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but Walter, who on the whole considered them? They have asked me up for the her something of an authority on art, and fag-end of the season. I always told you was not unwilling to accept her guidance my season was the very end; and the reto some extent, was here a very agreeable sult is, I am quite fresh when you jaded companion. She had just intimated to revellers have had too much of it, and him her desire to look at something of are eager to hurry away.”. which the artist had been speaking to And indeed she looked fresh, glowing, her — for Katie considered it her duty and eager, and full of life and pleasure; even in presence of society to show a her vivid looks seemed to take ibe color certain regard for the pictures, as the out of Katie, who still stood with her supposed object of the meeting - and hand upon Walter's arm.
For his part taking his arm was going on to the corner he did not know what to do. indicated, when somebody all at once “ You would not think, to look round made a little movement towards them these rooms, that it was the fag-end of with a quick exclamation of pleasure, and the season,” he said. saying, “ Walter !” suddenly laid a finger “Ah! that's your usual benevolence to upon Lord Erradeen's unoccupied arm. make me think less of my disadvantages,”
This sudden incident produced a curi- said Julia. “You know I don't encourage ous dramatic effect amid the many groups illusions on that subject. You must come of this elegant company. Some of the and see me. You must be made acquaintbystanders even were attracted, and one ed with my cousins, if you don't know enterprising young painter took in his them.” mind's eye an instantaneous sketch of the “In the mean time, Lord Erradeen, will three figures enacting a scene in the gen- you take me to my father, please,” said teel comedy of life. Walter in the midst, Katie, on his arm. startled, looking a little guilty, yet not “Oh,” cried Julia, " don't let me detain losing his composure, replied readily you now. We have just come. You'll enough, “ Julia ! " holding out his hand to find me presently, Walter, when you are the somewhat eager stranger, who leaned at liberty. No, go, go, we shall have forward towards him with sparkling eyes, plenty of time afterwards for our talks. and the most arch and smiling expression I insist upon your going now.” of pleasure and interest. Katie, on the nd dismissed him with a beaming other hand, held back a little, and looked smile, with a little pat on his arm as if it very gravely at the meeting, with a mani. had been she who was his lawful propriefest absence in her countenance of that tor, not Katie. Miss Williamson said pleasure which the others expressed, nothing for the moment, but she resisted whether they felt it or not. She did not Walter's attempt to direct her towards withdraw from Walter's arm, or separate the picture she had meant to visit. “I herself in any way, but gazed at the new- think I will go to papa,” she said. I comer who addressed him so familiarly must not detain you, Lord Erradeen, from with a look of grave inspection. Katie your - friend." meant to look dignified, and as a girl “ That doesn't matter," said Walter ; should look who was the lawful possessor " I shall see her again. Let us do what of the attention to which an illegitimate we intended to do. What is the etiquette claimant had thus appeared; but her fig. on such an occasion, Miss Williamson? are was not adapted for expressing dig. Would it be correct for me, a mere man, nity. She was shorter than Julia, and to introduce two ladies to each other? less imposing, and her beauté du diable You know I am a novice in society. I could not bear comparison with Miss look for instruction 10 you.”. Herbert's really fine features and charm. “I can't tell, I am sure,” said Katie. ing figure. Julia was as much, or indeed " I don't think the case has occurred to more, a country girl than the other; but me before. You seem to know the lady she was much handsomer, and had all the very well, Lord Erradeen?” instincts of society. Her face was radi- • I have known her almost all my life,” ant with smiles as she gave her band to Walter replied, not quite at his ease. Walter, and half permitted, half compelled “We have played together, I suppose. him to hold it a momeut longer than was She comes from Sloebury where my necessary in his.
mother is living. They have all sorts of "I thought we could not be long of fine connections, but they are poor, as meeting,” she said, “and that you were you would divine from what she said.” sure to be here. I am with my cousins “I did not listen to what she said. the Tom Herberts. I suppose you know Conversation not addressed to one's self,"
said Katie, with some severity, “one has according to all the rules, Katie. I'm nothing to do with. I could see of course astonished you have not had one before.” that you were on the most friendly terms." Walter heard this speech as well as
"Oh, on quite friendly terms !” said Katie, and it threw the last gleam of realWalter; he could not for his life have ity on the position in which he stood. prevented a little laugh from escaping That he was looked upon by her father him, a laugh of consciousness and amuse- as her lover, and no doubt by herself too, ment and embarrassment. And Katie, or what would the encounter with Julia who was full of suspicion, pricked up her have mattered to her, was plain enough. little ears.
