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CHAPTER XXL

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diately he brightened. If he had known INDIGNATION.

you when he was young_" “Mary, I believed thee true,

“But I was not born till half a century And I was blest in so believing;

afterwards."
But now, I mourn that e'er I knew
A girl so fair and so deceiving."

More than that, if you please, since I In pursuance of this resolution, Maryam but two years younger.” absented herself from Lord Harry for When Mary went to him at last, Lord three whole days, and contented herself Harry had actually worked himself into with messages. She earned no credit for a nervous ferer; and Sorel had a wretched this from Colonel Dalmayne, who had been time of it. She was shocked at his alsummoned from town on professional tered appearance, his painful voice, his business; while Lord Harry was conster- trembling frame; and yet directly he saw nated at his isolation. “You must really her, a change for the better came over go to the poor old fellow, Mary,” said her him, and he kissed her hand, almost with father. “You have accustomed him to tears of gratitude, for coming. “My your visits, and he is ready to lie down dearest child, how could you be so and die at this falling off. He is abimé, cruel ?" said he, reproachfully. "I have consterné."

been absolutely miserable in your absence. But, papa, you have been to him." Had it been caused by any unavoidable “But, my dear, vain as I may be, I'm necessity—the illness of Dalmayne, for not a wit and a beauty. You amuse, you example, I trust I could have been manly soothe him."

enough to support it. But to be forgot“But Laura may go, papa." Laura ten—" went; but Laura did not do as well. “I But, dear Lord Harry, I wrote.” believe, Mary, nothing but the sight of “My idol, you did; and time was, you will satisfy him. He says he is but when a note would have sufficed me. half comforted unless he has his two prin- But that was in the happy days, not so cesses."

long gone neither, when I could answer "Oh, well, I'll go to-morrow. It is your notes, when gay and cheerful images rather a troublesome thing sometimes, to came 'fast as the periods from my flowing be a favorite. Sir Thomas More found it quill.' My quill won't flow now, even 80 in his palmy days, and ingeniously when Sorel dips it, for my poor hand feigned to grow more and more stupid, won't guide it. You pity me, Mary! I and less and less diverting, till—" see it in your dear face; and it is not a

“Till at length he succeeded so well pleasant thing certainly to be such an authat he got his head cut off,” said Laura. tomaton, even in the daily little routines "I think you may choose a better exam- of life; but to be obliged to let that sharp ple."

fellow break the seal of every letter for "You are as amusing, to the full, as I me, and, while I answer it, to hold the am."

ink so close to me that he can read every “No, I'm not, or at all events he does word I write over my shoulder. not think me so, which comes to the Ah!" and he gave a little shudder. same thing. How do you think I amused Mary quite entered into his feelings; him? By talking of you."

and to efface such unpleasant recollections "No wonder he found you dull." laid herself out to please and entertain

“But it was because I saw by his face, him from real kindness of heart. The his whole mien, that he found me dull, result was that she left him really better; that I began talking of you, and imme- and he gratefully said at parting, "My

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dirinity, if I had you always near me, you “I thought it was a Scriptural injuncwould cure me more effectually than a tion,” said Dalmayne, that legion of doctors."

should leave father and mother and cleave She returned home cheerful, in the con- to her husband, and that her desire should sciousness of having made another per- be to him-him only." son so, to find Colonel Dalmayne pacing “ Therefore shall a man leave his father the drawing-room like a tiger in its and mother and cleave unto his wife.'” cage.

“ At any rate, I've neither father nor Mary!" he exclaimed, “I thought you mother to leave,” said Dalmayne, hastily, never would return; and I have such “and you have only a father who does important affairs to communicate to not profess the least sentimentality about

parting with his daughters by marriage.” Dear Dalmayne, how glad I am to see Mary bit her lip, and said, “There is you," said she, with such unaffected joy Laura." in her face that his impatience ceased to “Laura will marry too, I've no doubt. exist.

