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You see, I call him Charles Ravenshoe and you were, what a heartless ambistill. It is a trick. You must excuse it. tious jade it was! She sold herself to

Charles did not sit down and draw me for the title I gave her, as she had devils; he said, in a quiet mournful tried to sell herself to that solemn prig, tone,

Lord Hainault, before. And I bought “Welter, Welter, why have you been her, because a handsome, witty, clever such a villain ?

wife is a valuable chattel to a man like Lord Welter found that a difficult me, who has to live by his wits.” question to answer. He let it alone, “Ellen was as handsome and as clever and said nothing

as she. Why did not you marry her ?” “I say nothing about Adelaide. You said Charles bitterly. did not use me well there ; for, when “If you will have the real truth, Ellen you persuaded her to go off with you, would have been Lady Welter now, you had not heard of my ruin.”

but- " “On my soul, Charles, there was not Lord Welter hesitated. He was a much persuasion wanted there."

great rascal, and he had a brazen front, “Very likely. I do not want to speak but he found a difficulty in going on. about that, but about Ellen, my sister. It must be, I should fancy, very hard Was anything ever done more shame- work to tell all the little ins and outs of fully than that ?”

a piece of villany one has been engaged Charles expected some furious out in, and to tell, as Lord Welter did on break when he said that. None came. this occasion, the exact truth. What was good in Lord Welter came to “I am waiting," said Charles, “to the surface, when he saw his old friend hear you tell me why she was not made and playmate there before him, sunk so Lady Welter." far below him in all that this world “What, you will have it then? Well, considers worth having, but rising so she was too scrupulous. She was too far above him in his fearless honour and honourable a woman for this line of manliness. He was humbled, sorry, and business. She wouldn't play, or learn ashamed. Bitter as Charles's words were, to play-d-n it, sir, you have got the he felt they were true, and had manhood whole truth now, if that will content enough left not to resent them. To the you." sensation of fear, as I have said before, “I believe what you say, my lord. Lord Welter was a total stranger, or he Do you know that Lieutenant Hornby might have been nervous at being locked made her an offer of marriage to-night ?" up in a room alone, with a desperate “I supposed he would,” said Lord man, physically his equal, whom he had Welter. so shamefully wronged. He rose and “And that she has refused him ?” leant against the chimney-piece, looking "I guessed that she would. She is at Charles.

your own sister. Shall you try to per“I did not know she was your sister, suade her ?” Charles. You must do me that justice.” “I would see her in her coffin first.”

“Of course you did not. If". “So I suppose.”

“I know what you are going to say “She must come away from here, that I should not have dared. On my Lord Welter. I must keep her and do soul, Charles, I don't know; I believe I what I can for her. We must pull dare do anything. But I tell you one through it together somehow." .. thing—of all the men who walk this “She had better go from here. She earth, you are the last I would willingly is too good for this hole. I must make wrong. When I went off with Adelaide, provision for her to live with you.” I knew she did not care sixpence for “Not one halfpenny, my lord. She you. I knew she would have made you has lived too long in dependence and wretched. I knew better than you, disgrace already. We will pull through

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said to Hornby, whom he found with his head resting on the table; “I will come to-morrow and prepare her for leaving this house. You are to see her the day after to-morrow; but without hope, remember."

He roused a groom from above the stable to help him to saddle the horses. “Will it soon be morning ?he asked.

"Morning," said the lad; “it's not twelve o'clock yet. It's a dark night, mate, and no moon. But the nights are short now. The dawn will be on us before we have time to turn in our beds."

He rode slowly home after Hornby. “The night is dark, but the dawn will be upon us before we can turn in our beds !” The idle words of a sleepy groom, yet which echoed in his ears all the way home! The night is dark indeed; but it will be darker yet before the dawn, Charles Ravenshoe.

CHAPTER XL. Litinin

Lord Welter said nothing, but he determined that Charles should not have his way in this respect.

Charles continued, “When I came into this room to-night I came to quarrel with you. You have not allowed me to do so, and I thank you for it.” Here he paused, and then went on in a lower voice, “I think you are sorry, Welter; are you not? I am sure you are sorry. I am sure you wouldn't have done it if you had foreseen the consequences, eh ?

Lord Welter's coarse under-lip shook for half a second, and his big chest heaved once; but he said nothing.

“Only think another time; that is all. Now do me a favour; make me a promise."

“I have made it."

“Don't tell any human soul you have seen me. If you do, you will only entail a new disguise and a new hiding on me. You have promised.”

“On my honour."

“If you keep your promise, I can stay where I am. How is--Lady Ascot?

“Well. Nursing my father.”
“Is he ill ? "

“Had a fit the day before yesterday. I heard this morning from them. He is much better, and will get over it.”

“Have you heard anything from Ravenshoe?”

