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would not allow me to go, and said she Here Queen Titania protested against would not take it now, since the woman these revelations, and would have held had refused it."
out her hand for the book; but the " And how did you propose to over- Lieutenant only stepped back a few come Mrs. Phillips's obstinacy ?” asked inches from the window, and said, Tita, who seemed possessed by a fear that seriouslysooner or later the predatory instincts “There is much better information to of this Uhlan would get us into trouble.
Here she puts down in order “Oh, I do not know, but I should the phrases which one of the masters have got it some way,” said the Lieu- has used to her class-polite phrases, tenant; and with that he held out a she says, to use to ladies. 1. You desmall book he had in his hand.
grade yourselves. 2. How much more I have made more discoveries this morn- kitchen-maidism? 3. Simply offensive. ing. Here is a note-book I have found, 4. It shows how you have been brought up. of a young lady at school, who has been 5. I will put a stop to this impertinence. stilying, perhaps, at this house; and it 6. Silence, ladies ! 7. Pretty conduct ! Jas given me much amusement-oh, very I am afraid he has had an unruly class. much amusement, and instruction also. Then the young lady has a little piece It is just the same as if I had been in of composition which I think is the the school with her, and she has told beginning of a novel. She says: “The me all about her teachers, and the other summit of Camberwell Grove, which forms girls, and all that. Shall I read some part of the lordly elevation known as to you ?”
Denmark Hill, is one of the most charming * Now is it fair,” said Bell, “ to peep
and secluded retreats around the great into a young lady's secrets like that ?" metropolis. Here, in the spring-time,
* But I have done so already,” re- groves of lindens put forth their joyous plied Von Rosen, coolly. “I have leaves, and birds of various colours flit read it all—and now I will tell you through the branches, singing hymns of some of it. First, there are addresses praise. On the one side, the dreary city of friends - that is nothing. Then there dwells behind an enchanted veil of trees ; are siitches of knitting—that is nothing, on the other, you pass into emerald fields, only the young lady seems correct and which stretch onwards to the Arabian magmethodist—no, methodical, I should say. nificence of the Crystal Palace. Then there are notes of lectures, and very lofty and picturesque spot, Lord Arthur much good information in them, oh, very Beauregard was accustomed to pace, good indeed—I am not surprised your musing on the mystery and gloom which English young ladies know very much. had enveloped him since he left the cradle.' Let me see : * Epic poetry we like, because There is no more of this very good they treat of great men and great actions. story, but on the next page there is a “ Puradise Lost” admired for its noble curious thing. There are three lines language. Milton a Puritan. England all surrounded by a scroll, and do receives solidity of character from the you know what is written ?– A Woman Puritans. Dryden and Byron are not can do ANYTHING with a man by not conread, although very great. "Byron hated tradicting him ;' and underneath the his own race—is not a good poet to read.' scroll is written, ' Don't I wish this was This is very good instruction; but she true ? Helen M-'None of the rest hastens now to put down something is written so clearly as thisabout two other girls, who were perhaps “Count von Rosen, I will not listen at the lecture. She says: “Shocking, to
more !” cried Tita. “It is most impertinent, ill-bred creatures ; my spirit unfair of you to have been reading this recoils from them.' Then there is a
young lady's confessions" question addressed to her neighbour: “I get them in a public inn: I have • Do you see how Miss Williams has got the right, have I not ?” remonstrated her hair done ?'”
the Lieutenant. “It is not for pleasure -it is for my instruction that I read. which is apparently a wayside chapel
. Oh, there are very strange things in this Count von Rosen jumps down to have book."
a look at this odd relic of our former “Pray give it to me,” said Bell, quite Catholicism, which has remained on the gently.
summit of this hill for several centuries. He had refused to surrender it to my He can discover nothing but a sign Lady; but the moment that Bell asked which tells that this sacred editice now for it, he came forward and handed it contains wines, spirits, and beer ; B0 in through the window. Then he came he comes back, and goes up to the corner in to breakfast.
