Absentee | Maria Edgeworth | Literary Fiction, Published 1800 -1900 | Audiobook Full | 6/7



chapter 14 of the absentee by Mariah Edgeworth this LibriVox recording is in the public domain no lord calamba was not in his accustomed place reading in the breakfast room nor did he make his appearance till both his father and mother had been sometime at breakfast good morning to you my lord clamber said his mother in a reproachful tone the moment he entered I am much obliged to you for your company last night good morning to you clamber said his father in a more jocose tone of reproach I am obliged to you for your good company last night good morning to you Lord clamber said miss Nugent and though she endeavoured to throw all reproach from her looks than to let none be heard in her voice yet there was a slight tremulous motion in that voice which struck our hero to the heart I thank you ma'am for missing me said he addressing himself to his mother I stayed away but half an hour I accompanied my father to st. James's Street and when I returned I found that everyone had retired to rest Oh was that the case said lady kaan brownie I own I thought it very unlike you to leave me in that sort of way and lest you should be jealous of that half hour when he was accompanying me said Lord Condren II I must remark that though I had his body with me I had none of his mind that he left at home with you ladies or with some fair one across the water for the deuce of two words did he bestow upon me with all his pretense of accompanying me Lord kelabra seems to have a fair chance of a pleasant breakfast said miss Nugent smiling reproaches on all sides I have heard none on your side grace said Lord Quon brownie and that's the reason I suppose he wisely takes his seat beside you but come we will not badger you any more My dear boy we have given him as fine a complexion amongst us as if he had been out hunting these three hours have not we grace when Columbo has been a season or two more in London he'll not be so easily put out of countenance said lady Kahn brownie you don't see young men of fashion here blushing about nothing no nor about anything my dear said Lord clown brownie but that's no proof they do nothing they ought to blush for what they do there's no occasion for ladies to inquire Sidley decon brownie but this I know that it's a great disadvantage to a young man of a certain rank to blush for no people who live in a certain set ever do and it is the most opposite thing possible to a certain air which I own I think calamba wants and now that he has done traveling in Ireland which is no use and pint of giving a gentleman a travel dare or anything of that sort I hope he will put himself under my conduct for next winter his campaign in town Lord Klan brownie looked as if he did not know how to look and after drumming on the table for some seconds said clamber I told you how it would be that's a fatal hard condition of yours not a hard condition I hope my dear father said Lord clamber hard it must be since it can't be fulfilled or won't be fulfilled which comes to the same thing replied Lord Kwan brownie sighing I am persuaded sir that it will be fulfilled said Lord clamber I am persuaded that when my mother hears the truth and the whole truth when she finds that your happiness and the happiness of her whole family depend upon her yielding her taste on one subject oh I see now what you are about cried lady kaan brownie you are coming round with your persuasions and preface 'as to ask me to give up London and go back with you to Ireland my lord you may save yourselves the trouble all of you for no earthly persuasions shall make me do it I will never give up my paste on the pint my happiness has a right to be as much considered as your father's kilometer or anybody's and in one word I won't do it cried she rising angrily from the breakfast table there did not I tell you how it would be cried Lord kaan brownie my mother has not heard me yet said Lord clamber laying his hand upon his mother's arm as she attempted to pass hear me madam for your own sake you do not know what will happen this very day this very hour perhaps if you do not listen to me and what will happen said lady Khan brownie stopping short I indeed she little knows said Lord kaan brownie what's hanging over her head hanging over my head said lead econ brownie looking up nonsense what an execution madam said Lord clamber critius me an execution said lead econ brownie sitting down again but I heard you talk of an execution months ago my lord before my son went to Ireland and it blew over I heard no more of it it won't blow over now said Lord Glenn brownie you'll hear more of it now sir Terran Sophie it was you may remember that settled it then well and can't he settle it now send for him since he understands these cases and I will ask him to dinner myself for your sake and be very civil to him my lord all your civility neither for my sake or your own will not signify a straw my dear in this case anything that Gor Terry could do he'd do and welcome without it but he can do nothing nothing that's very extraordinary but I'm clear no one dare to bring a real execution against us in earnest and you are only trying to frighten me to your purpose like a child but it shan't do very well my dear you'll see too late at the house door who is it what is it cried lured clan brony growing very pale Lord Colombo changed color too and ran downstairs don't let him let anybody in for your life clamber under any pretense cried Lord Klan brony calling from the head of the stairs then running to the window by all that's good it's Mordecai himself and the people with him lean your head on me my dear aunt said miss Nugent lady Khan groan he leant back trembling and ready to faint but he's walking off now the rascal could not get in safe for the present cried Lord Klan brony rubbing his hands and repeating safe for the present safe for the present repeated Lord Colombo coming again into the room safe for the present hour he could not get in I suppose Oh I warned all the servants well said Lord kaan brony and so did Perry aye there's the rascal Mordecai walking off at the end of the street I know his walk a mile off dad I can breathe again I am glad he's gone but he will come back and always lie in wait and some time or other when we're off our guard unawares he'll slide in slide in Oh horrid cried lady Khan brownie sitting up and wiping away the water which miss Nugent had sprinkled on her face were you much alarmed said Lord clamber with a voice of tenderness looking at his mother first but his eyes fixing on miss Nugent shockingly said lady fan brownie I never thought it would really come to this it will really come to much more my dear said Lord Kwan brownie but you may depend upon unless you prevent it Lord what can I do I know nothing of business how should i lord klan brownie but I know there's clamber I was always told that when he was of age everything should be settled and why can't he settle it when he's upon the spot and upon one condition I will cried Lord clamber at what lost to myself my dear mother I need not mention then I will mention it cried Lord kaan brownie at the loss it will be of nearly half the estate he would have had if we had not spent it loss oh I am excessively sorry my sons to be at such a loss it must not be it cannot be otherwise said Lord kaan Germany nor it can't be this way either my lady kaan brownie unless you comply with his condition and consent to return to Ireland I cannot I will not reapplied lady clan Ronnie is this your condition calamba I take it exceedingly ill of you I think it's very unkind and unhandsome and ungenerous and undutiful of you calamba you my son she poured forth a torrent of reproaches then came to entreaties and tears but our hero prepared for this had steeled his mind and he stood resolved not to indulge his own feelings or to yield to Caprice or persuasion but to do that which he knew was best for the happiness of hundreds of tenants who depended upon them best for both his father and his mother's ultimate happiness and respectability it's all in vain cried Lord kaan brownie I have no resource but one and I must condescend now to go to him this minute for Mordecai will be back and sees all I must sign and leave all to Garrety will sign sign my lord and settle with garrity calamba I've heard all the complaints you brought over against that man my lord spent half the night telling them to me but all agents are bad I suppose at any rate I can't help it sign sign My Lord he has money yes do go and settle with him my lord lord calamba and miss nugent at one and the same moment stopped Lord kaan brony as he was quitting the rim and then approached lady con Brunei with supplicating looks but she turned her head to the other side and as