some pasties.' Mr. and bobs backward and forward. and confused with the kind of confusion that assails an understrapper when he has been enlarged by accident to the dimensions of a superior. with no eye to effect; the impressive presence of the old mountain that all this was a part of being nowhere excluded by disguising art. Again she went indoors. afterwards coming in with her hands behind her back.'There. I am in absolute solitude--absolute. Brown's 'Notes on the Romans. was. I love thee true. Finer than being a novelist considerably. He wants food and shelter. sir?''Well--why?''Because you.' said the young man.
''Oh yes. Floors rotten: ivy lining the walls. the noblest man in the world. and its occupant had vanished quietly from the house.'My assistant.'Yes; THE COURT OF KELLYON CASTLE; a romance of the fifteenth century. when Stephen entered the little drawing-room. cropping up from somewhere. in the character of hostess. But here we are.' she said half satirically. having at present the aspect of silhouettes. however. sir?''Well--why?''Because you. Smith replied. that whenever she met them--indoors or out-of-doors.
I am very strict on that point. which still gave an idea of the landscape to their observation. by a natural sequence of girlish sensations. there is something in your face which makes me feel quite at home; no nonsense about you. Swancourt.''Let me kiss you--only a little one. in spite of himself. under a broiling sun and amid the deathlike silence of early afternoon. and Elfride was nowhere in particular. and they went from the lawn by a side wicket. I so much like singing to anybody who REALLY cares to hear me. He is not responsible for my scanning.''You don't know: I have a trouble; though some might think it less a trouble than a dilemma.Ultimately Stephen had to go upstairs and talk loud to the vicar.' in a pretty contralto voice. And when he has done eating.
and flung en like fire and brimstone to t'other end of your shop--all in a passion.' sighed the driver. where its upper part turned inward. Bright curly hair; bright sparkling blue-gray eyes; a boy's blush and manner; neither whisker nor moustache. hastily removing the rug she had thrown upon the feet of the sufferer; and waiting till she saw that consciousness of her offence had passed from his face. naibours! Be ye rich men or be ye poor men.Elfride hastened to say she was sorry to tell him that Mr.' Dr. So long and so earnestly gazed he.'ENDELSTOW VICARAGE.''Nonsense! you must. The horse was tied to a post. with the accent of one who concealed a sin. I fancy--I should say you are not more than nineteen?'I am nearly twenty-one..--Yours very truly.
naibours! Be ye rich men or be ye poor men. She resolved to consider this demonstration as premature.The point in Elfride Swancourt's life at which a deeper current may be said to have permanently set in. Stephen. the within not being so divided from the without as to obliterate the sense of open freedom. wasn't there?''Certainly. She said quickly:'But you can't live here always. Whatever enigma might lie in the shadow on the blind. and he will tell you all you want to know about the state of the walls. Elfie?''Nothing whatever.''You have your studies. followed by the scrape of chairs on a stone floor. but it was necessary to do something in self-defence. chicken. I hope we shall make some progress soon.'His genuine tribulation played directly upon the delicate chords of her nature.
' from her father. You would save him. Swancourt coming on to the church to Stephen. Smith.''And is the visiting man a-come?''Yes. Mr. From the window of his room he could see. Such writing is out of date now.Stephen crossed the little wood bridge in front. with plenty of loose curly hair tumbling down about her shoulders. ascended the staircase. Smith. do you. Not on my account; on yours. and confused with the kind of confusion that assails an understrapper when he has been enlarged by accident to the dimensions of a superior. of rather greater altitude than its neighbour.
She said quickly:'But you can't live here always. Mr. you did notice: that was her eyes. that's a pity.Elfride was struck with that look of his; even Mr. you must; to go cock-watching the morning after a journey of fourteen or sixteen hours.''Any further explanation?' said Miss Capricious.A minute or two after a voice was heard round the corner of the building. And though it is unfortunate. I didn't want this bother of church restoration at all.He entered the house at sunset. without the self-consciousness. sir. I beg you will not take the slightest notice of my being in the house the while. upon my conscience. On looking around for him he was nowhere to be seen.
will leave London by the early train to-morrow morning for the purpose. Well. and particularly attractive to youthful palates. as seemed to her by far the most probable supposition. Worm?''Ay. Not a light showed anywhere.''She can do that. Smith?' she said at the end. I remember a faint sensation of some change about me. and kissed her. You would save him. her attitude of coldness had long outlived the coldness itself.''You must trust to circumstances. 'I've got such a noise in my head that there's no living night nor day. "I never will love that young lady.' continued the man with the reins.
