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tague Vicars — such a tartar. Crim,' you phonse.' This young gentleman replied to know, as McDermott said of his partner's my request to see Miss Dallas by presentwife, you could not have helped it any more ing a salver for the reception of my card, than I could. But come down-stairs. Rus- and then ushered me into a back drawingsell has been told to get the spare room room. I sat down and looked at the ready; and when the poor tired child is furniture, dirty chintz, and the pictures, gone to bed, I will tell you all about it.” dubious water-colour, at the carpet, cheap
I was so utterly taken by surprise that I tapestry; and was contemplating a cardcould not give expression to my feelings, basket, wherein were displayed some very and I did not try to do so. I accompanied venerable specimens of pasteboard, when I James in meek silence to the drawing-room, heard a voice in the adjoining room exclaim, and there, standing by the ottoman, in the in anything but pleasant accents : full glare of the light, I saw the beautiful “Stay, Miss Dallas ; I will see this peryoung girl of whom I had had a momentary son.' Something was murmured in reply, glimpse when she was Mrs. Devlin's lodger. and then the voice said, It was quite unPale, agitated, tired, and evidently fright- derstood that I do not allow followers, and ened, she was yet exceedingly beautiful; Mr. Pennifold was made aware of that and, as the rich crimson colour rushed over yesterday. You will remain where you her pale face at the sight of me, it lent a are if you please.” brilliance to her appearance which ef- “The deuce I was,' thought I; 'why, fectually combated the sombre effect of her how should I know anything about you, or heavy black dress and the close crape you about me?' Then the door opened, bonnet, which imprisoned her rich dark and in walked the owner of the voice. hair. I took her hand and bade her a Such a woman, Maggie! I should have kindly welcome, to which she vainly at- run away in four-and-twenty hours if I had tempted to reply. The next moment she been her companion. Á tall, gawky, was sobbing on my bosom.
slouching, untidy woman : with goggleI had seen Winifred safely deposited in her eyes, bleared and blind-looking: with a bed; and having positively interdicted all large purposeless .nose and a long upperattempts of talking on her part, had re- lip, and a mouth which expressed brainless turned to my husband, whom I found egotism, if ever mouth did: with untidy pacing the drawing-room from end to end, hair rolled into flat curls on each side of and as impatient to narrate as I was to hear her flat unmeaning forehead: with a flat his adventures.
bust, and a flat waist, and fat hands, and, “ Well,” he said, “is she all right? I am certain, flat feet, though I am happy
“Oh, yes,” I replied, " she is happy, com- to say I did not see them; fortable, and sleepy; and I am in an agony dressed in shabby finery, black flounced silk, of curiosity to hear how all this happened, rusty and crumpled, with a jacket badly and how you came to do anything so im- made, and collar crookedly put on.” prudent. Do tell me all about it.
James always had a marvellous eye for • Just what I want to do," said he. the details of women's dress, and was in“ This affair has a very unexpected complica- sufferably quick at finding out if one tion in it, I assure you, Maggie. I need say wanted brushing, or had on cleaned gloves, nothing about my journey, that was all as or a “second best ” bonnet; so that I was usual »the morning papers and the “ Satur- not at all surprised at the accuracy of his day” lasted me till I got to Leamington, description. and there I took a fly and drove direct to “ Charming creature," said I! Monthermer Park. Such a park, Maggie! Montague Vicars, of course; do go on You might as well call our back.garden a James.” pleasure-ground, or the mignonette box a “She pnt up her gold-rimmed eye-glass, conservatory. It is nothing more than a and looked at me deliberately, with prettyish detached villa, with an acre of out the slightest sign of salutation ; but by brand-new shrubbery, and a great deal of degrees, as she mastered the details of my stucco fixings.” I'm particular, because appearance, I supposed, with some surprise the place is an index to the people. Small, depicted in her countenance, which was of low, vividly green gates, and a curved a kind that turned every expression into a drive, fondly supposed to represent all the caricature, I bowed profoundly, and waited dignity of distance; a monstrously heavy for her to speak. door, studded with nails of the Newgate 6 6 You are Mr. Pennifold, I presume,' pattern, and opened by a page who might she said, in a tone which was almost of be own brother to Mrs. Wittitterly's • Al- fensive.