if putting away their entreaties made a repelling motion with both her hands and exclaimed no grace Nugent no clamour no no clamber I'll never hear of leaving Lennon there's no living out of London I can't I won't live out of London I say her son saw that the London Amenia was now stronger than ever upon her but resolved to make one desperate appeal to her natural feelings which though smothered he could not believe were wholly extinguished he caught her repelling hands and pressed them with respectful tenderness to his lips Oh My dear mother you once loved your son said he loved him better than anything in this world if one spark of affection for him remains hear him now and forgive him if he passed the bounds bounds he never passed before of filial Duty mother in compliance with your wishes my father left Ireland left his home his duties his friends his natural connections and for many years he has lived in England and you have spent many seasons in London yes in the very best company in the very first circles sadly Declan brownie cold as the hybrid English are said to be in general two strangers yes replied Lord clamber the very best company if you mean the most fashionable have accepted of our entertainments we have forced our way into their frozen circles we have been permitted to grieve in these elevated regions of fashion we have it to say that the duke of this and my lady that are of our acquaintance we may say more we may boast that we have vied with those whom we could never equal and at what expense have we done all this for a single season the last winter I will go no further at the expense of a great part of your Kimber the growth of a century swallowed in the entertainments of one winter in London our hills to be bare for another half century to come but let the trees go I think more of your tenants of those left under the tyranny of a bad agent at the expense of every comfort every hope they enjoyed tenants who were thriving and prosperous who used to smile on you and to bless you both in one cottage I have seen here Lord Clan brownie unable to restrain his emotion hurried out of the room then I am sure it is not my fault said lady kahn brownie for I brought my lord a large fortune and I am confident I have not after all spent more any season in the best company than he has among a set of low people in his muddling discreditable way and how has he been reduced to this said Lord clamber did he not formerly live with gentle men his equals in his own country his contemporaries men of the first station and character whom I met in Dublin spoke of him in a manner that gratified the heart of his son he was respectable and respected at his own home but when he was forced away from that home deprived of his objects his occupations induced him to live in London or at watering places where he could find no employments that were suitable to him set down late in life in the midst of strangers to him cold and reserved himself to crowd to bend to those who disdained him as an Irishman is he not more to be pitied than blamed for psi his son must say the word the degradation which has ensued and do not the feelings which have this moment forced him to leave the room show that he is capable oh mother cried Lord clamber throwing himself at lady Kandra knees feet restore my father to himself should such feelings be wasted no give them again to expand in benevolent in-kind useful actions give him again to his tenantry his duties his country his home returned to that home yourself dear mother leave all the nonsense of high life scorned the impertinence of these dictators of fashion by whom in return for all the pains we take to imitate to court them in return for the sacrifice of health fortune peace of mind they bestow sarcasm contempt ridicule and mimicry o Calamba calamba mimicry I'll never believe it believe me believe me mother for I speak of what I know scorn them quit them return to an unsophisticated people to poor but grateful hearts still warm with the remembrance of your kindness still blessing you for favors long since conferred ever praying to see you once more believe me for I speak of what I know your son has heard these prayers has felt these blessings here at my heart felt and still feel them when I was not known to be your son in the cottage of the widow O'Neill oh did you see the widow O'Neill and does she remember me said lady Khan brownie remember you and you miss Nugent I have slept in the bed I would tell you more but I cannot I never should have thought they would have remembered me so long poor people said lady clan brownie I thought all in Ireland must have forgotten me it is now so long since I was at home you are not forgotten in Ireland by any rank I can answer for that return home my dearest mother let me see you once more among your natural friends beloved respected happy Oh return let us return home cried miss Nugent with a voice of great emotion return let us return home may be loved aunt speak to us say that you grant our request she kneeled beside Lord clamber as she spoke is it possible to resist that voice that look thought Lord clamber if anybody knew said lady clan brony if anybody could conceive how I detest the sight the thoughts of that old yellow damask furniture in the drawing-room at clan brony castle good heavens cried Lord calibre starting up and looking at his mother in stupefied astonishment is that what you are thinking of ma'am the yellow damask furniture said her niece smiling oh if that's all that shall never offend your eyes again and my painted velvet chairs are finished and trust the furnishing that room to me the legacy lately left me cannot be better applied you shall see how beautifully it will be furnished Oh if I had money I should like to do it myself but it would take an immensity to new furnish clan brony castle properly the furniture in this house said miss Nugent looking round would do a great deal towards it I declare cried lady con brony that never struck me before grace I protest and what would not suit one might sell or exchange here and it would be a great amusement to me and I should like to set the fashion of something better in that country and I declare now I should like to see those poor people and that rid of O'Neill I do assure you I think I was happier at home only that one gets I don't know how an ocean one's nobody out of London but after all there's many drawbacks in London and many people are very impertinent allah llahu and if there's a woman in the world i hate it is mrs. Darville and if I was leaving London I should not regret lady Langdale neither and lady st. James is as cold as a stone calamba may well say frozen circles these sort of people are really very cold and have I do believe no hearts I don't verily think there is one of them would regret me more hey let me see Dublin the winter Marion Square new furnished and the summer Kwan brony Castle Lord Callum brand miss Nugent waited in silence till her mind should have worked itself clear one great obstacle had been removed and now that the yellow damask had been taken out of her imagination they no longer despaired Lord plan brony put his head into the room what hopes any if not let me go he saw the doubting expression of Lady Khan bronies countenance hope in the face of his son and niece My dear dear lady clan brony make us all happy by one word sídhe kissing her you never kissed me so since we left Ireland before said lady pond brony well since it must be so let us go said she did I ever see such joy said Lord kaan brony clasping his hands I never expected such joy in my life I must go and tell poor Terry and off-key ran and now since we are to go said lead econ brownie pray let us go immediately before the thing gets wind else I shall have mrs. devil and Lady Langdale and Lady st. James and all the world coming to condole with me just to satisfy their own curiosity and then miss pratt who hears everything that everybody says and more than they say will come and tell me how it is reported everywhere that we are ruined oh I could never bear to stay and hear all this I'll tell you what I'll do you are to be of age the day after tomorrow al amber very well there are some papers for me to sign I must stay to put my name to them and that done that minute I'll leave you and Lord Glen brownie to settle all the rest and I'll get into my carriage with grace and go down to Buxton again where you can come for me and take me up when you're all ready to go to Ireland and we shall be so far on our way chol amber what do you say to this that if you like it madam Sidhe giving one hasty glance at miss Nugent and withdrawing his eyes it is the best possible arrangement so thought grace that is the best possible arrangement which takes us away if I like it said lady can brownie do be sure I do or