He had known it vaguely before, but only “I should have said on terms that were from his own side of the question, and more than friendly,” she said in a voice had debated it as a matter of expediency that was not without a certain sharp tone. to himself. But when he saw it from the
Walter laughed again with that imbe- other side, recognizing with a shock that cility to which all men are subject when they too had something to say in the matpressed upon such a question.
ter, and coming right up against that bar. “Can anything be better than friend. rier of a nust, which was so obnoxious ly?” he said. * Poor Julia! she has a to his character, everything took a very very kind heart.
Was not this the pic- different aspect. And Julia, too, had asture you wanted to see?”
sumed an air of property
had made a Oh,” cried Katie, “I have forgotten certain claim of right in respect to him. all about the picture! This little incident What! was he to be made a slave, and has put it out of my head. Human inter- deprived of free action in respect to the est is superior to art. Perhaps if you most important act of his life, because he had not left Sloebury, if your circum- had freely accepted invitations that were stances had not changed, your friendship pressed upon him? The thing was ridic. might have changed into - something ulous, he said to himself, with some heat. warmer, as people say.”
It might be well for him to offer himself “ Who can tell?” cried Walter in his to Katie, but to have a virtual demand vanity; "but in that case we should have made upon him, and acknowledge a neces. been two poverties together, and that you sity, that was not to be borne. Still less know would never do.'
was he likely to acknowledge any right on “I am no judge,” cried Katie; “but at the part of Julia Herbert. In her case all events you are not a poverty now, and he was altogether without responsibility, there is no reason -ob, there is papa; he said to himself; and even in the other, he is talking to that ambassador but was it a natural consequence of Mr. Wil. never mind. Patience for another min. liamson's perpetual invitations and hospiute, Lord Erradeen, till we can make our tality that he should put himself at the way to him, and then you shall
disposal of Mr. Williamson's daughter ? “ But I don't want to go," Walter said. He seemed to hear that worthy's laugh
“Oh, that is impossible; when Miss pealing after him as he took his way has. - Julia - I am sure I beg your pardon, tily in the opposite direction to that in for I don't know her other name — was which he had inet Julia, with a determinaso kind as to tell you where to find her. tion to yield to neither. “A tiff !” and, You must want to get rid of me. Papa, "according to all the rules !” A lovers' give me your arm; I want to show you quarrel, that was what the man meant; something."
and who was he that he should venture to "Eh! what do you want to show me, assume that Lord Erradeen was his daugh. Katie? I'm no judge, you know. You ter's lover? will find it very much better, l’m confi- Walter hurried through the rooms in dent, to show it to young Erradeen.” the opposite direction, till he got near the
“ Thank you, Lord Erradeen," said great staircase, with its carpeted avenue, Katie, making him a curtsey. She took between the hedges of flowers, and the her father's almost reluctant arm, and group of smiling, bowing, picturesque turned him suddenly away at once from Academicians in every variety of beard, his ambassador, and from Walter, who still receiving the late, and speeding the stood astonished to find himself thus parting guests. But fate was too much thrown off. “Look here, papa, it is in here for the angry young man.