- a woman
6. Mrs. you are Mr.
«• That is my name, madam,' I replied, none. She is no great things of a companion, and my business here is with Miss Dallas moping when she dares, and giving herself
a young lady who resides with you, as I airs, which do not become a dependant; but understand. I spoke with considerable she never ventured to disobey me until yesstiffness, and standing, my hat in my terday.” hand.
“ • Madam,' I interupted, this is all irrele“. I am quite aware of the nature of vant to my business, which has nothing to your business with Miss Dallas,' she said, do with Miss Dallas's “ followers," or her saying an imbecile emphasis on the word ; qualifications as companion to a lady. I • but you were informed yesterday that I do have merely to repeat that I am not the not permit my companions to receive male person whose visits you interdicted, but that visitors.' I could give you no idea of the I am here to see Miss Dallas on important, impertinence of the tone in which she said and permit me to repeat, private business.'' this. It concentrated all the petty tyranny “ I could see she was debating with herof a mean mind — all the low, spiteful envy self whether she could venture to refuse me of a contemptible nature. I gazed at the an interview with Winifred. The mean face woman in profound amazement, and said, had so much candour in it at any rate. So as respectfully as I could,
I cut her deliberations short, by drawing ** There must be some mistake, madam. out my watch, and saying with perfect I never received any such intimation from calmness, but in a tone which I fancy she you. I have never seen Miss Dallas, and I did not altogether like, ' I must trouble you presume she is wholly unaware of my ex- to decide, madam. You are aware, I preistence.'
sume, that you have no power to prevent Miss “• You sent in your card, sir, with the Dallas seeing any one she pleases, and if name, Mr. James Pennifold, upon it; and will not refer me to her, I must return to my I tell you that Miss Dallas had an inter- employers, and take steps to place them in view with Mr. James Pennifold yesterday, communication with this young lady, toand that I forbade its repetition; and if wards whom you are assuming an illegal you are not that person, why do you make position.' use of his name?'
"Ignorant people, and especially ignorant “She was fast working herself into a women, are desperately afraid of the law, rage, the bones in her scraggy throat were and of long words. if ever an ignorant working, and her unpleasant, bleared eyes woman breathed, it is Mrs. Montague Vi. assumed an expression of angry spite cars. She caved in' immediately, dashed which you could scarcely have supposed the door open, and called out, in a voice as them capable of. I did not in the least un- musical as a peacock's, derstand what she was driving at ; but I “ • Come here, Miss Dallas, and let us was determined to see Miss Dallas, and re- learn what is Mr. James Pennifold's busisolved to cut this fury short, so I said, as ness with you.' curtly as possible,
“ There was no reply in words, but a light "I do not comprehend your remark, step crossed the adjoining room, and Winimadam, but that does not matter. I do fred made her appearance. As she stood in not use any one's name but my own. I am the aperture of the folding doors, like a picJames Pennifold, solicitor, of Furnival's ture in its frame, I felt the truth of your Inn, and I come here, accredited by the description of her, Maggie. Slight, gracesolicitor to the late Captain Dallas, a gentle-ful, beautiful, with a pleading look in the man from whom you received references on soft, solemn, black eyes, and a gentle gesbehalf of Miss Dallas, on important and ture with the delicate hands, as it she were private business concerning that young lady. depreciating soine coarse remark, some May I request permission to see her with harsh rebuke. She looked at me, Mag.ie, out loss of time?'
and I looked at her, and her face flushed " . Then, sir,' said she, in a weak screech, with surprise and embarrssment. It had • You are not Miss Dallas's lover?'
struck me that there was something of alac"• Madam,' I stammered, “what can you rity in her step, which, when she came in possibly mean? I am not Miss Dallas's or sight, instantly ceased, and I felt there was fliss Anybody's lover!'
some mystery, some confession in her mind. "I don't understand this, sir; and my be- 6Miss Dallas ?' I said. lief is that there is some scheme in
progress, 6 • Yes, sir,' she replied, with a bow. “I and Miss Dallas is no better that she ought am Miss Dallas, and you to be. When I hired her, I told her I did Pennifold, are you not ? not allow follovers, and she said she had “I replied affirmatively, and she then
IN LODGINGS AT KNIGHTSBRIDGE.
