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argument, there was no rule in Lord sible. So Mary had to go out and take Hainault's house that the children him to the nursery. He would stop his should always come in and see their crying, he said, if she would tell him aunt dress for a ball. But they always the story of Tredy Avedy. So she told did ; and Lady Hainault herself, though. it him quite to the end, where the baffled she could be perfectly determined, never old sorcerer, Gongolo, gets into the platedared to question their right.

warmer with his three farthings and They behaved very well. Flora brought the brass soup ladle, shuts the door after in a broken picture-broom, which, stuck him, and disappears for ever. After into an old straw hat of Archy's, served which she went down to Lady Hainault's her for feathers. She also made unto room again. herself a newspaper fan. Gus had an Lady Hainault was alone now. She old twelfth-cake ornament on his breast was sitting before her dressing table, for a star, and a tape round his knee for with her hands folded, apparently looka garter. In this guise they represented ing at herself in the glass. She took the Duke and Duchess of Cheshire, and no notice of what she had seen; though, received their company in a corner, as now they were alone together, she good as gold. As for Archy, he nursed determined that Mary should tell her his cat, sucked his thumb, and looked what was the matter—for, in truth, she at his aunt.

was very anxious to know. She never Mary was " by way of” helping Lady looked at Mary when she came in; she Hainault's maid, but she was very clumsy only said, about it, and her hands shook a good “Mary, my love, how do I look ?”. deal. Lady Hainault, at last looking up, “I never saw you look so beautiful saw that she was deadly pale, and cry before," said Mary. ing. So, instead of taking any notice, “I am glad of that. Hainault is so she dismissed the children as soon as ridiculously proud of me, that I really she could, as a first step towards being delight in looking my best. Now, Mary, left alone with Mary.

let me have the necklace; that is all, I Gus and Flora, finding that they must believe, unless you would like me to put go, changed the game, and made be- on a little rouge." lieve they were at court, and that their Mary tried to laugh but could not. aunt was the Queen. So they dexter- Her hands were shaking so that the ously backed to the door and bowed jewels were clicking together as she held themselves out. Archy was lord cham- them. Lady Hainault saw that she berlain, or gold stick, or what not, and must help her to speak, but she had no had to follow them in the same way. occasion; the necklace helped her. He was less successful, for he had to It was a very singular necklace, a walk backwards, sucking his thumb, Hainault heirloom, which Lady Hainault and nursing his cat upside down (she always wore on grand occasions to please was a patient cat, and was as much ac her husband. There was no other neckcustomed to be nursed that way as any lace like it anywhere, though some folks other). He got on very well till he who did not own it said it was oldcame to the door, when he fell on the fashioned, and should be reset. It was back of his head, crushing his cat and a collar of nine points, the ends of brilbiting his thumb to the bone. Gus and liants, running upwards as the points Flora picked him up, saying that lord broadened into larger rose diamonds. chamberlains never cried when they fell The eye, catching the end of the points, on the backs of their heads. But Archy, was dazzled with yellow light, which poor dear, was obliged to cry a little, faded into red as the rays of the larger the more so as the dear cat had bolted roses overpowered the brilliants: and at upstairs, with her tail as big as a fox's, the upper rim the soft crimson haze of and Archy was afraid she was angry light melted, overpowered, into nine piest time he had, for he had got rid of street. As he walked his purpose grew. the feeling that he was a disgraced man. He went straight to the quarters of a If he must wear a livery, he would certain cornet, son to the major of the wear the Queen's; there was no disgrace regiment, and asked to speak to him. in that. He was a soldier, and he would The cornet, a quiet, smooth-faced boy, be a hero. Sometimes, perhaps, he listened patiently to what he had to say, thought for a moment that he, with his but shook his head and told him he two thousand pounds worth of educa- feared it was impossible. But, he said, tion, might have been better employed after a pause, he would help him all he than in littering a horse, and swash- could. The next morning he took him bucklering about among the Windsor to the major while he was alone at taverns; but he did not think long breakfast, and Charles laid his case beabout it. If there were any disgrace in fore him so well, that the kind old man the matter, there was a time coming gave him leave to go to London at four soon, by all accounts, when the disgrace o'clock, and come back by the last train would be wiped out in fire and blood. the same evening. On the Sunday, when he saw the Eton The Duchess of Cheshire's ball was lads streaming up to the terrace, the old the last and greatest which was given Shrewsbury days, and the past gene- that season. It was, they say, in some rally, used to come back to him rather sort like the Duchess of Richmond's unpleasantly; but the bugle put it all ball before Waterloo. The story I have out of his head again in a moment. heard is, that Lord George Barty perWere there not the three most famous suaded his mother to give it, because armies in the world gathering, gather- he was sure that it would be the last ing, for a feast of ravens? Was not ball he should ever dance at. At all the world looking on in silence and events the ball was given, and he was awe, to see England, France, and Russia right, for he sailed in the same ship as locked in a death-grip? Was not he to Charles four days after, and was killed make one at the merry meeting? Who at Balaclava. However, we have nocould think at such a time as this ļ thing to do with that. All we have to

