up to her face with an air of serious delib-1“ I shall always think there was something eration which once more disturbed Mr. very strange in it. Just after I had heard Ashburton's gravity. And yet, when a of poor old Mr. Chiltern’s death, as I was young woman who is not at all bad-looking passing Holden's — when I was not in the puts up a rusiling, gleaming knot of rib- least thinking of him — he came into my bons to her hair and asks a man's opinion mind like a flash of lightning, you know. of the same, the man must be a philosopher If I had been very intimate with poor old or a wretch indeed who does not give a Mr. Chiltern, or if I believed in spirit-rapglance to see the effect. The candidate ping, I should think that was it. He came for Carlingford looked and approached, and into my head without my even thinking of even, in the temptation of the moment, him, all in a moment, with his very hat on took some of the long streamers in his hand. and his umbrella, like Minerva – wasn't it And he began to think Miss Marjoribanks Minerva ? ” said Miss Marjoribanks. And was very clever, and the most amusing com- she took up Mr. Ashburton's cause openly, panion he had met with for a long time. and unfurled his standard, and did not even And her interest in him touched his heart; ask her father's opinion. " Papa knows and, after all, it is no drawback to a woman about politics, but he has not had an into be absurd by moments. His voice grew timation, as I have,” said Lucilla. And, quite soft and caressing as he took the end naturally, she threw all the younger portion of ribbon into his band.

of Grange Lane, which was acquainted “If they are your colours they shall be with Mr. Ashburton, and looked forward mine,” he said, with a sense of patronage eagerly to a little excitement, and liked the and protection which was very delightful; idea of wearing a violet and green cockade, and the two were still talking and laughing into a flutter of excitement. Among these over the silken link thus formed between rash young people there were even various them, when the people came in whom Lu- individuals who took Lucilla's word for it, cilla was expecting to lunch, and who were and knew that Mr. Ashburton was very naturally full of Mr. Chiltern's death, which, nice, and did not see that anything more was poor old man ! was so sudden at the last. necessary. To be sure, these enthusiasts Mr. Ashburton stayed, though he had not were chiefly women, and in no cases had . intended it, and made himself very pleas- votes; but Miss Marjoribanks, with instincant. And Lucilla took no pains to conceal tive correctness of judgment, decided that her opinion that the thing was neither to there were more things to be thought of consider Whigs nor Tories, but a good man. than the electors. And she had the satisAnd Major Brown, who had come with his faction of seeing with her own eyes and daughters, echoed this sentiment so warmly hearing with her own ears the success of that Mr Ashburton was entirely convinced that suggestion of her genius. Carlingof the justice of Miss Marjoribanks's ideas. ford had rarely been more excited by any • We can't have a tip-topper, you know,” public event than it was by the address of Major Brown suid, who was not very re- the new candidate, who was in the field befined in his expressions ;“ and what I should fore anybody else, and who had the boldlike to see is a man that knows the place ness to come before them without uttering and would look after Carlingford. That's any political creed. The enlightened what we're all looking for.” Mr. Ashbur- electors of Carlingford do not demand, like ton did not declare himself to Major Brown, other less educated constituencies, a system but he dashed off his new address ten of political doctrines cut and dry, or a minutes after he had taken leave of Miss representative bound to give up his own Marjoribaoks, and put the other one in the judgment, and act according to arbitrary fire like a Christian, and telegraphed for promises,” said the daring candidate : his agent to town. Lucilla, for her part, * what they want is an honest man, resolved made an effort equally great and uncom- to do his duty by his country, his borough, promising. She took the ribbon Mr. Ash- and his constituency; and it is this idea burton had played with, and cut it up into alone which has induced me to solicit your cockades of all descriptions. It was an suffrages.” This was what Mr. Ashburton early moment, but still there was no time said in his address, though at that moment to be lost with a matter of such importance. he had still his other address in his pocket, And she wore one on her breast and one in which he had entered at some length in her hair when Mr. Ashburton's address into his distinctive personal views. It was was published, and all the world was dis- thus that an independent candidate, unconcussing it. “Of course they are his colours nected with party, took the field in Car – that is why I wear them,” said Lucilla. Ilingford, with Miss Marjoribanks, like anoth

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er Joan of Arc, with a knot of ribbons, too old now, you know, to be told what to violet and green, in her hair, to inspire and do " lead him on.

