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mamma say when you called her daughter “Do you not think, then, it would du' by mistake ? "
be good to hire a vehicle and go away The large empty room resounded with somewhere for a drive all the day before the Lieutenant's laughter.
he comes ?” “ That is a good guess0
Loh! a very
“To-morrow is Sunday.” good guess—but not just good enough.
“ Well?” For it was she who did call me 'du ;' “Do you fancy you would get either and all the people were surprised—and Bell or my Lady to go driving on Sunthen some did laugh—but she herself— day? Don't you propose such a thing, oh! she was very angry with herself, if you are wise. There is a Cathedral and with me too, and for some time she in this town; and the best thing you called me ‘Sie' even when we were to can do is to study its history and assogether, until it was like to be a quarrel. ciations early in the morning. You will But one more quarrel,” added the Lieu have plenty of time to think over them tenant, with indifference, “was not much to-morrow, inside the building itself.” matter. It was usually one every day “Oh, I do not object to that,” he reand then writing of sorrowful letters at marked, coolly, as he went upstairs, the night—and next morning some re " and I do not care to have too much conciliation Sackerment! what is driving—it is only to prevent Mademoithe use of talking of all that non selle being annoyed, as I think she was sense!”
at dinner this evening—that is all. I And then once more the ball flew
suppose we may go for a walk to-morrow about the table ; finally lodging in a after the church-time? And he will pocket, and scoring three for a miss. come ? Very well, he will not harm Indeed, our Uhlan was not at home me, I am sure ; but—but it is a pitywith our big English tables, their small that is all.” balls, pointed cues, and perpetual pockets. And with this somewhat mysterious Even when he got a good chance of a conclusion, the Lieutenant disappeared cannon, the smallness of the balls caused towards his own room. him to fail entirely. But he had a very excellent cigar. It was something to be away from the embarrassment that had
CHAPTER XII. prevailed at dinner. Perhaps, too, he enjoyed a certain sense of austere selfsatisfaction in having left to Arthur full
“When on the gentle Severn's sedgy bank, possession of the field. On the whole
In single opposition, hand to hand, he enjoyed himself very well ; and then, He did confound the best part of an hour our cigars being finished, we had a final In changing hardiment with great Glen look at the horses, and then returned to
dowcr." the coffee-room.
“If we could only get over this one “I am afraid,” said Von Rosen, with day,”—that was the burden of Tita's some alarm, “we have been negligent complaining the next morning. Arthur of our duties.”
had been invited to breakfast, and had Master Arthur had left some half declined; but he was coming round to hour before. The ladies had retired.
go with us to the Cathedral. ThereOnly one or two of the heaviest topers after, everything to Tita's mind was were left in the bar-parlour; the waiters chaos. She dared hardly think of what looked as if they considered their week's the day might bring forth. In vain I work fairly over.
pointed out to her that this day was but “Tell me,” said my Prussian friend, as as another day ; and that if
deeds he got his candle, “is that young gentle- of wrath or vengeance were hidden man coming round here to-morrow ?” away in the vague intentions of our “Probably he is."
young friend from Twickenham, there
was no particular safety gained in tiding him, is living at this hotel, and he is over a single Sunday.
going, and you see those people ?—they “At all events," says my Lady, are loitering about to see him drive firmly, "you cannot do anything so
away.” imprudent as press him to accompany
Even as he spoke, two resplendent us further on our journey."
creatures, in grey and gold, resembling “Cannot the phaeton hold five ?” beef-eaters toned down in colour and
“You know it cannot, comfortably. gilded, advanced to the archway of the But that is not the question. For my hotel, with long trumpets in their hand. own part, I don't choose to have a holi These they suddenly lifted, and then day spoilt by provoking a series of down the quiet street sounded a loud painful scenes, which I know will fanfare, which was very much like
We may manage to humour those announcements that tell us, in an him to-day, and get him to leave us historical play, that the King approaches. in an amiable mood; but it would be Then a vehicle drove away from the impossible to do it two days running. door; the High Sheriff had gone to the And I am not sure even about this one Cathedral ; while our breakfast was not day.”
even yet finished. “But what prevents his dropping “ He does not have the trumpets down
time he leaves the Shrewsbury-or Chester-or Carlisle hotel?” said the Lieutenant, returning - just as he has done here at Wor from the window. “Then why when cester ?"
he goes to church? Is it exceptional “ I will."
for a High Sheriff to go to church, that That was enough. Having some re he calls attention to it with trumpets ?" gard for the young man, I hoped he At this moment, Arthur entered the would submit quietly. But lovers are room. He glanced at us all rather nerheadstrong; and jealousy, when it is vously. There was less complaisance, thoroughly aroused, leaves no place in too, in his manner, than when we last the mind for fear.
saw him; the soothing influences of It was a bright morning. We could dinner had departed. He saluted us see, through the wire screens of the all in a somewhat cool way, and then windows, the Worcester folks walking addressed himself exclusively to my along the pavements, with the sunlight Lady. . For Bell he had scarcely a shining on their Sunday finery.
word. The Lieutenant, as we hurriedly de It is hard to say how Queen Tita spatched breakfast—for we were rather managed, as we left the hotel, to atlate-gave us his usual report.
tach Bell and herself to Master Arthur; “A very fine town,” he said, address but such was the result of her dexterous ing himself chiefly to Tita, who was manæuvres ; and in this fashion we haralways much interested in his morning riedly walked along to the Cathedral. rambles," with old religious buildings. There was a great commotion visible and houses with ivy, and high walls to around the splendid building. A conkeep back the river. There is a large siderable crowd had collected to see the race-course, too, by the river; and on High Sheriff; and policemen were keepthe other side a fine suburb, built on a ing a lane for those who wished to enter. high bank, among trees.
