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for ever?” cried he, as he stood and rapid river, swarming with alligazing at the scene. “I wonder,” gators; the grassy slope, where thought he, “could Skeffy read her they had their house, and the tiny thoughts and tell me how she feels garden whose flowers, stuck down towards me? I wonder will he at daybreak, were withered before ever talk to her of me, and what noon-too faithful emblems of the will they say?" His cheek grew joys they illustrated ! hot and red, and he muttered to "Surely," thought he, “no boy himself, “Who knows but it may be had ever such a rare playfellow as in pity ?" and with the bitterness of Dolly ; so ready to take her share the thought the tears started to his in all the rough vicissitudes of a eyes and coursed down his cheeks. boy's pleasures, and yet to bring to

That same book-how it rankled, them a sort of storied interest and like a barbed arrow, in his side !- captivation which no mere boy that same book said that men are could ever have contributed. What always wrong in their readings of a little romance the whole waswoman-that they cannot under- just because she knew how to imstand the finer, nicer, more subtle part the charm of a story to all springs of her action; and in their they did and all they planned !" coarser appreciation they constant. It was thus thinking that he enly destroy the interest they would tered the cottage. So still was give worlds to create. It was as everything that he could hear the this thought flashed across his scratching noise of a pen as a ramemory the car-driver exclaimed pid writer's hand moved over the aloud, " Ah, Master Tony, did ever paper. He peeped cautiously in and you see as good a pony as yon? saw Dolly seated, writing busily he's carried the minister these at a table all strewn over with eighteen years, and look at him, manuscript: an open book, supporthow he jogs along to-day !" . ed by other books, lay before her,

He pointed to a little path in at which from time to time she the valley where old Doctor Stewart glanced. ambled along on his aged palfrey, Before Tony had advanced a step the long mane and flowing tail of she turned round and saw him. the beast marking him out though“ Was it not strange, Tony ?” said nigh half a mile away.

she, and she flushed as she spoke. "Why didn't I think of that be- “I felt that you were there before fore ?" thought Tony. “Dolly Stew- I saw you; just like long ago, when art is the very one to help me. She I always knew where you were has not been bred and brought up hid.”. like Alice, but she has plenty of "I was just thinking of that same keen woman's wit, and she has all long ago, Dolly,” said he, taking a a sister's love for me besides. I'll chair beside her, "as I came up just go and tell her how we parted, through the fields. There everyand I'll ask her frankly what she thing is the same as it used to be says to it.”.

when we went to seek our fortune Cheered by this bright idea, he across the sandy desert, near the pursued his way in better spirits, Black Lake." and soon reached the little path "No," said she, correcting; "the which wound off from the high- Black Lake was at the foot of road through the fields to the burn- Giant's Rock, beyond the rye field.” side. Not a spot there unassociat- “So it was, Dolly; you are right." ed with memories, but they were “Ah, Master Tony, I suspect I the memories of early boyhood. have a better memory of those days The clump of white thorns they than you have. To be sure, I have used to call the Forest, and where not had as many things happening they went to hunt wild beasts; the in the meanwbile to trouble these little stream they fancied a great memories."

There was a tone of sadness in “What a good girl you are!" her voice, very slight, very faint said he, and he fixed his eyes full indeed, but still enough to tinge upon her; nor did he know how these few words with melancholy. admiringly till he saw that her face,

"And what is all this writing her forehead, and even her neck, about?” said he, moving his hands were crimson with shame and conthrough the papers. “Are you fusion. composing a book, Dolly ?”

“There is no such great goodness "No," said she, timidly; “I am in doing what is simply one's duty,” only translating a little German said she, gravely. story. When I was up in London, “I don't know that, Dolly." I was lucky enough to obtain the “Come, come, Tony, you never insertion of a little fairy tale in a fancied yourself a hero, just because small periodical meant for children, you are willing to earn your bread, and the editor encouraged me to and ready to do so by some sacrifice try and render one of Andersen's of your tastes and habits." stories; but I am a very sorry The allusion recalled Tony to himGerman, and, I fear me, a still sor- self and his own cares, and after a rier prose writer; and so, Tony, the few seconds of deep thought he work goes on as slowly as that said, “I am going to make the venbridge of ours used long ago. Do you ture now, Dolly. I am called away remember when it was made, we to London by telegraph, and am to never had the courage to pass over leave to-morrow morning." it! Mayhap it will be the same “And are you fully prepared, with my poor story, and, when Tony, for the examination ?! finished, remain unread."

“Luckily for me, they do not re“But why do you encounter such quire it. Some accidental want of a piece of labour ?" said he. “This people has made them call in all must have taken a week or more!" the available fellows at a moment's

"A month yesterday, my good warning, and in this way I may Tony; and very proud I am, too, chance to slip into the service unthat I did it in a month."

challenged.” " And for what, in heaven's “Nay, but Tony," said she, rename ?"

proachfully, "you surely could face “For three bright sorereigns, the examination ?" Master Tony !" said she, blushing. “I could face it just as I could

"Oh, I didn't mean that,” said face being shot at, of course, but he, in deep shame and confusion. with the same certainty of being "I meant only, why did you engage bowled over. Don't you know, on such a hard task.”