The time was getting short now. In do with is the fact that it was a very five days they were to start for South- great ball indeed, and that Lady Hainault ampton, to follow the head-quarters to was going to it. Constantinople, to Varna, and so into Some traditions and customs grow the dark thunder-cloud beyond. He by degrees into laws, ay, and into laws felt as certain that he would never come less frequently broken than those made back again, as that the sun would rise and provided by Parliament. Allow on the morrow.

people to walk across the corner of one He made the last energetic effort that of your fields for twenty years, and there he made at all. It was like the last is a right of way, and they may walk struggle of a drowning man. He says across that field till the crack of doom. that the way it happened was this. And Allow a man to build a hut on your I believe him, for it was one of his own property, and live in it for twenty years, mad impulses, and, like all his other and you can't get rid of him. He impulses, it came too late. They came gains a right there. (I never was anbranking into some pot-house, half-a- noyed in either of these ways myself, dozen of them, and talked loud about for reasons which I decline to mention; this and that, and one young lad among but it is the law, I believe.) There is no them said, that “ he would give a law to make the young men fire off guns thousand pounds, if he had it, to see at one's gate on the 5th of November, his sister before he went away, for fear but they never miss doing it. (I found she should think that he had gone off some of the men using their rifles without thinking of her.”

for this purpose last year, and had to argument, there was no rule in Lord sible. So Mary had to go out and take Hainault's house that the children him to the nursery. He would stop his should always come in and see their crying, he said, if she would tell him aunt dress for a ball. But they always the story of Tredy Avedy. So she told did ; and Lady Hainault herself, though, it him quite to the end, where the baffled she could be perfectly determined, never old sorcerer, Gongolo, gets into the platedared to question their right.

warmer with his three farthings and They behaved very well. Flora brought the brass soup ladle, shuts the door after in a broken picture-broom, which, stuck him, and disappears for ever. After into an old straw hat of Archy's, served which she went down to Lady Hainault's her for feathers. She also made unto room again. herself a newspaper fan. Gus had an Lady Hainault was alone now. She old twelfth-cake ornament on his breast was sitting before her dressing table, for a star, and a tape round his knee for with her hands folded, apparently looka garter. In this guise they represented ing at herself in the glass. She took the Duke and Duchess of Cheshire, and no notice of what she had seen; though, received their company in a corner, as now they were alone together, she good as gold. As for Archy, he nursed determined that Mary should tell her his cat, sucked his thumb, and looked what was the matter—for, in truth, she at his aunt.

was very anxious to know. She never Mary was " by way of " helping Lady looked at Mary when she came in; she Hainault's maid, but she was very clumsy only said, about it, and her hands shook a good “ Mary, my love, how do I look ?” deal. Lady Hainault, at last looking up, “I never saw you look so beautiful saw that she was deadly pale, and cry- before," said Mary. ing. So, instead of taking any notice, “I am glad of that. Hainault is so she dismissed the children as soon as ridiculously proud of me, that I really she could, as a first step towards being delight in looking my best. Now, Mary, left alone with Mary.

