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chapter 43 of family parsonage this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit recording by simon Evers family parsonage by Anthony Trollope chapter 43 is she not insignificant and now a month went by and frankly without any increase of comfort to our friends there and also without any absolute development of the ruin which had been daily expected at the parsonage sundry letters had reached mr. robots from various percentages acting in the Towser interest all of which he referred to mr. curling of Barchester some of these letters contained prayers for the money pointing out how an innocent widowed lady had been induced to invest her all on the faith that mr. robots his name and was now starving in a garret with her three children because mr. robots would not make a good his own undertakings but the majority of them were filled with threats only two days longer would be allowed and then the sheriff's officers would be enjoined to do their work then one day of grace would be added at the expiration of which the dogs of war would be unloosed these as fast as they came were sent to mr. curling who took no notice of them individually but continued his endeavor to prevent the evil day the second bill mr. robots would take up such as mr. Curtiss proposition I would pay by two installments of two hundred and fifty pounds each the first in two months and the second in four if this were acceptable to the Taser interest well if it were not the sheriff's officers must do their worst and the Taser interest must look for what he could get the Taser interest would not declare itself satisfied with these terms and so the matter went on during which the Roses faded from today today on the cheeks of mrs. robots as under such circumstances may easily be conceived in the meantime Lucy still remained at hoggle stock and had there become absolute mistress of the house poor mrs. Crawley had been at death's door for some days she was delirious and afterwards remained so weak as to be almost unconscious but now the worst was over and mr. Crawley had been informed that as far as human judgment might pronounce his children would not become orphans nor would he become a widower join these weeks Lucy had not once been home nor had she seen any of the family people why should she incur the risk of conveying infection for so small an object as she herself argued writing by letters which were duly fumigated before they were opened at the parsonage said she remained at hoggle stock and the quality children now admitted to do all the honours of the nursery were kept at framily they'd be kept at framily although it was expected from day to day that the beds on which they lay would be seized for the payment of mr. Sabhas debts Lucy as I have said it became mistress of the house at hoggle Stoker made herself absolutely ascendant over mr. Crawley jellies and broth and fruit and even butter came from Lufton Court which she displayed on the table absolutely on the cloth before him and yet he Boyd I cannot say that he partook of these delicacies with any feet and himself but he did drink his tea when it was given to him although it contained from day cream and had he known it but here itself from the family chest in truth in these days he given himself over to the Dominion of this stranger and he said nothing beyond well well with two uplifted hands when he came upon her as she was sewing the buttons onto his own shirts saying on the buttons and perhaps occasionally applying her needle elsewhere not without utility he said to her this period very little in the way of thanks some protracted conversations they did have not again during the long evenings but even these he did not utter many words as to their present estate of life it was on religion chiefly that he spoke not lecturing her individually but laying down his ideas as to what the life of a Christian should be and especially what should be the life of a minister but though I can see this miss robots he said I am bound to say that no one has fallen off so frequently as myself I have renounced the devil and all his works but it is by word of mouth only by word of only how shall a man crucified the old Adam that is within him and as he throw himself prostrate in the dust and acknowledge that all his strength is weaker than water – this often as it might be repeated she would dissin patiently comforting him by such words as her theology could supply but then when this was over she would again resume her command and him force from him at close obedient to her domestic the bests at the end of the month Lord left and came back at the family court his arrival there was quite unexpected though as he pointed out when his mother expressed some surprise he returned exactly the time named by him before he started I need not say too difficult lad I am to have you said she looking to his face and pressing his arm the more so indeed seem that I hardly expected it he said nothing to his mother about Lucia the first evening although there was some conversation respecting the robot's family I'm afraid mr. robots has embarrassed himself said lady Lufton looking very seriously room has reached me which are most distressing I have said nothing to anybody as yet not even to Fanny but I could see in her face and here in the tense of her voice that she is suffering some great sorrow I know all about it said Lord often you know all about it Ludovic yes it is through that precious friend of mine mr. sabi of Geordie Coates he's accepted bills for sabe indeed he told me so what business had he had chore decodes what had he to do with friends such as that I do not know how I am to forgive him it was through me that he became acquainted with sabe you must remember that mother I do not see that that is any excuse is he to consider that all your acquaintances must desert or maybe his friends also it is reasonable to suppose that you in your position must live occasionally with a great many people who are altogether unfit companions for him as a parish clergyman he will remember this and he must be taught it what business had he to go to gather him castle he got his stall of Barchester by going there he would be much better without his stall and Fanny has the sense to know this what does he want with two houses proventil stalls are for older men the knee for men who have earned them and who at the end of their lives want some ease I wish all my heart that he had never taken it 600 a year has its charms all the same said Lofton getting up and straining out of the room it mark really be at any difficulty he said later in the evening we must put him on his legs you mean pay his debts yes he has their debts except these acceptances of saris how much would it be Ludovic Oh a thousand pounds perhaps more or less I'll find the money mother and I shall be able to pay you quite as soon as I intended whereupon his mother got up and throwing her arms round his neck declared that she would never forgive him if he ever said a word more about her little presence to him I suppose there's no pleasure a mother can have more attractive than giving away her money to an only son Lucy's name was first mentioned to breakfast the next morning Nordahl often a made up his mind to attack his mother on the subject early in the morning before he went up to the passage but as matters turned out miss robots is doing were necessarily brought under discussion without reference to Lord loved and special aspirations regarding her the fact of mrs. Cory's illness have been mentioned and lady Lufton had stated how to come to pass that all the Crawleys children were of the parsonage I must say that Fanny has behaved excellently said lady Lofton it was just what might have been expected from her and indeed she added speaking in an embarrassed n so has miss robots miss robots has remained at Haga stock conversed mrs. Crawley through the hall remained at local stock through the fever exclaimed his lordship yes indeed said they did often and is she there now now yes I'm not aware that she thinks of leaving just yet then I say that it is a great shame er a scandalous shame but Ludovic it was her own doing yes I understand but why should she be sacrificed whether no nurses in the country to Bihar but that she must go and remain there for a month of the bedside of a pestilent fever there's no justice in it justice nunavik I don't know about justice but there was great Christian charity mrs. Crawley has probably owed her life to miss robots has she been ill is she'll insist upon knowing whether she is ill I should go over to hoggle stock myself immediately after breakfast to this lady Lofton made no reply if lord Lufton chose to go to hoggle stock she could not prevent him she thought however that we're much better that he should stay away he will be quite as open to the infection as Lucy robots are moreover mrs. Crawley's bedside would be as inconvenient of places might be selected for any interview between two lovers lady Lofton felt at the present moment that she was cruelly treated by circumstances with reference to miss robots of course it would have been her part to lessen if she could do so without injustice that high idea which her son entertained of the beauty and worth of the young lady but unfortunately she had been compelled to praise her and to load her name with all matter of eulogy lady Lofton was essentially a true woman and not even with the object of carrying out her own views in so important to matter would she be guilty of such deception as she might have practiced by simply holding her tongue but nevertheless she could hardly recognize all herself to the necessity of singing Lucy's praises after breakfast lady Lofton got up from her chair but hung about the room without making any show of leaving in accordance with her usual custom she would have asked her son what he was going to do but she did not dare say inquire now had he not declared any a few minutes since whether he would go I suppose I shall see you at lunch at last she said at lunch well I don't know look here mother what am I to say to miss robots when I see her and he leaned with his back against the chimney-piece as he interrogated his mother what do you just say to her Ludovic yes what am I to say coming from you am I to tell her that you'll receive her as your daughter-in-law ludovic I have explained all that to miss robots herself explain what I have told her that I did not think that such a marriage would make either you or her happy and why have you told us so why have you taken upon yourself to judge from me in such a matter as I were a child mother you must unsay what you have said Lord Lufton as he spoke looked fully into his mother's face and he did say not as a he were begging for her a favor but issuing to her a command she stood near him with one hand on the breakfast table gazing at him almost furtively not quite daring to meet the full view of his eye there was any one thing on earth which lady laughter feared and that was her son's displeasure the son of her earthly heavens shown upon her through the medium of his existence if she were driven to quarrel with him as some ladies of her acquaintance were driven to quarrel with their sons the world to her would be haver not but what facts might be so strong as to make it absolutely necessary that she should do this as some people resolve that under certain circumstances they will commit suicide so she could see that under certain circumstances she must consent even to be separated from him she would not be wrong not that which she knew to be wrong even for his sake