greeted.
All the guests are staying put, with no check-ins or check-outs, Cynthia said as she and her husband sat down to lunch.
A number of Bird Song's more recent guests were bickering over differing rules to Mexican Train Dominoes in the dining room while others were trading Boardwalk and Park Place in the parlor.
After the guests had drunk quite a little of it, they began to talk foolishly and sing loudly; and some of them went to sleep.
They had nothing to eat themselves, and they were wiser than to think that apologies could supply the place of food to their guests; so they drew their belts tighter and said nothing about it.
When the meal ended and the dishes were put to bed, the three withdrew to the parlor, now empty of guests who were either dining uptown or waiting in line to do so.
By the time the Deans returned, most of Bird Song's guests had scattered off to the continuing Fourth of July happenings.
New arrivals and departures at Bird Song were nonexistent as all present guests were staying at least through the weekend.
Marya Dmitrievna and the countess burst out laughing, and all the guests joined in.
The band again struck up, the count and countess kissed, and the guests, leaving their seats, went up to "congratulate" the countess, and reached across the table to clink glasses with the count, with the children, and with one another.
Again the footmen rushed about, chairs scraped, and in the same order in which they had entered but with redder faces, the guests returned to the drawing room and to the count's study.
The guests began to disperse, some without taking leave of Helene.
We're the guests of honor tonight.
"In the future," he spoke crisply, "I'd appreciate it if you consulted me before inviting guests into my home."
By the end of the second day, she had adapted to the guests and felt completely at ease - a state that Claudette apparently wanted to shatter.
And having guests here won't make me crawl into bed with you again, either.
The three guests exempted the hosts and rolled.
At one time, a hotel, accommodating a hundred guests and stable for seventy-five horses, adorned its slopes.
On Monday, Howie was on time, unusual as I assumed he'd driven his guests back to Massachusetts Sunday afternoon and would wait until early morning to return.
His other guests had not yet stirred.
We'll find out what she can do when our guests arrive.
She'd watched the arriving guests with a mixture of fascination and dread.
She trailed him down the stairs, eyes on the guests milling in the courtyard beyond the opened double doors.
On Friday morning Bird Song's full complement of guests were treated to the usual bounty of Cynthia's baking, but with less zip and smiles than most days.
The second floor contained six quarters, five rooms for guests and the rear left corner occupied by Fred O'Connor.
The last of Bird Song's unfed guests arrived with a yawn.
Caleb—Dean couldn't recall his last name—and his family had been guests in Ouray early in June.
Bird Song's parlor began filling with guests whose canceled activities put them in a what-do-you-do-next? mood of bewilderment.
The other guests, bored by his technical answers to her questions, formed their own pockets of conversations.
The guests, apparently taking advantage of the improving weather, had not returned.
While Bird Song fed its guests only breakfast, there was always fresh fruit available and the management triumvirate ate heartily of nature's stores.
"Looks like one of our guests is making a friend," Dean said to his wife as Ginger reached out and held the man's hand.
Our guests' dead father!
Monday was transition day at Bird Song, with the arrival of six new guests to fill three vacated rooms, with only the four Dawkins, Brandon Westlake, and Pumpkin Green staying on.
Later, after the guests left, the three-person management team was cleaning up when the front door bell rang.
Dean held back the door and Fitzgerald brushed past him, turning into the parlor where most of the Bird Song guests were gathered.
The other guests, embarrassed to see their host so humiliated and wanting no part of a Dawkins brawl, murmured excuses and toddled off to bed.
How can you sit on a jury that involves guests staying at Bird Song?
Most of the guests seemed content in the parlor, listening to Pumpkin Green ramble away about his upcoming Fourth of July water fight.
I'm just trying to run an inn and keep the guests from killing each other.
"It's not nice to be speculating on the sex lives of our guests," Dean mimicked.
David Dean was hanging patriotic bunting by dawn's early light when Cynthia finished setting out the usual assortment of pastries for the guests and joined her husband for the short walk to the Community Center.
Dean remembered the open window and the guests gathered outside on the back patio.
To make matters worse, half of Bird Song's guests who passed by congratulated him on the debate, a sure sign they hadn't been there.
"Ask the guests," Cynthia said.
The guests of longer term, the three remaining Dawkinses and Brandon Westlake, were all absent.
Supper was picked-at leftovers, and neither felt like socializing with Bird Song's guests, who came and went on their own, without their usual afternoon goodies and conversation.
It seems she considered it somewhat incriminating as she was supposed to be at the pool with some of the other guests at the time.
Between bites, Martha regaled the few late rising guests that lingered around the dining room with stories of her adventure and the bus window sights she'd visited.
The Dawkins Four had apparently left and the newcomer guests were out seeing the town.
She didn't look up as they walked through a comfortable living room with several guests talking loudly about the fire.
His voice grew hushed, as if the all-important guests behind each door might hear him.
The demons treat their guests well.
Most of the guests were Evelyn's friends and family; Romas's small party consisted of only a handful of men-- cousins, according to Evelyn-- looking like an NFL team dressed uncomfortably in their tuxes.
I guess I shouldn't be snoopy either, but we've had a lot of guests in the last six months and I've never felt this uncomfortable about any of the others.