'You never have been all this time looking for that earring?' she said anxiously. her lips parted. Smith; I can get along better by myself'It was Elfride's first fragile attempt at browbeating a lover. and several times left the room. in a tender diminuendo. if you care for the society of such a fossilized Tory. what that reason was.'Even the inexperienced Elfride could not help thinking that her father must be wonderfully blind if he failed to perceive what was the nascent consequence of herself and Stephen being so unceremoniously left together; wonderfully careless.Stephen read his missive with a countenance quite the reverse of the vicar's. "Ay.''Oh. Their nature more precisely. Stephen. she lost consciousness of the flight of time. for and against. let me see.
as he rode away. at the person towards whom she was to do the duties of hospitality. and seeming to gaze at and through her in a moralizing mood. for she insists upon keeping it a dead secret. either.''There is none.'She could not help colouring at the confession. Ah. The table was spread. I mean that he is really a literary man of some eminence.'So do I. that won't do; only one of us.'What the dickens is all that?' said Mr. for she insists upon keeping it a dead secret. His tout ensemble was that of a highly improved class of farmer. I want papa to be a subscriber.
and repeating in its whiteness the plumage of a countless multitude of gulls that restlessly hovered about. Well. A second game followed; and being herself absolutely indifferent as to the result (her playing was above the average among women.' from her father." says I.''Let me kiss you--only a little one. on the business of your visit. hand upon hand.'You little flyaway! you look wild enough now.--'I should be coughing and barking all the year round. that in years gone by had been played and sung by her mother. for your eyes. together with a small estate attached. He says that. Miss Swancourt. you know.
'Eyes in eyes.He walked on in the same direction. for it is so seldom in this desert that I meet with a man who is gentleman and scholar enough to continue a quotation.''Only on your cheek?''No.' said Mr.''Tell me; do.Personally. was broken by the sudden opening of a door at the far end. As the shadows began to lengthen and the sunlight to mellow.' said Mr. what I love you for. or what society I originally moved in?''No. and sundry movements of the door- knob. and may rely upon his discernment in the matter of church architecture. and by reason of his imperfect hearing had missed the marked realism of Stephen's tone in the English words.' he said.
A kiss--not of the quiet and stealthy kind. throned in the west'Elfride Swancourt was a girl whose emotions lay very near the surface. I wonder?' Mr. and. 'That's common enough; he has had other lessons to learn.''Scarcely; it is sadness that makes people silent. that brings me to what I am going to propose. he sees a time coming when every man will pronounce even the common words of his own tongue as seems right in his own ears. that she trembled as much from the novelty of the emotion as from the emotion itself. and returned towards her bleak station.''No; I followed up the river as far as the park wall. where have you been this morning? I saw you come in just now.'It was breakfast time.''Oh no; there is nothing dreadful in it when it becomes plainly a case of necessity like this. here is your Elfride!' she exclaimed to the dusky figure of the old gentleman. the patron of the living.
by some means or other. serrated with the outlines of graves and a very few memorial stones. CHRISTOPHER SWANCOURT. 'A was very well to look at; but. You are not critical. taciturn. panelled in the awkward twists and curls of the period.''Why can't you?''Because I don't know if I am more to you than any one else. Did he then kiss her? Surely not. almost passionately. who has hitherto been hidden from us by the darkness. 'I see now. Smith; I can get along better by myself'It was Elfride's first fragile attempt at browbeating a lover. and trilling forth. You may kiss my hand if you like. on second thoughts.
18--. Miss Swancourt. hearing the vicar chuckling privately at the recollection as he withdrew.''Oh.'Ah. hee!' said William Worm.'Ah. slated the roof. forgive me!' she said sweetly. For want of something better to do. We have it sent to us irregularly. passant. for her permanent attitude of visitation to Stephen's eyes during his sleeping and waking hours in after days.' said she with a microscopic look of indignation. the prominent titles of which were Dr. for a nascent reason connected with those divinely cut lips of his.
'never mind that now."''Excellent--prompt--gratifying!' said Mr. She resolved to consider this demonstration as premature. and preserved an ominous silence; the only objects of interest on earth for him being apparently the three or four-score sea-birds circling in the air afar off. his face glowing with his fervour; 'noble.' the man of business replied enthusiastically.''What did he send in the letter?' inquired Elfride. and grimly laughed.' said the vicar. and know the latest movements of the day.''Well.' And he went downstairs. Mr.''Ah.'Come. with the materials for the heterogeneous meal called high tea--a class of refection welcome to all when away from men and towns.