Before this direction,” the young lady said. he had reached the point of exit, he felt
Mr. Williamson's voice was rather loud- once more that tap on his arm. “ Waler than good manners allowed. “What! ter! I believe he is running away,” said is it a tiff? ” he said, with a laugh. “That's a voice close to him; and there was Julia,
radiant, with her natural protectors beside “ Ab! so are we country neighbors, her, making notes of all that passed. amis d'enfance : but I don't go every
This time he could not escape. He where, Lord Erradeen. Yes, I called you was introduced to Lady Herbert and Sir Walter; that was for a purpose, to pique Thomas before he could move a step from her curiosity, to make her ask who was amid that brilliant crowd. Then Julia, that forward, horrid girl. Did she? I like Katie, declared that she had some hope she was piqued.” thing she wished to show him, and led “I heard nothing about any forward, him balf reluctant, half, in the revul. horrid girl. She is not that sort of persion of feeling, pleased, to have some one But I prefer to hear about yourself else to turn to – triumphantly away. rather than to discuss Miss Williamson.
Sir Thomas, who was tired, protested When did you come? and where are you ? audibly against being detained; but his What a pity,” Walter said hypocritically, wife, more wise, caught him by the arm, “that you come so late.” and imposed patience.
“Ah, isn't it? but what then? We are Can't you see!” she cried in his ear, too poor to think of the season. This is "what a chance it is for Julia — Lord Er what one's fine friends always do. They radeen, a most eligible young man. And ask us for the last week, when everything think the anxiety she is, and that one is stifled in dust – when all you revellers
ver can be sure what she may do.” | are dead tired and want nothing so much “She is a horrid little coquette ; and you as to go away then is the moment for may be sure the man means nothing seri poor relations. But mind that you come ous, unless he is a fool!” growled Sirio Bruton Street,” Julia said. “It gives Thomas. But his wife replied calmly, me consequence. They are not very much “Most men are fools; and she is not a in society, and a title always tells.' bad-hearted creature, though she must “ You do not leave any ground for my have some one dangling after her. Don't vanity. I am not to suppose that I am let us interfere with her chance, poor asked for any other reason. thing. I shall ask him to dinner," Lady Julia pressed his arm a little with her Herbert said. And Sir Thomas, though fingers. She sighed and gave him a look he was rather a tyrant at home, and hated full of meaning, late bours, was kept kicking his heels in “ The Tom Herberts will think a great the vestibule, snarling at everybody who deal of you,” she said ; they will instantly attempted to approach for nearly an hour ask you to dinner. As for me — what am by the clock. So far, even in the most I that I should express any feeling? We worldly bosoms, do conscientious benevo are country neighbors, as you were say. lence and family affection go.
ing. But enough of me. Let us return “Come, quick!” said Julia, “out of to our – lamb,” cried Julia. “Tell me, hearing of Maria. She wants to hear have you seen a great deal of her? How everything; and I have so many things little I thought when we used to laugh
Is it all settled ? That was about Miss Williamson that it would come Her, of course. How we used to laugh true.” about Miss Williamson! But I knew all “ It has come true as it began, in your the time it would come true. Of course imagination,” said Walter, provoked, and that was her,” Julia said, leaning closely thinking the reiteration vulgar. He was upon his arm and looking up into his face. aware that a great many people who knew
" I don't know what you mean by her. him were remarking the air with which It is Miss Williamson certainly,” he said. this new young lady hung upon his arm.
"I was sure of it! She is not so pretty They were not equal in this respect. She as I should have expected from your good had few acquaintances, and did not care, taste. But why should she be pretty ? nay, would have been pleased that she She has so many other charms. Indeed, should be remarked; whereas he began now that I think of it, it would have been to throb with impatience and eager desire mean of her to be pretty. And is it all to get away from the comment he foresaw, seuiled ? ” Julia said.