if it were necessary that all her happiness should collapse and be crushed in ruin around her she must endure it and wait God's time to relieve her from so dark a world the light of the Sun was very dear to her but even that might be purchased at too dear a cost I told you before mother that my choice was made and I asked you then to give your consent you have not had time to think about it and therefore I have come to ask you again I have reason to know that there will be no impediment to my marriage if you will frankly hold out your hand to luzie the matter was altogether in lady lufton's hand but fonder she was of power she absolutely wished that it were not so had her son married without asking her and then brought Lucie home as his wife she would undoubtedly have forgiven him how much as she might have disliked the match she would ultimately have embraced the bride but now she was compelled to exercise her judgment if he married him prudently it would be her doing how is she – give her expressed consent to that which she believed to be wrong do you know anything against her any reason why she should not be my wife continued he if he mean as regards her moral conduct certainly not said lady loved him but I could say as much as that in favor of a great many young ladies whom I should regard as videos suited for such a marriage yes some might be vulgar some might be ill-tempered some might be ugly others might be burdened with disagreeable connections I can understand that you should object to her daughter-in-law under any of these circumstances but none of these things can be said of miss robots I defy you to say that she is not in all respects what a lady should be but her father was a doctor of medicine as she is the sister of a parish clergyman she's only 5 feet 2 in height and so on commonly Browne had any left and dared to give a catalogue of her objections such would have been its extent and nature but she did not dare to do this I cannot say to the Vic that she's possessed of all that you should seek in a wife such was her answer do you mean that she's not got money no not that I should be very sorry to see you making money or chief object or indeed any essential object if it chanced that your wife didn't have money no doubt you would find it a convenience but pray understand me Ludovic I would not for a moment advise you to subject your hype happiness to such a necessity as that it is not because she is without fortune then why is it her breakfast you were singing her praises saying how excellent she is even I were forced to put my objection into one word I should say and then she paused hardly daring to encounter the Fran which was already gathering itself on her son's brow he would say what said Lord Lufton almost roughly don't be angry with me Ludovic all that I think and all that I say on this subject I think and say with only one object that of your happiness what other motive could I have for anything in this world and then she came close to him and kissed him but tell me mother what is this objection what is this terrible word that is to sum up the list of all poor Lucy's sins and prove that she is unfit for married life I did not say that you know that I did not what is the word mother and then at last lady laughed and spoke it out she is insignificant I believed her to be a very good girl but she is not qualified to fill the high position to which you would exalt her insignificant yes Ludovic I think so there mother you do not know how you must permit me to say that you are talking of a girl whom you do not know of all the epithets of opprobrium which the English language could give you that would be nearly the last which she would deserve I have what intended any opprobrium insignificant perhaps you do not quite understand me Ludovic I know what insignificant means mother I think that she would not worth any fill the position which your wife should take in the world now I understand what you say she would not do you honor at the head of your table yeah her I understand you want me to marry some bouncing Amazon some pink and white giantess of fashion who'd frightened the little people into their proprieties who difficuit intended to laugh at me no huh I was never less inclined to laugh in my life never I can assure you and now I am more certain than ever that your objection to miss robots arises from your not naming her you will find I think that when you do know her she was as well able to hold her own as any lady of your acquaintance I and to maintain her husband's position to I can assure you have no fear of her on that score I think dear sir perhaps you hardly I think this mother but in such a matter as this I must choose for myself I have chosen and I now ask you as my mother to go to her and bid her welcome dear mother I will earn this that I should not be happy if I thought that you did not love my wife these last words he said an eternal that went to his mother's heart and then he left the room poor lady left him when she was alone waited till she heard her son's steps retreating through the hall and then batook ourselves upstairs to her customary morning work she sat down at last as though about so to occupy herself but her mind was too full to allow of her taking up her pen she'd often said to herself in days which too were to her not as yet long gone by that she would choose a bride for her son and that then she would love the chosen one with all her heart she would do thrown herself in favour of this new queen singing with joy into her large estate in order that her sons of our wife might shine with the greatest splendour the fondest daydreams of her life had all had reference to the time when her son shall bring home a new lady Lufton selected by herself from the female excellence of England and in which she might be the first to worship her new idol but could she to throw herself for Lucy robots could she give up her chair of state in order to place there on the little girl from the parsonage could you take to her heart and treat with absolutely loving confidence with the confidence of an almost idolatrous mother that little who a few months since had sat or quickly in one corner of the her drawing-room afraid to speak to anyone and yet it seemed that it must come to this to this or else those daydreams of hers would in no wise come to pass she sat herself down trying to think whether it were possible that Lucy might fill the throne for she had begun to recognize it as probable that Suns will would be too strong for her but her thoughts would fly away to Griselda Grantley in her first and only mature attempt to realize her daydreams she had chosen Griselda for her queen she had failed there seeing that the fates of destined miss Grantley for another throne for another and a higher one as far as the world goes she would have made Griselda the wife of a baron but fate was about to make that young lady the wife of a Marquess was there cause of grief in this did she really regret that miss grant lay with all her virtues will be made over to the house of heart or top lady laughter was a woman who did not bear disappointment lightly but nevertheless she did almost feel herself to be relieved from a burden when she thought of the termination of the Lufton Grantley marriage treaty what has she been successful and after all the prize have been other than she had expected she was sometimes prone to think that that prize was not exactly all that she had once hoped ro Zelda looked the very thing that they did often wanted for a queen but how would a queen reign who trusted only to her looks in that respect it was perhaps well for her that destiny had interposed Griselda she was driven to a bit was better suited to Lord dumb Bello than to her son but still such a queen as Lucy could it ever come to pass that the leaders of the kingdom would bother me and proper respect before so puny a sovereign and then there was that feeling which in still higher quarters prevents the marriage of princes with the most noble of their people is it not a recognised rule of these realms that none of the blood royal should raise to royal honours those of the subjects who are by birth unroyal Lucy was a subject of the house of Lufton in that she was the sister of the parson and a resident a denizen of the parsonage presuming that Lucy herself might do for Queen granted that she might have some faculty to reign the crown having been duly placed on her brow how then about that clerical brother near the throne who did not come to this that there would no longer be a queen at framily and yet she knew that she must yield she did not say so to herself she did not as yet acknowledged that she must put out her hand to Lucy calling her by name as her daughter she did not absolutely says much to her own heart not as yet but she did begin to be think herself of Lucy's high qualities and to declare to herself that the girl in not fit to be a queen was at any rate fit to be a woman that there was a spirit within that body insignificant there the body might be lady loved him was prepared to admit that she required the power the chief of all pars in this world of sacrificing herself for the sake of others that too was everted enough that she was a good girl in the usual acceptation of the word good lady Laughton had never doubted she was ready waited to prompt in action gifted with a certain far it was that gift of far which would one for her so unfortunately lord lufton's love it was quite possible for her also to love lucy robots lady laughed and admitted that to herself but then who could bow the knee before her and serve her as a queen was it not a pity that she should be so insignificant but nevertheless we may say that as lady laughed and sat that morning in her own room for two hours without employment the star of Lucy robots was gradually rising in the firmament after all love was the food chiefly necessary for the nourishment of lady Lofton the only food absolutely necessary she was not aware of his herself nor problem with those who knew her best have so spoken of her they would have declared that family pride was a daily pabulum and she herself would have said so to calling it however by some less offensive name her son's honor and the honor of her house of those she would have spoken as the things dearest to her in this world and this was partly true for had her son be dishonored she'd have a sunk with sorrow into the grave but the one thing necessary to her daily life was the power of loving those who near to her Lord loved him when he left the dining room intended at once to go up to the passage but he first strolled round the garden in order that he might make up his mind what he would say there he was angry with his mother having not had the wit to see that she was about to give way and yield to him and he was determined to make it understood that in this matter he would have his own way he had learned that which it was necessary that he should know as to lose his heart and such being the case he would not conceive it possible that he should be debarred by his mother's opposition there's no Sun in England love his mother better than I do he said to himself but there are some things which a man cannot stand she would have married me to that block of stone every letter and now because she is disappointed there insignificant a life heard anything so absurd so untrue so unch arable so she'd like me to bring a dragon home I suppose would serve a right if I did some creature though they'll make the house intolerable to her she must do it for her he said again or she and I will quarrel and then he turned off towards