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hands in, placing a brush and comb for He came, as I tell you, and was adher, and so forth, all her movements mitted. He introduced himself, and being instinct with a grace on which the said he had been shooting, and that in eyes of the elder girl continually dwelt. returning, coming through Yoresett, he Delphine was more like a ray of sunshine had been prowling round our back than anything else, but not the sunshine premises, of course not knowing whose that is broad and busy and glaring; they were, and that his dog, in a moment rather like those rays of it which came of temporary mental aberration, having quietly stealing through trees on a sum- perceived our cat, had rushed into the mer afternoon, as the sun goes wester- garden after her, and was then planted ing. Her hair was of the real golden beneath the big apple-tree, awaiting her hue, and she wore it braided low down descent from it, while she sat aloft and behind, and falling in loose and natural growled. He-Mr. Danesdale I mean, waves about a delicate and sweet oval not the dog-thought his personal interface. She possessed, too, the great vention would be necessary to reconcile beauty which does not always accompany the conflicting powers. He had asked a such hair and such a complexion, a pair man whose garden it was, and, as he of limpid, golden-brown eyes, which knew Mrs. Conisbrough's name perfectly might be light in their actual color, but well, he had ventured-and so on. Á which, as Judith had often said, “al- very elegant speech, but it took him such ways behaved as if they were dark.' a long time to get through it."

Seen alone, it could not be denied Well, did you let him into the garthat Judith Conisbrough possessed grace, den, then ?" as well as dignity of carriage. Seen be- “We let him into the garden, and side Delphine, the dignity remained, but watching him carefully, and in some one wondered where the grace had gone. alarm, as being such a very unusual kind The girls were aged respectively twenty of visitor for us to have, we perceived and twenty-two; and their friendship him go into the garden, call his dog to was as closely knit a bond as could well him, and administer a cuff to it." exist.

Beat it ? oh, horrid !” said Miss “How did Mr. Danesdale get here, Conisbrough, with a red face of indignaDelphine, and where does he come tion. from?" asked Judith. “How long is So Rhoda thought, for she ran out it since he established himself here in to him, and caught hold of his arm, and this fashion ? And have I been away in a voice trembling with emotion, cried four days ? or am I laboring under a de- 'For shame! lusion, and been absent four months ?'' Judith laughed.

“Your questions are numerous, my He turned round, took off his hat, dear, for you. I will answer the last and said, “Did you ever t-train a one first. You left here last Thursday, dog?'" so that as to-day is Monday, you have Judith laughed again at the ludicrousbeen away just four days. Mr. Danes- ly exact imitation of Mr. Danesdale's dale got here by the prosaic method of tones. pulling the bell, and asking Louisa if Rhoda said 'no.' Then,' he anMrs. Conisbrough was at home. He swered, with the most melancholy performed this prodigious deed last drawl, 'don't hinder me in the performThursday afternoon - not many hours ance of a painful duty.' Upon which after you and uncle Aglionby had started Rhoda blushed violently, though she inon your travels."

dignantly denies it to this day. “But what brought him here? The To this day ! it might have hapDanesdales and we have not had much pened a month ago, to hear you talk.' to do with each other for a long time, “ It does seem quite a long time ago. now, Surely, he did not deliberately He gave his dog a slight chastisement, come to call upon us.”

and sent it in a state of abject repent“He came very deliberately, as he ance out into the road. Then mother does everything,” replied Delphine, with asked him to sit down in the parlor and a sudden infectious laugh, which began rest, which he did : he stayed quite a in her eyes, and ended with her voice. long time, and told us where he had been

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travelling, and what he had been doing, after the years he's been away, and we, and what he meant to do, now that he as natives, must be strange too.' had got home.”

Ergo ?" "Evidently under the impression that “He finds amusement in studying his family and ours were on intimate terms," interrupted Judith significantly. “ It is an ingenious hypothesis, and

Quite so, and he described the party one which does you credit," said Judith. they had staying at the Castle, and, I'm I have only one objection to make sorry to say, made great fun of some of to it." his sister's friends.'