Seeing that we were late, and that the many pleasant walks by the Severn, High Sheriff was sure to draw many when you get further down; but I will after him, we scarcely expected to get show you all the place when we go out inside ; but that, at least, was vouchof the Cathedral. This is a great day safed us, and presently we found ourat the Cathedral, they say-a Chief selves slipping quietly over the stone Sheriff of the county, I think they call flooring. All the seats in the body of
the building being occupied, we took her, leaving behind an unexplained up a position by one of the great pillars, longing and unrest. Partly on that and there were confronted by a scene account, and partly by reason of the sufficiently impressive to those of us weariness produced by constant standwho had been accustomed to the minis- ing, we were not sorry to slip out of trations of a small parish church. the Cathedral when the first portion of
Far away before us rose the tall and the service was over; and so we found graceful lines of the architecture, until, ourselves once more in the sweet air and in the distance, they were lost in a haze the sunlight. of sunlight streaming in from the south There was an awkward pause. Tita —a glow of golden mist that struck rather fell behind, and endeavoured to upon the northern pillars, throwing up keep herself out of sight; while the a vague reflection that showed us some- other members of the party seemed thing of the airy region in which the uncertain as to how they should atlines of the great arches met. We could tach themselves. Fortunately, our first, catch a glimpse, too, of the white- movement was to go round and inspect dressed choir, beyond the sombre mass the curious remains of the old Cathedral, of the people that filled the nave.
which are yet visible; and as these were when the hushed, deep tones of the close at hand, we started off in a proorgan prelude had ceased to sound miscuous manner, and got round and along the lofty aisles, there rose the dis- under King Edgar's tower without any tant and plaintive chanting of the boys— open rupture. then the richer tones of the bass came How still and quiet lay the neighin—and then again burst forth that bourhood of the great church on this clear, sweet, triumphant soprano, that beautiful Sunday morning! It seeined seemed to be but a single voice ringing as if all the life of the place were softly and distantly through the great gathered within that noble building ; building. I knew what would occur while out here the winds from over the
Somehow Tita managed to slip meadows, and the sunlight, and the away from us, and get into the shadow fleecy clouds overhead, were left to of the pillar, with her head bent down, play about the strange old passages, and her hand clasped in Bell's ; and the and sunken arches, and massive gategirl stood so that no one should see her ways, and other relics of former cenfriend's face, for there were tears run- turies. The bright light that lay warm ning fast down it. It is a sad story, on the fresh grass, and on the ivied that has been already briefly mentioned walls about, lit up the flaky red surface in these memoranda. Many years ago of the old tower, and showed us the she lost a young brother, to whom she bruised effigy of King Edgar in sharp was deeply attached. He used to sing outline ; while through the gloom of in the choir of the village church. Now, the archway we could see beyond the whenever she listens to a choir singing shimmering green light of a mass of that she cannot see, nothing will convince elms, with their leaves moving in the her that she does not hear the voice of From thence we passed down to her brother in the clear, distant music ; the river wall, where the Lieutenant. and more than once it has happened read aloud the following legend inscribed that the uncontrollable emotions caused near the gate : “On the 18th of Noby this wild superstition have tho- vember, 1770, the Flood rose to the lower roughly unnerved her. For days after edge of this Brass Plate, being ten inches she has been haunted by the sound of higher than the Flood which happen'd that voice, as if it had brought her a on December 23, 1672." And then message from the other world—as if she
we went through the arch, and found had been nearly vouchsafed a vision that ourselves on the banks of the Severn, had been somehow snatched away from with its bridges and boats and locks,
and fair green meadows, all as bright the various boats—a group of richlyand as cheerful as sunlight could make coloured cattle in the fields—a few boys them.
bathing under the shadow of a great Tita and myself, I know, would at bank of yellow sand—all went to make this moment have given a good deal to up as bright and pretty a river-picture get away from these young folks and as one could wish for. And here we their affairs. What business of ours were almost afraid to speak, lest an was it that there should be a
incautious word should summon up wheel to the cart," as the Germans say ? thunder-clouds and provoke an exploArthur was sadly out of place; but how
sion. could we help it? My Lady having “ Have you any idea when you will fallen rather behind as we started on reach Scotland ?" says Arthur, still our leisurely stroll along the river, Bell, glaring at the Lieutenant and his comthe Lieutenant, and Arthur were forced panion. to precede us. The poor girl was “ No," replies Tita; “ we are in no almost silent between them. Von hurry." Rosen was pointing out the various “Won't you get tired of it ?" objects along the stream ; Arthur, in I don't think so at all. But if we no amiable mood, throwing in an occa- do, we can stop.” sional sarcastic comment. Then more
“You will go through the Lake silence. Arthur breaks away from them, Country, of course ?" and honours us with his company.
