Dear Sir,—On arriving in London I came here at once, and checked Farintosh’s accounts from the books of the head office. ‘Let me see: you are twenty-seven now, so you have loved four women a year since you were seventeen.’, ‘If you reckon it that way,’ said Frank, ‘I am afraid that it must have been more than forty.’. ‘As high as the gallows, perhaps,’ said Frank, and every one tittered, but the guide hurried on with a grave face, for the dignity of the Abbey was in his keeping. She appeared to be a very large woman. But the bank-note was not to be found. See that he’s according to regulations. Her visitor watched her, and a change had come over her expression. I wonder which is right, to be polite but hypocritical, or to be inhospitable but honest. In a conflict of wits the woman may lose a battle, but the odds are that she will win the campaign. It was from dear old Mrs. Jones Beyrick, on whom we really had no claim whatever. Let us walk together down to the Embankment, and sit on one of the benches there, and watch the river flowing in the sunshine, and talk and think of all that we have seen.’. I must do, ‘Ain’t we bringing him up fighting fit?’ cried Jack exultingly. . Before he had reached Clapham Junction his anger had departed, and by the time that he arrived at Waterloo he was surprised to find himself looking forward to the interview. And the worst of it is, that you don’t know me a bit. Count the cost, and if it be too great, then draw back even now without fear of one word or inmost thought of reproach from me. And to think that his first comment to his wife was, “Well, Mill, poor fellow, is very much cut up about this.” There is Carlyle at his best. But this is an anticipation. Now, my dear good dad, please see things from my point of view, and don’t make objections, and do exactly what I ask you.’ She threw her arms round his neck and gave him a hearty squeeze. According to his preposterous theory, you could in conversation with a woman reconstruct the last man who had made an impression to her. She glanced up quickly and was surprised at the look of pain which had come upon her companion’s face. But at the time of William and Mary it was necessary to crown her as well as him, and so a second throne was needed. ‘By Jove, this book has more wisdom to the square inch than any work of man,’ cried Frank, in enthusiasm. But you have some plan in your head, Frank. In July half the world starts for its holiday. I believe in a merry time even if it is a short one. But if I were with you in a railway accident or anywhere, it would be just the same. It is the commonest mistake which married women make. He was an only child and an orphan, but he had adopted his grandparents, who had been left penniless through his father’s death, and through all his struggles he had managed to keep them happy and comfortable in a little cottage in Worcestershire. ‘How are you, Crosse? ‘Yes, Frank, a wee present from your wife.’, ‘How sweet of you! They were all fastened. It is indefinable. ‘So glad you think so. They could even illuminate all that was around them, by the beauty and brightness of their own love. I never met one except in memoirs. There are also several unjustifiable economies. I think it is so. I think that we shall go to evening-service next week. That is about the meaning of it. Women never realise that the male sex is the more sensitive. Three and a half minutes for a quarter of a mile. He did not readily give himself away. That’s what they, It was the singular room which Carlyle had constructed in the hopes that he could shut out all the noises of the universe, the crowing of cocks, and the jingling of a young lady’s five-finger exercise in particular. ‘Look here! That’s ’im, sir, a-sittin’ in the overcoat with the book in ’is ’and.’. But Maude was not there for small talk. They really are such extraordinary creatures.’. Yes, here it is. You might not think it, but I’ve seen a Lord Mayor, a past Lord Mayor, and a Lord Mayor elect of the city of London, all sitting on one bench in this very church. ‘It doesn’t strike you as comic?’ she cried at last. ‘I have only been once—more shame to me to say so! Small change? It was little larger than a cupboard, without window or skylight, opening out of the end of the dining-room. ‘Mary, Queen of Scots,’ said he, ‘the greatest beauty of her day. ‘She was as hard as nails under all her gentle grace,’ said Frank. O Frank, how good you are to me! ‘He has done very well—better than I expected.’, ‘You had not much respect for his taste, then?’, ‘Oh yes, I always thought highly of his taste.’, ‘You have such a pretty way of putting things. You can’t buy ’em, you have to breed ’em. ‘Of course I love him. And so, upon a false mission, the doctor was summoned to her side, but found a very real mission waiting for him when he got there. ‘She who had washed his shirts, and made up the coal fires, when they lived in a garret together. I suppose he thought that there was no local interest in Frank Crosse of Woking. When you pay back the five hundred pounds, your allowance will be fifty a year once more.’