Or she might come out with us.” "What is it all about?" said she, throw- “And leave papa ? O, Dalmayne!" ing aside her hat and gloves, and sitting "He and Lord Harry would take care down.

of one another,” said Dalmayne hastily. “I have been offered a governorship in “A very unfeeling speech, I think," the West Indies," said he. “It is a good said Mary, coloring deeply. appointment—too good to be refused, and "I see how it is, Mary,” said he, rathe question is, will you go out there with pidly losing temper.

"You wont go. me?''

You choose to remain, and rock the cradle “You almost take away my breath,” of declining age; rock Lord Harry's said Mary. "I suppose I must say, cradle, I mean ; your father does not "Where thou goest, I will go.'

want one." If you will but say that! " cried he. “No indeed," said Mary, with indigna“Well, I don't know what to think. tion. “You have settled the matter I suppose it will end in that. I should now, yourself, Colonel Dalmayne. Am like to know a little more about it first." I to go at a word, at a moment, to the

" The salary is considerable—four thou- confines of civilization, to a deathful clisand a year. I suppose you would con- mate, to have for my sole companion a sider that enough?”

man who can speak thus of my objects * Oh, of course I should ! Only the of affection ? " place itself, the climate, the society." "In the heat of the moment," began

"Society there's little or none, I believe. Dalmayne. We must be society for one another. The " Pray, say no more," said Mary, raisclimate-oh, it's one of the healthiest of ing her hand in deprecation. “You have the islands, I believe. Of course it's precipitated my refusal; you have given hot."

me no time for deliberation, for consulta"Of course. I wonder what papa will tion, for endeavoring to overcome nathink.”

tural repugnance." " Think for yourself, without reference "Objections quite in the spirit of to papa. Your own judgment is best Bath !” worth having."

" You may be sarcastic if you will; " But, dear Dalmayne, I can't act with- you have aggrieved me nevertheless." out the advice of my natural guardian.” “How aggrieved ?" "You are of age, I think.”

Surely there is no need to ask. You “Yes, but you must not be so quick began by proposing a momentous step to on me. I cannot run away at the first me, and directly I begin to consider it, word from those that have been dear to you take umbrage at my consideration." me all my life.”

“If you will only consider it," said

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Dalmayne. “But remember there is not but yet she knew not how completely much time for consideration."

she had let the tide in her affairs escape “You bid me do and not do a thing in her. She thought they had had one of the same breath. This is a very astound- their usual little misunderstandings, and ing matter to me, Dalmayne. I really can- that Dalmayne would cool as soon as he not see its bearings all at once."

was by himself, and fly to her and declare “What is there to alarm you? You he had been in the wrong, and she must know me to be a soldier; were ready, I forgive him like an angel. thought, to accompany me to a foreign “News! glorious news, girls!” exstation; here is a splendid appointment, claimed Captain Beaufort, “ Dalmayne is such as most persons would jump at; and gazetted general.” yet, to enhance the value of your ac- “Indeed ? that is news to me," said ceptance, you ungracefully, unkindly hang Mary, flushing. back."

“What, did he tell you nothing about "But supposing papa disapproves." it?"

"I'm quite clear there's no need for “Not a word. Of course I knew he such a supposition."

expected it soon or late." “Or that I preferred your declining "And he is to be governor of Santa the appointment."

Lucia." That is indeed too monstrous a thing “He has been offered the appointment, to suppose. No, Mary, you must know you mean." very well that in declining that you de- “Oh, he can't be such a fool as to refuse cline me, for I should have no hope of an it. Why the place is worth four thouequivalent; and I cannot afford such a sand a year." home as I should choose my wife to have Why, then I suppose you will have without it."

to go out there with him!” cried Laura, "Not if your wife preferred a simpler dropping her work and looking full at home ?"

Mary. Why no. I think she would have no “ That depends," said Mary. right to ask it. To refuse this governor- “Dear me," cried Laura, rising and ship would be to cut short my military putting her arms round Mary, “this is career at once. I should never get an- very sudden. I can't think how I can other step; and I own I have ambi

spare you." tion."