let me have the necklace; that is all, I Gus and Flora, finding that they must believe, unless you would like me to put go, changed the game, and made be- on a little rouge." lieve they were at court, and that their Mary tried to laugh but could not. aunt was the Queen. So they dexter- Her hands were shaking so that the ously backed to the door and bowed jewels were clicking together as she held themselves out. Archy was lord cham. them. Lady Hainault saw that she berlain, or gold stick, or what not, and must help her to speak, but she had no had to follow them in the same way. occasion; the necklace helped her. He was less successful, for he had to It was a very singular necklace, a walk backwards, sucking his thumb, Hainault heirloom, which Lady Hainault and nursing his cat upside down (she always wore on grand occasions to please was a patient cat, and was as much ac- her husband. There was no other neckcustomed to be nursed that way as any lace like it anywhere, though some folks other). He got on very well till he who did not own it said it was oldcame to the door, when he fell on the fashioned, and should be reset. It was back of his head, crushing his cat and a collar of nine points, the ends of brilbiting his thumb to the bone. Gus and liants, running upwards as the points Flora . picked him up, saying that lord broadened into larger rose diamonds. chamberlains never cried when they fell The eye, catching the end of the points, on the backs of their heads. But Archy, was dazzled with yellow light, which poor dear, was obliged to cry a little, faded into red as the rays of the larger the more so as the dear cat had bolted roses overpowered the brilliants: and at upstairs, with her tail as big as a fox's, the upper rim the soft crimson haze of and Archy was afraid she was angry light melted, overpowered, into nine ever, a shame to hide such a beautiful Alwright had meanwhile, not having neck by such a glorious bauble.

heard the last sentence, departed to the Mary was trying to clasp it on, but drawing-room, and possessed herself of her fingers failed, and down went the Lady Hainault's portfolio, meaning to jewels clashing on the floor. The next carry it up to the dressing-room ; then moment she was down too, on her she had remembered the message about knees, clutching Lady Hainault's hand, any one calling being shown up to the and saying, or trying to say, in spite of drawing-room, and had gandered down a passionate burst of sobbing, “Lady to the hall to give it to the porter; after Hainault, let me see him ; let me see which she gandered upstairs to the him, or I shall die.”

dressing-room again, thinking that Lady Lady Hainault turned suddenly upon Hainault was there. So, while she and her, and laid her disengaged hand upon Mary were looking for the blotting-book her hair. “My little darling,” she said, impatiently in the drawing-room, the “my pretty little bird.”

door was opened, and the servant an“You must let me see him. You nounced, “A gentleman to see Miss could not be so cruel. I always loved Corby." him, not like a sister, oh! not like a He had discreetly said a gentleman, sister, woe to me. As you love Lord for he did not like to say a dragoon. Hainault; I know it now.”

Mary turned round and saw a man all “My poor little Mary. I always scarlet and gold before her, and was thought something of this kind.” frightened and did not know him. But

“He is coming to-night. He sails when he said, “ Mary," in the old, old to-morrow or next day, and I shall voice, there came such a rush of bygone never see him again.”

times, bygone words, scenes, sounds, meet“Sails ! where for ?.

ings and partings, sorrows and joys, into “I don't know; he does not say. But her wild, warm little heart, that, with a you must let me see him. He don't low, loving, tender cry, she ran to him dream I care for him, Lady Hainault. and hid her face on his bosom. But I must see him, or I shall die." And Lady Hainault swept out of the

“You shall see him ; but who is it ? room after that unlucky blotting-book. Any one I know ? ”

And I intend to go after her, out of "Who is it? Who could it be but mere politeness, to help her to find it. Charles Ravenshoe.”

