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she said, with a half-threatening smile but pour out to the other the changes in their a slight quiver of her lip,“ the time that minds, the difference of age and experi. yon poor lad's away?"

ence, the unchangeableness of the heart, This encounter was scarcely over when was to them both a mystery a wonder he had another claim made upon him by inscrutable. Beaufort did not care a brass Beaufort, who suddenly rushed in, breath. farthing for John's escape; he had heard less and effusive, catching him by both all about it, but he had not even taken it hands and pouring forth congratulations. into his mind. He tried to put on a little It was only then that it occurred to John interest now, and asked some confused as strange that Beaufort had not appeared questions without paying any attention to at Dunearn, or taken any apparent inter the answers he received. When they met est in his fate; but the profuse explana. at dinner they talked upon indifferent tions and excuses of his friend had the subjects, ignoring on both sides the things usual effect in directing his mind towards that were of the deepest interest. “ Has this dereliction from evident duty. Beau- not Rolls come back with you? Oh, I fort overflowed in confused apologies. “I beg your pardon, - I forgot,” said Beau. did go to Dunearn, but I was too late ; fort. And John did not think very much and I did not like to follow you to your more of Rolls, to tell the truth. aunt's, whom I don't know; and then Lord Millefleurs went away a few days and then The fact is, I had an en. after; but Beaufort considered that, on gagement,” was the end of the whole; the whole, it would suit him better to reand as he said this, a curious change and main in Scotland a little longer. " What movement came over Beaufort's face. can I do for you?” he said ; “ the duke is

An engagement! I did not think you deceiving himself. You are quite as well knew anybody."

able to look after yourself as I am. Why “No, – nor do I, except those I have should I pretend to exercise functions known for years."

which we all know are quite unnecessary? “The Lindores?” John said hastily, — I have only just come, and Erskine is “they were all at Dunearn."

willing to keep me. I think I shall stay.” “ The fact is

Here Beaufort “My dear fellow,” said little Millepaused and walked to the fire, which was fleurs, "your sentiments are mine to a T; low, and poked it vigorously. He had but we agreed, don't you know? that the nearly succeeded in making an end of it duke has a great many things in his powaltogether before he resumed. “ The fact er, and that it might be as well to humor is,” — with his back to John, –“I thought him. You have eased his mind, don't you it only proper

to call – and make in- know? — and why shouldn't you get the quiries." He cleared his throat, then good of it? You are too viewy and dis. said hurriedly, “In short, Erskine, I have interested, and that sort of thing. But I been to Tinto.” There was a tremulous am a practical man. Come along !” said sound in his voice which went to John's Milleneurs. When Beaufort continued heart. Who was be that he should blame to shake his head, as he puffed out solhis brother? A fellow-feeling makes us emn mouthfuls of smoke, planting himself wondrous kind.

ever more deeply, as if to take root there, Déjà !" was that all John said. in his easy.chair, Millefleurs turned to

Déjà – yes; perhaps I ought to have John and appealed to him. " Make that waited. But when you reflect how long fellow come along, Erskine; it will be for

- how long it is: and all that has hap- his good," the little marquis said. There pened, and what we both have suffered was a little pucker in his smooth forehead. “Do you mean that you

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“Life is not plain sailing,” he went on; all that already?” John asked, amazed. “ les convenances are not such humbug as But Beaufort made him no reply. The men suppose. Look here, Beaufort, come fumes of that meeting were still in his along; it will be better for you, don't you head, and all that he had said and all that know had been said to him. The master of the “I am sick of thinking what is better house was scarcely out of it, so to speak; for me," said Beaufort. "I shall please his shadow was still upon the great room, myself for once in my life. What have the staircases, and passages; but Carry the convenances to do with me?" He had lived, it seemed to her, years, since did not meet the look of his junior and the decree of freedom was pronounced supposed pupil, but got up and threw for her. If there was indecorum in his away his cigar and stalked to the window, visit, she was unaware of it. To feel where his long figure shut out almost all themselves together, to be able each to the light. Little Millefleurs folded liis