913 said, timidly, “You are not the gentleman plained the reason. Arthur Dallas had rewhom I expected to see.'
newed the intimacy which had subsisted be“We were all three standing at this time, tween my uncle John and himself in their and the amiable Mrs. Montague Vicars was boyhood when they met in India ; and as he glaring upon Winifred through her eye- and my father had quarrelled, and uncle glass. At this point I quietly took the girl's John and my father had never been attached hand and led her to a seat. She trembled as brothers, the friends had avoided him, and very much but did not speak, and I turned knew nothing of his family. The traditional to the she-dragon, and said,
estrangement has extended to my uncle's “ • I have already informed you, madam, children; they and their mother had no wish that I have to discuss private affairs with to undertake the acquaintance of their unthis
young lady. May I request you to per- known relatives, and only this extraordinary mit me to see her alone?'
succession of chances could probably have 4. Certainly not,' she answered, with the made us known to each other. I could not grossest rudeness; ‘I don't know what girls ask any distinct question on this part of the of her age have to talk about with a gentle- subject, of course, but I fancy that when man alone, and I don't allow such inter- Captain Dallas's wife left him, my aunt views in my house. I have no reason to took as much as possible of the charge of suppose Miss Dallas's notions of propriety the deserted little girl, for it was she who very exact, considering that I found her made all the arrangements for sending her yesterday with the other Mr. James Penni- home to England, to be educated, at the fold's arm round her waist when I went same time that her own son and daughter into the drawing-room unexpectedly.'
The love affair seems to have been “ The other Mr. James Pennifold! Who lifelong, but there was no formal
engageon earth can she mean, James ?' I ex- ment, which is to be regretted, as Captain claimed.
Dallas would have died more at peace had “Wait a moment, Maggie, and you shall be known that his daughter's affections were hear. Winifred started up, and cried out,‘Oh, given to the son of his old friend. James sir, do not pay any attention to Mrs. Vicars's Pennifold and his mother and sister were opinion of me. I do not know who you are, not in England during the last months of or why you have come to see me. But if Captain Dallas's life, and
Maggie, here James has sent you, you know how it is with is another surprise for you. Do you reus, and that I have nothing to be ashamed member Mrs. Devlin telling us about the of.'
young man who inquired for Miss Dallas, " James sent me! my dear young lady,' and got her address from Hannah ? ' I said, 'I have no idea what or who you “Of course I do — why it must have mean! I come to you on behalf of a lady, been" who was a dear friend of your father many “ Just so, Maggie, it was my cousin and years ago, before you were born, and who namesake, James Pennifold.” has discovered your existence by the merest The unexpected turn of affairs disclosed accident, but wishes to be your friend too. by my husband's narrative up to this point, The explanation of my visit would not at had effectually banished `Aunt Anne's any time have been easy, but there is evi- share in the matter from my memory, but dently a mistake somewhere, which renders with the mention of Mrs. Devlin, it recurred it more difficult. Who is this James of whom to my mind. How strange it had all been you speak, my dear Miss Dallas, and who before anything of this had transpired ! appeared to be a namesake of mine ?'. She how doubly strange it all appeared now! looked down, blushed beautifully, then lifted Through what curious chances and changes up her sweet eyes, and looked me in the had the girl, sleeping quietly, I hoped, beface with gentle, modest composure, as she neath our roof, been brought to that refuge, said :
and to the knowledge of her father's faith6 James Pennifold and I were little chil- ful friend. That John Pennifold's son should dren together in India, sir, and some day become the husband of Arthur Dallas's we hope to be man and wife.'
daughter was a curious turn of fate, and ac"Well, Maggie, there is no use in pro- quired additional strangeness from the problonging your suspense, and intensifying ability that she would pass to his home from your astonishment.
A little questioning that of the woman whom her father had so elicited the fact that this James Pennifold loved and so wronged. The fatherless and is my cousin, my uncle John's only son. We motherless girl had been wonderfully guidhave never known anything of my aunt and ed and guarded by the great Father of orher children, and Winifred's story has ex- phan children.