and from the situation altogether. Julia She looked at him with eyes half laugh- was very pretty, more pretty and sparkling ing, half reproachful, full of provocation. In the pleasure of having met and secured She was
a matter of fact slightly him thus at the very outset of her tooalarmed, but not half so much as she said. short and too-late campaign in town, than
“I am not aware what there is to settle. he had ever known her, and there was We are country neighbors, and I meet nothing that was objectionable in her them (requently: they go everywhere." dress. The Tom Herberts were people
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against whom nothing could be said. And put Julia in her cousin's carriage, and yet Lord Erradeen, himself not much responded as best he could to the “ Now, more than a novice, felt that to everybody remember to-morrow! which she called whom they met, Julia would be truly a to him from the window, he was just in country neighbor, a girl whom no one time to see Mr. Williamson's honest knew, and whose object, to secure a recre-countenance with a most puzzled aspect ant lover, would be jumped at by many directed to him from the window of the fine observant eyes. There was no return next as the footman closed the door. The of tenderness in his sentiments towards good man waved his hand by way of goodher. Indeed there had been no tender- night, but his look was perplexed and unness in his sentiments at any time he said comfortable. Waiter stood behind on the to himself with some indignation, which steps of Burlington House amid all the made it all the more hard that he should shouts of the servants and clang of the thus be exhibited as her captive before hoofs and carriages, himself too much the
eyes of assembled London now. But bewildered to know what he was doing. notwithstanding his impatience he could After a while he returned to get his coat, not extricate himself from Julia's toils. and walked home with the sense of have When, after various little pretences of ing woke out of a most unpleasant dream, going to see certain pictures, which she which somehow was true. never looked at, she suffered him to take As for Katie she drove home without a her back to her friends, Lady Herbert remark, while her father talked and wonshowed herself most gracious to the young dered, and feared lest they had been will
She begged that as Julia and he bred” to Lord Erradeen." He came with were, as she heard, very old friends, he us, and he would naturally calculate on would come to Bruton Street whenever it coming home with us,” the good man said. suited him. Would he dine there to-mor- But Katie took no notice. She was row, next day? It would give Sir Thomas wilful monkey” as he had often said, and and herself the greatest pleasure. Dear sometimes it would happen to her like Julia, unfortunately, had come to town so this, to take her own way. When they late: there was scarcely anything going reached the hotel, Captain Underwood, of on to make it worth her while; and it all people in the world, was standing in would be so great a pleasure to her to see the hall with the sleepy waiter who had something of her old friend. Julia gave waited up for them. “1 thought perhaps him little looks of satirical comment aside Erradeen might be with you," the captain while her cousin made these little speech. said apologetically. Katie, who on ordies, and whispers still more emphatic as nary occasions could not endure him, he accompanied her down stairs in the made some gracious reply, and asked him train of the Herberts, who were too happy to come in with the most unusual condeto get away after waiting an hour for the scension though it was so late. young lady?
“Don't you think it is beau. Erradeen is not with us,” she said. tiful to see how concerned she is for my found some friends, people just newly pleasure: and so sorry that I have come come to town, so far as I could judge, a so late! The truth is that she is delighted Miss Julia — I did not catch her name to make your acquaintance. But come, somebody from Sloebury." do come, all the same," she said, her “Oh!” said Underwood, excited by his cheek almost touching Walter's shoulder good fortune, “ Julia Herbert. Poor Er. as she looked up to him.
radeen! just when he wanted to be with Need it be doubted that with the usual you! Well, that's hard; but perhaps he malign disposition of affairs at such a deserved it.” crisis, the Williamsons' carriage drew up “What did he deserve? I supposed," behind that of the Herberts, and that said Katie, “from the way they talked, Walter had to encounter the astonished that they were old friends.' gaze of good Mr. Williamson, and the Underwood did not in his heart wish to amused but not very friendly look of injure Walter, rather the other way; he Katie as he appeared in this very intimate wanted him to marry Katie, whose wealth conjunction ? Julia's face so full of de- was dazzling even to think of. But Wal. lighted and affectionate dependence raised ter had not behaved well to him, and he towards him, and his own head stooped could not resist the temptation of reven. towards her to hear what she was saying. ging himself, especially as he was aware He scarcely could turn aside now to give like all the rest, that a lovers' quarrel is a them one deprecating glance, praying for necessary incident in a courtship. He a suspension of judgment. When he had smiled according!y and said, " I know:
they are such old friends that the lady such competition ? But he was made up of perbaps has some reason to think that contradictions, and this was how it befell. Erradeen has used her rather badly. He The streets were still hot and breathless is that kind of a fellow, you know: he after the beating of the sun all day upon must always have some one to amuse the unshaded pavements and close lines himself with. He used to be dangling of houses. It was sweet to feel in imagi. after her to no end, singing duets, and nation the ripple of the mountain air, the that sort of thing. Sloebury is the dullest coolness of the woods and water. But it place in creation : there was nothing else was only in imagination. Oona with her to do."