“Not a word. Lord Saltire and General Mainwaring are both with my father, in London. Aunt won't see either me or Adelaide. Do you know that she has been moving heaven and earth to find you ?”

“Good soul! I won't be found, though. Now, good night!”

And he went. If any one had told him three months before that he would have been locked in the same room with a man who had done him such irreparable injury, and have left it at the end of half an hour with a quiet “good night,” he would most likely have beaten that man there and then. But he was getting tamed very fast. Ay, he was already getting more than tamed; he was in a fair way to get broken-hearted.

A DINNER PARTY AMONG SOME OLD

FRIENDS.

LADY Hainault (née Burton, not the Dowager) had asked some one to dinner, and the question had been whom to ask to meet him. Mary had been called into consultation, as she generally was on most occasions, and she and Lady Hainault had made up a list together. Every one had accepted and was coming; and here were Mary and Lady Hainault, dressed for dinner, alone in the drawingroom with the children.

“We could not have done better for him, Mary, I think. You must go in to dinner with him."

“Is Mary going to stop down to dinner ?" said the youngest boy; “what a shame! I sha'n't say my prayers tonight if she don't come up."

The straightforward Gus let his brother know what would be the consequences of such neglect hereafter, in a plainspoken way peculiarly his own.

“Gus! Gus! don't say such things," said Lady Hainault.

You see, I call him Charles Ravenshoe and you were, what a heartless ambistill. It is a trick. You must excuse it. tious jade it was! She sold herself to

Charles did not sit down and draw me for the title I gave her, as she had devils; he said, in a quiet mournful tried to sell herself to that solemn prig, tone,

Lord Hainault, before. And I bought “Welter, Welter, why have you been her, because a handsome, witty, clever such a villain ?"

wife is a valuable chattel to a man like Lord Welter found that a difficult me, who has to live by his wits." question to answer. He let it alone, “Ellen was as handsome and as clever and said nothing.

as she. Why did not you marry her ?“I say nothing about Adelaide. You said Charles bitterly. did not use me well there; for, when “If you will have the real truth, Ellen you persuaded her to go off with you, would have been Lady Welter now, you had not heard of my ruin.”

but- " “On my soul, Charles, there was not Lord Welter hesitated. He was a much persuasion wanted there."

great rascal, and he had a brazen front, “Very likely. I do not want to speak but he found a difficulty in going on. about that, but about Ellen, my sister. It must be, I should fancy, very hard Was anything ever done more shame- work to tell all the little ins and outs of fully than that?”

a piece of villany one has been engaged Charles expected some furious out in, and to tell, as Lord Welter did on break when he said that. None came. this occasion, the exact truth. What was good in Lord Welter came to “I am waiting," said Charles, “to the surface, when he saw his old friend hear you tell me why she was not made and playmate there before him, sunk so Lady Welter.” far below him in all that this world “What, you will have it then? Well, considers worth having, but rising so she was too scrupulous. She was too far above him in his fearless honour and honourable a woman for this line of manliness. He was humbled, sorry, and business. She wouldn't play, or learn ashamed. Bitter as Charles's words were, to play-d-n it, sir, you have got the he felt they were true, and had manhood whole truth now, if that will content enough left not to resent them. To the you." sensation of fear, as I have said before, “I believe what you say, my lord. Lord Welter was a total stranger, or he Do you know that Lieutenant Hornby might have been nervous at being locked made her an offer of marriage to-night ?" up in a room alone, with a desperate “I supposed he would," said Lord man, physically his equal, whom he had Welter. so shamefully wronged. He rose and “And that she has refused him?" leant against the chimney-piece, looking "I guessed that she would. She is at Charles.

your own sister. Shall you try to per“I did not know she was your sister, suade her ?” Charles. You must do me that justice.” “I would see her in her coffin first."

“Of course you did not. If—". “So I suppose.”

“I know what you are going to say “She must come away from here, that I should not have dared. On my Lord Welter. I must keep her and do soul, Charles, I don't know; I believe I what I can for her. We must pull dare do anything. But I tell you one through it together somehow.” . thing—of all the men who walk this “She had better go from here. She earth, you are the last I would willingly is too good for this hole. I must make wrong. When I went off with Adelaide, provision for her to live with you." I knew she did not care sixpence for “Not one halfpenny, my lord. She you. I knew she would have made you has lived too long in dependence and wretched. I knew better than you, disgrace already. We will pull through

CHAPTER XL.