I will not submit to be lectured for “ Good God! Coming here to making an aposiopesis. If any think night. Mary, ring the bell for Al- they could do this business better wright. Send round to South Audley than I, let them communicate with Street for Lord Saltire, or William the publishers, and finish the story for Ravenshoe, or some of them. They are themselves. I decline to go into that dying to catch him. There is something drawing-room at present. I shall wander more in their eagerness than you or upstairs into my lady's chamber, after I know of. Send at once, Mary, or we that goosey-gander Alwright, and see shall be too late. When does he come? what she has done with the blottingGet ur, my dear. My poor little Mary. book. I am so sorry. Is he coming here ? And Lady Hainault found the idiot of a how soon will he come, dear ? Do be woman in her dressing-room, looking at calm. Think what we may do for him. herself in the glass, with the blotting He should be here now. Stay, I will book under her arm. The maid looked write a note-just one line. Where is as foolish as people generally do who my blotting-book ? Alwright, get my are caught looking at themselves in the blotting-book. And stay ; say that, if glass. (How disconcerting it is to be any one calls for Miss Corby, he is to found standing on a chair before the be shown into the drawing-room at once. chimney glass, just to have a look at party!) But Lady Hainault said nothing “Poor thing," said Lady Hainault. to her; but, taking the book from under "I will come to her. One word, Mr. her arm, she sat down and fiercely Ravenshoe. Oh, do think one instant scrawled off a note to Lord Saltire, to be of this fatal, miserable resolution of opened by any of them, to say that yours. Think how fond we have all Charles Ravenshoe was then in her been of you. Think of the love that house, and to come in God's name. your cousin and Lady Ascot bear for

“I have caged their bird for them,” you, and communicate with them. At she said out loud when she had just all events stay ten minutes more, and finished and was folding up the letter; see one of them. I must go to poor “they will owe me a good turn for Mary." this."

“Dear Lady Hainault, you will not The maid, who had no notion any change my resolution to stand alone. thing was the matter, had been surrep- There is a source of disgrace you probatitiously looking in the glass again, and bly know nothing of. Besides, nothing wondering whether her nose was really short of an Order in Council could stop so very red after all. When Lady Hain- me now. We sail for the East in twentyault spoke thus aloud to herself, she four hours.” gave a guilty start, and said, “ Imme They had just time for this, very diately, my lady,” which you will per- hurriedly spoken, for poor little Mary ceive was not exactly appropriate to the had done what she never had done beoccasion.

fore in her life, fainted away. Lady “Don't be a goose, my good old Al- Hainault and Charles went into the wright, and don't tread on my necklace, drawing-room. Alwright; it is close at your feet.”

Just before this, Alwright, coming So it was. Lying where Mary had down stairs, had seen her most sacred dropped it. Alwright thought she must mistress standing at the drawing-room have knocked it off the dressing table; door, talking familiarly and earnestly to but, when Lady Hainault told her that a common soldier. Her ladyship had Miss Corby had dropped it there, Al. taken his hand in hers, and was laying wright began to wonder why her lady- her other hand upon his breast. . Alship had not thought it worth while to wright sat down on the stairs. pick it up again.

She was a poor feeble thing, and it “Put it on while I seal this letter, was too much for her. She was Caswill you ? I cannot trust you, Alwright; terton-bred, and had a feeling for the I must go myself." She went out of honour of the family. Her first impulse the room and quickly down stairs to the was to run to Lord Hainault's dressinghall. All this had taken but a few room door and lock him in. Her next minutes; she had hurried as much as was to rock herself to and fro and was possible, but the time seems longer moan. She followed the latter of these to us, because, following my usual plan two impulses. Meanwhile, Lady Hainof playing the fool on important occa- ault had succeeded in bringing poor sions, I have been telling you about the Mary to herself. Charles had seen her lady-maid's nose. She went down quick- bending over the poor little lifeless body, ly to the hall, and sent off one of the and blessed her. Presently Lady Hainmen to South Audley Street with her ault said, “She is better now, Mr. note, giving him orders to run all the Ravenshoe, will you come and speak to way, and personally to see Lady Ascot, her?” There was no answer. Lady or some one else of those named. After Hainault thought Charles was in the this she came upstairs again.

little drawing-room, and had not heard When she came to the drawing-room her. She went there. It was dimly door, Charles was standing at it. “Lady lighted, but she saw in a moment that Hainault,” he said, “would you come it was empty. She grew frightened, and

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