wistful sweet eyes was as far from him, Katie made very little demonstration. as far off as heaven itself. And in the She pressed her lips tightly together for mean time he had a sufficiently difficult a moment and then she said, “You see, imbroglio of affairs on hand. papa, it was not ill-bred, but the most po- Next morning Lord Erradeep had made lite thing you could have done to leave up his mind. He had passed a disturbed Lord Erradeen. Good-night, Captain Un. and uneasy night. There was no longer derwood.” And she swept out of the any possibility of delay. Oona, after all, room with her candle, her silken train was but a vision. Two or three days rustling after her, as though it was too full what was that to fix the color of a life? of indignation with the world. Her fa. He would always remember, always be ther stood somewhat blankly gazing after grateful to her. She had come
to his her. He turned to the other with a plain succor in the most terrible moment. But tive look when she was gone.
when he rose from his uneasy sleep, there Man," said Mr. Williamson, “I would was in him a hurrying impulsion which he not have said that. Don't you see there seemed unable to resist. Something that is a tiff, a kind of a coolness, and it is just was not his own will urged and bastened making matters worse? Will you take him. Since he had known Katie all had anything? No?, Well it is late, as you gone well. He would put it, he thought, say, and I will bid you good-night." beyond his own power to change, he
It was thus that the effect produced by would go to her that very morning and Julia's appearance was made decisive. make his peace and decidé his life. That Walter for his part, walking slowly along she might refuse him did not occur to in the depth of the night towards his Walter. He had a kind of desire to hurry rooms, was in the most curiously compli- to the hotel before breakfast, which would cated state of feeling. He was angry and have been indecorous and ridiculous, to indignant both at Miss Herbert's encoun. get it over. Indeed, so strong was the ter, and the assumption on the part of the impulse in him to do this, that he had Williamsons that it was to them that his actually got his hat and found himself in attention belonged; and he was disturbed the street, breakfastless, before it occurred and uneasy at the interruption of that to him how absurd it was. He returned very smooth stream which was not indeed after this and went through the usual true love, but yet was gliding on to a sim- morning routine, though always with a ilar consummation. These were his sen- certain breathless sense of something that timents on the surface; but underneath hurried him on. As soon as he thought other feelings found play. The sense that it becoming, he set out with a half-solemn one neutralized the other, and that he was feeling of self-renunciation, almost of in the position of having suddenly re- sacrifice. If 'twere done when 'tis done, covered his freedom, filled his mind with then 'twere well it were done quickly; secret elation. After he had expended a This was not a very lover-like frame of good deal of irritated feeling upon the girl mind. He felt that he was giving up whom he felt to be pursuing him, and her everything that was visionary, the poetry whom he pursued, there suddenly came of vague ideals, and even more, the in. before his eyes a vision, soft, and fresh, spiration of that face, the touch of that and cool, which came like the sweet High- hand which had been as soft as snow. land air in his face, as be went along the Katie's hand was a very firm and true hot London street Oona standing on It would give him an honest help the beach, looking out from her isle, upon in the world; and with her by his side the departing guest. What right had he the other kind of aid, he said io himself, to think of Dona? What was there in would be unnecessary. No conflict with that dilemma to suggest to him a being the powers of darkness would be forced so much above it, a creature so frank yet upon him. His heated imagination adoptproud, who never could have entered any led these words in haste, and did not