I should not propose it but is clamber thinking of I know grace at all events what you and I must think of of having the furniture packed up and settling what's to go and what's to be exchanged and all that now my dear go and write a note directly to mr. Soho and bid him come himself immediately and we'll go and make out a catalogue this instant of what furniture I will have packed so with her head full of furniture lady Kwan brownie retired I go to my business clamour and I leave you to settle yours in peace in peace never was our heroes mind less at peace than at this moment the more his heart felt that it was painful the more his reason told him it was necessary that he should part from Greece Nugent to his Union with her there was an obstacle which his prudence told him ought to be insurmountable yet he felt that during the few days he had been with her the few hours he had been near her he had with his utmost power over himself scarcely being master of his passion or capable of concealing it from its object it could not have been done but for her perfect simplicity and innocence but how could this be supported on his part how could he venture to live with this charming girl how could he settle at home what resource his mind turned towards the army he thought that abroad and in active life he should lose all the painful recollections and drive from his heart all the resentments which could now be only a source of unavailing regret but his mother his mother who had now yielded her own taste to his entreaties for the good of her family she expected him to return and live with her in Ireland though not actually promised or specified he knew that she took it for granted that it was upon this hope this faith she consented he knew that she would be shocked at the bare idea of his going into the army there was one chance our hero tried at this moment to think it the best possible chance that miss Nugent might marry mr. Salsbury and settle in England on this idea he relied as the only means of extricating him from difficulties was necessary to turn his thoughts immediately to business to execute his promises to his father to great objects were now to be accomplished the payment of his father's debts and the settlement of the Irish agents accounts and in transacting this complicated business he derived considerable assistance from certain Sofie and from Sir Arthur barrels solicitor mr. Edwards whilst acting for Sir Arthur on a former occasion Lord calamba had gained the entire confidence of this solicitor who was a man of the first eminence mr. Edwards took the papers and barred clan bronies title-deeds home with him saying that he would give an answer the next morning he then waited upon Lord clamber and informed him that he had just received a letter from Sir Arthur barrel who with the consent and desire of his lady requested that whatever money might be required by Lord Clan brownie should be immediately supplied on their account without waiting to Lord Kalama should be of age as the ready money might be of some convenience to him in accelerating the journey to Ireland which Sir Arthur and Lady Beryl knew was his Lordships object sir Terrence ofay now supplied mr. Edwards with accurate information as to the demands that were made upon Lord Quon brownie and of the respective characters of the creditors mr. Edwards undertook to settle with the fair claimants Sir Terrance with the Rogues so that by the advancement of ready money from the barrels and by the detection of false and exaggerated charges which Sir Terence made among the inferior class the debts were reduced nearly to one-half of their former amount Mordecai who had been foiled in his file attempt to become sole creditor had however a demand of more than 7,000 pounds upon Lord Clan brownie which he had raised to this enormous sum in six or seven years by means well known to himself he stood the foremost in the list not from the greatness of the some but from the danger of his adding to it the expenses of law sir Terence undertook to pay the whole with five thousand pounds Lord kaan Baroni thought it impossible the solicitor thought it improvident because he knew that upon a trial a much greater abatement would be allowed but Lord caliber was determined from the present embarrassments of his own situation to leave nothing undone that could be accomplished immediately sir Terence pleased with his commission immediately went to Mordecai well sir Terence said Mordecai I hope you are come to pay me my hundred guineas for Miss Broadhurst is married well mr. Mordecai what then the Ides of March are come but not gone stay if you plays mr. Mordecai till lady day when it becomes due in the meantime I have a handful or rather an armful of banknotes for you from my lord clamber hmm said Mordecai how's that he'll not be of age these three days don't matter for that he has sent me to look over your account and to hope that you will make some small abatement in the total car keys sir Terence you think yourself very clever and things of this sort but you've mistaken your man I have an execution for the whole and I'll be damned if all your cunning shall make me take up with part the easy mr. Mordecai you shan't make me break your bones nor make me drop one actionable word against your high character for I know your clerk there with that long goose quill behind his ear would be ready evidence again me but I beg to know in one word whether you will take five thousand down and give Lord kaan brownie a discharge no mr. Terence nor 6999 pounds my demand is seven thousand one hundred and thirty pounds odd shillings if you have that money pay it if not I know how to get and along with it complete revenge for all the insults I have received from that greenhorn his son petty breathy cried sir Terrence do you hear that remember that word revenge Moin I call you to witness what sir will you raise a rebellion among my workmen no mister Mordecai no rebellion and I hope you won't cut the boys ears off for listening to a little of the brogue so listen my good lad now mr. Mordecai I offer you here before little goose quill five thousand pounds ready penny take it or leave it take your money and leave your revenge or take your revenge and lose your money sir Terrence I value neither your threats nor your cunning good morning to you good morning to you mr. Mordecai but not kindly mr. Edwards the solicitor has been at the office to take off the execution so now you may have law to your heart's content and it was only to place the young lord that the old one consented to my carry and this bundle to you showing the banknotes mr. Edwards employed cried Mordecai why how the devil did Lord Kwan brownie get into such hands as his the execution taken off well sir go to law I am ready for you jack let eat at is a match for your sober solicitor good mornin again to you mr. Mordecai we're fairly out of your clutches and we have enough to do with our money well sir Terence I must allow you have a very wheedling way here mr. Thompson make out a receipt for Lord Klan brownie and I never go to law with an old customer if I can help it business settled mr. Soho was next to be dealt with he came at lady clan bronies summons and was taking directions with the utmost sang-hwa for packing up and sending off the very furniture for which he was not paid lord calamba called him into his father's study and producing his bill he began to point out various articles which were charged at prices that were obviously extravagant why really my lord they are abundantly extravagant if I charged vulgar prices I should be only a vulgar tradesman I however am NOT a broker nor a Jew of the article superintendence which is only five hundred pounds I cannot abate a dirt on the rest of the bill if you mean to offer ready I mean without any negotiation to abate thirty percent and I hope that his affair and gentlemanly offer mr. Soho there is your money my lord calamba I would give the contents of three such bills to be sure of such noble manly conduct as yours lady clan bronies furniture shall be safely packed without costing her a farthing with the help of mr. Edwards the solicitor every other claim was soon settled and lard plan brownie for the first time since he left Ireland found himself out of debt and out of danger old Knicks account could not be settled in London Lord Callum burr had detected numerous false charges and sundry impositions the land which had been purposely led to run wild so far from yielding any rent was made a source of constant expense as remaining still unset this was a large tract for which st. Denis had at length offered a small rent upon a fair calculation of the profits of the ground and from other items in the account Nicholas Garrity Esquire appeared at last to be not the creditor but the debtor to