Lord Welter said nothing, but he said to Hornby, whom he found with determined that Charles should not have his head resting on the table; “I his way in this respect.

will come to-morrow and prepare her Charles continued, “When I came for leaving this house. You are to see into this room to-night I came to quarrel her the day after to-morrow; but withwith you. You have not allowed me to out hope, remember.” do so, and I thank you for it." Here He roused a groom from above the he paused, and then went on in a lower stable to help him to saddle the horses. voice, “I think you are sorry, Welter; “Will it soon be morning ?” he asked. are you not? I am sure you are sorry. “Morning," said the lad ; “it's not I am sure you wouldn't have done it if twelve o'clock yet. It's a dark night, you had foreseen the consequences, eh ?” mate, and no moon. But the nights

Lord Welter's coarse under-lip shook are short now. The dawn will be on us for half a second, and his big chest before we have time to turn in our heaved once; but he said nothing. beds."

“Only think another time; that is all. He rode slowly home after Hornby. Now do me a favour; make me a “The night is dark, but the dawn promise."

will be upon us before we can turn “I have made it."

in our beds !” The idle words of a “Don't tell any human soul you have sleepy groom, yet which echoed in his seen me. If you do, you will only entail ears all the way home! The night is a new disguise and a new hiding on me. dark indeed; but it will be darker yet You have promised."

before the dawn, Charles Ravenshoe. “On my honour.”

"If you keep your promise, I can stay where I am. How is–Lady Ascot?” “Well. Nursing my father.”

A DINNER PARTY AMONG SOME OLD

FRIENDS. “Is he ill ? "

“Had a fit the day before yesterday. LADY Hainault (née Burton, not the I heard this morning from them. He Dowager) had asked some one to dinner, is much better, and will get over it." and the question had been whom to ask

“Have you heard anything from to meet him. Mary had been called into Ravenshoe?”

consultation, as she generally was on “Not a word. Lord Saltire and most occasions, and she and Lady HainGeneral Mainwaring are both with my ault had made up a list together. Every father, in London. Aunt won't see one had accepted and was coming; and either me or Adelaide. Do you know here were Mary and Lady Hainault, that she has been moving heaven and dressed for dinner, alone in the drawingearth to find you ?”

room with the children. “Good soul! I won't be found, “We could not have done better for though. Now, good night!"

him, Mary, I think. You must go in And he went. If any one had told to dinner with him." him three months before that he would “Is Mary going to stop down to have been locked in the same room with a dinner?" said the youngest boy; “what man who had done him such irreparable a shame! I sha'n't say my prayers toinjury, and have left it at the end of night if she don't come up." half an hour with a quiet “good night," The straightforward Gus let his brother he would most likely have beaten that know what would be the consequences man there and then. But he was of such neglect hereafter, in a plaingetting tamed very fast. Ay, he was spoken way peculiarly his own. already getting more than tamed; he “Gus! Gus! don't say such things," was in a fair way to get broken-hearted said Lady Hainault.

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You see, I call him Charles Ravenshoe and you were, what a heartless still. It is a trick. You must excuse it. tious jade it was! She sold he

Charley did not sit down and draw me for the title I gave her, as s devils; he said, in a quiet mournful tried to sell herself to that solem tone,

Lord Hainault, before. And I “Welter, Welter, why have you been her, because a handsome, witty, such a villain ?"

wife is a valuable chattel to an Lord Welter found that a difficult me, who has to live by his wits." question to answer. He let it alone, “Ellen was as handsome and a and said nothing.

as she. Why did not you marry "I say nothing about Adelaide. You said Charles bitterly. did not use me well there; for, when “If you will have the real trut you persuaded her to go off with you, would have been Lady Welte you had not heard of my ruin."

but- " "On my soul, Charles, there was not Lord Welter hesitated. He much persuasion wanted there."

great rascal, and he had a brazen “Very likely. I do not want to speak but he found a difficulty in go about that, but about Ellen, my sister. It must be, I should fancy, ve Was anything ever done more shame- work to tell all the little ins and fully than that ?"

a piece of villany one has been Charles expected some furious out- in, and to tell, as Lord Welter break when he said that. None came. this occasion, the exact truth. What was good in Lord Welter came to "I am waiting," said Charl the surface, when he saw his old friend hear you tell me why she was n and playmate there before him, sunk so Lady Welter." far below him in all that this world “What, you will have it then considers worth having, but rising so she was too scrupulous. She far above him in his fearless honour and honourable a woman for this manliness. He was humbled, sorry, and business. She wouldn't play, ashamed. Bitter as Charles's words were, to play-d-nit, sir, you have he felt they were true, and had manhood whole truth now, if that will enough left not to resent them. To the you." sensation of fear, as I have said before, "I believe what you say, I Lord Welter was a total stranger, or he Do you know that Lieutenant might have been nervous at being locked made her an offer of marriage toup in a room alone, with a desperate "I supposed he would," sai man, physically his equal, whom he had Welter. 80 shamefully wronged. He rose and "And that she has refused hi leant against the chimney-piece, looking "I guessed that she would. at Charles.

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