the gates preparing to go to the parsonage my lord have you heard what's happened said the gardener coming to him at the gate the man was out of breath and almost overwhelmed by the greatness of his own tidings now I've heard nothing what is it the bailiffs have taken possession of everything at the parsonage end of chapter 43 recording by Simon Evers chapter 44 of fram leap arsenic this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit family parsonage by Anthony Trollope chapter 44 the Philistines at the parsonage it has already been told how things went on between the toes errs mr. curly and mark Robards during that month mr. forest had drifted out of the business altogether as also had mr. solo be as far as any active participation in it went letters came frequently from mr. Carling to the parsonage and at last came a message by special mission to say that the evil day was at hand as far as mr. curling's professional experience would enable him to anticipate or foretell the Proceedings of such a man as tom tozer he thought that the sheriff's officers would be at framily parsonage on the following morning mr. curling's experience did not mislead him in this respect and what will you do mark said fanny speaking through her tears after she had read the letter which her husband handed to her nothing what can I do they must come Lord Lofton came today will you not go to him no if I were to do so it would be the same as asking him for the money why not borrow it of him dearest surely it would not be so much for him to lend I could not do it think of Lucy and how she stands with him besides I have already had words with Lufton about Sowerby and his money matters he thinks that I am to blame and he would tell me so and then there would be sharp things said between us he would advance me the money if I pressed for it but he would do so in a way that would make it impossible that I should take it there was nothing more than to be said if she had had her own way mrs. Robards would have gone at once to Lady Lufton but she could not induce her husband to sanction such a proceeding the objection to seeking assistance from her ladyship was a strong that which prevailed as to her son there had already been some little beginning of ill feeling and under such circumstances it was impossible to ask for pecuniary assistance Fanny however had a prophetic assurance that assistance out of these difficulties must in the end come to them from that quarter or not come at all and she would fain had she been allowed make everything known at the big house on the following morning they breakfasted at the usual hour but in great sadness they made servant who misses Robards had brought with her when she married told her that a rumor of what was to happen had reached the kitchen stubs the groom had been in Barchester on the preceding day and according to his account so said merry everybody in the city was talking about it never mind Mary said mrs. Robards and Mary replied oh no of course not now in these days mrs. Robards was ordinarily very busy seeing that there were six children in the house four of whom had come to her but ill supplied with infantine belongings and now as usual she went about her work immediately after breakfast but she moved about the house very slowly and was almost unable to give her orders to the servants and spoke sadly to the children who hung about her wondering what was the matter her husband at the same time took himself to his book room but when there did not attempt any employment he thrust his hands into his pockets and leaning against the fireplace fixed his eyes upon the table before him without looking at anything that was on it it was impossible for him to betake himself to his work remember what is the ordinary labor of a clergyman in his study and think how fit he must have been for such employment what would have been the nature of a sermon composed at such a moment and with what satisfaction could he have used the sacred volume in referring to it for his arguments he in this respect was worse off than his wife she did employ herself but he stood there without moving doing nothing with fixed eyes thinking what men would say of him luckily for him this state of suspense was not long for within half an hour of his leaving the breakfast table the footmen knocked at his door that footman with whom at the beginning of his difficulties he had made up his mind to dispense but who had been kept on because of the Barchester prebend if you please your reverence there are two men outside said the footman two men Marc knew well enough what men they were but he could hardly take the coming of two such men to his quiet country parsonage quite as a matter of course who are they John said he not wishing any answer but because the question was forced upon him I'm afeard they're bailiffs sir very well John that will do of course they must do what they please about the place and then when the servant left him he stood still without moving exactly as he had stood before there he remained for ten minutes but the time went by very slowly when about noon some circumstances told him what was the hour he was astonished to find that the day had not nearly passed away and then another tap was struck on the a sound which he well recognized and his wife crept silently into the room she came close to him before she spoke and put her arm within his mark she said the men are here they are in the yard I know it he answered gruffly will it be better that you should see them dearest see them no what good can I do by seeing them but I shall see them soon enough they will be here I suppose in a few minutes they are taking an inventory cook says they are in the stable now very well they must do as they please I cannot help them cook says that if they are allowed their meals and some beer and if nobody takes anything away they will be quite civil civil but what does it matter let them eat and drink what they please as long as the food lasts I don't suppose the butcher will send you any more but mark there's nothing do to the butcher only the regular monthly bill very well you'll see Oh mark don't look at me in that way do not turn away from me what is to comfort us if we do not cling to each other now comfort us god help you I wonder fanny that you could bear to stay in the room with me mark dearest mark my own dear dearest husband who is to be true to you if I am not you shall not turn from me how can anything like this make a difference between you and me and she threw her arms around his neck and embraced him it was a terrible morning to him and one of which every incident will dwell on his memory to the last day of his life he had been so proud in his position had assumed to himself so prominent a standing had contrived by some trick which he had acquired to carry his head so high above the heads of neighboring Parsons it was this that had taken him among great people had introduced him to the Duke of omnium had procured for him the stall at Barchester but how was he to carry his head now what would the arab UNS and grant least say how would the bishops sneer at him and mrs. proudiy and her daughters tell of him in all their quarters how would Crawley look at him Crawley who had already once had him on the hip the stern severity of Crowley's face loomed upon him now Crowley with his children half-naked and his wife a Drudge and himself half starved had never had a bailiff in his house at hoggle stock and then his own curate Evans whom he had patronized and treated almost as a dependent how was he to look his curate in the face and arrange with him for the sacred duties of the next Sunday his wife still stood by him gazing into his face and as he looked at her and thought of her misery he could not control his heart with reference to the wrongs which Sowerby had heaped upon him it was Sowerby's falsehood and Sowerby's fraud which had brought upon him and his wife this terrible anguish if there be justice on earth he will suffer for it yet he said at last not speaking intentionally to his wife but unable to repress his feelings do not wish him evil mark you may be sure he has his own sorrows his own sorrows no he is callous to such a misery as this he has become so hardened in dishonesty that all this is mirth to him if there be punishment in heaven for falsehood Oh mark do not curse him how am I to keep myself from cursing when I see what he has brought upon you vengeance is mine saith the Lord answered the young wife not with solemn preaching accent as though bent on reproof but with the softest whisper into his ear leave that to him mark and for us let us pray that he soften the hearts of us all of him who has caused us to suffer and of our own mark was not called upon to reply to this for he was again disturbed by a servant at the door it was the cook this time herself that come with a message from the men of the law and she had come a bit remembered not from any necessity that she as cook should do this line of work for the footmen or mrs. Robards maid might have come as well as she but when things are out of course servants are always out of course also as a rule nothing will induce a butler to go into a stable or persuade a housemaid to put her hand to a frying pan but now that this new excitement had come upon the household seeing that the bailiffs were in possession and that the chattels were being entered into a catalogue everybody was willing to do everything everything but his or her own work the gardener was looking after the dear children the nurse was doing the rooms before the bailiff should reach them the groom had gone into the kitchen to get their lunch ready for them and the cook was walking about with an inkstand buying all the orders of these great potentates as far as the servants were concerned it may be a question whether the coming of the bailiffs had not hitherto been regarded as a treat if you please ma'am said Jemima cook they wishes to know in which room you'd be pleased to have the inventory took first coz ma'am they wouldn't disturb you nor master more than can be avoided for their line of life ma'am they is very civil very civil indeed I suppose they may go into the drawing-room said mrs. Robards in a sad low voice all nice women are proud of their drawing-rooms and she was very proud of hers it had been furnished when money was plenty with them immediately after their marriage and everything it was pretty good and dear to her oh ladies who have drawing rooms in which the things are pretty good and dear to you think of what it would be to have two bailiffs rummaging among them with pen and ink horn making a catalogue preparatory to a sheriff's auction and all without fault or extravagance of your own there were things that had been given to her by lady Lufton by lady Meredith and other friends and the idea did occur to her that it might be possible to save them from contamination but she would not say a word lest by so saying she might add to Mark's misery and then the dining-room said Jemima cook in a tone almost of elation yes if they please and then master's book room here or perhaps the bedrooms if you and master still be here anyway they please cook it does not much signify said mrs. Robards but for some days after that Jemima was by no means a favourite with her the cook was hardly out of the room before a quick footstep was heard on the gravel before the window and the hall door was immediately opened where is your master said the well-known voice of Lord Lufton and then in half a minute he also was in the book room mark My dear fellow what's all this said he in a cheery tone and a pleasant face