of a field opposite, where a middle-aged Little time was spent at breakfast; man, surrounded by some young folks, the sun was shining too brightly out- is making hay. In the utter stillness side. We called for our bill, which was of the place, we can hear all the ques. brought in. It was entitled “ Bill of tions and answers. The small building Fare.” Our dinner of the previous even- is not so very old; it never was a ing was called tea, and charged at the church. The stones there mark the rate of one shilling a head. Our break- boundary between Gloucester and Worfasts were one shilling each. Our bed- cester, The view from this place is rooms were one shilling each. Any considered unrivalled for extent; you traveller, therefore, who proposes to can see the Black Sandy Mountains on stay at Bourton-on-the-Hill, cannot do a very clear day. better than put up at the inn of W. “ Indeed !” says the Count. “Where Seth Dyde, especially as there is no are they, the mountains you speak of!" other; and I heartily wish that he may “I don' knaw, sir-I've heerd tell on enjoy something of the pleasant com- 'em-I never wur theear." panionship, the moonlight, and the Going down this steep hill Tita looks morning freshness that graced our anxious. A bad stumble, and we should sojourn on the top of this Worcester- go rolling over the little wall into shire hill.
the ravine beneath. One has a far-off Then into the phaeton again, and reminiscence of Switzerland in watching away we go through the white sunlight the horses hanging back from the pole and the light morning breeze that is in this fashion, while every bend of the blowing about these lofty woods ! There road seems more precipitous than its is a resinous odour in the air, coming predecessor. Then we get down to the from the furze and the ferns. The road plain, rattle through the level and stragglares in the suulight. Overhead the gling village of Broadway, and driva still blue is scarcely flecked by a cloud; into the fields again, where the sun is but all the same there is a prevailing lying warmer than it was up over the coolness that makes the driving through top of the hill, the morning air delicious. It is a lonely There is a small boy in a smockfrock country—this stretch of forest and field sitting underneath the hedge, whittling on the high level between Bourton and a stick, while a shepherd's dog lies on Broadway. We pass Bourton Clump, the grass beside him. and leave Bourton Wood on the right. “Evesham ?” calls out the Count, as We skirt Upton Wold, and get on by we pass, merely because there has been a Furze Heath. Then, all at once, the little doubt about the road. land in front of us seems to drop down; • Naw, zir," was the answer, uttered we come in sight of an immense stretch with a fine sang-froid. of blue plain, from which the thin mists Of course we pull up directly. of the morning have not wholly risen. “ Isn't this the way to Evesham ?" I We are on the top of the famous Broad- ask.
Yaas, zir," says the boy, coolly By the side of the road there is a looking up from his stick, but sitting strange, old-fashioned little building, still.
“ This is the way to Evesham ?" that we should smile at his efforts in art. Yaas, zir.”
But surely nothing could be more kindly “Do you know where it is ?"
than Bell's suggestions to him and her Naw, zir."
conversation with him ; for she, as a “ He is a very cautious boy," says the • professional” herseif, conducted the Lieutenant, as
we drive ou; a very negotiations and arranged the groups. cautious boy indeed."
The artist, charmed to see that she “If he had been asked properly at knew all about his occult processes, first,” says Bell, with great gravity," he and that she was withal very would have given a proper answer. But courteous and kindly visitor, became when you say •Eveshamı ?' of course the almost too contidential with her, and buy tells you this is not Evesham.” began to talk to her of us three as if we
Evesham, when we did get to it, was were but blocks of wood and of stone to found to be a very bright, clean, and lively be played with as these two savants chose. little town, with the river Avon, slowly Of the result of the various conibinations gliding through flat meadows, forming a into which we were thus forced, little sort of loop around it. In the quaint need be said. Queen Titania came out streets a good amount of business seemed very well ; her pale, dark, clear-cut face to be going on; and as we put up at the telling in every picture, and even making Crown, and went off for a brief ramble us forget the tawdry bit of brass and through the place, we found quite an air the purple velvet of the frame. As for of fashion in the costume of the young the rest of us, a journey is not a good ladies and the young gentlemen whom time to have one's portrait taken. The we met. But the latter, although they flush of healthy colour produced by the had copied very accurately the Prince of wind, and by much burning of the sun, Wales's dress of the previous year, and may look very well on the natural face, had very stitf collars and prominent but is apt to produce a different effect canes, had an odd look of robust on glass. liealth in their cheeks, which showed The Lieutenant, for example, roared they were not familiar with Piccadilly with laughter when he saw himselt and the Park; while the former, al- transfigured into a ferocious bandit, though they were very pretty and very with a great black beard, a dark face, neatly attired, ought not to have turned and two white holes where his eyes and pretended to look into the shop- should have been. But the moment windows in order to have a look at he had laughed out, he caught sight of Bell's pretty grey dress and hat, and Bell's face. The young lady looked at Queen Titania's more severe, but no very much vexed, and her eyes were less graceful costume. But Evesham cast down. Instantly the young man does not often entertain two angels un- said, loud enough for the photographer awares ; and some little curiosity on the to hearpart of its inhabitants may be forgiven. “I do seem to myself very ridiculous The people of Evesham are not much in this Euglish costume.