Dolly, that I never knew my gram"I know you didn't mean it, mar long ago till you had dinned it Tony; but I was so proud of my into my head; and as you never success as an author, it would out. come to my assistance now, I know Yes," said she, with a feigned air of well what my fate would be." importance, “I have just disposed “My dear Tony," said she, “do of my copyright; and you know, get rid once for all of the habit of unTony, Milton did not get a great deal derrating your own abilities: as my more for · Paradise Lost. You see," dear father says, people very easily added she seriously, “what with make self-depreciation a plea of poor papa's age and his loneliness, indolence. There, don't look SO and my own not over-great strength, dreary; I'm not going to moralise in I don't think I shall try (at least the few last minutes we are to have not soon) to be a governess again; together. Talk to me about yourand it behoves me to be as little as self." I can of a burden to him; and af- “It was for that I came, Dolly," ter thinking of various things, I said he, rising and taking a turn or have settled upon this as the best.” two up and down the room; for in

truth he was sorely puzzled how to “Slightly: it is seldom quite approach the theme that engaged free of pain. You have chosen a him. “I want your aid; I want poor guide, Tony, when there is a your woman's wit to help me in a question of the habits of fine folk. difficulty. Here's what it is, Dolly," None know so little of their ways as and he sat down again at her side, I do. But surely you do not need and took her hand in his own. guidance. Surely you are well "Tell me, Dolly," said he, suddenly, capable of understanding them in " is it true, as I have read some- all their moods." where, that a woman, after having With all her attempts to appear made a man in love with her, will calm and composed, her lip shook boast that she is not in the least and her cheeks trembled as she bound to requite his affection if she spoke; and Tony, more struck by satisfies herself that she has elevated her looks than her words, passed him in his ambition, given a higher his arm around her, and said, in a spring to his hope, made him, in kind and affectionate voice, "I see fact, something better and nobler you are not well, my own dear than his own uninspired nature Dolly; and that I ought not to had ever taught him to be? I'm come here troubling you about my not sure that I have said what I own selfish cares; but I can never meant to say; but you'll be able help feeling that it's a sister I to guess what I intend”

speak to." "You mean, perhaps, will a “Yes, & sister," said she, in a woman accept a man's love as a faint whisper-"a sister!" means of serving him without any "And that your brother Tony intention of returning it ?".

has the right to come to you for Perhaps he did not like the fa- counsel and help.” shion in which she put his question, "So he has," said she, gulping for he did not answer, save by a nod. down something like a sob; "but

“I say yes; such a thing is pos- these days, when my head is weary sible, and might happen readily and tired, and when - as to-day, enough if great difference of station Tony-I am good for nothingseparated tiem."

Tell me," said she, hastily, “how "Do you mean, if one was rich does your mother bear your going and the other poor ?"

away y? Will she let me come and sit “Not exactly; because inequali- with her often? I hope she will." ties of fortune may exist between “That she will, and be so happy persons of equal condition.”

to have you, too; and only think, "In which case," said he, hur- Dolly, Alice Lyle-Mrs. Trafford, Í riedly, "you would not call their mean-has offered to come and keep stations unequal, would you ?" her company sometimes. I hope

"That would depend on how far you'll meet her there : how you'd wealth contributed to the habits like her, Dolly!" of the wealthier. Some people are Dolly turned away her head, 80 accustomed to affluence, it is so and the tears, against which she had much the accompaniment of their struggled so long, now burst forth, daily lives, that the world has for and slowly fell along her cheek. them but one aspect."

“You must not fancy, Dolly, that {"Like our neighbours here, the because Alice is rich and great Lyles, for instance ?" said he.

will like her less. Heaven Dolly gave a slight start, like a knows, if humble fortune could sesudden pang of pain, and grew parate us, ours might have done so." deadly pale. She drew away her "My head is splitting, Tony, hand at the same time, and passed dear. It is one of those sudden it across her brow.

attacks of pain. Don't be angry "Does your head ache, dear if I say Good-bye; there's nothing Dolly ?" asked he, compassionately, for it but a dark room, and quiet."

you

"My poor dear Dolly,” said he, was it that I did not place the pressing her to him, and kissing her matter as clearly as I might? Was twice on the cheek.

I too guarded, or was I too vague? * No, no!" cried she, hysterically, Well, well. I remember the time ss though to something she was whep, no matter how stupid I was, answering; and then, dashing away, she would soon have found out she rushed from the room, and Tony my meaning! What dreary could hear her door shut and locked thing that life of a governess must as she passed in.

be, when it could reduce one so ** How changed from what she quick of apprehension and so readyused to be !" mattered be, as he witted as she was to such a state went his way; "I scarcely can be as this! Oh, is she not changed !" lieve she is the same! And, after And this was the burden of his all, what light has she thrown on musings as he wended bis way tothe difficulty I pat before her? Or wards home.