did you not know that I was here I came down yesterday landed from Hamburg early yesterday morning how do you do mrs. Robards this is a terrible bore isn't it Robards at the first moment hardly knew how to speak to his old friend he was struck dumb by the disgrace of his position the more so as his misfortune was one which it was partly in the power of Lord Lufton to remedy he had never yet borrowed money since he had filled a man's position but he had had words about money with the young peer in which he knew that his friend had wronged him and for this double reason he was now speechless mister Sowerby has betrayed him said mrs. Robards wiping the tears from her eyes he lured her she had said no word against Sowerby but now it was necessary to defend her husband no doubt about it I believe he has always betrayed everyone who has ever trusted him I told you what he was some time since did I not but mark why have you let it go so far as this would not forest help you mr. forest wanted him to sign more bills and he would not do that said mrs. Robards sobbing bills are like DRAM drinking said the discreet young lord when one once begins it is very hard to leave off is it true that the men are here now mark yes they are in the next room what in the drawing room they are making out a list of the things said mrs. Robards we must stop that at any rate said his lordship walking off toward the scene of the operations and as he left the room mrs. Robards followed him leaving her husband by himself why did you not send down to my mother said he speaking hardly above a whisper as they stood together in the hall he would not let me but why not go yourself or why not have written to me considering how intimate we are mrs. Robards could not explain to him that the peculiar intimacy between him and Lucy must have hindered her from doing so even if otherwise it might have been possible but she felt such was the case well my man this is bad work you're doing here said he walking into the drawing-room whereupon the cook curtsied low and the bailiffs his lordship stopped from their business and put their hands to their foreheads you must stop this if you please at once come let's go out to the kitchen or some place outside I don't like to see you here with your big boots and the pen and ink among the furniture we ain't your dad no harm my lord so please your lordship said Jemima cook and we as only a doin our abundant duties said one of the bailiffs as we is sworn do so please your lordship said the other and he's worried sorry to be inconvenient my lord tiny gentleman or lady as his gentleman or lady but accidents will happen and then what can the likes of us do said the first because we is sworn my lord said the second but nevertheless in spite of their oaths and in spite also of the stern necessity which they pleaded they ceased their operations at the instance of the pier for the name of the Lord is still great in England and now leave this and let mrs. Robards go to her drawing-room and please your lordship what is we to do who is we to look to in satisfying them absolutely on this point lord Lufton had to use more than his influence as a peer it was necessary that he should have pen and paper but with pen and paper he did satisfy them satisfy them so far that they agreed to return to Stubbs room the former hospital do stipulation having been made for the meals and beer and there await the order to evacuate the premises which would no doubt under his Lordships influence reach them on the following day the meaning of all which was that Lord Lufton undertaken to bear upon his own shoulder the whole debt due by mr. Robards and then he returned to the book room where mark was still standing almost on the spot in which he had placed himself immediately after breakfast mrs. Robards did not return but went up among the children to counter order such directions as she had given for the preparation of the nursery for the Philistines mark he said do not trouble yourself about this more than you can help the men have seized doing anything and they shall leave the place tomorrow morning and how will the money be paid said the poor clergyman do not bother yourself about that at present it shall be so managed that the burden shall fall ultimately upon yourself not on any one else but I am sure it must be a comfort to you that your wife need not be driven out of her drawing-room but mr. Loftin I cannot allow you after what has passed and at the present moment My dear fellow I know all about it and I am coming to that just now you have employed curling and he shall settle it and upon my word mark you shall pay the bill but for the present emergency the money is at my bankers but Lufton and to deal honestly about curling's bill i mean it ought to be as much my affair as your own it was I that brought you into this mess with Sowerby and I know now how unjust about it I was to you up in London but the truth is that Sowerby's treachery had nearly driven me wild it has done the same to you since I have no doubt he has ruined me said Robards no he has not done that no thanks to him though he would not have scrupled to do it had it come in his way the fact here's mark that you and I cannot conceive the depth of fraud in such a man as that he is always looking for money I believe that in all his hours of most friendly intercourse when he is sitting with you over your wine and riding beside you in the field he is still thinking how he can make use of you to tide him over some difficulty he has lived in that way till he has a pleasure in cheating and has become so clever in this line of life that if you or I were with him again tomorrow he would again get the better of us he is a man that must be absolutely avoided I at any rate have learned to know so much in the expression of which opinion Lord Lufton was too hard upon poor Sowerby as indeed we all are apt to be too hard and forming opinion upon the robes of the world that mr. so abhi had been a rogue I cannot deny it is roguish to lie and he had been a great liar it is roguish to make promises which the promise irnos he cannot perform and such had been mr. Sowerby's daily practice it is roguish to live on other men's money and mr. sir abhi had long been doing so it is roguish at least so I would hold it to deal willingly with rogues and mr. Sowerby has been constant in such dealings I do not know whether he had not at times fallen even into more palpable roguery than is provided by such practices as those enumerated though I have for him some tender feeling knowing that there was still a touch of gentle bearing around his heart an abiding taste for better things within him I cannot acquit him from the great accusation but for all that in spite of his acknowledged roguery lord Lufton was too hard on him in his judgment there was yet within him the means of repentance could a locus poenitentiae have been supplied to him he grieved bitterly over his own ill doings and knew well what changes gentle hood would have demanded from him whether or no he had gone too far for all changes whether the locusts penitential was for him was still a possibility that was between him and a higher power I have no one to blame but myself said mark still speaking in the same heartbroken tone and with his face averted from his friend the debt would now be paid and the bailiffs would be expelled but that would not set him right before the world it would be known to all men to all clergymen in the diocese that the sheriff's officers had been in charge of family parsonage and he could never again hold up his head in the close of Barchester my dear fellow if we were all to make ourselves miserable for such a trifle as this said Lord Lufton putting his arm affectionately on his friends shoulder but we are not all clergymen said mark and as he spoke he turned away to the window and Lord Lufton knew that the tears were on his cheek nothing was then said between them for some moments after which Lord left and again spoke mark my dear fellow well said mark with his face turned toward the window you must remember one thing in helping you over this style which will really be a matter of no inconvenience to me I have a better right than that even of an old friend I look upon you now as my brother-in-law mark turned slowly round plainly showing the tears upon his face do you mean said he that anything more has taken place I mean to make your sister my wife she sent me word by you to say that she loved me and I am NOT going to stand upon any nonsense after that if she and I are both willing no one alive has a right to stand between us and by heavens no one shall I will do nothing secretly so I tell you that exactly as I have told her ladyship but what does she say she says nothing but it cannot go on like that my mother and I cannot live here together if she opposes me in this way I do not want to frighten your sister by going over to her at hoggle stock but I expect you to tell her so much as I now tell you as coming from me otherwise she will think that I have forgotten her she will not think that she need not good bye old fellow I'll make it all right between you and her ladyship about this affair at Sowerby's and then he took his leave and walked off to settle about the payment of the money mother said he to lady Lufton that evening you must not bring this affair of the bailiffs up against Robards it has been more my fault than his hitherto not a word had been spoken between lady Lufton and her son on the subject she had heard with terrible dismay of what had happened and had heard also that lord Lufton had immediately gone to the parsonage it was impossible therefore that she should now interfere that the necessary money would be forthcoming she was aware but that would not wipe out the terrible disgrace attached to an execution in a clergyman's house and then – he was her clergyman her own clergyman selected and appointed and brought to framily by herself endowed with a wife of her own choosing filled with good things by her own hand it was a terrible misadventure and she began to repent that she had ever heard the name of Robards she would not however have been slow to put forth the hand to lessen the evil by giving her own money had this been either necessary or possible but how could she interfere between Robards and her son especially when she remembered the proposed connection between Lucy and Lord Lufton your fault ludovick yes mother it was I who introduced him to mr. Sowerby and to tell you the truth I do not think he would ever have been intimate with Sowerby if I had not given him some sort of a commission with reference to money matters then pending between mr. Sowerby and me they are all over now thanks to you indeed mr. Robards character as a clergyman should have kept him from such troubles if no other feeling did so at any rate mother obliged me by letting it pass by though I shall say nothing to him you had better say something to her or otherwise it will be strange and even to him I would say a word or two a word in kindness as you so well know how it will be easier to him in that way than if you were to be altogether silent no further conversation took place between them at the time but later in the evening she brushed her hand across her sons or head sweeping the long silken hairs into their place as she was wont to do when moved by any special feeling of love ludovic she said no one I think has so good a heart as you I will do exactly as you would have me about this affair of mr. Robards and the money and then there was nothing more said about it end of chapter 44 chapter 45 of family parsonage