And what is that?'' “ Implying that you were not so dull," "That I don't believe, and it would murmured Judith.

take a great deal to convince me, that Perhaps so, said Delphine, who Mr. Danesdale was ever amused at anyhad seated herself on the edge of the thing in his whole life.” bed, and who looked pensively across “Oh, Judith! Why, he was intensetoward her sister. “ But then you must ly ainused at Rhoda and her goose this reflect, Judith, that as soon as he men

very afternoon." tioned us at home, which he would be Was he? Well, I beg his pardon, almost sure to do, his darkness would

In the mean time, don't you be enlightened, for Philippa Danesdale think mamma will be feeling herself in-. is not our devoted friend; he would jured at our long absence ?'' said hear all about us, and about our poverty Judith, giving a final shake to her garand our general insignificance."

ments. The two girls, arm in arm again, Yes, of course ; and what conclu- went down the broad, light passage, sion do you draw from that ?"

which, however, was beginning to be "Oh, nothing in particular, only you dusk now, and back again into the parseemed to think that if he had known lor. Neither of them had said, at first all about us and our circum- comes to see some one,” yet the thought stances, he might not have been so polite had been present in both minds. as he has been.

Now," said Rhoda, as they came So I did think, and so I do." into the parlor ; "draw round the fire,

Cynic! But in that case, why does and in the twilight tell us the tale of he continue to come ? for he has been your adventures at Irkford.

Give a several times-nearly every day-since, sensational account of the meeting at on some pretext or other."

once." “True," said Judith reflectively, Judith essayed to do so, but succeeded standing still with a hair-brush in one ill, so ill that Rhoda at last said, hand and a hand-glass in the other, and “ Was it enthusiastic? I can't piclooking with abstracted earnestness at ture it.

Was the room as large as the Delphine, who for her part met the whole inside of Yoresett Church ?" glance openly with her luminous eyes, (Yoresett Church would seat 800 perwhich seemed to reveal everything, while sons at the outside.) in reality they concealed nearly all that Judith laughed. was passing in her mind.

I inust have told my tale badly inHe must come, then,” said Judith deed, Rhoda. The room held twentyslowly," because he likes to come. five thousand people."

Or,” suggested Delphine, with a "Oh, dear !” said Rhoda, subdued shadowy smile, "to amuse himself -- by the picture conjured up.. “I can't young men like to amuse themselves, so imagine it,” she said at last. One I've heard ; and speaking from my own ought to see such things, and I never point of view as a young woman, I shall. And you went to the play ? Oh should suppose it was true—and if they how I should like to go to the play! have inquiring minds, and are in a What was it called ? 'Diplomacy'? strange country, they like to amuse them- That sounds political too. Mr. Danesselves by studying the manners and cus- dale says he has been over and over toms of the natives. Now, Mr. Danes- again to every theatre in Europe, worth dale is in a strange country--I'm sure speaking of, and he's going to give me Danesdale must be very strange to him an account of his experience.' New SERIES. – Vol. XXXIII., No. 5

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Indeed! Then I may as well keep enough, when the meeting was over, he my one little visit quiet. It is sure to came to my assistance when I had got fall flat, with such prospects as you speak separated from uncle, for there were of looming in the distance."

about one hundred and fifty thousand "Mean thing!"

in all." 'Did uncle seem to enjoy it ?'' asked Tremendous !” remarked Delphine. Mrs. Conisbrough.

"E normous !" cried Rhoda. He was delighted with the meeting. " And this interesting young man ; how He saw lots of faces that he knew on the many more times did you see him ?" platform, and if he had not been so shy, "Once," replied Judith, repressing a I am

some of those gentlemen smile. would have given him a hearty welcome. “ You did ! This is portentous ! I But, of course, he wouldn't make any suppose you cried, “Ha! Do I behold advances to them.”

my doom? Speak, stranger ; whence ' Just like him!”

and what art thou ?' But where did It gave me an odd sensation," you see him again ? I am interested. Judith went on, “ to see all those multi- Everything's interesting here." tudes. We are ambitious, you know, At the theatre.' Del, you and I."

“No! And did he see you ?". Of libraries !” suggested Rhoda. “He saw us; yes, distinctly. I saw

But surely it would satisfy any am- him in the upper circle pointing us out bition to walk on to a platform, and on

to-'' the instant of one's appearance to be " To his friend, the friend of the cheered madly by twenty-five thousand hero? What was his friend like ? Any voices, as if they never meant to leave one in whom I could take an interest ?" off."

