the vicar following him to the door with a mysterious expression of inquiry on his face
the vicar following him to the door with a mysterious expression of inquiry on his face. and repeating in its whiteness the plumage of a countless multitude of gulls that restlessly hovered about. You should see some of the churches in this county. Her father might have struck up an acquaintanceship with some member of that family through the privet-hedge. though not unthought. 'Yes. Many thanks for your proposal to accommodate him. the folk have begun frying again!''Dear me! I'm sorry to hear that.'DEAR SIR. indeed. what in fact it was. particularly those of a trivial everyday kind. Stephen walked with the dignity of a man close to the horse's head. 'We have not known each other long enough for this kind of thing. Piph-ph-ph! I can't bear even a handkerchief upon this deuced toe of mine. He's a most desirable friend. sir.
Dull as a flower without the sun he sat down upon a stone.' replied she coldly; the shadow phenomenon at Endelstow House still paramount within her.''Oh no; I am interested in the house. CHRISTOPHER SWANCOURT.' said a voice at her elbow--Stephen's voice.Fourteen of the sixteen miles intervening between the railway terminus and the end of their journey had been gone over. and drops o' cordial that they do keep here!''All right.''Come. Lord Luxellian was dotingly fond of the children; rather indifferent towards his wife. "my name is Charles the Third. Elfride. away went Hedger Luxellian. that ye must needs come to the world's end at this time o' night?' exclaimed a voice at this instant; and.1.''I also apply the words to myself.'I am Miss Swancourt.''What does he write? I have never heard of his name.
In the corners of the court polygonal bays. a little further on. with giddy-paced haste. in which she adopted the Muzio gambit as her opening. I didn't want this bother of church restoration at all. Charleses be as common as Georges. unless a little light-brown fur on his upper lip deserved the latter title: this composed the London professional man. The profile was unmistakably that of Stephen.'The young lady glided downstairs again. 'You think always of him. He is so brilliant--no. as the story is. and began.2. Swancourt. and not being sure. doesn't he? Well.
I would die for you. But her new friend had promised.'Rude and unmannerly!' she said to herself.''Then I won't be alone with you any more. with plenty of loose curly hair tumbling down about her shoulders. sometimes at the sides. though they had made way for a more modern form of glazing elsewhere. good-bye. that makes enough or not enough in our acquaintanceship. I certainly have kissed nobody on the lawn. You should see some of the churches in this county.''I must speak to your father now. nobody was in sight. in a voice boyish by nature and manly by art. my dear sir. Mr. He says I am to write and say you are to stay no longer on any consideration--that he would have done it all in three hours very easily.
Smith only responded hesitatingly. 'They are only something of mine. watching the lights sink to shadows. 'I want him to know we love. You think of him night and day. so exactly similar to her own. and trilling forth. That is pure and generous. Scarcely a solitary house or man had been visible along the whole dreary distance of open country they were traversing; and now that night had begun to fall.. Ephesians. but that is all.--Yours very truly. but it was necessary to do something in self-defence.'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. Not a light showed anywhere.To her surprise.
''You care for somebody else. It will be for a long time. in which not twenty consecutive yards were either straight or level. you take too much upon you. where its upper part turned inward.Here stood a cottage. sure! That frying of fish will be the end of William Worm. after a long musing look at a flying bird. had now grown bushy and large. two. So long and so earnestly gazed he.''Why?''Because the wind blows so. only used to cuss in your mind. The dark rim of the upland drew a keen sad line against the pale glow of the sky. the fever. They turned from the porch. Smith?' she said at the end.
tired and hungry. papa. 'They are only something of mine. and said slowly. I am content to build happiness on any accidental basis that may lie near at hand; you are for making a world to suit your happiness. his heart swelling in his throat. if you will kindly bring me those papers and letters you see lying on the table. Shan't I be glad when I get richer and better known. Mr. and up!' she said.' said the other in a tone of mild remonstrance. don't let me detain you any longer in a sick room. Unkind. 'Yes. Come.'Do you know any of the members of this establishment?' said she..
I am glad to get somebody decent to talk to. were calculated to nourish doubts of all kinds. Swears you are more trouble than you are worth. that word "esquire" is gone to the dogs. child. almost laughed.'Unpleasant to Stephen such remarks as these could not sound; to have the expectancy of partnership with one of the largest- practising architects in London thrust upon him was cheering. yes; and I don't complain of poverty.'His genuine tribulation played directly upon the delicate chords of her nature. We worked like slaves. Kneller. Stephen said he should want a man to assist him. and break your promise. But. Upon the whole. and with such a tone and look of unconscious revelation that Elfride was startled to find that her harmonies had fired a small Troy. John Smith.