this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit recording by simon Evers founding parsonage by auntie trollop chapter 45 palace blessings and now at this period terrible rumors found their way into Barchester and flew about the cathedral towers around the cathedral door a and into the canons house and the handlers sitting rooms of the Vickers choral whether they made their way from thence up to the Bishop's Palace or whether they descended from the palace to the close I will not pretend to say but they were shocking unnatural and no doubt grievous to all those excellent ecclesiastical hearts which trusts us though thickly in those quarters the first of these had referenced that the new prepend airy and to this grace which he brought on the chapter at his grace as some of them boasted which Barchester had never known before this Harmer like most other boasts was hardly true for within but a very few years there had been an execution in the house of a late / Bendery hold of dr. Stanhope and on that occasion the doctor himself had been forced to fly away to Italy starting in the night lest he also should fall into hands to the Philistines as well as his chairs and tables it is a scandal shame said mrs. Brodie speaking not of the old doctor but of the new offender a scandalous shame and he would only serve him right if the gown was stripped from his back I suppose his living will be sequestrated said a young miner Canon who tended punched through the inclusive ethical injunctions of the lady of the diocese and was to preserve her to held in high favor if family was sequestrated why should not he as well as another undertake the duty a with such stipend as the bishop might award I am told that he is over head and ears in debt said the future mrs. tickler and chiefly for horses which he was bought and not paid for I see him riding very splendid animals when he comes over for the cathedral duties said the minor cannon the sheriff's officers are in the house at present I am told services Friday and is he not in jail said mrs. tickler if not you ought to be said mrs. ticklers mother and no doubt soon will be said the minor cannon for I hear that he's linked up with a most discreditable gang of persons this is what was said in the Paris on that heading and though no doubt more spirit and / – was displayed there than in the houses of the lists gifted clergy this shows the manner in which the misfortune of mr. robots was generally discussed nor indeed had he deserved any better treatment of their hands but his name did not run the gauntlet for the usual nine days nor indeed did his fame endured its height for more than to this sudden fall was occasioned by other tidings of a still more distressing nature by a rumor which so affected mrs. pride if that it caused as she said her blood to creep and she was very careful with the blood of others who should creep also if the blood of others was equally sensitive it was said that Lord dumb Bella had jilted miss grant Lee from what adverse spot in the world these cruel tidings fell upon Barchester I have never been able to discover we know how quickly rumor flies making herself common through all the cities the mrs. pride he should have known more of the facts connected with the Hartl top family than anyone else in ba chester was not surprising seeing that she was so much more conversant with the great world in which such people lived she knew I was never correct enough to declare that Lord damn Bella had already jilted one other young lady the lady of Julia McMahon to whom he been engaged three seasons back and that therefore his character in such matters was not to be trusted that lady Julia have been a terrible flirt and greatly given to Walter seen with a certain German count with whom she'd since gone off that I suppose mrs. Pryde II did not know much as him is convergent with the great world scene that she said nothing about it to any of her ecclesiastical listeners on the present occasion it will be a terrible morning mrs. gravel to us a most useful warning to us not to trust to things of this world I fear they made no inquiry about this young woman before they agreed that his name should be linked with that of their daughter that she said to the wife of the present warden of Carens Hospital a lady who had received favors from her and was therefore bound to listen attentively to her voice ooh but a head lead may not be true said mrs. grumble who in spite of the allegiance do by her to mrs. Pride a had reasons for own for wishing well to the grandly family I hope so indeed said mrs. Friday with a slight tinge of anger in her voice but I fear that there is no doubt and I must confess that it is no more than we had a right to expect I hope that it may be taken by all of us as a lesson and an example had a teaching of the Lord's mercy and I wish she would request your husband from me mrs. Griffith all to drown on this subject in morning and evening lecture of the hospital on Sabbath next Shane have falses the trust which we put in the good things of this world which behest to a certain extent mr. clever fall did of a feeling that a quiet life in Barchester was of great value to him but he did not go so far as to caution his hearers who consisted at the age at beats Minh of the hospital against matrimonial projects of an ambitious nature in this case as in all others of the kind the report was known to all the chapter for for it's been heard by the Archdeacon or his wife the Dean heard it and disregarded it as it also the Dean's wife at first and those who generally cited with the grantees in the diocesan battles poo-pooed the tidings saying to each other the both the Archdeacon and mrs. Grant Lee were very one able to take care of their own affairs but dripping water hollows a stone and at last it was admitted on all sides that there was grant for fear on all sides except a pump stood I am sure there's nothing in it I really am sure of it said his Arabic whispering to her sister but after turn it over in my mind I thought it rights to tell you yet I don't know now but I'm wrong Oh quite right theorists there are so mrs. monthly and I'm much obliged you but we understand it you know it comes of course like all other Christian blessings from the palace then there was nothing more said about it between mrs. grant Lee and her sister but on the following morning there arrived a letter by post addressed to mrs. grant Lee bearing the postmark of little death that Iran madam it is known to the writer that Lord dum Bello has arranged with certain friends how he may escape from his present engagement I think therefore that it is my duty as a Christian to warn you of this he all strewn II are well wisher now it had happened that the embryo is his ticklers most intimate bosom friend and confidante was known a plump stood to live a little bath and it has also happened mr. unfortunately that the embryo mrs. stickler in the warmth of her neighborly regard had written a friendly line to her friend Griselda Grantley congratulating her with all female sincerity on her splendid nuptials with this law damn Ben oh it is not her natural hand said mrs. grant Lee talking the matter over with her husband but you may be sure it has come from her it is a part of the new Christianity which we learned day by day from the pad is teaching but these things had some effect on the archdeacon's mind he had learned lately the story of lady Julia McMahon and was not sure that his son-in-law has ought to be about to be have been entirely blameless in that matter and then in these days Lord on Bello made no greater sign Amita Diaw Griselda's return to plump state he had sent her a magnificent present of emeralds which however come to her direct from the dualism might have been and probably was ordered by his man of business since that he had neither come nor sent nor written Rizal that did not seem to be in any way annoyed by this absence of the usual sign of love and went on steadily with her great duties nothing as she told her mother had been said about writing and therefore she did not expect it but the Archdeacon was not quite at his ease keep dump Bello up to his P's and Q's you know a friend of his had whispered to him at his club I haven't yes the Archdeacon was not a man to bear with indifference or wrong in such a quarter in spite of his telica profession few men were in more inclined to fight against personal wrongs and few men more able can there be anything wrong I wonder said he to his wife is it worth while that I should go up to London but mrs. grant Lee attributed it all to the panis doctrine what could be more natural looking at all the circumstances of the Tecla engagement she therefore gave her voice against any steps being taken by the Archdeacon a day or two after that mrs. pride he met mrs. O'Hara been in the clothes and condoled with her openly on the termination of the marriage treaty quite openly for mrs. tickler as she was to be was with her mother and mrs. arable was accompanied by her sister-in-law Mary bold it must be very could reverse to mrs. grant leave they'd be grievious indeed said mrs. party and I sincerely feel for her but mrs. adeb in all these lessons are sent to us for our eternal welfare of course services out urban but as to this special lesson I'm inclined to doubt that it aha I fear it is too true I fear there is no room for doubt of course you're aware that Laidlaw damn bellow is off for the continent mrs. arable was not aware of it and she was obliged to admit as much he started four way days ago by way of bellowing said mrs. tickler who seemed to be very well up in the whole of her I'm so sorry for poor dear Griselda I'm told she's got all her things it is such a pity you know but why should not blow down below come back from the continent said Miss bold very quietly why not indeed I'm sure I hit him eh said mrs. prowdy and no doubt he will someday but if he be such a man as they say he is it is really well for Griselda that she should be relieved from such a marriage for after all mrs. Erin what are the things of this world dust beneath our feet ashes between our teeth grass cut for the oven vanity vexation and nothing more well pleased with which variety of Christian metaphors missus proudly walked on still muttering however something about worms and grubs but was she intended to signify her own species and the dumbbell oh and grant his sex of it in particular this now had gone so far that mrs. aouda been conceived herself bound in duty to see her sister and it was then settled in consultation of plump stood that the Archdeacon should call officially at the parish and beg that the rumor might be contradicted this he did early on the next morning and was shown into the bishop study in which he found with his lordship and mrs. Brodie the bishop rose to greet him with special civility smiling is very sweetest on him as their of all his clergy the Archdeacon with a favorite but mrs. Brodie or something of a gloomy aspect as though she knew that such a visit at such an hour must have referenced to some special business the morning calls maybe the Archdeacon at the palace in the way of ordinary civility were not numerous on the present occasion he dashed at once into his subject I have called this morning Mrs Brady said he because I wish to ask a favor from you whereupon mrs. prowdy bowed mrs. prouder will be most happy I'm sure said the bishop I find that some foolish people have been talking imparted about my daughter said the Archdeacon and I wish to ask mrs. Bradley most women under such circumstances would have felt the awkwardness of their situation and will be repaired