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plump hands, and shook his round, boyish “I don't think that would do," said head. The other was a much more dig. Rintoul, with a troubled look. “I have nified figure, but his outline against the made engagements — for nearly every light had a limp irresolution in it. He day.” knew that he ought to go away; but how 6. You had better speak out at once. could he do it? To find your treasure Tell me, what I know you are thinking, that was lost after so many years, and that the duke's daughter, because your then go straight away and leave it - was father suggests her, is not to be thought that possible? And then, perhaps, it had of. You are all alike. I once thought flashed across Beaufort's mind, who had you had some sense, Rintoul.” been hanging on waiting for fortune so “I- I hope I have so still. I don't long, and never had bestirred himself, think it is good taste to bring in a lady's perhaps it flashed upon him that now name

the duke's patronage, and the “Oh, d-n your good taste," cried places and promotions in his power, might the exasperated father; "a connection of be of less importance. But this was only this kind would be everything for me. a shadow flying like the shadows of the What I am trying to obtain will, rememhills upon which he was gazing, involun- ber this, be for you and your children as tary, so that he was not to blame for it. well. You have no right to reap the ben. Millefleurs went away alone next day. efit if you don't do what you can to bring He took a very tender farewell of the it about.” ladies at Lindores, asking permission to I should like to speak to you on – on write to them. “And if I hear anything the whole subject some time or other," of her, don't you know? I shall tell you,'

,” said the young man.

He was like a man he said to Edith, holding her hand affec. eager to give a blow, yet so frightened tionately in both of his. You must hear that he ran away in the very act of delive something of her - you must go and find ering it. Lord' Lindores looked at bim her,” said Edith. Millefleurs put his head with suspicious eyes.

one side like a sentimental robin. “I don't know any reason why you “But it is quite unsuitable, don't you shouldn't speak now. It would be well know?” he said, and drove away, kissing that we should understand each other," his hand with many a tender token of he said. friendship. Lord Lindores could scarcely But this took away all power from Rinendure to see these evidences of an affec-toul. He almost trembled as be stood tionate parting. He had come out, as in before his father's too keen, too peneduty bound, to speed the parting guest trating eyes. with the proper smile of hospitable re. “Oh, don't let me trouble you now,” gret; but as soon as Millefleurs was out he said nervously; "and besides, I have of sight, turned upon his heel with an something to do. Dear me, it is three expression of disgust. “He is a little o'clock!” he cried, looking at his watch fool, if he is not a little humbug. I won- and hurrying away. But he had really no der if he ever was in earnest at all?” engagement for three o'clock. It was the This was addressed to Rintoul, who of time when Nora, escaping from her old late had avoided all such subjects, and lady, came out for a walk; and they had now made no reply.

met on several occasions, though never say,

I wonder whether he ever by appointment. Nora, for her part, meant anything serious at all?” said Lord would not have consented to make any Lindores, in a tone of irritation, having appointment. Already she began to feel cailed his son into the library after him; herself in a false position. She was will. “and you don't even take the trouble to ing to accept and keep inviolable the se.

But one thing he has done, cret with which he had trusted her; but he has invited you to Ess Castle; and as that she herself, a girl full of high-minded. I suggested to you before, there is Lady ness and honor, should be his secret too, Reseda, a very nice girl, in every way and carry on a clandestine intercourse desirable

which nobody knew anything of, was to “I have had my leave already,” said Nora the last humiliation. She had not Rintoul hastily. “It was kind of Mille written home since it happened; for to fleurs; but I don't see how I can go ." | write home and not to tell her mother of

“I never knew before that there was what had happened, would have seemed any such serious difficulty about leave,” | to the girl falsehood. She felt false with said his father. “You can cut off your Miss Barbara; she had an intolerable last fortnight here.”