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“ Well, James, but about Aunt Anne,” I | Winifred — a home where you are wanted, asked ; " what did you tell Winifred, and and will be welcome ; but you shall hear how did she take it? Did you succeed in nothing more until you have turned your seeing her alone, or did that odious woman back upon this place. So run and pack your persevere in staying there ?”
belongings, my dear, and I will sit in the “ No, Maggie, I saw her alone. When I carriage which brought me here until you had discovered for myself, and explained to call me.' her the relationship existing between her * • But, Mr. Pennifold,' she stammered' betrothed husband and myself, Winifred I-I'took more courage, and told me that James “ * Don't be egotistical,' said !; 'you shall had visited her on the previous day, and know all about it when we are in the train, had won her assent to their marriage, and if you are not satisfied, we will send for though conditional on his mother's consent, the other James Pennifold and explain matof which he had, however, assured her. The ters to him, and I daresay he will contrive young people had arranged that she should a way of overcoming your scruples. In the remain at Monthermer Park for the present, meantime, you are coming home to my wife, until, as James hoped, his mother would and I don't doubt you will find her infinitereceive Winifred. I had no other friend, ly more agreeable than Mrs. Montague ViMr. Pennifold,' she said, innocently, “ex- cars.? cept Mrs. Devlin, at our old lodgings at " At this moment a grim-looking woman, Knightsbridge ; and I knew it would not in a dirty cap, came into the room, laid a do for me to go there.' All this time, a small parcel on the table, and said, in a you must remember, not a word had been tone of intolerable insolence, said about the friend on whose behalf I had Missis says here's your wages, and come; my business had been overlooked in you're to let her have a receipt.? the surprise of the discovery that there were “ Winifred turned pale, and looked at two James Pennifold's, and that these were me, but smiled, and desired her to count cousins. At this point Mrs. Montague Vi- the money. She did so. cars internally assisted our proceedings, and “ • Was your agreement for quarterly furnished me with a pretext for doing what payments and a quarter's notice, my dear ? ' I had been longing to do from the moment I asked. I had first caught sight of the sweet, timid “ . Yes,' she said. face in the doorway. She had sat down by « • Then that is right. Draw out a rethis time, and was drumming her feet (still ceipt and sign it.' I handed her a receipt happily invisible) upon the floor, and scowl- stamp from my pocket-book, watched her ing, as only a short-sighted woman, with a affix her signature, gravely folded the bad disposition and a conntenance to cor- paper, and handed it to the woman, whose respond, can scowl. When Winifred made unconcealed astonishment at the whole the avowal I have just mentioned, then she transaction was very comical. • Have the broke out:
goodness to hand that to Mrs. Montague 66 Sohl, Miss Dallas, you condescended Vicars,' I said. When she had left the to arrange with this gentleman, about whom room, Winifred said, you tell us such a very proper and probable “ • But am I to take the money? I don't story, that you would make a convenience of like that. I don't think I can take it. me and my house ! I am deeply indebted to * • Certainly, you must take it,' said I. you, I am sure, but two words go to that bar- She calculated upon your refusal, and gain. I know nothing of the person who visit- taking it is the very best way in the world ed you yesterday and the person here now, to punish her. Now, she must either do who call themselves by the same name ; and without a companion or victim until the I don't mean to keep such a romantically- end of the quarter, or pay twice over for circumstanced companion. You will please the luxury. So it strikes me she has leave
my house as soon as you can make it paid too dear for her whistle, and also that convenient. I will send my maid with your we are the winning party in this game of money, and write to the person to whom cross-purposes.' you referred me. So saying, she stalked out “She was soon ready, and I obeyed her of the room, and Winifred turned a horri- signal, and emerged from the fly. I canfied face towards me.
not carry my box down-stairs,' she said, in ««• Don't be frightened, my dear. My a tone of 'distress. I have managed to clear,' I said, “it is only a few hours sooner, pull it outside the door of my room, and only a little less courteously than I had in- none of the servants will help me.' tended, for I came to offer you a home, 6. I will then,' said I; show me the box.'