. Scratched upon one of the panes with a diamond was the following piece of information—. I hardly dare think, Maude, what would have happened to me if you had refused me.’, ‘How sweet it is to hear you say so! I am a man of moods—worse luck! But after all, his arguments of yesterday might prevail with her when her first impetuous fit of passion was over. It is all very well just now, when I am young and you think that I am pretty. ‘I should recommend Hervé Riel and Gold Hair.’. I could not have given the one, great, and only love of my life in exchange for a half-hearted affection from you. The vicar says so.’, ‘I’m sure I beg your pardon, sir. You see it will not be far from the station. ‘Then I understand, sir, that this other throne is the Scottish throne,’ said the American gentleman. The first meeting should be next Wednesday, at Mrs. Crosse’s house, and Mrs. Hunt Mortimer would bring her complete two-volume edition with her. Imagine all the dances, picnics, parties, visitings of six years. ‘Welcome to your home, my own darling girl. You were just as cheerful as the rest of them when last I saw you. ‘Why, Crosse, your wife has been bad all day, but she’s all right now, and here’s your son and heir—a finer lad of the age I never saw—fighting weight about seven pounds.’. ‘There’s a good girl!’ said he. Reassured as to the mouse, Maude approached with her saucepan still clutched in her hand. ‘We deal in rails chiefly, and I don’t profess to keep in touch with the mining market. An’ she the same, an’ ‘is dust just fell through the chinks o’ the wood and mixed itself with ’ers.’. You looked simply splendid that day. He would have given anything for a cigarette, but he did not wish to scent himself with tobacco. ‘To complain to the management about your language.’, ‘No, Frank. If you are cross, then it is your turn, and I stand clear. They could never understand why he begged for that extra five minutes. And, of course, a picture hat—you know what I mean—with a curling ostrich feather.’. Nor were they gregarious or luxurious in their tastes. I don’t know what it is, but the feeling is quite overpowering.’, ‘Is that why you married a man with flaxen hair?’, ‘Well, I couldn’t expect to find every quality in my husband, could I? He was looking up at the modern representation of a gentleman in a full and curly wig. Some would be back soon, but nobody could tell when. But why should Mr. Beeton be happier and more comfortable than my Frank? But it makes your reading so much more real and intimate when you have stood at the grave of the man who wrote. ‘Pay that in! Here is Browning beside Tennyson—united in life and in death. But now that he was on the ground he realised that she was very exact to her word, and that she would neither be early nor late. Now please to manage it, and don’t let anything stop you. There is only one thing worse than quarrels in public. You used to like the muffins.’. Here and there upon the walls were marble inscriptions in the Latin tongue, with pompous allegorical figures with trumpets, for our ancestors blew them in stone as well as in epitaphs over their tombs. ‘It is very easy to call everything which we do not understand “nonsense,”’ said she. But I think it is past praying for. There was sometimes just a touch of the savage, or at least there were indications of the possibility of a touch of the savage, in Frank Crosse. It is such a very cheap way of doing things. Maude was astonished at herself, and yet the questions were so frankly put that a frank answer came naturally to them. On the contrary, I wish you could come every day. The same idea, it seemed, had occurred to Mrs. Beecher, fortified by a remark from the, ‘You must begin with the simpler things first,’ said he. Then with a final embrace to her father, she hastened out to further victories. The buckle of her brown leather belt just gleamed over the edge of the table-cloth. But he is frank. We are out for a holiday. The lady entered. He could not by reproaches add to the wretched man’s humiliation. ‘It’s not much past three,’ said Frank. As a matter of fact, it’s a merino, but that doesn’t matter. It would be better to subdivide the work of the world, according to the capacity of the different nations. There was knowledge and authority behind the words of this unaccountable woman. He was pleased, but rather sceptical. A ray of living sunshine is welcome to the man who spends his days among the tombs. There is some superstition about it.’, ‘That is quite safe. It pleased her to lose that cold chill of dislike, and to feel that for some reason her strange visitor had become more friendly to her. A singular erection once covered with mosaic work, but now bare and gaunt, stood in the centre. It was impossible. Jolly lucky it wasn’t my day on duty. 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