Lord kaan brownie he was dismissed with disgrace which perhaps he might not have felt if it had not being accompanied by pecuniary loss and followed by the fear of losing his other agencies and by the dread of immediate bankruptcy mr. Burke was appointed agent in his stead to the Klan brownie as well as the calamba estate his appointment was announced to him by the following letter to mrs. Burke at calamba dear madam the traveler whom you so hospitably received some months ago was Lord clamber he now writes to you in his proper person he promised you that he would as far as it might be in his power do justice to mr. Burke's conduct and character by representing what he had done for Lord Klan brownie in the town of clamour and in the whole management of the tenantry and property under his care happily for my father my dear madam he is now as fully convinced as you could wish him to be of mr. Burke's merits and he begs me to express his sense of the obligations he is under to him and to you he entreats that you will pardon the impropriety of a letter which as I assured you the moment I saw it he never wrote or read this will he says cure him for life of putting his signature to any paper without reading it he hopes that you will forget that such a letter was ever received and that you will use your influence with mr. Burke to induce him to continue to our family his regard and valuable services Lord Kwan brownie encloses a power of attorney enabling mr. Burke to act in future for him if mr. Burke will do him that favor in managing the clan brownie as well as the calamba estate Lord clown brownie will be in Ireland in the course of next month and intends to have the pleasure of soon paying his respects in person to mr. Burke at calamba I am dear madam you're obliged guests and faithful servant clamber Grosvenor Square London Lord Callum burr was so continually occupied with business during the two days previous to his coming-of-age every morning at his solicitors chambers every evening in his father's study that miss Nugent never saw him but had breakfast or dinner and though she watched for it most anxiously never could find an opportunity of speaking to him alone or of asking an explanation of the change and inconsistencies of his manner at last she began to think that in the midst of so much business of importance by which she seemed harassed she should do wrong to torment him by speaking of any small disquietude that concerned only herself she determined to suppress her doubts to keep her feelings to herself and to endeavour by constant kindness to regain that place in his affections which she imagined that she had lost everything will go right again thought she and we shall all be happy when he returns with us to Ireland to that dear home which he loves as well as I do the day Lord calamba was of age the first thing he did was to sign a bond for five thousand pounds miss Nugent's fortune which had been lent to his father who was her guardian this sir I believe said he giving it to his father as soon as signed this I believe is the first debt you would wish to have secured well thought of My dear boy god bless you that has weed more upon my conscience and hurt than all the rest though I never said anything about it I used whenever I met mr. Salisbury to wish myself fairly down at the center of the earth not that he ever thought of fortune I'm sure for he often told me and I believed him he would rather have miss Nugent without a penny if he could get her than the first fortune in the Empire but I'm glad she will not go to him penniless for all that and by my fault especially there there's my name to it do witness it Terry but clamber you must give it to her you must take it to grace its use me sir it is no gift of mine it is a debt of yours I beg you will take the bond to her yourself my dear father My dear son you must not always have your own way and hide everything good you do or give me the honor of it I won't be the jae-in borrowed feathers I have borrowed enough in my life and I've done with borrowing now thanks to you chol amber so come along with me for I'll be hanged if ever I give this joint bond to miss Nugent without you along with me leave Li Delin brownie here to sign these papers Terry will witness them properly and you come along with me and pray My Lord said her ladyship order the carriage to the door for as soon as you have my signature I hope you'll let me off to Buxton Oh certainly the carriage is ordered everything ready my dear and pray tell Greece to be ready headed Lady Anne brownie that's not necessary for she is always ready said Lord kaan brownie come calamba added he taking his son under the arm and carrying him up to miss Nugent's dressing-room they knocked and were admitted ready said Lord Kandra knee-high always ready so I said here's columnar my darling continued he has secured your fortune to you to my heart's content but he would not condescend to come up to tell you so till I made him here's the bond put your hands to it to calamba you were ready enough to do that when it costs you something and now all I have to ask of you is to persuade her to marry out of hand that I may see her happy before I die now my heart's at ease I can meet mr. Salisbury with a safe conscience one kiss my little grace if anybody can persuade you I'm sure it's that man that's now leaning against the mantelpiece it's culebras will or your heart's not meat like mine so I leave you and out of the room walked he leaving his poor son in as awkward embarrassing and painful a situation as could well be conceived half a dozen indistinct ID crossed his mind quick conflicting feelings made his heart beat and stopped and how it would have ended if he had been left to himself whether he would have stood or fallen have spoken or have continued silent can never now be known for all was decided without the action of his will he was awakened from his trance by these simple words from miss Nugent I'm much obliged to you too cousin clamber more obliged to you for your kindness in thinking of me first in the midst of all your other business than by your securing my fortune friendship and your friendship is worth more to me than fortune may I believe that he is secured believe it Oh grace can you doubt it I will not it would make me too unhappy I will not you need not that is enough I am satisfied I ask no further explanation you are truth itself one word from you is security sufficient we are friends for life said she taking his hand between both of hers are not we we are and therefore sit down cousin grace and let me claim the privilege of friendship and speak to you of him who aspires to be more than your friend for life mr. mr. Salsbury said mr. gent I saw him yesterday we had a very long conversation I believe he understands my sentiments perfectly and that he no longer thinks of being more to me than a friend for life you have refused him yes I have a high opinion of mr. Salisbury's understanding a great esteem for his character I liked his manners and conversation but I do not love him and therefore you know I could not marry him but my dear miss nugent with a high opinion a great esteem and liking his manners and conversation in such a well-regulated mind as yours can there be a better foundation for love it is an excellent foundation said she but I never went any farther than the foundation and indeed I never wished to proceed any farther Lord Callum burr scarcely dared to ask why but after some pause he said I don't wish to intrude upon your confidence you cannot intrude upon my confidence I am ready to give it to you entirely frankly I hesitated only because another person was concerned do you remember at my aunt's gala a lady who danced with mr. Salisbury not in the least a lady with whom you and mr. Salisbury were talking just before supper in the Turkish tent not in the least as we went down to supper you told me you had had a delightful conversation with her that you thought her a charming woman a charming woman I have not the slightest recollection of her and she told me that she and mr. Salisbury had been praising me along V Linda Lutra oh I recollect her now perfectly said Lord clamber but what of her she is the woman who I hope will be mrs. Salisbury ever since I have been acquainted with them both I have seen that they were suited to each other and fancy indeed I am almost sure that she could love him tenderly love him and I know I could not but my own sentiments you may be sure are all I ever told mr. Salisbury but of your own sentiments you may not be sure said Lord clamber and I see no reason why you should give him hop from false generosity generosity interrupted mr. gent you totally misunderstand me there is no generosity nothing for me to give up in the case I did not refuse mr. Salisbury from