When you are given to buating on the Avon; and som used to uniforms for a very long time, postponing our usual river excursion and all at once get into this common until we should reach the Severn-- dress, you think yourself some other Bell besought us to go into a photo- person, and you cannot help laughing grapher's establishinent, and make ex- at the appearance yourself makes." periments with our appearance.
said " Thank you” as artist in question lived in a wooden plainly as eyes could speak; and then house on wheels; and there were speci- she paid a very grave and gentle commens of his handiwork nailed up out- pliment to the artist, whom we left side. Our entrance apparently surprised beaming over with pride and gratitude the photographer, who seemed a little towards the young lady. nervous, and perhaps was a 49 afraid "To go Hirting with a travelling
photographer !" says Queen Tita, as we share in Bell's dismay. The Lieutenant, go iu to luncheon : "for shame, Bell!" however, was light-hearted enough, and,
"No, it was only Mademoiselle's good as he relinquished his attempts to break nature to the poor man,” replies the the silence, he sent the horses on at a Lieutenant, with an unnecessary tone good pace, and hummed to himself of carnest protest. “I do think he is broken snatches of a ballad, and talked the very happiest person in Evesham caressingly to Castor and Pollux. to-day—that he has not been so happy
were a few miles from for many a day."
Evesham, without having seen any“I think the portraits are very good,” where a glimpse of the obelisk that says Bell, bravely, “if you consider how stands on the famous Evesham plain, he has to work."
it occurred to us that we might as “Now you know you can't excuse well ask if we were on the proper yourself, Bell," says my Lady. “ You road. There seemed a curious quietpaid him compliments that would have ness and picturesqueness about the turned any man's head ; and as for the wooded lanes through which we were truth of them or rather the unblushing driving in the calm of the twilight perversion of truth in them
At length we reached a turnpike at But at this moment Tita happened the corner of several upfrequented to be passing Bell's chair, and she put paths, and here an old lady was conher hand very gently on the young tentedly sewing, while her assistant, a lady's head, and patted her cheek pretty little girl of thirteen, collected a little caressing action which said the threepenuy-pieces. Well, we had more than a thousand protestations of only come about five miles out of our affection,
route. Instead of going by Pershore, Our setting out for Worcester was we had struck away northward, and were rather dismal business.
now in a labyrinth of country lanes, by school-children who had been playing any of which we might make our way truant, that we should regard with ap- along through the still landscape to prehension a return to town?
Worcester. Indeed, we had no cause Bell's vague fears contagious? In vain to regret this error. The out-of-the-way the Lieutenant sought to cheer her. road that runs by Flyford Flavell and She knew, and we all of us kuew, that Broughton Hackett proved to be one it Arthur Ashburton chose to come and
of the pleasantest we had traversed. In ask to see her, nothing could be easier the clear twilight we found ourselves than for him to discover our where driving through a silent and picturesque abouts. He was aware of our route, and district, the only life visible in which had been told the names of the principal was the abundant
game. The partridges towns at which we should stop. A party that were dusting themselves in the of four arriving from London in a phaeton road before us, did not get up and is not a customary occurrence, and a disappear with a strong, level, low flight brief inquiry at the chief hotels in any towards some distant field, but walked town would be likely to give him all sedately into the grass by the roadside, the information he required.