“Don't call yourself old, my dear,” said aunt Jemima, with a passing gleam of

worldly wisdom “one gets old quite soon CHAPTER XXXIX.


Are you subject to headaches,

Lucilla, or pains in the limbs? Your poor Life with most people is little more than | mamma a succession of high and low tides. There “Dear aunt Jemima, I am as well as are times when the stream runs low, and ever I can be,” said Miss Marjoribanks. when there is nothing to be seen but the "Tell me when you heard from Tom, and dull sandbanks, or even mudbanks, for what he is doing. Let me see, it is ten months, or even years together; and then years since he went away. I used to write all at once the waters swell, and come rush- to him, but he did not answer my letters — ing twice a-day like the sea, carrying life not as he ought, you know. I suppose he and movement with them. Miss Marjori- has found friends among the Calcutta banks had been subject to the eaux mortes ladies,” said Lucilla, with a slight but not for a long time; but now the spring-tides unapparent sigh. had rushed back. A day or two after Mr. “He never says anything to me about Ashburton had been revealed to her as the Calcutta ladies," said Tom's mother; " to predestined member, something occurred, tell the truth, I always thought before he not in itself exciting, but which was not went away that he was fond of you - I without its ultimate weight upon the course must have been mistaken, as he never said of affairs. It was the day when aunt anything; and that was very fortunate at Jemima was expected in Grange Lane. all events.” She was aunt Jemima to Lucilla ; but the “I am sure I am very thankful he was Doctor called her Mrs. John, and was never not fond of me," said Lucilla, with a little known to address her by any more familiar natural irritation, " for I never could have title. She was, as she herself described it, returned it. But I should like to know a widow lady, and wore the dress of her why that was so fortunate. I can't see that order, and was the mother of Tom Marjori- it would have been such a very bad thing. banks. She was not a frequent visitor at for him, for my part.” Carlingford, for she and her brother-in-law “ Yes, my dear,” said aunt Jemima, had various points on which they were not placidly, “it would have been a very bad of accord. The Doctor, for his part, could thing; for you know, Lucilla, though you not but feel perennially injured that the get on very nicely here, you never could boy had fallen to the lot of Mrs. John, while have done for a poor man's wife.” he had only a girl — even though that girl Miss Marjoribanks's bosom swelled when was Lucilla; and aunt Jemima could not she heard these words — it swelled with forgive him for the rude way in which he that profound sense of being unappreciated treated her health, which was so delicate, and misunderstood, which is one of the and his want of sympathy for many other hardest trials in the way of genius; but people who were delicate too. Even when naturally she was not going to let her aunt she arrived, and was being entertained see her mortification. " I don't mein to be with the usual cup of tea, fears of her any man's wife just now,” she said, making brother-in-law's robustness and unsympa- a gulp of it — " I am too busy electioneerthetic ways had begun to overpower her. ing; we are going to have a new member “I hope your papa does not ask too much in dear old Mr. Chiltern's place. Perhaps from you, Lucilla,” she said, as she sat in he will come in this evening to talk things her easy-chair, and took her tea by the fire over, and you shall see him," Lurilla addin the cozy room which had been prepared ed, graciously. She was a little excited for her. I hope he does not make you do about the candidate, as was not unnatural too much, for I am sure you are not strong, more excited, perhaps, than she would my dear. Your poor mamma, you know” have been ten years ago, when life was -' and Mrs. John looked with a certain young; and then it was not to be expected pathos at her niece, as though she saw signs that she could be pleased with aunt Jemima of evil in Lucilla's fresh complexion and for thioking it was so fortunate; though substantial frame.

even that touch of wounded pride did not " I am pretty well, thank you, aunt Jemi- lead Miss Marjoribanks to glorify herself ma,” said Miss Marjoribanks; " and papa by betraying Tom. lets me do pretty much what I like: I am My brother-in-law used to be a dreadful