generosity but because I did not love him perhaps my seeing this at first prevented me from thinking of him as a lover but from whatever cause I certainly never felt love for mr. Salisbury nor any of that pity which is said to lead to love perhaps added she's smiling because I was aware that he would be so much better off after I refused him so much happier with one suited to him in age talents fortune and love what bliss did he but know his bliss were his did he but know his bliss repeated Lord clamber but is not he the best judge of his own bliss and am not I the best judge of mine said miss Nugent I go no further you are and I have no right to go further yet this much permit me to say My dear grace that it would give me sincere pleasure that is real satisfaction to see you happily established thank you my dear lord clamber but you spoke that like a man of seventy at least with the most solemn gravity of demeanour I meant to be serious not solemn said Lord calamba endeavoring to change his tone there now said she in a playful tone you have seriously accomplished the task my good uncle set you so I will report well of you to him and certify that you did all that in you lay to exhort me to marry that you have even assured me that it would give you sincere pleasure that his real satisfaction to see me happily established well grace if you knew how much I felt when I said that you would spare this raillery I will be serious I am most seriously convinced of the sincerity of your affection for me I know my happiness is your object in all you have said and I thank you from my heart for the interest you take about me but really and truly I do not wish to marry this is not a mere commonplace speech but I have not yet seen any man I could love I like you cousin calamba better than mr. Salisbury I would rather live with you than with him you know that is a certain proof that I am not likely to be in love with him I am happy as I am especially now we are all going to Deer Ireland home to live together you cannot conceive with what pleasure I look forward to that Lord Callum burr was not vain but love quickly sees love where it exists or foresees the probability the possibility of its existence he saw that miss Nugent might love him tenderly passionately but that duty habit the prepossession that it was impossible she should marry her cousin clamber a prepossession instilled into her by his mother had absolutely prevented her from ever yet thinking of him as a lover he saw the hazard for her he felt the danger for himself never had she appeared to him so attractive as at this moment when he felt the hope that he could obtain return of love but st. Omar well hi why is she a saint Omar illegitimate no saint Omar Saul group harsh my wife she cannot be I will not engage her affections Swift as thoughts in moments of strong feeling pass in the mind without being put into words and our hero thought all this and determined cost was it would to act honorably you spoke of my returning to Ireland my dear grace I have not yet told you my plans plans are not you returning with us said she precipitately are not you going to Ireland home with us no I am going to serve a campaign or two abroad I think every young man in these times good heavens what does this mean what can you mean cried she fixing her eyes upon his as if she would read his very soul why what reason Oh tell me the truth and at once his change of colour his hand that trembled and withdrew from hers the expression of his eyes as they met hers revealed the truth to her at once as it flashed across her mind she started back her face grew crimson and in the same instant pale as death yes you see you feel the truth now said Lord clamber you see you feel that I love you passionately oh let me not hear it said she I must not what not never till this moment did such a thought crossed my mind I thought it impossible oh make me think so still I will it is impossible that we can ever be United I always thought so said she taking breath with a deep sigh then why not live as we have lived I cannot I cannot answer for myself I will not run the risk and therefore I must quit you knowing as I do that there is an invincible obstacle to our union of what nature I cannot explain I beg you not to inquire you need not beg it I shall not inquire I have no curiosity none said she in a passive dejected tone that is not what I am thinking of in the least I know there are invincible obstacles I wish it to be so but if invincible you who have so much sense honor and virtue I hope my dear cousin that I have honor and virtue but there are temptations to which no wise no good man will expose himself innocent creature you do not know the power of love I rejoice that you have always thought it impossible think so still it will save you from all I must endure think of me but as your cousin your friend give your heart to some happier man as your friend your true friend I conjure you give your heart to some more fortunate man marry if you can feel love marry and be happy honor virtue yes I have both and I will not for that them yes I will merit your esteem and my own by actions not words and I give you the strongest proof by carrying myself from you at this moment farewell the carriage at the door miss Nugent and my lady calling for you CID her maid here's your key ma'am and here's your gloves My dear ma'am the carriage at the door miss Nugent said lady Klan bronies woman coming eagerly with parcels in her hand as Miss Nugent passed her and ran downstairs and I don't know where I laid my lady's number Ella for my life do you Anne no indeed but I know here's my own young lady's watch but she has left bless me I never knew her to forget anything on a journey before then she is going to be married as sure as my name's l'm estra and to my lord calamba for he has been here this hour to my search and bible knowledge oh you'll see she will be lady Kalama I wish she may with all my heart said Anne but I must run down there waiting oh no said mrs. lamb estra seizing hands arm and holding her fast stay you may safely for they're all kissing and taking leave and know that you know and my lady is talking on about mr. Soho and giving a hundred directions of legs of tables and so forth I warrant she's always an hour after she's ready before she gets in and I'm looking for the number Ella so stay and tell me mrs. petit Oh grow to over word it was to be lady Isabel and then a contradiction came it was turned into the youngest of the Kilpatrick's and now here he's in Miss Nugent's dressing room to the last moment now in my opinion that him not censorious this does not look so pretty but according to my verdict he is only making a fool of Miss Nugent like the rest and his lordship seems to like what you might call a male Kaka a masculine jilt no more like a masculine jilt than yourself mrs. lamb estra cried Anne taking fire and my young lady is not a lady to be made a fool of I promise you nor is my lord likely to make a fool of any woman bless us all that's no great praise for any young nobleman miss anne mrs. la Mettrie this is l'm estra are you above cried a footman from the bottom of the stairs my lady's calling for you very well very well said sharp missus l'm estra very well and if she is manners sir come up for one can't you and don't spend bawling at the bottom of the stairs as if one had no ears to be saved I'm coming as fast as I conveniently can mrs. lemaster stood in the doorway so as to fill it up and prevent and from passing Miss Anne miss anne mrs. la Mettrie cried another footman my lady's in the carriage and miss Nugent miss Nugent is she cried mrs. lemn estra running downstairs followed by hand now for the world in Pocket pieces wouldn't I have missed seeing him hand miss Nugent in for by that I could have judged definitively my lord I beg pardon I'm afeard I'm late said mrs. la maestra as she passed Lord clamber who was standing motionless in the hall a big A Thousand pardons but I was hunting high and low for my lady's number Ella Lord calamba did not hear or heed her his eyes were fixed and they never moved Lord Kwan brownie was at the open carriage door kneeling on the step and receiving lady fan bronies more last words for mr. Soho the two waiting maids stood together on the steps look at how our young Lord how he stands whispered mrs. llem estra to an the image of despair and she the picture of death I don't know what to think nor i but don't stare if you can help it said an get him get in mrs. libera added she as lord clan brownie now rose from the step and made way for them high in with you in with you mrs. Lim estra said Lord clan brownie goodbye to you an and take care of your young mistress at Buxton let me see her blooming when we meet again I don't have like her looks and I never thought Buxton