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CHAPTER XLV.

wrong, in the presence of Lady Lindores ished to say a word. He made a step or and Edith. She would no more have two after her, but she called to him ihat made an appointment to meet him than she would not suffer it, and walked on she would have told a lie. But poor Nora, at full speed. Rintoul looked after her who was only a girl after all, notwith-aghast. He tried to laugh to himself, and standing these high principles of hers, to say, “Oh, it is that, is it?” but he took her walk daily along the Lindores could not. There was nothing gratifying road. It was the quietest, the prettiest. to his pride to be got out of the incident She had always liked it better than any at all. He turned after she was out of other — so she said to herself; and nat- sight, and went home crest-fallen. She urally Rintoul, who could not go to Dun- never turned round, nor looked back, earn save by that way, met her there. made no sign of knowing that he stood She received him, not with any rosy flush there watching her. Poor Rintoul crept of pleasure, but with a blush that was along homeward in the early gloaming hot and angry, resolving that to-morrow with a heavy heart. He would have to she would turn her steps in a different beard the lions, then no help for it; in. direction, and that this should not occur deed he had always intended io do it, but again; and she did not even give him her not now, when there was so much exhand when they met, as she would have citement in the air. done to the doctor or the min

ster, or any one of the ordinary passers-by.

“You are angry with me, Nora,” he Rolls in the county jail, sent hither on said.

his own confession, was in a very differ“I don't know that I have any right to ent position from John Erskine, waiting be angry. We have very little to do with examination there. He was locked up each other, Lord Rintoul.”

without ceremony in a cell, his respecta“ Nora!” he cried; “ Nora! do you bility and his well-known antecedents all want to break my heart? What is this? ignored. Dunnotter was at some distance It is not so very long since

from the district in which he was known, “It is long enough,” she said, “to let and Thomas Rolls, domestic servant,

It is better that we should charged with manslaughter, did not imnot say anything more about that. One press the official imagination as Mr. Rolls is a fool - one is taken by surprise one the factotum of Dalrulzian had long im. does not think what it means

pressed the mind of his own neighborhood “Do you imagine I will let myself be and surroundings. And Rolls, to tell the thrown off like this?” he cried, with great truth, was deeply depressed when he agitation. “Nora, why should you de. found himself shut up within that blank spise me so — all for the sake of old interior, with nothing to do, and nothing Rolls?"

to support the amour propre which was It is not all for the sake of old Rolls.” his strength, except the inborn conviction

“I will go and see him, if you like, to- of his own righteousness and exemplary day. I will find out from him what he position, a sight for all men. But there

It is his own doing, it is not my is nothing that takes down the sense of doing. You know I was more surprised native merit so much as solitude and ab. than any one. Nora, think! If you only sence of appreciation. Opposition and think, you will see that you are unreason- hostility are stimulants and keep warm in able. How could I stand up and contra. us the sense of our own superiority, but dict a man who had accused himself?” not the contemptuous indifference of a

“I was not thinking of Rolls,” cried surly turnkey to whom one is No. 25, and Nora, who had tried to break in on this who cared not a straw for Rolls's position flood of eloquence in vain. “I was think- and career. He felt himself getting limp ing of

Lord Rintoul, I am not a per. as the long, featureless days went on, and son of rank like you - I don't know what doubts of every kind assailed him. Had lords and ladies think it right to do — but he been right to do it? Since he had I will not have clandestine meetings with made this sacrifice for his master, there any one.

If a man wants me, if he were had come into his mind a chill of doubt a prince, he must ask my father, he which he had never been touched by bemust do it in the eye of day, not as if he fore. Was it certain that it was John who were ashamed. Good-bye ! do not expect had done it? Might not be, Rolls, be me to see you any more.” She turned as making a victim of himself for some she spoke, waved her hand, and walked nameless tramp, who would never quickly away. He was too much aston- know of it, nor care, and whose punish