and then passed through the hedge. Then, as we afterwards discovered, We saw several pheasants calmly standBell had returned no answer to the ing at the outskirts of the woods. The letter he had sent to Oxford. She had plump little rabbits ran about like been too much hurt, and had forborne mice around the fences. The sound of to reply in kind. Who does not know the phaeton wheels was the only noise the distracting doubts and fears that an heard in this peaceful solitude ; and as unanswered letter—when one is at a we drove on, the dusk grew apace, and certain age in life—may conjure up, and the movements of bird and beast were the terrible suspense that may prompt
no longer visible. to the wildest action ? We seemed to Then a new twilight arose-a faint,
APEMANTUS AT THE FEAST.
clear light shining np fro:n below the well and good. You must treat him horizon, and we knew that the moon would civilly. But if not-if he is foolish and speedily beglimmering through the black disagreeable, why-" branches of the woods. The hamlets The Lieutenant did not say what we passed showed streaks of red with would happen then. He bethought in their windows. There were glow- himself of the horses, and strode away worms in the road-points of blue fire down into the darkness of the yard, in the vague darkness. Then we drove humming lightly, “ Mälele, ruck, ruck, into the gloom of the avennes of Spetch- ruck, an meine grüne Seite !” He was ley Park; and finally, with still another evidently in no warlike mood. glare appearing in the sky--this time a ruddy bue like the reflection of a great fire, we got nearer and nearer to the
CHAPTER XI. busy town, and at last heard the horses' feet clattering on a stone street. The thoroughfares of Worcester were
“ Faire Emmeline scant had ridden a mile, busy on this Saturday night; but at
A mile forth of the tourne, length we managed to make our way When she was aware of her father's men through the people and vehicles up to the Come galloping over the downe : Star Hotel. We drove into the spacious “ And foremost came the carlish knight, archway, and passed into the hall, while
Sir John of the north countraye ;
Nowe stop, nowe stop, thou false traitoure, the people were bringing in our luggage.
Nor carrye that ladye awaye !'" The Lieutenant was, as usual, busy in giving orders about everything, when “My dear,” I say to Queen Titania, as the head waiter came up and begged to she is fastening a rose in her hair before know my name.
Then he presented a going down to dinner, “pray remember card.
that Arthur Ashburton is also a verte“The gentleman is staying at the
brate animal.' He has done nothing •Crown. Shall I send him a message,
monstrous or inhuman in paying you a sir?”
visit.” “No,” says Tita, interposing; “I Paying me a visit ?" says Tita, imwill write a note, and ask him to come patiently. “ If he had come to see me, round to dinner-or supper, whichever
I should not care. But you know that it ought to be called.”
he has come to pick a quarrel with Bell; Oh, bas Arthur come?” says Bell, and that she is likely to grant him quite calınly.
everything he asks; and, if she does “ So it appears, my dear,” says Queen not, there will be infinite trouble and Titania ; and as she utters the words, vexation. I consider it most provoking she finds that Von Rosen has come up --and most thoughtless and inconand has heard.
siderate on his part-to thrust himself "All right,” he says cheerfully. “It upon us in this way.” will be a pleasure to have a visitor at “And yet, after all,” I say, as she dinner, Madame, will it not? It is a fastens on a bracelet which was given her pity we cannot take him any further nearly twenty years ago now, is there with us when we start on Monday; but anything more natural ? A young man I suppose he has come on business to is in love with a young womanWorcester?"
“ It is his own fault,” she interposes. The Lieutenant took the matter very “Perhaps. So much the worse. He coolly. He handed Bell and Tita up- ought all the more to have your compasstairs to look after the disposal of their sion, instead of your indignant scorn. effects; and then came into the dining. Well, she leaves his charming society to room to see what arrangements had been go off on a wild rampage through the made about dinner.
country. A possible rival accompanies “ If he behaves himself, that is very her. The young man is torn asunder