agreed with her Buxton never did anybody harm said lady clan brownie and as to bloom I'm sure if grace has not bloom enough in her cheeks this moment to please you I don't know what you'd have My dear Lord Rouge shut the door John Oh stay calamba where upon earth skhul amber cried her ladyship stretching from the farthest side of the coach to the window chol amber calamba was forced to appear calamba My dear I forgot to say that if anything detains you longer than Wednesday send night I beg you will not fail to write or I shall be miserable I will write at all events my dearest mother you shall hear from me then I shall be quite happy go on the carriage drove on I do believe calamba still I never saw a man look so ill in my life did you grace as he did the minute we drove on he should take advice by the mind cried lady Cahn brownie laying her hand on the corn to stop the coachman I have a mind to turn about tell him so and ask what is the matter with him better not said miss Nugent he will write to you and tell you if anything is the matter with him better go on now to Buxton continued she scarcely able to speak lady plan brownie let go the cord but what is the matter with you my dear grace for you are certainly going to die too I will tell you as soon as I can but don't ask me now my dear hand grace grace pulled the cord cried lady Cahn brownie mister Salisbury's Phaeton mr. Salsbury I'm happy to see you we're on our way to Buxton as I told you so am i said mr. Salsbury I hope to be there before your ladyship will you honor me with any commands of course I will see that everything is ready for your reception her ladyship had not any commands mr. Salisbury drove on rapidly lady clan bronies ideas had now taken the Salisbury Channel you didn't know that mr. Salisbury was going to Buxton to meet you did you grace said lady clan brownie no indeed I did not said mr. gent and I am very sorry for it young ladies as mrs. Broadhurst says never know or at least never tell what they are sory or glad for replied lady tong brownie at all events grace my love it has brought the fine bloom back to your cheeks and I own I am satisfied end of chapter 14 chapter of the absentee by Mariah Edgeworth this LibriVox recording is in the public domain gone forever gone from me said Lord clamber to himself as the carriage drove away never shall I see her more never will I see her more till she is married Lord Culebra went to his own room locked the door and was relieved in some degree by the sense of privacy by the feeling that he could now indulge his reflections undisturbed he had consolation he had done what was honorable he had transgressed no duty abandoned no principle he had not injured the happiness of any human being he had not to gratify himself hazarded the Peace of the woman he loved he had not sought to win her heart of her innocent her warm susceptible heart he might perhaps have robbed her he knew it but he had left it untouched he hoped entire in her own power to bless with it hereafter some man worthy of her in the hope that she might be happy Lord Callum burr felt relief and in the consciousness that he had made his parents happy he rejoiced but as soon as his mind turned that way for consolation came the bitter concomitant reflection that his mother must be disappointed in her hopes of his accompanying her home and of his living with her in Ireland she would be miserable when she should hear that he was going abroad into the army and yet it must be so and he must write and tell her so the sooner this difficulty is off my mind the sooner this painful letter is written the better thought he it must be done I will do it immediately he snatched up his pan and began a letter My dear mother miss Nugent he was interrupted by a knock at his door a gentleman below My Lord said a servant who wishes to see you I cannot see any gentleman did you say I was at home no my lord I said you was not at home for I thought you would not choose to be at home and your own man was not in the way for me to ask so I denied you but the gentleman would not be denied he said I must come and see if you was at home so as he spoke as if he was a gentleman not used to be denied I thought it might be somebody of consequence and I showed him into the front drawing-room I think he said he was sure you'd be at home for a friend from Ireland a friend from Ireland why did not you tell me that sooner said Lord clamber rising and running down stairs Sir James Brooke I dare say no not Sir James Brooke but one he was almost as glad to see count O'Halloran My dear count the greater pleasure for being unexpected we came to London but yesterday said the count but I could not be here a day without doing myself the honor of paying my respects to Lord clamber you do me not only honor but pleasure My dear count people when they like one another always find each other out and contrive to meet even in London you are too polite to ask what brought such a superannuated militare as I am said the count from his retirement into this gay world again a relation of mine who is one of our ministry knew that I had some maps and plans and charts which might be serviceable in an expedition they are plannin I might have trusted my charts across the channel without coming myself the convoy them you will say but my relation fancied young relations you know if they are good for anything are apt to overvalue the heads of old relations fancied that mine was worth bringing all the way from halloran castle to london to consult with tete-a-tete so you know when this was signified to me by a letter from the secretary in office private most confidential what could I do but do myself the honour to obey for though honors voice cannot provoke the silent dust yet flattery soothes the dull cold ear of age but enough and too much of myself said the count tell me my dear Lord something of yourself I do not think England seems to agree with you so well as Ireland for excuse me in point of health you don't look like the same man I saw some weeks ago my mind has been ill at ease of late said Lord clamber aye there's the thing the body pays for the mind but those who have feeling minds pain and pleasure altogether computed have the advantage or at least they think so for they would not change with those who have them not were they to gain by the bargain the most robust body that the most selfish cockscomb were the heaviest dunce extant ever boasted for instance would you know my lord at this moment change altogether with major Benson or captain Williamson or even our friend really now pawn honor would you I'm glad to see you smile I thank you for making me smile for I assure you I wanted I wish if you would not think me encroaching upon your politeness and kindness in honoring me with this visit you see continued he opening the doors of the back drawing-room and pointing to large packages you see we are all preparing for a March my mother has left town half an hour ago my father engaged to dine abroad only I at home and in this state of confusion could I even venture to ask count O'Halloran to stay and dine with me without being able to offer him Irish or Collins or Irish plums in short will you let me rob you of two or three hours of your time I am anxious to have your opinion on a subject of some importance to me and on one where you are peculiarly qualified to judge and decide for me My dear Lord frankly I have nothing half so good or so agreeable to do with my time command my hours I have already told you how much it flashes me to be consulted by the most helpless clerk in office how much more about the private concerns of an enlightened young friend will lord calamba permit me to say I hope so for though the length of our acquaintance might not justify the word yet regard and intimacy are not always in proportion to the time people have known each other but to their mutual perception of certain attached inequalities a certain similarity and suitableness of character the good count seeing that Lord clamber was in much distress of mind did all he could to soothe him by kindness far from making any difficulty about giving up a few hours of his time he seemed to have no other object in London and no purpose in life but to attend to our hero to put him at ease and to give him time to recover and arrange his thoughts the count talked of indifferent subjects I think I heard you mentioned the name of Sir James Brooke yes I expected to have seen him when the servant first mentioned a friend from Ireland because Sir James had told me that as soon as he could get leave of absence he would come to England he is come is now at his estate in Huntingdon sure doing what do you think I will give you a leaden hint recollect the seal which the little de Cressy put into your hands the day you dined at Oran more faithful