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ment would be doubly deserved and wor. | he said, “a' that for standing up and thy of no man's interference? Rolls felt discoursing before the court! And most that this was a suggestion of the devil for of them are real well pleased to hear themhis discomfiture. He tried to chase it out selves speak, if it were without fee or reof his mind by thinking of the pleasures ward. I think shame to have a' that siller he had secured for himself in that last spent upon me; but it's a grand thing of week of his life - of Edinburgh Castle the young master, and a great compliment: and the Calton Jail and the Earthen it will please Bauby, too." Mound and the wonders of the Observa- “He ought to have come to see you, tory. To inspect these had been the so old a servant, and a most faithful one," dream of his life, and he had attained said Mr. Monypenny. that felicity. He had believed that this " Well-awell, sir, there's many things to would give him “plenty to think about " be said: a gentleman has things to do; for the rest of his life — and that, espe- there's a number of calls upon his time. cially for the time of his confinement, it He would mean well, I make no doubt, would afford an excellent provision ; but and then he would forget; but to put his he did not find the solace that he had ex. hand in his pocket like that! Bauby will pected in musing upon Mons Meg and be very well pleased. I am glad, poor ihe Scottish regalia. How dreadful four woman, that she has the like of that to walls become when you are shut up within keep up her heart.” them; how the air begins to hum and “Well, Rolls, I am glad to see that you buzz after a while with your thoughts that are so grateful. Thinking over all the have escaped you, and 'swarm about like circumstances, and that you lost no time bees, all murmurous and unresting in giving the alarm, and did your best to these were the discoveries he made. have succor carried to him, I think I may Rolls grew nervous, almost hysterical, in say that you will be let off very easy. I the unusual quiet. What would he not would not be astonished if you were dis. have given for his plate to polish, or his charged at once. In any case it will be a lamps to trim! He had been allowed to light sentence. You may keep your mind have what are called writing materials,

easy about that.” a few dingy sheets of note.paper, a penny

solt's all in the hands of Providence,” bottle of ink, a rusty steelpen — but Rolls said Rolls. He was scarcely willing to was not accustomed to literary composi- allow that his position was one to be con. tion: and a few books — but Rolls was sidered so cheerfully. “It will be a grand scornful of what he called “novelles," and exhibition o eloquence,” he said ; " and considered even more serious reading as will there be as much siller spent, and as an occupation which required thought and great an advocate on the other side, Mr. a mind free of care. And nobody came to Monypenny? It's a wonderful elevating see him. He had no effusion of gratitude thought to think that the best intellects in and sweet praise from his master. Mr the land will be warstlin' ower a simple Monypenny was Rolls's only visitor, who body like me. came to take all his explanations, and get “'And that is true, Rolls; they will just a perfect understanding of how his case warstle over ye- it will be a treat to hear ought to be conducted. The butler had it. And if I get Jardine, he will do it con become rather limp and feeble before even amore, for he's a sworn enemy to the Mr. Monypenny appeared.

procurator, and cannot bide the lord advo. " I'm maybe not worthy of much,” Rolls cate. He's a tremendous speaker when said, with a wave of his hand, “but I he's got a good subject; and he'll do it think there's one or two might have come con amore." to see me — one or two."

“ Well-awell, sir; if it's con amoray or “I think so too, Rolls; but it is not con anything else, sae long as he can want of feeling. I have instructions from convince the jury,” said Rolls. He was Mr. Erskine to spare no expense; to have pleased with the importance of this point the very best man that can be had. And of view; but when Mr. Monypenny left I make no doubt we'll carry you through. him, it required all his strength of mind I'm thinking of trying Jardine, who is at to apply this consolation. “If they would the very top of the tree.”

but do it quick, I wouldna stand upon the And what will that cost, if I may make bonor of the thing," he said to himself. so bold, Mr. Monypenny ? ”

Next day, however, he had a visitor When he heard the suin that was needed who broke the tedium very effectually. for the advocate's fee, Rolls's countenance Rolls could not believe his eyes when bis fell, but his spirit rose. “Lord bless us!” | door suddenly opened, and Lord Rintoul