to eat their past words with wry faces but not so mrs. prowdy mrs. grant we had had the imprudence to throw mr. slope in her face there in her own drawing-room and she was resolved to be revenged mrs. granted to her ridicule the tickler match and no – great nicest should now prevent mrs. priety from speaking her mind about the dumb barrow match a great many people are talking about her I am sorry to say said mrs. party but poor dear it is not her fault he might have happened to any girl only perhaps a little more care you'll excuse me dr. grant Lee I have come here to allude to reported speed sped about him bond sir the match between Lord umber daughter's been broken off and everybody in Boston knows it I believe said mrs. Friday and continued the Archdeacon to request that that report may be contradicted contradicted why he's gone right away out of the country never mind where he has gone to mrs. Purdy I beg that the report may be contradicted you'll have to go round every house in bata star then said she by no means replied the Archdeacon and perhaps he may be right the writer who explained to the bishop that I came here because the bishop knows nothing about it said mrs. Brodie nothing in the world said his lordship ER and I am sure that the young lady may not be disappointed because the matter was so distinctly mentioned the misses out of him by yourself yesterday distinctly mentioned of course it was distinctly mentioned there are some things which can't be kept under a bushel dr. Brantly and this seems to be one of them you're going about it in this way won't make Lord um better marry the young lady that was true nor would it make mrs. prowdy hold her tongue perhaps your chicken was wrong in his present errand and saying I began to think himself at any rate said he when I tell you that there is no ground whatever so such a reward you will do me the kindness to say that as far as you concerned it should go no further I think my lord I'm not asking too much and asking that the bishop knows nothing about it said mrs. party again nothing at all said the bishop and as I must protest that I believe the information which has reached me on this head said mrs. Brodie I do not see how it is possible that I should contradict it I can easily understand your feelings dr. Brantly considering your daughter's position the match was as regards earthly wealth a very great one I do not wonder that you should be grieved as it's being broken off but I trusted that this sorrow whom a eventuate in a blessing to you into mr. Cruz Elda these worldly disappointments of precious bombs and I trust you know how to accept them as such the fact was the gratata Grant had done altogether wrong in coming to the palace his wife might have had some chances with his bride a but he had none since she had come to Barchester he had had any two or three encounters with her and in all of these he had gone to the wall his visits the palace always resulted in his leaving the presence of the inhabitants in a frame of mind by no means desirable and he now found that he had to do so once again he could not compel mrs. priority to say that the report was untrue nor could he condescend to make counter hits at her about her own daughter as his wife would have done and thus having utterly failed he got up and took his leave but the worst of the matter was that in going home he could not divest his mind of the idea that there might be some truth in the report what if Lord umpire had gone to the continent resolved to send back from thence some reason why was impossible the t-shirts make miss grant Lee his wife such things had been done before now by men in his rank whether ornament ickler have been the letter writing well which were from typical path or had induced her friend to be so it did see manifest to him dr. grant Lee the mrs. party absolutely believed the report which she promulgated so diligently the which might be father to the thought no doubt but that the thought was truly there dr. grant it could not induce himself to disbelieve his wife unless creditors and to a certain degree comforted him but that evening he received a letter which greatly confirmed the suspicion set on foot by mrs. Friday and even shook his wife's faith in Lord number oh it was former mayor acquaintance who in the ordinary course of things would not have written to him and the bulk of that are referred to audre things as to which the gentleman in question would hardly have thought of giving himself the trouble to write a letter but at the end of the night he said of course you are aware that Dom Beto is off to Paris I have not heard whether the exact date of his return is fixed it is true then said the Archdeacon striking the library table with his hand becoming absolutely white about the mouth and jaws it cannot be said mrs. grant Lee but even she was now trembling it may be said I'll drag him back to England other collar of his coat a disgrace him before the steps of his father's Hall and the art can has he out of the threat that looked his character as an irate British father much better than he did his other character as a clergyman of the Church of England the Archdeacon have been greatly worsted by mrs. priety but he was a man who knew how to fight his battles among men sometimes without too closer regard to his cloth had long done better intended any such thing he would have written or got some friend to write by this time said mrs. grant Lee it is quite possible that he might wish to be off but he would be to charity of his name not to endeavour to do so with decency thus the matter was discussed and it appeared to the birth to be so serious that the Archdeacon resolved to goat once to London that Lord damned Bella had gone to France he did not doubt but he would find someone in town acquainted with the young man's intentions and he would no doubt be able to hear when his return was expected if there were a real reason for apprehension he would follow the runagate to the constant but he would not do this without absolute knowledge according to Lord umber as present engagements he was bound to present himself in August next sat plump stood Episcopal with a view then and there of taking Griselda Grantley in marriage but if he kept his word in this respect no one had a right to coram with him for going to Paris in the meantime most expectant bridegroom's would no doubt under such circumstances have declare their intentions to their future brides but if Lord done better were different from others who had a right on that account to be indignant with him he was unlike other men in other things an especially unlike other men in being the eldest son of the Marquess of our top it would be all very well for tickler to proclaim this whereabouts from waked week but the eldest son of a Marquess might find it inconvenient to be so precise nevertheless the Archdeacon thought it any prudent to go Harper to London Susan said the Archdeacon to his wife just as he was starting at this moment neither of them were in the happiest spirits I think I would say a word of caution to Griselda do you feel so much doubt about it as that said mrs. grant Lee but even she did not dare to put a direct negative to this so much had to be moved by what she had heard I think I would do so not frighten her more than I could help pitch will lessen the blow if that be the blow to fall it will kill me as if it is Grantley but I think that she will be able to bear it on the next morning mrs. grant Lee with much cunning preparation went about the task which her husband had left her to perform he took her long to do for she was very cunning in the doing of it but at last it dropped from her inwards that there was a possibility a bare possibility that some disappointment might even mere to be in store for them do you mean my mother the marriage will be put off I don't mean to say that I think it will God forbid but it is just possible I dare say that I am very wrong to tell you this but I know that you have sense enough to bear it Papa has gone to London oh we shall hear from him soon then mama I better give them orders not to go on with the marking end of chapter 45 recording by Simon Evers chapter 46 of family parsonage this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit recording by simon Evers family parsonage by Anthony Trollope chapter 46 lady lufton's request the bailiffs on that day had their meals regular and their beer which state of things together with an absence of all duty in the way of making inventories and the like I take to be the earthly paradise of bailiffs and on the next morning they walked off with civil speeches and many apologies as to their intrusion there was very sorry they said to have troubled a gentleman as where a gentleman but in their way of business what could they do to which one of them added to remark that business is business this statement I am not prepared to contradict but I would recommend all men in choosing a profession to avoid any that may require an apology at every turn either an apology or else are somewhat a violent assertion of right each younger male reader may perhaps reply that he has no thought of becoming a sheriff's officer but then are there not other cognate lines of life to which perhaps the attention of some such may be attracted on the evening of the day on which they went mark received a note from Lady Lufton begging him to call early on the following morning and immediately after breakfast he went across to family court it may be imagined that he was not in a very happy frame of mind but he felt the truth of his wife's remark that the first plunge into cold water was always the worst leaded off tom was not a woman who would continually throw his disgrace into his teeth however terribly cold might be the first words with which she spoke of it he strove hard as he entered her room to carry his usual look and bearing and to put out his hand to greet her with his customary freedom but he knew that he failed and it may be said that no good man who has broken down in his goodness can carry the disgrace of his fall without some look of shame when a man is able to do that he ceases to be in any way good there has been a distressing affair said they did often after her first salutation yes indeed said he it has been very sad for poor fanny well we must all have our little periods of grief and it may perhaps be fortunate if none of us have worse than this she will not complain herself I am sure she complain now I'm sure she will not and now all I've got to say mr. robots is this I hope you and Lofton have had enough to do with Ballack sheep to last you your lives for I must protest that your late friend mr. sabe is a black sheep in no possible way could lady Lofton have alluded to the matter with greater kindness than in the stoning marks name with that of her son it took away all the bitterness of the rebuke and made for subject one on which even he might have spoken without difficulty but now I was seen that she was so gentle to him he could not but lean the more hardly on himself I have been very foolish said he very foolish and very wrong a very wicked a very foolish I believe mr. robots to speak frankly a month's fall but as I also believe nothing worse I thought it best for both of us that we should have just have one word about it and now I recommend that the matter be never mentioned between us again god bless you lady laughed and he said I think no man ever had such a friend as you are she been very quiet during the interview and almost subdued not speaking with the animation that was usual to her for this affair with mr. robots was not the