to his motto deeds not words he is this instant I believe that deeds title deeds making out marriage settlements getting ready to put his seal to the happy articles happy man and I give him joy said Lord clamber happy man going to be married to such a woman daughter of such a mother daughter of such a mother that is indeed a great addition and a great security to his happiness said the count such a family to marry into good from generation to generation illustrious by character as well as by genealogy all the sons bereaved and all the daughters chaste Lord clamber with difficulty repressed his feelings if I could choose I would rather that a woman I loved were of such a family than that she had for her dower the mines of Peru so would I cried Lord clamber I'm glad to hear you say so my lord and with such energy so few young men if the present day look to what I call good connection in Marian a man does not to be sure marry his wife's mother and yet a prudent man when he begins to think of the daughter would look sharp at the mother i an't back to the grandmother to and along the whole female line of ancestry true most true he ought he must and though I have a notion said the count smiling your Lordships practice has been conformable to your theory I mine said Lord clamber starting and looking at the count with the surprise I beg your pardon said the count I did not intend to surprise your confidence but you forget that I was present and saw the impression which was made on your mind by a mother's want of a proper sense of delicacy and propriety lady – fort o lady – fort she was quite out of my head and lady Isabel I hope she is quite out of your heart she was never in it said Lord clamber only laid siege to it said the count well I am glad your heart did not surrender at discretion or rather without discretion then I may tell you without fear or preface that the lady Isabel who talks of refinement delicacy sense is going to stoop at once and marry Heath Lord clamber was not surprised but concerned and disgusted as he always felt even when he did not care for the individual from hearing anything which tended to lower the female sex in public estimation as to myself said he I cannot say I have had an escape for I don't think I ever was in much danger it is difficult to measure danger when it is over past danger like past pain is soon forgotten said the old general at all events I rejoice in your present safety but is she really going to be married to Heath said Lord clamber positively they all came over in the same packet with me and they are all in town now by in jewelz and equipages and horses Heath kikuno is as good as another man at prayer for all those purposes his father is dead and left him a large estate curve voulez-vous as the French valid said to me on the occasion secure Monsieur at unarmed the beer Alade be air as Ciccone be lured calamba could not help smiling how they got Heath to fall in love is what puzzles me said his lordship I should as soon have thought have an oysters falling in love as that being Iona I should have sooner thought replied the count of his fallen in love with an oyster and so would you if you had seen him as I did devour and oysters on shipboard say can the lovely heroine hope to voi with a fat turtle or a venison pie but that is not our affair let the lady Isabelle look to it dinner was announced and no further conversation of any consequence passed between the count and lured clamber till the cloth was removed and the servants had withdrawn then our hero opened on the subject which was heavy on his heart My dear count to go back to the burial place of the Nugent's where my head was lost the first time I had the pleasure of seeing you you know or possibly said he smiling you do not know that I have a cousin of the name of Nugent you told me replied the count that you had near relations of that name but how I do not recollect that you mentioned any one in particular I never named miss Nugent to you no it is not easy to me to talk of her and impossible to me to describe her if you had come 1/2 hour sooner this morning you would have seen her I know she is exactly suited to your excellent taste but it is not at first sight she pleases most she gains upon the affections attaches the heart and unfolds upon the judgement in temper manners and good sense in every quality a man can or should desire in a wife I never saw her equal yet there is an obstacle an invincible obstacle the nature of which I cannot explain to you that forbids me to think of her as a wife she lives with my father and mother they are returning to Ireland I wished earnestly wished on many accounts to have accompanied them chiefly on my mother's but it cannot be the first thing a man must do is to act honorably and that he may do so he must keep out of the way of a temptation which he believes to be above his strength I will never see miss Nugent again until she is married I must either stay in England or go abroad I have a mind to serve a campaign or two if I could get a commission in a regiment going to Spain but I understand so many are eager to go at this moment that it is very difficult to get a commission in such a regiment it is difficult said the count but added he after thinking for a moment I have it I can get the thing done for you and directly major Benson in consequence of that affair you know about his mistress is forced to quit the regiment when the Lieutenant Colonel came to quarters and the rest of the officers heard the fact they would not keep company with Benson and would not mess with him I know he wants to sell out and that regiment is to be ordered immediately to Spain I will have the thing done for you if you request it first give me your advice count O'Halloran you are well-acquainted with the military profession with military life would you advise me I won't speak of myself because we judge better by general views than by particular cases would you advise a young man at present to go into the army the count was silent for a few minutes and then replied since you seriously asked my opinion my lord I must lay aside my own pre possessions and endeavor to speak with impartiality to go into the Army in these days my lord is in my sober opinion the most absurd and base or the wisest and noblest thing a young man can do to enter into the army with the hope of escaping from the application necessary to acquire knowledge letters and science I run the risk my lord in saying this to you to go into the army with the hope of escaping from knowledge letters science and morality to wear a red coat and an epaulette to be called captain to figure at a ball to lounge away time in country sports at country quarters was never even in times of peace creditable but it is now absurd and base submitting to a certain portion of my and contempt this mode of life for an officer was formerly practicable but now cannot be submitted to without utter irremediable disgrace officers are now in general men of education and information want of knowledge sense manners must consequently be immediately detected ridiculed and despised in a military man of this we have not long since seen lamentable examples in the raw officers who have lately disgraced themselves in my neighbourhood in Ireland that major Benson and captain Williamson but I will not advert to such insignificant individuals such are rare exceptions I leave them out of the question or a reason on general principles the life of an officer is not now a life of parade of cockscomb buckle or of profligate idleness but of active service of continual hardship and danger all the descriptions which we see in ancient history of a soldier's life descriptions which in times of peace appeared like romance are now realized military exploits fear every day's newspapers every day's conversation a martial spirit is now essential to the liberty and the existence of our own country in the present state of things the military must be the most honorable profession because the most useful every movement of an army is followed wherever at goals by the public hopes and fears every officer must now feel besides this sense of collective importance a belief that his only dependents must be on his own merit and thus his ambition his enthusiasm are raised and when once this noble order is kindled in the breasts it excites to exertion and supports under endurance but I forget myself said the count checking his enthusiasm who I promised to speak soberly if I had said too much your own good sense my lord will correct me and your good nature will forgive the prolixity of an old man touched upon his favourite subject the passion of his youth Lord clamber of course assured the count that he was not tired indeed the enthusiasm with which this old officer spoke of his profession and the high point