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* Never,” Chris declared emphati “Oh, no!” exclaimed Chris, snatchcally. “I shall always remember that ing away her hand, of which he had it was you who gave me my dear suddenly possessed himself. “I like Peter."
you very much, and you have been Perhaps it was not precisely in that very kind to me; but-but- Oh, no: way that Mr. Richardson was desirous you must not think of that, please !' of being remembered; for he gave a “ As if I could help thinking of it ! somewhat dissatisfied grunt. He did Tell me at least this much-do you not, however, enter any verbal pro care for any one else?” test, but went on to speak of Chris's “ You know I don't! Didn't you fate and fortune, putting some ques hear me say just now that Peter was tions with regard to the latter which, my best friend in the world ?” to an experienced person, would have Well, I am not jealous of Peter. sounded significant. Not being an Especially if, as you say, he reminds experienced person, Chris did not
you of me.
Look here, Chris, if you'll think them so; but she was unable give me something to live for, I'll try to answer them satisfactorily. All to reform and give up my naughty that she could tell him was that her habits, and become a respectable memaunt was to be remunerated for taking ber of society. If you won't, I shall charge of her, and that she was to go straight to the deuce ; and it will have an allowance of a hundred a year be a short enough journey, goodness for her personal expenses until she knows!" came of age. What was to happen after Appeals couched in such terms are that important date she did not know. often very
effective with women, who "Four years hence—it's a long time. do not seem to understand that a man Poor little Chris," murmured Mr. who is prepared to go to the deuce if Richardson : “have they made you a he does not get what he wants, will ward in Chancery?”
probably reach that destination in the Chris could not say, but had re long run, even if he does.
They ceived no information to that effect. exaggerate, perhaps, the restraining “What does a ward in Chancery influence ascribed to them, and do not mean ?" she inquired.
like to refuse so small a boon as a few "It means, among other things, words of hope to a despairing fellowthat, supposing your uncle has made creature. Whether Chris was actuated you one, I should expose myself to I by pure benevolence, or whether her don't know what pains and penalties heart was in some degree touched by if I were to run away with you and the young man's handsome face and marry you to-morrow—which is what the warmth with which he pleaded his I should like to do," replied Mr. cause, certain it is that at the end of Richardson.
another quarter of an hour she found Chris was not best pleased with this herself after a fashion engaged to Mr. speech, and she at once expressed her Richardson. displeasure. “I would rather you did It was only after a fashion. With not make jokes of that kind again," great generosity, he declared that he she said with dignity.
could not and would not bind her “ But the worst of it is that it isn't. down to a formal engagement : his a joke at all : it's the soberest of sober prospects were too uncertain, and her earnest,” returned the young man. own feelings were evidently too un“Chris, dear, I'm an impecunious decided for that. All he asked was beggar : I have no right to propose that she would not engage herself to to anybody. But, right or wrong, I any other man without letting him can't let you go without telling you know ; and he gave her the address of that I love you. Is it any use ? Will his club in London, receiving in return you wait for me, Chris?”
that of Miss Ramsden's residence, at
the sight of which he could not help good people whose house had been drawing down the corners of his made a second home to her. mouth. He hoped to see her again, “Write to us often, my child," he said, in the course of the summer, whispered Madame Lavergne, as she and meanwhile their quasi-betrothal embraced her ; "and do not forget had better remain a secret between that your room will always be ready themselves. Chris did not altogether for you here, just as you left it. One like this condition, but gave in to it
knows what will happen : on being assured that it was made for troubles may always come ; and some her sake.
day you may be glad to think that “As far as I am concerned,” Val there is an old woman in France who said, “I should be only too glad for loves you like her own daughter." all the world to know that I am Unfortunately, Dr. Lavergne had engaged to you ; but it wouldn't be been grievously affronted by an illfair, because there is no actual advised offer on the part of Mr. James engagement. It's a contract which is Compton to reimburse him for the binding upon me,
but not upon
expense to wbich he had been put in you : that's what I want you to respect of Chris's board and lodging. understand.”
He was extremely cold and dignified After he had taken his leave—which up to the last moment; but when the he did in a very respectful way, and girl threw her arms round his neck without claiming any of the privileges and kissed him he suddenly melted which lovers are wont to claim—she and, if the truth must be told, shed a began to be a little uneasy, and few tears. wished that she had had the strength “Good-bye, dear mademoiselle, goodof mind to stick to her refusal ; for bye!” he said.
“ We shall miss you she was almost sure that she was not, much more than you will miss usand never would be, in love with Val. that is only natural. But some day Nevertheless, she was grateful to him you will come back to us, will you for loving her, and felt less lonely than not?" she had done earlier in the evening; But by this time Chris herself was and she went to sleep with a conviction crying bitterly, and could not get out that the world was not such a dreary a word. She could only nod and pat and desolate place, after all.
the old man on the shoulder. It did All the next day she was busy not seem likely that she would ever packing up and bidding farewell to see him again, for he was over seventy, her friends at Cannes ; and on the day and she would not be her own mistress after that she had to part with the for four long years to come.
(To be continued.)
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It is so many years since I ad- by another; and perhaps part of the dressed an audience from this place, charm of consummate biographies, such that, though once well known to the as Southey's Life of Nelson or Stancitizens of Exeter, I speak to you now ley's Life of Arnold, arises froin the almost as a stranger. The last time I fact that we do not know, except stood here I was perhaps the oldest, through the artist's work, the subject and certainly not the least loyal or of his labour. I can believe that those least admiring friend of your Pre who knew Lord Nelson well might sident, Sir Stafford Northcote: to-day have something to say of Southey's I
occupy his place. No man could imperfections. I did know Dr. Arnold, stand here after what has passed with though but slightly; and Stanley's out grave thoughts of the pathos of life Life, though no one can recognise its and the irony of hope; but what remarkable ability more cordially than Wordsworth calls “the trite reflec I, will not, I think, quite justly and tions of morality," the inevitable bit of completely convey to posterity the Burke as to “what shadows we are and great man I remember. Each small what shadows we pursue,” have already contribution from this side and from been delivered by a great man to a that, a speech, an essay, an address, a great assembly; and I will not repeat letter, the recollection of a them.
tion, each, if a sincere utterance and Yet it will not be, I hope, un intended to tell the truth, is valuable fitting that I, his friend, and who, if to a biographer or historian as a stone I may quote a phrase of my own, now or a brick to be used in some part, prooccupy the place he once filled, should minent or obscure, of the edifice he is try to interest you by some few words building. Some such humble contriabout the man whom you bonoured by bution it may be possible to make to electing as your President, and who the story of the life of Sir Stafford (let me say) did you honour by accept Northcote which is certain to be ing your election.
I succeed him, and written, address
I knew him from a child, but my first President. I will try to tell you some
intimate association with him was at thing of the President you have lost. school at Eton. And it is remark
When we know any one very well able, on looking back to those days, we are scarcely ever satisfied with the how much he remained the same in his account or the estimate of him given main characteristics, moral and intel1 An Address delivered to the Exeter
lectual, from the beginning of his life Literary Society.
to the end. After a few, a very few, No. 339.–VOL. LVII.