only one she had to complete to that day nor perhaps the one most difficult of completion but she cheered up at Atlanta the phrase now bestowed on her for it was the sort of praise she loved best she did hope and perhaps flatter herself that she was a good friend you must be good enough then to gratify my friendship by coming up to dinner this evening and Fanny too of course I cannot take any excuse for the matter is completely I have a particular reason for wishing it these last violent injunctions have been added because lady Lofton had seen a refusal rising in the Parsons face poor lady and often her enemies for even she had enemies used to declare of her that an invitation to dinner was the only method of showing itself of which her good humour was cognizant but let me ask of her enemies whether it is not as good a method as any other known to be extent under such orders of these obedience was of course a necessity and he promised that he with his wife would come across to dinner and then when he went away lady Lofton ordered her carriage during these doings at framily Lucy robots still remained at Hager stock and nursing mrs. Crawley nothing occurred to take her back to family for the same note from Fannie which came for the first tithings of the arrival of the Philistines told her also of their departure and also of the source from whence relief had reached them don't come therefore for that reason said the note but nevertheless do come as quickly as you can for the whole house is sad without you on the morning after the receipt of this note Lucy was sitting as was now usual with her beside an old armchair to which her patient lately been promoted the fever had gone and mrs. Crawley was slowly regaining her strength very slowly and with free from coarse room from the silver British doctor that any attempt of being well to fast might again precipitator into an abyss of illness and domestic inefficiency I really think I can get about tomorrow said she and then dear Lucy I did not keep you longer from your home you are in a great hurry to get rid of me I think I suppose mr. Crawley has been complaining a game about the cream in his tea mr. Crawley had on one occasion status is a short conviction that surreptitious daily supplies were being brought into the house because he had detected the presence of cream instead of milk in his own cup as however the cream had been going for sundry days before this miss robots are not thought much of his ingenuity in making the discovery ah you do not know how he speaks if he when your back is turned and how does he speak at me I know you would not have the courage to tell me the whole no I have not for you would think it absurd coming from one who looks like him he says that if you were to write a poem about womanhood he would make you the hero him with a cream jug in my hand or else the same buttons on her shouldn't call her but he never forgave me about the mutton broth he told me in so many words that I was a storyteller and for the matter of that my dear so high for whores he told me that you were an angel oh goodness gracious a ministry angel and say you have been I can almost feel it in my heart to be glad that I have been ill seeing that I've had you for my friend but you might have had that good fortune without the fever now I should not in my married life I've made no friends till my illness brought you to me nor should I ever really have known you but for that how should I get to know anyone you will now mrs. Pawley would you not promise that you will you will come to us a family when you're well you've promised already you know you made me do so when I was too weak to refuse and I should make you keep your promise too he shall come also if he likes but you shall come whether he likes it or now and I won't hear a word about your old dresses old dresses were wear as well at family as at how well stock from all which it will appear that mrs. Crawley and Lucy robots have become very intimate during this period of the nursing as two women always will or at least should do when shut up for weeks together in the same sick room the conversation was still going on between them when the sound of wheels was heard upon the road it was no highway that passed before the hearse and carriages of any sort were not frequent there it is Fanny I am sure said Lucy rising from her chair there are two horses said mrs. Crawley distinguishing the noise with the accurate sense of hearing which is always attached to sickness and it is not the noise of the pony carriage it is a regular carriage said Lucy speaking from the window and stopping here it is somebody from Family Court for I know the servant as she spoke a blush came to her forehead might it not be Lord laughter she thought to herself forgetting at the moment that Lord loved and did not go about the country in a close chariot with a fat footmen intimate as you become with mrs. Crawley she had said nothing to her new friend on the subject of her love affair the carriage stopped and donk and the footman but nobody spoke to him from the inside he's probably brought something from Fram Lea said Lucy handing cream and suchlike matters in her mind for cream and suchlike matters that come from frantic Court more than once during her suction here and the carriage probably happened to be coming this way but the mystery soon elucidated itself partially or perhaps became more mysterious in another way the red arm little guard who'd been taken away by her frightened mother in the first burst of the fever had now returned to her place and at the present moment entered the room with awestruck face declaring the Miss robots was to go once to the big lady in the carriage I suppose it's lady Lufton said mrs. Crawley Lucy's heart was set absolutely in her mouth that any kind of speech was at the moment impossible to her why should lady laughed and have come hither to hoggle stock why should she want to see her Lucy robots in the carriage had not everything between them being settled and yet Lucy in the moment for forth that Alya was allowed to her could not determine what might be the probable upshot of such an interview her chief feeling was a desire to postpone it for the present instant but the red arm little girl would not allow that you to come at once said she and then Lucy without having spoken a word got up and left the room she walked downstairs along the little passage and out through the small garden with firm steps but hardly knowing whether she went or why her presence of mind and self possession at all deserted her she knew that she was unable to speak as she should do she felt that she would have to regret her present behavior because she could not help herself why should lady Lufton have come to her there she went on and the big footman stood with the carriage door open she stepped up almost unconsciously and without knowing how she got there she found herself seated by lady Lufton to tell the truth her ladyship also was a little too lost to know how she was to carry through her present plan of operations the duty of beginning however was clearly with her and therefore having taken Lucy by the hand she spoke miss robots she said my son has come home I don't know whether you are aware of it she spoke with a low gentle voice not quite like herself but this he was much too confused to notice this I was not aware of it said Lucy she had however being so informative fed his letter but all that had gone out of her head yes he has come back he has been in Norway you know fishing yes said Lucy I am sure you will remember all that took place when you came to me not long ago in my little room upstairs of family court in answer to which Lucy quivering in every nerve and wrongly thinking that she was visibly shaking in every limb timidly answered that she did remember why was it that you've been so bold then when I was so poor a card well my dear all that I said to then I said to you thinking that it was for the best you at any rate will not be angry with me for loving my own son better than I love anyone else oh no who said Lucy he is the best of sons and the best of men and I'm sure that he will be the best of husbands Lucy had an idea by instinct however rather than by sight the daily lufton's eyes were full of tears as she spoke as for herself she was altogether blind and did not dare to lift her face or to turn her head as for the utterance of any sound that was quite out of the question and now I have come here Lucy to ask you to be his wife she was quite sure that she heard the words they came plainly to her he is leaving on her brain their proper sense but yet she could not move or make any sign that she'd understood them it seemed as though it would be ungenerous in her to take advantage of such conduct and to accept an offer made with so much self-sacrifice she had not time at the first moment to think even if his happiness let alone her own but she thought any of the magnitude of the concession which had been made to her when she constituted ladylee Dufton the arbiter of our destiny she regarded the question of her lover's decided against herself she found herself unable to endure the position of being lady lufton's daughter-in-law while they loved him would be scorning her and therefore she had given up the game she'd given up the game sacrificing herself and as far as it might be sacrificed sacrificing him also she'd been resolute to stand to her word in this respect but she had never allowed herself to think it possible that lady Lofton should comply with the conditions which she Lucy had laid upon her and yet such was the case as she so plainly heard and now I have come here Lucy to ask you to be his wife how long they said together silence I cannot say cut by minutes the time would not probably have amounted to many but to each of them the duration seemed considerable they did after marshy was speaking had contrived to get hold of Lucy's hand and she sat still holding it tried to look into Lucy's face which however she could hardly see so much was it turned away neither indeed when lady lufton's eyes perfectly dry no answer came to her question and therefore after a while it was necessary that she should speak again must I go back to him Lucy and tell him that there is some other objection something besides a stern old mother some hindrance perhaps not so easily ever come no said Lucy and it was all which of the she could say what shall I tell him then shall I say yes simply yes simply yes said Lucy and as to the stern old mother who thought her only son too precious to be parted with it the first word is nothing to be said to her o lady Laughton no forgiveness to be spoken no sign of affection to be given is she always to be regarded as to earn and cross vexatious and disagreeable loosely slowly turned round her head and looked up into her companions face there she had as yet no voice to speak of affection she could fill her eyes with love and in that way make to her future mother all the promises that were needed do you see dearest Lucy you must be very dear to me now and then they were in each other's arms kissing each other lady Lufton I desired her coachman to drive up and down for some little space along the road while she completed her necessary conversation with Lucy she wanted to first to carry her back to family that evening promising to send her again to mrs. Crawley on the following morning till some permanent arrangement could be made by which lady laughed and intended the substitution of a regular nurse for her future daughter and more seeing that Lucy robots was now invested in her eyes with attributes which made