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came in. The young man was very much and burn holes into his very soul. Rinembarrassed, and divided, apparently, be toul pushed away his chair, and tried to tween a somewhat fretful shame and a avoid this look. Then he perceived, suddesire to show great cordiality. He went denly, that he bad appropriated the only so far as to shake hands with Rolls, and chair, and that Rolls, whom he had no dethen sat down on the only chair, not seem- sire to irritate, but quite the reverse, was ing to know what to do next. At length standing. He rose up hastily and thrust he burst forth, coloring up to his hair, the chair towards him. “Look here," he “I want to know what made you say that? said, “hadn't you better sit down ? I - for you know it's not true.”

didn't observe it was the only seat in the Rolls, surprised greatly by his appear. - room." ance at all, was thunderstruck by this “They call this a cell, my lord, and sudden demand. “I don't just catch your we're in a jyel, not a private mansion. meaning, my lord,” he said.

I'm a man biding the course of the law." “Oh, my meaning - my meaning is not “Oh yes, yes, yes! I know all that: very difficult. What are you here for? why should you worry me?” cried Rin. Is it on Erskine's account? Did he make toul. He wanted to be civil and friendly, any arrangement? What is he to do for but he did not know how. " We are all you?” said Rintoul hurriedly. “ It is all in a muddle,” he said, "and don't see a such a mystery to me, I don't know what step before us. Why have you done it? to make of it. When I heard you say it, What object had he in asking you, or you I could not believe my ears.”

in doing it? Can't you tell me? I'll make Rolls looked at him with a very steady it all square with Erskine if you'll tell me: gaze - a gaze which gradually became and I should know better what to do.unbearable to the young man.

“ Don't “You take a great interest in me — stare at me,” he cried roughly, “but an- that was never any connection, nor even

What is the meaning of it? a servant in your lordship's family. It's that's what I want to know.”

awfu' sudden,” said Rolls; “but I'll tell “ Your lordship,” said Rolls slowly," is you what, my lord, — I'll make a bargain beginning at the hinder end of the subjik, with you. If you'll tell me what reason you so far as I can see. Maybe ye will tell have for wanting to ken, I will tell you me first, my lord, what right ye have to whatfor I'm here." come into a jyel that belangs to the Rintoul looked at Rolls with a confused queen's maist" sacred Majesty, as the and anxious gaze, knowing that the latter minister says, and question me, a person on his side was reading him far more awaiting my trial? Are ye a commis effectually. “ You see,” he said, “I was sioner, or are ye an advocate, or maybe - somewhere about the wood. I-I with authority from the procurator him. don't pretend to mean that I could sel'? I never heard that you had any. what you were about exactly - but thing to do with the law.”

I know, you know !” cried Rintoul con“I'm sure I beg your pardon,” said fusedly; " that's just my reason - and I Rintoul, subduing himself. “No; I've want you to tell me what's the meaning? nothing to do with the law. I dare say I don't suppose you can like being here,” I'm very abrupt. I don't know how to be said, glancing round; "it must be put it, you know; but you remember I dreadful slow work, — nothing to do. was there – at least I wasn't far off: 1 You remember Miss Barrington, who alwas — the first person that came. They'll ways took so great an interest in you? call me for a witness at the trial, I sup. Well, it was she - she – would like to pose. Can't you see what a confusing know." sort of thing it is for me. I know, you “Oh ay, Miss Nora,” said Rolls. “Miss know. Don't you know I know? Why, Nora was a young lady I likit weel. It how could you have done it when it was was a great wish of mine, if we ever got

Look here, it would be a great relief our wishes in this world, that Dalrulzian to me, and to another - to - - a lady - and her might have drawn together. She who takes a great interest in you — if you was awfu' fond of the place.' would speak out plain.”

“ Dalrulzian and I suppose you The eyes of Rolls were small and grey, think there's nobody like Dalrulzian, as - they were not distinguished by any you call him," cried Rintoul, red with an. brightness or penetrating quality ; but any ger, but forcing a laugh. Well, I don't kind of eyes, when fixed immovably upon know if it was for his sake or for your a man's face, especially a man who has sake, Rolls; but Miss Nora — wanted to anything to hide, become insupportable, know —

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