Radical,” said aunt Jemima; “ I hope it is had a very nice room and everything that not one of those revolutionary men; I have was adapted to make her comfortable; but seen your poor uncle sit up arguing with she too had something to think of when the him till I thought they never would be door closed upon Lucilla, and she was left done. If that is the kind of thing, I hope with her maid and her hot water and her you will not associate yourself with it, Lu- black velvet gown. Perhaps it was a little cilla. Your papa should have more sense inconsistent to wear a black velvet gown than to let you. It does not do a young with her widow's cap- it was a question woman any good. I should never have which she had long debated in her mind bepermitted it if you had been my daughter,” fore she resigned herself to the temptation added Mrs. John, with a little heat — for, to - but then it always looked so well, and tell the truth, she too felt a slight vexation was so very profitable! and Mrs. John felt on her part that the Doctor had a girl that it was incumbent upon her to keep up when she had none, even though not for a respectable appearance for Tom's sike. twenty girls would she have given up Tom. Tom was very much in her mind at that

Miss Marjoribanks looked upon the weak moment, as indeed he always was; for woman who thus ventured to address her though it was a long time ago, she could not with indescribable feelings; but after all get the idea out of her head that he must she was not so much angry as amused and have said something to Lucilla before he compassionate. She could not help think- went off to India, and he had a way of ing to her:elf, if she had been Mrs. John's asking about his cousin in his letters; and daughter, how perfectly docile aunt Jemima though she would have done anything to would have been by this time, and how secure her boy's happiness, and was on the little she would have really ventured to whole rather fond of her niece, yet the idea interfere. “ It would have been very nice," of the objections her brother-in-law would she said, with a meditative realization of have to such a match excited to the utterthe possibility — " though it is very odd to most the smouldering pride which existed think how one could have been one's own in aunt Jemima's heart. He was better off, cousin - I should have taken very good and had always been better off, than her care of you, I am sure."

poor John — and he had robust healıh and “ You would have done no such thing," an awtul scorn of the coldling, to which, as said Mrs. John; “ you would have gone off he said, she had subjected his brother, and and married; I know how girls do. You he had money enough to keep his child have not married here, because you have luxuriously and make her the leader of been too comfortable, Lucilla. You have Carlingford society, while her poor boy had had everything your own way, and all that to go to India and put himself in the way you wanted, without any of the bother. It of all kinds of unknown diseases and trouis very strange how differently people's Jots bles. Mrs. John was profoundly anxious to are ordered. I was married at seventeen, promote her son's happiness, and would and I am sure I have not known what it gladly have given every penny she had to was to have a day's health” –

get him married to Lucilla, “ if that was “Dear aunt Jemima!” said her affection- what he wanted," as she justly said ; but to ate niece, kissing her, “but papa shall see have the brother-in-law object to him, and if he cannot give you something, and we suggest that he was not good enough, was will take such care of you while you are the one thing she could not bear. She here."

was thinking about this, and whether Tom Mrs. John was softened in spite of her- really had not said anything, and whether self; but still she shook her head. “It is Lucilla cared for him, and what amid all very nice of you to say so, my dear,” she these perplexities she should do, while she said, “ and it's pleasant to feel that one has dressed for dinner; and, at the same time, someborly belonging to one; but I have not she felt her palpitation worse than usual, much confidence in your papa. He never and knew Dr. Marjoribanks would smile his understood my complaints. I used to be grim smile if she complained, so that her very sorry for your poor mamma. He nev- visit to Grange Lane, though Lucilla er showed that sympathy - but I did not meant to take such care of her, was not almean to blame him to you, Lucilla. I am together unmingled delight to Mrs. John. sure he is a very good father to you." But, nevertheless, Dr. Marjoribanks's din

“ He has been a perfect old angel,” said ner-table was always a cheerful sight, even Miss Marjoribanks; and then the conversa- when it was only a dinner party of three; tion came to a pause, as it was time to for then naturally they used the round tadress for dinner. Mrs. John Marjoribanks /ble, and were as snug as possible. Lucilla