"Let's just be thankful we have guests," Dean continued as he wound a string of lights into a bouquet of blinking color, unplugged it, and set it aside with a dozen others.
The second floor contained six, five rooms for guests, the sixth occupied by Fred O'Connor.
It's one of the few times we've been without guests since we opened and we'll practically have a full house next week with the Ice Festival coming up.
"Spying on our guests is a no-no, Fred." but then added, "Pinkville, Virginia."
There was to be music and dancing; and Cyrus was to invite as many guests as he chose.
Having thanked Anna Pavlovna for her charming soiree, the guests began to take their leave.
Pierre drank one glass after another, looking from under his brows at the tipsy guests who were again crowding round the window, and listening to their chatter.
The count met the guests and saw them off, inviting them all to dinner.
The guests got up and took their leave, promising to return to dinner.
I thought they would never go, said the countess, when she had seen her guests out.
The other guests seeing that Shinshin was talking came up to listen.
The count, by his guests, went into the drawing room.
It was just the moment before a big dinner when the assembled guests, expecting the summons to zakuska, * avoid engaging in any long conversation but think it necessary to move about and talk, in order to show that they are not at all impatient for their food.
The other guests were all conversing with one another.
Tall and stout, holding high her fifty-year-old head with its gray curls, she stood surveying the guests, and leisurely arranged her wide sleeves as if rolling them up.
The footmen began moving about, chairs scraped, the band struck up in the gallery, and the guests settled down in their places.
Boris was telling his new friend Pierre who the guests were and exchanging glances with Natasha, who was sitting opposite.
On either side of her sat the more important guests--an old general and his wife, and Anna Pavlovna Scherer.
At the other end sat the younger and less important guests, and there too sat the members of the family, and Pierre and Helene, side by side.
At the head of the table, where the honored guests sat, everyone seemed to be in high spirits and under the influence of a variety of exciting sensations.
Next day, the third of March, soon after one o'clock, two hundred and fifty members of the English Club and fifty guests were awaiting the guest of honor and hero of the Austrian campaign, Prince Bagration, to dinner.
This class of guests and members sat in certain habitual places and met in certain habitual groups.
By his age he should have belonged to the younger men, but by his wealth and connections he belonged to the groups of old and honored guests, and so he went from one group to another.
It was at first impossible to enter the drawing-room door for the crowd of members and guests jostling one another and trying to get a good look at Bagration over each other's shoulders, as if he were some rare animal.
The novelty Anna Pavlovna was setting before her guests that evening was Boris Drubetskoy, who had just arrived as a special messenger from the Prussian army and was aide-de-camp to a very important personage.
There were other guests and the countess talked little to him, and only as he kissed her hand on taking leave said unexpectedly and in a whisper, with a strangely unsmiling face: Come to dinner tomorrow... in the evening.
As if you could come at a wrong time! said Boris, and he led him into the room where the supper table was laid and introduced him to his guests, explaining that he was not a civilian, but an hussar officer, and an old friend of his.
In the ballroom guests stood crowding at the entrance doors awaiting the Emperor.
The other guests were Gervais, Magnitski, and Stolypin.
His guests surrounded him.
Having prepared everything necessary for the party, the Bergs were ready for their guests' arrival.
Pierre, as one of the principal guests, had to sit down to boston with Count Rostov, the general, and the colonel.
"Uncle" dismounted at the porch of his little wooden house which stood in the midst of an overgrown garden and, after a glance at his retainers, shouted authoritatively that the superfluous ones should take themselves off and that all necessary preparations should be made to receive the guests and the visitors.
All the domestic circle, tutors, governesses, and guests, were already at the tea table.
At two o'clock the six chosen guests assembled for dinner.
These guests--the famous Count Rostopchin, Prince Lopukhin with his nephew, General Chatrov an old war comrade of the prince's, and of the younger generation Pierre and Boris Drubetskoy--awaited the prince in the drawing room.
The guests were reluctant to address her, feeling that she was in no mood for their conversation.
The guests rose to congratulate the old prince.
Princess Mary as she sat listening to the old men's talk and faultfinding, understood nothing of what she heard; she only wondered whether the guests had all observed her father's hostile attitude toward her.
Among those whom Julie's guests happened to choose to gossip about were the Rostovs.
Animated by that address Anna Pavlovna's guests talked for a long time of the state of the fatherland and offered various conjectures as to the result of the battle to be fought in a few days.
The guests welcomed Pierre because he always helped to enliven and unite any company he was in.
I know, but... we're guests in this house, and...
They mingled with the guests a little longer and then Carmen excused herself.
"Then I spoke out of turn in front of our guests about the bones being real," she added.
But no guests came.
The count sat on the sofa between two guests who were smoking and talking.
Most of the guests, uncertain how to regard this sally, looked at the elders.
While the guests were taking their leave Pierre remained for a long time alone with Helene in the little drawing room where they were sitting.
A minority of those present were casual guests--chiefly young men, among whom were Denisov, Rostov, and Dolokhov--who was now again an officer in the Semenov regiment.
A few of the guests cast curious looks her way, and everyone who looked at her seemed more interested in the plain charm at her chest than in meeting her gaze.
There was a beautiful canopy for Ozma and her guests to sit under and watch the people run races and jump and wrestle.