I really don't know. She was one Yes, indeed. And did they groan ? of the prettiest creatures I ever saw in I have often wondered what groaning my life, despite her vulgarity and affecon a large scale could be like.

tation. “Oh, yes! They groaned. It has She! It was a she!'' a most extraordinary effect. There's 'Yes. She was his sweetheart, my something fearful in it. When any one dear. No one could possibly have miswhom they didn't like was mentioned, taken that fact. you know, then they hooted and groaned. “On--h !" Rhoda groaned. “How There was a young man near to us whom you do dash my hopes to the ground ! I watched a little. He was standing Upon the whole, I think our hero is close to the end of our bench ; I never more interesting than yours." saw any face look so earnest, or express “Yours?" laughed Judith, provoksuch an intensity of interest. I think ingly. “Which ? Who? Where? Do his eyes had a great deal to do with it. tell me about him.” I never saw eyes that gleamed like his, “ You saw our hero this afternoon. nor any face which took such an expres- Unreasoning jealousy alone makes you sion of scorn and contempt. I am sure try to deny it. And he is a gentleman that young man has a terrible tongue by birth and breeding, who lives at home and a hot temper.

at ease, and is not engaged to a vulgar "Dear me! This is thrilling !" said girl whom he takes to the upper circle, Rhoda, holding up a very dilapidated not that I know where that is, but you linen table napkin which she was sup- mention it so sneeringly that I am sure posed to be repairing, and then laying it must be an inferior part of the house. it down. “I see now what you were No; I think, taken all in all, Delphine, interested in. It was the young man, we prefer our hero to this groaning, hootnot the meeting. Proceed, I implore ing, gleaming, bad-tempered one of Ju

dith's." No; I was interested in him as ex- Joining in the chorus of laughter, pressing the opinion of the meeting in a which greeted her observations, Rhoda condensed form as it were. The spirit departed, saying she had a little cooking that I saw in his face was the general to do. spirit felt, I am sure. And, oddly Judith and Delphine had much to talk

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about, but Mr. Danesdale's name was to conceal the scantiness of the clothing not mentioned again until late at night, that is beneath the decent outside garwhen they were both in their respective ment. They had enough of food, beds, and Judith called from her room enough of firing, and a servant to wait to Delphine's, which opened into it, upon them and keep up appearances be

By the way, Del, what is Mr. Danes fore outside eyes. There, their comdale's name? His Christian name, by forts might almost be said to end. The which he is known to those who love girls had never known what real comfort him best, you know?”'

or plenty meant.

What few and meagre Randulf,” came sleepily from the pretences of luxury they had ever known, other room.

had come through the hands of their Randulfwhat a queer name !" great-uncle, whose heiresses they were

It might have been better. Good- supposed to be, but who loved to keep night, dear!”

the reins of power in his own hand, and Good-night. Yes, I remember now, make his favors appreciated through I have heard Philippa speak of 'Ran- their very rarity. His help had produlf.''

cured them an occasional visit to the

seaside, an occasional dress for some CHAPTER VIII.

rare and seldom-occurring festivity, an

unfrequent sudden little expedition like SPECTRES.

this of Judith's to some neighboring The morning broke fine, but with a town with him. It was a pinched, delicate white mist over everything, cramped, sordid life, and they were one swathing Addlebrough hill and the and all girls of mind and spirit; girls other great green fells which shut in the who could not vegetate in inactivity withdale, and enwrapping the woods which out suffering from it, mentally and filled the hollows and gorges in the said morally. They did suffer. Active brains hills. The Misses Conisbrough, survey- and quick imaginations they all possessed ing the prospect from the windows of -possessed also intellect of no mean the breakfast-room, decided that it was order, and apparently these things had going to be a glorious day, and that been given them for no other purpose they would go out and spend the morn- than that they might suppress all their ing at High Gill, where it would be promptings. Everywhere, turn where sheltered and sunny.

they would, even in this quiet dale at There was absolutely nothing to pre- the world's end, there met them beauty vent them from going out when, and for and pleasures, and opportunities for enas long as they chose. No numerous joyment, and everywhere and always engagements; no probable callers, or they were confronted by the one grindother claims upon their time and atten- ing answer to all wishes of that kindtion existed, to detain them.