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wore her knot of green and violet ribbons | he did not accept the challenge thus thrown on her white dress, to her aunt's great to him. Tom Marjoribanks was not the amazement, and the Doctor had all the air foremost figure in the world in his eyes, as of a man who had been out in the world all the absent wanderer was in that of his day and returned in the evening with some mother; and he had not yet unburdened thing to tell — which is a thing which gives himself of what he had to say. great animation to a family party. Mrs. “I am not saying anything in favour of John Marjoribanks had been out of all that going into Parliment," said the Doctor. sort of thing for a long time. She had I'd sooner be a bargeman on the canal if been living quite alone in a widowed for- it was me. I am only telling Lucilla what lorn way, and had half forgotten how pleas- she has before her. I don't know when I ant it was to have somebody coming in with have been more surprised. Of course you a breath of fresh air about bim and the were not looking for that,said Dr. Marday's budget of news and it had an ani- joribanks. He had kept back until the mating effect upon her, even though she things were taken off the table, for he had was not fond of ber brother-in-law. Dr. a benevolent disinclination to spoil anyMarjoribanks inquired about Tom in the body's dinner. Now, when all the serious most fatherly way, and what he was about, part of the meal was over, he tossed the and how things were looking for him, and Carlingford Gazette ” across the table, whether he intended to

home. folded so as she conld not miss what he “Much better not,” the Doctor said, “I wanted her to see. Lucilla took it up lightshould certainly advise him not, if he asked ly between her finger and thumb; for the

He has got over all the worst of it, and Carlingford papers were inky and badly now is his time to do something worth printed, and soiled a lady's hand. She took while.”

it up delicately without either alarm or 6. Tom is not one to think merely of surprise, knowing very well that the Blues worldly advantages,” said his mother, with and the Yellows were not likely without a a fine instinct of opposition which she could struggle to give up to the new standard, not restrain. “I don't think he would care which was violet and green. But what she to waste all the best part of his life making saw on that inky broadsheet overwhelmed money. I'd rather see him com home and in an instant Miss Marjoribanks's self-posbe happy, for my part, even if he were not session. She turned pale, though her com

plexion was, if possible, fresher than ever, “ If all men were happy that came and even shivered in her chair, though her home,” said the Doctor, and then he gave nerves were so steady. Could it be a trick a rather grim chuckle. “Somebody has to thwart and startle her? or could it be come home that you did not reckon on, true ? She lifted her eyes to her father Lucilla. I am sorry to spoil sport; but I with a look of horror-stricken inquiry, but don't see how you are to get out of it. all that she met in return was a certain air There is another address on the walls to- of amusement and triumph, which struck day besides that one of yours.”

her at the tenderest point. He was not - Oh, I hope there will be six addresses !” sorry nor sympathetic, nor did he care at all cried Miss Marjoribanks; “ if we had it all for the sudden shock she had sustained. our own way it would be no fun; - a Tory, On the contrary, he was laughing within and a Whig, and a did you say Radical, himself at the utterly unexpected compliaunt Jemima? And then, what is a Con- cation. It was cruel, but it was salutary, servative ? ” asked Lucilla, though certainly and restored her self-command in a moshe bal a very much better notion of political ment. She might have given way under matters than aunt Jemima had, to say the kindness, but this look of satisfaction over least.

her discomfiture brought Lucilla to herI wonder how you can encourage any self. poor man to go into Parliment,” said Mrs. “Yes, I thought you would be surprised," John; so trying for the health as it must said Dr. Marjoribauks, dryly; and he took be, and an end to everything like domestic his first glass of claret with a slow relish and life. If it was my Tom I would almost enjoyment, which roused every sentiment rather he stayed in India. He looks strong, of self-respect and spark of temper existing but there is never any confidence to be put in bis daughter's mind. If you had kept in young men looking strong. Oh, I know your own place it would not have mattered; you do not agree with me, Doctor; but I but I don't see how you are to get ont of it. have had sad reason for my way of think. You see young ladies should let these sort ind,” said the poor lady. As for the Doctor, of things alone, Lucilla." This was all the