“Nor I, how I can leave you," said You offer me no alternative, then," Mary, dropping a few tears. Laura cried said Mary.

a little too. “ Pardon me; I am obliged to go, but "'Pon my soul, I feel for you, girls," said you are not."

the captain. “It will be a dreadful blow She was meaning to go all the while, to you to part. But it will be a splendid but did not like saying so at once. He thing for you, you know, Mary. You will misconstrued her delay, and writhed un- be the queen of a vice-royal court." der it. "I see you like to behold the A very little court, I believe," said wriggles of the fish on the hook,” said Mary. Dalmayne says there will be he. “The torments of the hart caught in scarcely any society. We inust be sothe thicket are pastime to you. Mary! ciety for one another.” if you had any generosity, you would act “Why, that is just what lovers like," very differently in this matter. It is well said Laura. “You will have romance and for me, perhaps, that I learn your true position too. You will have nothing to character before things have gone further; regret but papa and me; and though we but it is a bitter lesson."

shall miss you dreadfully, the knowledge Visitors were announced: in great agi- of your happiness and brilliant position tation he left the room and the house. will console us; and I suppose it will Mary was much fluttered, even agitated; only be for three years."

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Mary looked at her wistfully. Was nience either of the young ladies, he not Laura making too sure ? And was hoped one of them would take pity on not she treating the separation too light- him for a few minutes.

Three years? How much might “How unfortunate that Laura is out!' happen in three years! But visions of said Mary. “Richard, tell Mr. Sorel I gayety and dignity were gaining the as- will come round presently, but it can only cendency over fears and regrets. She be for a very short time, on account of could not help thinking her father rather pressing affairs.” She did not think Lord unfeeling to glory so openly in her pros- Harry would have heard of the governorpects without even a decent shadow of ship, and was anxious to know how he reluctance to lose her. Laura's conduct would take it. Richard fetched a hackwas more consoling: she was unaffect- ney-coach, helped her into it, and mounteilly attached to Mary, and would cer- ed the box. Just as it drove round the tainly miss her terribly; but with her corner she caught a glimpse of Dalmayne usual lightness, she put everything pain- turning into the street. She eagerly leant ful in the background, and ran on amaz- forward, but he did not see her; she pulingly about the brilliant life of the gov- led the check-string; it was too late. ernor's lady, till she cast a kind of gla- “Richard, turn back instantly; I want to mour over Mary.

see General Dalmayne." " He has accepted it !” cried Captain Most haste, worst speed; the hackneyBeaufort exultingly, at breakfast, as he coach wheel became locked in that of a eagerly looked at the gazette.

costermonger's cart; much swearing and "I wish he had seen me first,” said hallooing ensued; but there was a dead Mary.

lock. “How calmly you take it," said Laura; “Do run after him," cried Mary franti"almost coldly."

cally, “and beg him to wait ny return. “Oh, I am neither calm nor cold. On- Say I am coming." ly I feel as if I were about to be swept Richard darted off; but soon returned down the stream."

out of breath. The General had called at “Quite natural at such a crisis. I sup- the house; but finding she was not withpose he will come early to-day." in, had departed.

But he did not come; though Mary “How vexatious!” exclaimed Mary. was awaiting him till quite late. Her “Then drive on to the square.” head ached violently. She felt the want Lord Harry had heard of the appointof a little fresh air to restore her. A note ment and was overwhelmed by it. Not was brought to her. She took it eagerly; a word of remonstrance, but a torrent of but it was from Lord Harry, not Dal- regrets; he wrung her hand in his; callmayne.

ed down blessings on her for all her good"I am ill, my dear girl; but you are ness and sweetness to him; wished it had bappy; let that atone to me for being pleased Heaven to spare her to him a weary of my life. This sort of thing very, very little longer-it would have cannot go on much longer. I shall soon been quite long enough. She must think cease to burthen you. Forgive me for of her old friend sometimes. troubling you now."