There is no money." Women like Judith and Delphine and Rhoda Con- these it is who suffer tortures undreamed isbrough were girls whose life had its of by the busy and active, by those trials. Fatherless, brotherless, and very whose hands are full, and whose lives poor, they had never known any other are running over with occupation ; who existence than the one they led now. may use their brains, and turn their talMrs. Conisbrough's income was of the ents into money, or exercise them in bevery slenderest proportions. She pos- nevolent works. Such cannot know the sessed the house she lived in ; it had degrading, the souring influence of a life been given by old John Aglionby's father of monotonous poverty, of gray care, to his daughter, Mrs. Conisbrough's of the pinching and scraping which remother ; and she, as an only child, had sults in no gain, no profit, which has for inherited it. The years of her married sole object to hide from inquisitive or life had been passed there, with the indifferent neighbors the real extent of clergyman her husband. Her income the barrenness of the land. They were was sufficient, by strict economy, to young yet ; they had rubbed on somemaintain herself and her daughters in how. Rhoda was still too much a child, respectability ; that sad kind of respect- lived too intensely in the present, and ability which has to be ever on the alert rejoiced too much in the mere fact of a life of perfect health and perfect igno- the alternative of never leaving Yoresett rance to have suffered much so far. But again, I know which I would choose. her sisters suffered, and suffered the But if he would give me a hundred more in knowing that the social law was pounds now, to do as I like with, I no longer so stringent, which used to would not be here another week.” decree for women in their position, “Why, what in the world would you Thus far and no farther. Thou shalt do with it?". work, not for honorable profit, but to “I should do the only thing that I conceal thy inherited poverty.

Thou know of as being open to me. As I have shalt wither and die where thou art- never been properly educated, and all only thou shalt not come forward, nor my accomplishments consist of a few have thy name spoken, for that is a songs which I sing very badly, no one shame.'' And, if circumstances did not would take me to teach their children. change, Rhoda too would suffer in years Besides, I can't teach, though I can to come. Mrs. Conisbrough said it was learn as fast as anybody. . I should go their wretched poverty that was at the to some large town, such as Irkford or bottom of it all. It was poverty which Leeds, and go to the principal doctor in prevented her from dressing her it, and tell him how much money I had daughters suitably, and taking them got, and ask him whether I could be out into the society they were fitted made into a nurse." for.

Preposterous !" said Mrs. Conis“ Had I been able to do that,” she brough crossly. often said, “ both Judith and Delphine It would be hateful, and I should would marry easily. Any one can see loathe it at first. But I ain able to do that Judith goes about like a queen; nothing else, and it is not an expensive and Delphine's face, if she had her trade to learn. It would earn my bread. proper chances, would set a score of I should be of some use to some one ; men raving. Instead of which they are for there inust be people to do the wait – waiting here , seeing no one, drudgery of this world, and it would be, doing nothing, and their uncle will do oh, the whole universe higher than sellnothing to help me, though you would ing myself to a man in exchange for a think that out of sheer self-respect he home and clothing. Any girl out of the would wish thein to make a different ap- street can do that. pearance in the world.”

Judith, I forbid you ever to utter Judith, tired of these outbursts, and such--such coarse, horrible expressions ashamed of hearing them, occasionally again in my hearing. To speak in that remonstrated. A more than usually way of marriage-the happiest and holiopen discussion had taken place on the est institution there is." subject only a day or two before her de- “If that is what you call marriage, parture with her great-uncle for Irkford. give me unholy institutions.' * Political meetings,” Mrs. Conisbrough I am too inuch shocked and grieved had complained, were not the places to say any more," replied Mrs. Conis. where girls found husbands. Their brough, really hurt. uncle could take them to such places I am very sorry if you are hurt, just to gratify himself, but he obstinately mother. Unfortunately, Del and I closed his eyes against doing anything have so very much time on our hands, which was for their real good. Judith's and so little to do with it, that we get indignation had been roused, and she bitter sometimes, and wish we had spoken out, more plainly than was housemaids." her wont, to her mother.

“ You little know what you are talk“I would not take a penny from my ing about. That murmuring spirit of uncle, mother, to do as you seem to yours is shocking, Judith. I can't really think we ought to do. You mean, I imagine what you have to complain of," suppose, to buy dresses, and go to balls said her mother, with the sublime inand other places for men to look at us, consistency of a weak - willed woman, and fall in love with us. It is disgust- who is tenacious of no proposition esing, and, for my part, if he offered me cept the one which asserts that surely the invaluable chance to-morrow, with never was mortal vexed as she is vexed.

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