of view in which he placed it increased our hero's desire to serve a campaign abroad good sense politeness and experience of the world preserved count O'Halloran from that foible with which old officers are commonly reproached of talking continually of their own military exploits though retired from the world he had contrived by reading the best books and corresponding with persons of good information to keep up with the current of modern affairs and he seldom spoke of those in which he had been formerly engaged he rather to studiously avoided speaking of himself and this fear of egotism diminished the peculiar interest he might have inspired it disappointed curiosity and deprived those with whom he conversed of many entertaining and instructive anecdotes however he sometimes made exceptions to his general rule in favour of persons who peculiarly pleased him and Lord calamba was of this number he this evening for the first time spoke to his lordship of the years he had spent in the Austrian service told him anecdotes of the Emperor spoke of many distinguished public characters whom he had known abroad of those officers who had been his friends and companions among others he mentioned with particular regard a young English officer who had been at the same time with him in the Austrian service a gentleman of the name of Reynolds the name struck Lord calibre it was the name of the officer who had been the cause of the disgrace of Miss st. Omar of Miss Nugent's mother but there are so many Reynolds's he eagerly asked the aged the character of this officer he was a gallant youth said the count but too adventurous too rash he fell after distinguishing himself in a glorious manner in his 20th year died in my arms married or unmarried cried Lord clamber married he had been privately married less than a year before his death to a very young English lady who had been educated at a convent in Vienna he was heir to a considerable property I believe and the young lady had little fortune and the affair was kept secret from the fear of offending his friends or for some other reason I do not recollect the particulars did he acknowledge his marriage said lured clamber never till he was dying then he confided his secret to me do you recollect the name of the young lady he married yes miss st. Omer st. Omar repeated Lord calamba with an expression of lively joy in his countenance but are you certain my dear count that she was really married legally married to mr. Reynolds her marriage has been denied by all his friends and relations hers have never been able to establish it her daughter is my dear count were you present at the marriage no said the count I was not present at the marriage I never saw the lady nor do I know anything of the affair except that mr. Reynolds when he was dyin assured me that he was privately married to a Miss st. Omar who was then warden at a convent in Vienna the young man expressed great regret at leavin her totally unprovided for but said that he trusted his father would acknowledge her and that her friends would be reconciled to her he was not of age he said to make a well but I think he told me that his child who at that time was not born would even if it should be a girl Herot a considerable property with this i cannot however charge my memory positively but he put a packet into my hands which he told me contained a certificate of his marriage and i think he said a letter to his father this he requested that i would transmit to england by some safe hand immediately after his death I went to the English ambassador who was then leave in Vienna and delivered the packet into his hands he promised to have it safely delivered oh he was obliged to go the next day with the troops to a distant part of the country when I returned I inquired at the convent what had become of Miss st. Omar but should say mrs. Reynolds and I I was told that she had removed from the convent to private lodgings in the town some time previous to the birth of her child the Abbess seemed much scandalized by the whole transaction and I remember I relieved her mind by assuring her that there had been a regular marriage for poor young widows sake I made further inquiries about the widow intended of course to act as a friend if she was in any difficulty or distress but I found on inquiry at her lodgings that her brother had come from England for her and had carried her and her infant away the active scenes continued the count in which I was immediately afterwards engaged drove the whole affair from my mind now that your questions have recalled them I feel certain of the facts so I have mentioned and I am ready to establish them by my testimony Lord calamba thanked him with an eagerness that showed how much he was interested in the event it was clear he said neither that the packet left with the ambassador had not been delivered or that the father of mr. Reynolds had suppressed the certificate of the marriage as it had never been acknowledged by him or by any of the family Lord Coe Lambert now frankly told the count why he was so anxious about this affair and calcio Halloran with all the warmth of youth and with all the ardent generosity characteristic of his country entered into his feelings declaring that he would never rest till he had established the truth unfortunately said the count the ambassador who took the packet in charge is dead I am afraid we shall have difficulty but he must have had some secretary said Lord clamber who was his secretary we can apply to him his secretary is now charged aid affair in Vienna we cannot get at him into whose hands have that ambassador's papers fallen who is his executor said Lord clamber his executor now you have it cried the count his executor is the very man who will do your business your friend Sir James Brooke is the executor all papers of course are in his hands or he can have access to any that are in the hands of the family the family seat is within a few miles of Sir James Brooks in Huntingdonshire where as I told you before he now is I'll go to him immediately set out in the mail this night just in time cried Lord clamber pulling out his watch with one hand and ringing the bell with the other run and take a place for me in the mail for Huntington go directly said Lord clamber to the servant and take two places if you please sir said the count my lord I will accompany you but this Lord clamber would not permit as it would be unnecessary to fatigue the good old general and a letter from him to Sir James Brooke would do all that the count could affect by his presence the search for the papers would be made by Sir James and if the packet could be recovered or if any memorandum or motive ascertaining that it had actually been delivered to old Rennels could be discovered Lord clamber said he would then call upon the count for his assistance and trouble him to identify the packet or to go with him to mr. Reynolds to make further inquiries and to certify at all events the young man's the acknowledgement of his marriage and of his child the place in the mail just in time was taken Lord Callum burr sent a servant in search of his father with a note explaining the necessity of his sudden departure all the business which remained to be done in town he knew Lord kaan brony could accomplish without his assistance then he wrote a few lines to his mother on the very sheet of paper on which a few hours before he had sorrowfully and slowly begun My dear mother miss Nugent he now joyfully and rapidly went on my dear mother and miss Nugent I hope to be with you on weddings day sin night but if unforeseen circumstances should delay me I will certainly write to you again dear mother believe me you're obliged and grateful son calamba the count in the meantime wrote a letter for him to Sir James Brooke describing the packet which he had given to the ambassador and relating all the circumstances that could lead to its recovery Lord calamba almost before the wax was hard seized possession of the letter the count seeming almost as eager to hurry him off as he was to set out he thanked the count with few words but with strong feeling joy and love returned in full tide upon our hero's soul all the military ideas which but an hour before filled his imagination were put to flight Spain vanished and green Ireland reappeared just as they shook hands at parting the good old general with a smile said to him I believe I had better not stir in the matter of Benson's commission till I hear more from you my harangue in favor of the military profession will I fancy prove like most other harangues on pure pelt end of chapter 15

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  1. Absentee | Maria Edgeworth | Literary Fiction, Published 1800 -1900 | Audiobook Full | 6/7

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