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feeling he showed for her in her unexpected | about Mr. Ashburton being the right man
dilemma. Miss Marjoribanks's heart gave for Carlingford.” She said the words with
one thrub, which made the green and vio- a certain solemnity, and turned Mrs. John,
let ribbons jump and thrill; and then she who was so much surprised as to be speech-
came to herself, and recognized, as she had less, round again, and led her up-stairs. It
so often done before, that she had to fight was as if they were walking in a procession
her way by herself, and had nobody to of those mariyrs and renouncers of self, who
look to. Such a thought is dreary enough buill up the foundations of society; and it
sometimes, and there are minds that sink would not be too much to say that under
under it; but at other times it is like the her present circumstances, and in the ex-
touch of the mother earth which gave the citement of this singular and unexpected
giant back his strength, and Lucilla was of event, such was the painful but sublime
the latter class of inteligence. When she consciousness which animated Lucilla's
saw the triumph with which her embarrass- breast.
ment was received, and that she had no As for Dr. Marjoribanks, his triumph was
sympathy nor aid to look for, she recovered taken out of him by that spectacle. He
herselt as if by magic. Let what would closed the door after the ladies had gone,
come in the way, nothing could alter her and came back to his easy-chair by the side
certainty that Mr. Ashburton was the man of the fire, and could not but feel that he
for Carlingford ; and that determination not had had the worst of it. It was actually
to be beaten, which is the soul of British Mr. Cavendish who had come home, and
valour, sprang up in an instant in Miss whose address to the electors of Carlingford,
Marjoribanks's mind. There was not even dated from Dover on his return to England,
the alternative of victory or Westminster the Doctor had just put into his daughter's
Abbey for Lucilla. If she was ever to hold hand. But, wonderful and unlooked-for as
up her head again, or have any real respect was the event, Lucilla, though takın una-
for herself, she must win. All this pas-ed wares, had not given in, nor shown any
through her head in the one bewildering signs of weakness. And the eflect upon
moment, while her father's words were st ll her father of her last utterance and contes-
making her ears tingle, and that name, sion was such that he took up the paper
printed in big inky letters, seemed to flut- again and read both addresses, which were
ter in all the air round her. It was harıl to printed side by side. In other dais Mr.
believe the intelligence thus conveyed, Cavendish had been the chosen candidate
and harder still to go on in the face of old of Grange Lane; and the views which he
friendships, and the traditions of her youth; expressed (and he expressed his views very
but still duty was dearer than tradition, and freely) were precisely those of Dr. Marjori-
it was now a necessity to fight the battle to banks. Yet when the Doctor turned to
the last, and at all risks to win.

Mr. Ashburton's expression of his convic- Thank you all the same, papa, for tion that he was the right man for Carlingbringing me the paper,” said Lucilla. “ It forıl, it cannot be denied that the force of would have been a great deal worse if I that simple statement had a wonderful efhad not known of it before I saw him. I fect upon his mind an effect all the am sure I am very glad for one thing. He greater, perhaps, in comparison with the can't be married or dead, as people used to political exposition marle by the other unsay. I am quite ashamed to keep you so expected candidate. The Doctor's meditalong down-stairs, aunt Jemima, when I tions possibly took a slumbrous tone from kuow you must be longing for a cup of tea the place and the moment at which he pur– but it is somebody come back whom no- sued them ; for the fact was that the words boly expected. Tell him I shall be so glad he had just been hearing ran in his head to see him, papa

though I have no reason all through the reading of the two addresses. to be glad, for he was one of my young Mr. Cavendish would think Lucilla had friends you know, and he is sure to think I gone off ; but yet she had not gone off so have gone off.” As she spoke, Lucilla much as miglit have been expected, and turned aunt Jemima, to whom she had Mr. Ashburton was the man for Carlinggiven her arm, quite round, that she might ford. Dr. Marjoribanks laughed quietly by look into the great glass over the maniel himself in his easy-chair, and then went piece : " I don't think I am quite so much back to Mr. Cavendish's opinions, and endgone off as I expected to be," said Mirs ed again, without knowing it, in a kind of Marjoribanks, with candid impartiality; odol incipient agreement with Lucilla. The * though of course he will think me stouter new candidate was right in politics; but, - but it does not make any difference after all, Mr. Ashburton was a more satis

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