Mary had a painful misgiving that her “ Poor Lord Harry!” said Mary. “He fate was not so settled as everybody asis very far from the fact when he calls sumed. This taking for granted and reme happy. I cannot go to him; he does signation to necessity so tried her that she not even ask it; but I suppose I must shed tears. He, mistaking them for tears write."

of compassionate tenderness at losing When Richard was summoned, he said sight of him, was quite overwhelmed, Mr. Sorel himself had brought the note; bade her go with his blessing, yet detained and was charged with a message to say her; so that it was much longer than she that if it would not too much inconve- had intended when she wa able to leave

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CHAPTER XXII.

SEPARATION.

him; and her faltering assurance that he The only way of stilling the dull pain was taking alarm too soon, her departure at her heart, and of obtaining rest for her was not at all settled, she had not con- throbbing head, was to tell herself incessented to it yet—were only received by santly that he would write, by the first him as kind frauds.

opportunity. There would be trying deOn reaching home, much troubled by lay; but then she had wanted delay. Perthis interview, she found that Dalmayne haps he would even ask her to go out had called a second time; and finding to him; perhaps she would even go. her still with Lord Harry, had left his Laura was in consternation; greatly card for her with P. P. C. written and blaming Mary, and greatly pitying her. underlined vehemently.

Captain Beaufort was confounded by He went down to Portsmouth that what had happened, and very angry. night, and embarked immediately. The “ You have played your

badwind had suddenly changed to a favora- ly, Mary,” said he. “I wish you may ble quarter.

not have Dalmayne's ruin to answer for. Young men are driven to strange courses sometimes when they are disappointed

and reckless. Grant that he was an imSay, is there any point so nice As that of offering advice?

patient, hot-headed fellow-why, he reTo bid your friend her errors mend Is almost certain to offend.

quired all the more humoring! You

WILKIE. won't readily catch such another prize, I Of course it was a nine days' wonder- fancy. If you do, you had better not a nine days' scandal too, and in the case let it slip this way through your fingers.” of some persons, downright slander. Of “Papa, pray don't talk so. Consider course they inferred that the General had my head.” given Mary up just at last for some grave

"And consider what the world will cause; some said she had proved utterly say, Mary, and the questions I shall be heartless, and meant to marry Lord Harry asked, and the difficulty I shall find in after all, with the well-grounded expec- answering them." tation of soon becoming a widow ; others “ People who can be so grossly indeliconcluded she must be reckoning on a cate as to question you on family matters rich legacy; and perhaps her marriage deserve no answer but a look.” with Dalmayne was only postponed. "Ah, but that's not my way. I don't

Lord Harry heard of Dalmayne's sailing answer people by looks; for it's not the without her with a strange thrill of pleas- way I like being answered. Truth is ure and triumph. The young man had truth,” said Captain Beaufori with virtuous not carried off his treasure after all. The emphasis. dear child was spared to him—she cared “Truth is truth ? yes, of course," said for him. Mary herself was not heart- Mary;

don't know the truth, broken, but stunned; her happiness was and I don't even know it myself. Genwrecked. She ran over in a bewildered eral Dalmayne called here twice when I way all that had been said and done- was unfortunately out, otherwise he alternately blamed him and herself—al- would doubtless have explained things. ternately cleared each: gave it up as a The wind changing in that sudden way, hopeless question. She did not feel, even compelled him to sail at once. I could now, that she should have liked being not possibly have got ready in time had swept off beyond seas in this impetuous I been so minded." way-did not believe she could have done Captain Beaufort drummed on the tait. Perhaps he had been the victim of ble, and then said, “That being the truth, circumstances like herself; perhaps he there can be no possible reason why it could have explained all had they met. should not be known.” Then why could not he write? Surely “None at all; it might be proclaimed he would write ?

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