to say,

CHAPTER XXXV.-SIR ARTHUR ON LIFE AND THE WORLD IN GENERAL. * Here it is at last, mother," were, 'Come up and be examined'? said Tony, holding up the “de- I think I'm a good-tempered felspatch," as he entered the cottage. low; but I declare to you frankly,

" The order for the examination, if one of those •Dons' were to pat Tony !” said she, as she turned a question to me that I couldn't pale.

answer-and I'm afraid it would "No, but the order to do with- not be easy to put any other-1'd ont it, mother dear!-the order find it very hard not to knock him for Anthony Batler to report him- down! I mean, of course, mother, self for service, without any other if he did it offensively, with a test than his readiness to go chuckle over my ignorance, or wherever they want to send him. something that seemed It seems that there's a row some- 'There's a blockhead, if ever there where or several rows-just now. was one!' I know I couldn't help Heaven bless the fellows that got it !" them up, for it gives them no time "Oh, Tony, Tony !” said she, at the office to go into any imper- deprecatingly. tinent inquiries as to one's French, * Yes, it's all very well to say or decimal fractions, or the other Topy, Tony; but here's how it is. qualifications deemed essential to It would be all up' with me. It carrying a letter-bag, and so they've would be by that time decided sent for me to go off to Japan." that I was good for nothing, and

* To Japan, Tony—to Japan ?" to be turned back. The moment

“I don't mean positively to would be a triumphant one for the Japan, for Skeffy says it might be fellow that "plucked' me-it alTaganrog, or Timbuctoo, or Tam- ways is, I'm told-but I'll be shot boff, or some other half-known if it should be all triumph to him!” place. But no matter, mother; it's "I won't believe this of you, 80 much a mile, and something be- Tony," said she, gravely. "It's sides per day; and the short and not like your father, sir!" long_of it is, I am to show myself " Then I'd not do it, mother-at on Tuesday, the 9th, at Downing least if I could help it,” said he, Street, there to be dealt with as the 'growing very red. "I say, mother, law may direct."

is it too late to go up to the Abbey It's a basty summons, my poor and bid Sir Arthur good-bye? Alice Tony"

asked me to do it, and I promised "It might be worse, mother. her." Wbat would we say to it if it "Well, Tony, I don't know how

you feel abont these things now, adorned, or whether her native but there was a time that you gracefulness would not be far more never thought much what hour of attractive when her life became the day or night it was when you ennobled by duties. A continual went there."

comparison of Alice and Dolly “It used to be so !” said he would rise to his mind; nothing thoughtfully; and then added, “but could be less alike, and yet there I'll go, at all events, mother; but they were, in incessant juxtaposiI'll not be long away, for I must tion; and while he pictured Alice in have a talk with you before bed- the humble manse of the minister, time."

beautiful as he had ever seen her, “I have a note written to Sir he wondered whether she would be Arthur here; will you just give it able to subdue her proud spirit to to him, Tony, or leave it for him such lowly ways, and make of that when you're coming away, for it thatched cabin the happy home wants no answer ?"

that Dolly had made it. His ex“ All right, mother; don't take periences of life were not very large, tea till I come back, and I'll do my but one lesson they had certainly best to come soon."

taught him it was to recognise in It was a well-worn path that led persons of condition, when well from the cottage to Lyle Abbey. brought up, a great spirit of accomThere was not an bour of day or modation. In the varied company night Tony had not travelled it; of Sir Arthur's house he had conand as he went now, thoughts of stantly found that no one submitted all these long-agos would crowd on with a better grace to accidental his memory, making him ask him- hardships than he whose station self, Was there ever any one had had usually elevated him above so much happiness as I had in those the risks of their occurrence, and days? Is it possible that my life that in the chance roughings of a to come will ever replace to me such sportsman life it was the born enjoyment as that?

gentleman-Sybarite it might be He was not a very imaginative at times—whose teinper best susyouth, but he had that amount of the tained him in all difficulties, and quality that suffices for small castle. whose gallant spirit bore him most buildings; and he went on, as he triumphantly over the crosses and walked, picturing to bimself what cares that beset him. It might not would be the boon he would ask be a very logical induction that led from Fortune if some benevolent him to apply this reasoning to fairy were to start out from the Alice, but he did so, and in so tall ferns and grant bim bis wish. doing he felt very little how the Wonld it be to be rich and titled time went over, till he found himand great, so that he might propose self on the terrace at Lyle Abbey. to make Alice his wife without any Led on by old babit, he passed semblance of inordinate pretension in without ringing the bell, and or would it not be to remain as he was already on his way to the drawwas, poor and bumble in condition, ing-room when he met Hailes the and that Alice should be in a rank butler. like his own, living in a cottage like In the midst of a shower of reDolly Stewart, with little household joicings at seeing him again-for cares to look after?

he was a great favourite with the It was a strange labyrinth these household — Hailes hastened thoughts led him into, and he soon show him into the dining room, lost bis way completely, unable to where, dinner over, Sir Arthur sat satisfy himself whecher Alice might in an easy-chair at the fire, alone, not lose in tascination when no long- and sound asleep. Roused by the er surrounded by all the splendid noise of the opening door, Sir appliances of that high station she Arthur started and looked up; nor

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