“She led me to a landing-place behind the duce on one another, I caught myself sitting-rooms I had seen, and there, by the thinking several times, and with remarkable closed door of a back room, stood a neat distinctness, “ I wonder, as Winifred is to black trunk. I am strong, Maggie, and be so well married, whether there is any would have made a decent railway porter; chance that Aunt Anne will leave Woodlee so I hoisted the box on my back without to my James." more ado, and in a few minutes we had left My husband thought it well to apprize the Brummagem splendours of Monther- Mrs. Carter by letter that he had brought mer Park behind us, and were on our way Winifred Dallas to our house, and to leave to the Leamington station. I did not speak it to her to select a time and place for their to Winifred for some time. She was cry- meeting. The letter had been despatched ing, partly I suppose from the excitement as soon as he rose, and he then told me that of her feelings, and partly because the he intended to make his cousin's acquainrudeness and grossness of the treatment tance without delay. she bad received, ludicrous and contemp
6. Winifred shall write to the young man," tible as was the woman who had inflicted it he said, "and I will play Mercury. But this upon her, was sufficient to wound her sen- must not be until after I have fulfilled Aunt sitiveness and offend her delicacy.
Anne's wishes. I am retained in her “ I procured a carriage to ourselves at service, and must not let it be made second Leamington, and on our journey I told her to any other, however interesting. I dareall, and heard all she had to tell me. She say the youth has written to his lady-love at was deeply affected, and indeed amazed at Monthermer Park to-day; but it does not the revelation of Aunt Anne's history, and matter. No greater harm will come of that she perused her letter with tears of the than Mrs. Montague Vicars perusing the warmest emotion and gratitude. All effusion, which I have no doubt she will that I have been enabled to perceive of her not hesitate to do. I suppose he will not disposition confirms the impression you have write more than once a day, and we shall received from Mrs. Devlin. Her chief fear get at him before to-morrow.” and anxiety is, lest Aunt Anne should fail We found Winifred in the breakfastto like her, should not take to her,' as she room, looking very pale hut very beautiful. expressed it; but I have no fear of that. She met us nervously, and was silent and It is, however, a great relief to me to find embarrassed, until we three found ourselves that the girl's future is already disposed of, in- alone in my husband's study; then she dependent of Mrs. Carter; for though the became calm and cheerful, and the bright dear old lady is thoroughly true and earnest intelligence for which her countenance had in all her intentions and wishes, and faith- led me to give her credit, asserted itself. ful to the sentiment which has been, I verily While I was relating to her, at greater believe, the only one by whieh her life has length than James had been able to do, the been swayed, she is an oddity, and it is strange sequence of events which had led to rather late for her to assu'ne the maternal Mrs. Carter's discovery of her father's idenrole in the drama of life. This unexpected tity with the lover of her own early youth, appearance of our cousin James makes every- and listening with pleased attention to her thing easy, however, and for my part I see sweet sorrowful talk about that beloved everything couleur de rose."
father, Mrs. Carter's brougham stopped at “ Did Winifred tell you much about her the door, and the next moment Mrs. Devlin self, James; about her father and her was in the room. childhood ? Of course she did not mention The good little Irishwoman was in a state her mother?”
of wild excitement and delight. I had “ No, she said nothing about her; and never seen Honor Devlin off her balance though she did tell me a good deal, of course before, but she made up on this occasion for it was all in a very desultory kind of way. all the constraint of her previous self-posBut, Maggie, do you know what hour it is? session. How she kissed“ Miss Winifred” past two o'clock in the morning, and I am and cried over her, and how she talked inso tired."
coherently of “the Captain " and of Ally, James slept very soundly until long past of Mrs. Carter, of Joan, and of Corporal his usual hour of waking, but I slept little Trim. How Winifred clung to her, and on that memorable night; and though I thanked her, and insisted that she owed all chiefly thought and pondered and wondered her good fortune, all the thick-thronging about our young guest, and speculated about consolation that had come to her orphaned her meeting with Aunt Anne, and the ef- life, to her kind humble friend. fect they were likely respectively to pro- “ All but one, miss,” said Honor, with a