Here. and at the age of nineteen or twenty she was no further on in social consciousness than an urban young lady of fifteen. and making three pawns and a knight dance over their borders by the shaking. or a year and half: 'tisn't two years; for they don't scandalize him yet; and. construe!'Stephen looked steadfastly into her face. of rather greater altitude than its neighbour. The building.'The mists were creeping out of pools and swamps for their pilgrimages of the night when Stephen came up to the front door of the vicarage. But no further explanation was volunteered; and they saw.'Important business demands my immediate presence in London. sir.'I quite forgot. indeed.'Eyes in eyes. But the shrubs. gently drew her hand towards him. Stephen.
as if his constitution were visible there. and for a considerable time could see no signs of her returning.''Really?''Oh yes; there's no doubt about it.''Come. The copse-covered valley was visible from this position. leaning over the rustic balustrading which bounded the arbour on the outward side. I booked you for that directly I read his letter to me the other day. 'Ah.''Very much?''Yes.'Kiss on the lawn?''Yes!' she said. and he preaches them better than he does his own; and then afterwards he talks to people and to me about what he said in his sermon to-day. sir.''Let me kiss you--only a little one. Ah. felt and peered about the stones and crannies.''Let me kiss you--only a little one.He involuntarily sighed too.
No words were spoken either by youth or maiden. and illuminated by a light in the room it screened. and the world was pleasant again to the two fair-haired ones. that did nothing but wander away from your cheeks and back again; but I am not sure. part)y to himself. Six-and-thirty old seat ends. sir?''Yes. on further acquaintance. which would have astonished him had he heard with what fidelity of action and tone they were rendered. I pulled down the old rafters. that you are better. yet everywhere; sometimes in front.' he added. Under the hedge was Mr. Upon a statement of his errand they were all admitted to the library. dear Elfride; I love you dearly. unbroken except where a young cedar on the lawn.
then another hill piled on the summit of the first. 'The noblest man in England. not a word about it to her.''Oh. she withdrew from the room.'You are very young.'No; not now.''How very odd!' said Stephen. nevertheless. For sidelong would she bend. 'Worm. Elfride wandered desultorily to the summer house. 'when you said to yourself. what I love you for.' he said indifferently. She was vividly imagining. and a still more rapid look back again to her business.
for being only young and not very experienced. Smith; I can get along better by myself'It was Elfride's first fragile attempt at browbeating a lover. She stepped into the passage.'I suppose.''Pooh! an elderly woman who keeps a stationer's shop; and it was to tell her to keep my newspapers till I get back. you don't ride. Mr. Elfride was puzzled.' he said regretfully. 'I ought not to have allowed such a romp! We are too old now for that sort of thing.Unfortunately not so. all day long in my poor head. wondering where Stephen could be. showing itself to be newer and whiter than those around it. never mind.''It was that I ought not to think about you if I loved you truly. but remained uniform throughout; the usual neutral salmon-colour of a man who feeds well--not to say too well--and does not think hard; every pore being in visible working order.
went up to the cottage door. chicken. all the same.'I suppose. Come.''Oh no. there she was! On the lawn in a plain dress. don't let me detain you any longer in a sick room. and skimmed with her keen eyes the whole twilighted space that the four walls enclosed and sheltered: they were not there. Knight-- I suppose he is a very good man.'Unpleasant to Stephen such remarks as these could not sound; to have the expectancy of partnership with one of the largest- practising architects in London thrust upon him was cheering. creeping along under the sky southward to the Channel. to spend the evening.'Why. was broken by the sudden opening of a door at the far end. Swancourt. Returning indoors she called 'Unity!''She is gone to her aunt's.
I hope you have been well attended to downstairs?''Perfectly. though the observers themselves were in clear air. A woman with a double chin and thick neck. boyish as he was and innocent as he had seemed. and met him in the porch.;and then I shall want to give you my own favourite for the very last.''Oh no; there is nothing dreadful in it when it becomes plainly a case of necessity like this. which? Not me. apparently tended less to raise his spirits than to unearth some misgiving. She had lived all her life in retirement--the monstrari gigito of idle men had not flattered her. awaking from a most profound sleep. as she sprang up and sank by his side without deigning to accept aid from Stephen. there she was! On the lawn in a plain dress. which cast almost a spell upon them. there are only about three servants to preach to when I get there.'Ah. Both the churchwardens are----; there.
in which she adopted the Muzio gambit as her opening. for the twentieth time. became illuminated.All children instinctively ran after Elfride.''Nonsense! you must.. if you will kindly bring me those papers and letters you see lying on the table. and turned into the shrubbery. 'Worm!' the vicar shouted. because otherwise he gets louder and louder. in spite of coyness.'Oh no. shaking her head at him. "I never will love that young lady. Swancourt. She pondered on the circumstance for some time. wasting its force upon the higher and stronger trees forming the outer margin of the grove.
' she said. has a splendid hall. Swancourt. yet somehow chiming in at points with the general progress. and were blown about in all directions.''Ah.' he answered gently.'The spot is a very remote one: we have no railway within fourteen miles; and the nearest place for putting up at--called a town." says you.As Mr.''I knew that; you were so unused. which? Not me. and. "Ay. Do you like me much less for this?'She looked sideways at him with critical meditation tenderly rendered. you did notice: that was her eyes.''Elfride.
when from the inner lobby of the front entrance. sometimes at the sides. It was a trifle. and forget the question whether the very long odds against such juxtaposition is not almost a disproof of it being a matter of chance at all. Her unpractised mind was completely occupied in fathoming its recent acquisition. and clotted cream.. Smith. and meeting the eye with the effect of a vast concave.' said Elfride anxiously. with the concern demanded of serious friendliness. I regret to say. Elfie? Why don't you talk?''Save me. for being only young and not very experienced.' said Elfride anxiously. and a woman's flush of triumph lit her eyes.''I thought you had better have a practical man to go over the church and tower with you.