“ Yes.” Sometimes he listens to what my Lady “It is sure to be wet there,” said the says to him ; but more often he does young man. not, and only scowls at the two young
“ You don't give us much encouragefolks in front of us. He makes irrele- ment," says my Lady, gently. vant replies. There is a fierceness in his “Oh," he replies, "if people break look. I think at this moment he would away from the ordinary methods of enhave been glad to have embraced Mor- joying a holiday, of course they must monism, or avowed his belief in Strauss,
take their chance. In Scotland you are or done anything else desperate and sure to have bad weather. It always wicked.
rains there." Why, it was natural to ask, should Arthur was determined that this gentle little woman by my side be should look upon the future stages of vexed by these evil humours and per- our journey with the most agreeable versities—her vexation taking the form anticipations. of a profound compassion, and a desire “ Then,” he says, suppose your that she could secure the happiness of horses break down ?" all of them ? The morning was a “They won't,” says Tita, with a miracle of freshness. The banks of the smile. “They know they are going to Severn, once you leave Worcester, are the land of oats. They will be in exsingularly beautiful.
Before us were
cellent spirits all the way.” islands, set amid tall river weeds, and Master Arthur went on to addcovered with thick growths of bushes. “I have always found that the worst A
grey shimmering of willows came in of driving about with people was that it as a line between the bold blue of the threw you so completely on the society stream and the paler blue and white of of certain persons ; and you are bound the sky. Some tall poplars stood sharp to quarrel with them." and black against the light green of the
« That has not been our experience," meadows behind ; and far away these says my Lady, with that gracious level and sunlit meadows stretched over manner of hers which means much. to Malvern Chase and to the thin line Of course she would not admit that of blue hill along the horizon. Then her playful skirmishes with the person
whom, above all others, she ought to where the path by the river-side lay respect, could be regarded as real quar- through deep meadows. rels. But at this point the Lieutenant It was hard, after all. He had come lingered for a moment to ask my Lady a from London to get speech of his sweetquestion ; and as Bell also stopped and heart, and he found her walking through turned, Tita says to him, with an air of green meadows with somebody else. No infinite amusement
mortal man-and least of ail a young “We have not quarrelled yet, Count fellow not confident of his own position, von Rosen ?”
and inclined to be rather nervous and “I hope not, Madame," says our anxious—could suffer this with equaniUhlan, respectfully.
mity; but then it was a question how “Because," she continued, with a far it was his own fault. little laugh, "Arthur thinks we are sure Why don't you go and talk to to disagree, merely on account of our Bell ?” says my Lady to him, in a low being thrown so much into each other's voice. company."
“Oh, I don't care to thrust my society "I think quite the opposite will be on anyone,” he says aloud, with an the result of our society," says the assumption of indifference. “There are Lieutenant.
people who do not know the difference “Of course I did not refer particu between an old friendship and a new larly to you,” said Arthur, coldly. acquaintance-I do not seek to interfere “There are some men so happily con with their tastes. But of course there stituted that it is of no consequence to is a meaning in everything. What are them how they are regarded by their those lines of Pope'scompanions. Of course they are always well satisfied.”
O say, what stranger cause, yet unexplored,
Could make a gentle belle reject a lord ?' “And it is a very good thing to be well satisfied,” says the Lieutenant, I should not attempt to cure a woman cheerfully enough, "and much better of her instinctive liking for a title.” than to be ill satisfied and of much Tita placed her hand on his arm. trouble to your friends. I think, sir, After all, this excited young man was when you are as old as I, and have an old friend of hers; and it seemed a been over the world as much, you will pity to see him thus determined to ruin think more of the men who are well his own cause. But the light talking satisfied.”
we heard in front seemed to say that the "I hope my experience of the world," “gentle belle ” had not overheard that says Arthur, with a certain determina- pretty speech and its interesting quotation in his tone, “will not be gained by tion. receiving pay to be sent to invade a At length, coming to a sudden bend foreign country
in the river, the Lieutenant and his "Oh, Count von Rosen," says Bell, companion proposed that we should rest to call his attention.
for a while; and accordingly we chose “ Mademoiselle!” he says, turning out comfortable seats on the steep green instantly towards her, although he had bank, covered by bushes and trees, which heard every word of Arthur's speech. here slopes down to the stream. The
“Can you tell me the German name picture that lay before and around us of that tall pink flower close down by was sufficient to have calmed the various the edge of the water ? .”
moods and passions of these young folks, And so they walked on once more ; if they had but had eyes for anything and we got further away from the city but their own affairs. Bell was the only with its mass of slates and spires getting one who paid attention to the world of faint in the haze of the sunlight-and bright colours that lay around. The into the still greenness of the country, Lieutenant-imperturbable, easy in man