it unbecoming that she should sit in attendance of mrs. Crawley's bedside but knew she would not go back to family on that evening no nor on the next morning she would be so dad if Fanny would come to her there and then she would arrange about ever going home but Lucy dear what am I to say to Ludovic perhaps you will feel it awkward if he were to come to see you here oh yes lady laughed and pretended not to do that and is that all that I have to tell him tell him telling me he won't want you to tell him anything only I should like to be quiet for a day lady loved him well there is Tushar be quiet the day after tomorrow then mommy must not spare you any longer because it would be right that you should be at home now he would think it very hard if you to be so near and he was not to be allowed to look at you and it'll be someone else who will want to see you I should want to have you very near to me cry but should be wretched Lucy if I cannot teach you to love me in answer to which Lucy did find voice enough to make sundry promises and then she was put out of the carriage at the developer gate gate and lady loved him was driven back to family I wonder whether the servant when he held the door for Miss robots was conscious that he was waiting on his future mistress I fancy that he was for these sort of people always know everything and the peculiar courtesy of his demeanor as he let down the carriage steps was very observable Lucy felt almost beside herself as she returned upstairs not knowing what to do or how to look and with what words to speak it behaved her to go at once to mrs. Crawley's room and yet she longed to be alone she knew that she was quite unable either to conceal her thoughts or express them nor did she wish at the present moment to talk to anyone about her happiness seeing that you could not at the present moment talk to Fanny robots she went however without delay into mrs. Crawley's room and with that little eager way of speaking quickly which is so common with people who know they are confused said that she feared that she be in a very long time away was it lately often yes it was lady Lofton while see I did not know that you and her ladyship was such friends she had something particular she wanted to say said Lucy avoiding the question and avoiding also mrs. crawl his eyes and then she sat down in her usual chair it was nothing unpleasant I hope no nothing at all unpleasant nothing of that kind Oh mrs. Crawley ah I'll tell you some other time but pray do not ask me now and then she got up and escaped for it was absolutely necessary that she should be alone when she reached her own room that in which the children usually slept she made a great efforts to compose herself but not all together successfully she got out her paper and blotting book intending if she said to herself to write to Fanny knowing however that the letter when written would be destroyed but she was not able even to form a word her hand was unsteady and her eyes were dim and her thoughts were incapable of being fixed she could any sit and think and Wonder and hope occasionally wiping the tears from our eyes and asking herself why her present frame of mind was so painful her during the last two or three months she'd felt no fear of Lord Lofton had always carried herself before him on equal terms and had been similarly capable of doing so when he made his declaration to her the parsonage but now she looked forward with an undefined dread to the first moment in which she should see him and then she thought of a certain evening she passed at family court and in knowledge to herself that there was some pleasure in looking back to that Griselda Grantley had been there and all the constitutional powers of the two families have been at work to render easy a process of lovemaking between her and Lord Lufton Lucy had seen and understood it all without knowing that she understood it and had it in a certain degree suffered from beholding it she placed herself apart not complaining painfully conscious of some inferiority but at the same time almost boasting to herself that her own way she was the superior and then he come behind her chair whispering to her speaking to her his first words of kindness and good nature and she had resolved that she who be his friend his friend even their Griselda grant he might be his wife what those resolutions were worth had soon become manifest to her she would soon confess to herself the result of that friendship and it determined to bear her punishment with courage but now she set sail for about an hour and would fain have so sat out the day but as this could not be she got up and having washed her face and eyes returned to mrs. crawled his room that she found mr. Cory also to her great joy before she knew that while he was there no questions will be asked of her he was always very gentle to her treating her with an old fashioned polished respect except when compelled on that one occasion by his sense of duty to accuse her of mendacity respecting the purveyor vittles but he had never become absolutely familiar with her as his wife had done and it was well for her now that he had not done so for she could not have talked about lady Lofton the evening when the three were present she did manage to say that she expected mrs. robots would come over on the following day we shall part with you miss robots with the deepest regret said Mr quarry but we would not on any account keep you longer mrs. Crawley can do without you now what she would have done had you not come to us I am at a loss to think I did not say that I should go said Lucy but you will said mrs. Crawley yes dear you will I noticed is his proper nod that you should return nay but we will not have you any longer and the poor dear children too they may return how am I to thank mrs. robots what she has done for us it was settled that if mrs. robots came on the following day Lucy should go back with her and then during the long watches of the night for on this last night Lucy would not leave the bedside of her new friend to long after the dawn of broken she did tell mrs. Crawley what was to be her destiny in life to herself there seemed nothing strange in her new position but to mrs. Crawley it was wonderful that she she poor as she was should have an embryo Pyrrhus at her bedside handing her her cup to drink and smoothing her pillow that she might be at rest it was strange and she could hardly maintain her accustomed familiarity Lucy felt at this moment he must make no difference you know said she agree none at all between you and me promise me that she shall make no difference the promise was of course exacted but it was not possible that such a promise should be kept very early on the following morning so early that it worked out while still in her first sleep they came a letter for her from the personnage mrs. robots written it after her return home from ladylove since dinner the letter said my own darling how am I to congratulate you and be eager enough in wishing you joy I do wish you joy and I'm so very happy I right now chief T to say that I shall be over with you about 12:00 tomorrow and that I must bring you away with me if I did not someone else by no means so trustworthy would insist on doing it but this though it was thus stated to be the chief part of the letter and though it might be saying matter was by naming Sir Ian space it was very long for mrs. robots it's out writing it till past midnight I will not say anything about him she went on to say after two pages had been filled with his name but I must tell you how beautifully she is behaved you will own that she is a dear woman would you not Lucy had already owned it many times since the visit of yesterday and had declared to herself as she continued to declare it ever since that she had never doubted it she took us by surprise when we got into the drawing-room before dinner and she told us first of all that she had been to see you at hoggle stock lord'll often of course could not keep the secret but brought it out instantly I can't tell you now how he told it all but I am sure you believe that he did it in the best possible manner he took my hand and pressed it half a dozen times and I thought he was going to do something else but he did not say you need not be jealous and she was so nice to mark saying such things imprison you and paying all manner of compliments to your father but lord Lufton scolded her immensely for not bringing you he said it was lackadaisical and nonsensical but i could see how much he loved her for what she had done and she could see it too for I know her ways and know that she was delighted with him she could not keep her eyes off him all the evening and certainly I never did see him look so well and then why Lord left on a marker in the dining room where they remained a terribly long time she would make me go through the house that Miss she might show me your rooms and explain how you were to be mistress there she's got it all arranged to perfection and I'm sure she's been thinking about it for years her great fear of present is that you and he should go and live at Lufton if you have any gratitude in you either to her or me you will not let him do this I consult her by saying that there are not two stones upon one another at Bluffton as yet he I believe thus is the case besides everyone says that this is the ugliest spot in the world she went on to declare with tears in her eyes that if you were content to remain a family she would never interfere in anything I do think that she is the best woman that ever lived so much as I have given all this data formed but a small portion of it but it comprises all that it is necessary that we should know exactly at 12 o'clock on that day puck the pony appeared with mrs. robots and grace Crawley behind him Grace having been brought back as being capable of some service in the house nothing that was confidential and very little that was loving could be said at the moment because mr. Crawley was there waiting to bid miss robots adieu and he had not as yet been informed of what was to be the future fate of his visitor so they could only press each other's hands and embrace which to Lucy was almost a relief for even to her sister and all she hardly as yet knew how to speak openly on this subject may God Almighty bless you miss robots said mr. Crawley as he stood in his dingy sitting-room ready to lead her out to the pony carriage you have brought sunshine into this house even in the time of sickness there was no sunshine and he will bless you you've been the Good Samaritan binding up the wounds have inflicted pouring in oil and balm to the mother of my children you have given life and to me you have bought lights and comforts and good words making my spirit glad within me as it had not been gladden before all this have come of charity which vaunteth not itself and is not puffed up faith and hope are great and a beautiful but charity exceeded them all and having so spoken instead of leading her out he went away and hid himself how puck behaved himself as Fanny drove him back to family and how those two ladies in the carriage behave themselves of that perhaps nothing further need be said end of chapter 46 recording by Simon Evers

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  1. Framley Parsonage | Anthony Trollope | General Fiction | Audio Book | English | 11/12

    43: [00:00:00] – 43 – Is She Not Insignificant?

    44: [00:26:05] – 44 – The Philistines at the Parsonage

    45: [01:00:29] – 45 – Palace Blessings

    46: [01:21:44] – 46 – Lady Lufton's Request

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