Framley Parsonage | Anthony Trollope | General Fiction | Audiobook | English | 12/12



chapter xlvii of a family parsonage this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org recording by simon evans family parsonage my auntie trollop chapter 47 nemesis but in spite of all these joyful tidings it must alas be remembered that pointer that just but rather man time goddess whom we moderns ordinarily call punishment or nemesis when we wish to speak of her God his ship very seldom fails to capture wicked man that she have sometimes a lame foot of her own and there the wicked man may possibly get a start of her in this instance the wicked man has been our unfortunate friend mark robots wicked in that he had wittingly touched pitch gone to gather him past Castle ridden fast mares across the country to cobbles ashes and fallen very imprudently among the toeses and the instrument used by nemesis was mr. tom tires of the Jupiter then whom in these our days there is no deadliest courage in the hands of that goddess in the first instance however I must mention that I will not relate a little conversation which took place between Lady Lufton and mr. robots that gentleman thought it right to say a few words more to her leadership respecting those monix transactions he could not but feel he said that he received that proventil stall from the hands of mr. sabi and under such circumstances considering all that has happened he could not but be easy in his mind as long as he held it what he was about to do would he was aware delay considerably his final settlement were thorne often but left inhibit word pardon that and agree with him as for the propriety of what he was about to do on the first blush of the thing lady Lofton did not quite go along with him now that Lord loved him was to marry the Parsons sister it might be well that the parson should be a dignitary of the church and it might be well also that one so nearly connected with her son should be comfortable in his money matters there loomed also in the future some distant ability of hire clerical honors for a peers brother-in-law and the top rung of the ladder is always more easily attained when a man has already ascended a step or two but nevertheless when the matter came to be fully explained to her when she saw clearly the circumstances under which the stall had been conferred she did agree that it had better be given up and well for both of May it was well for them all up firmly that this conclusion had been reached before the scourge of nemesis and fallen nemesis of course declared that her scourge should produce the resignation but it was generally understood that this was a false boast for all clerical men apart Esther knew that the stall had been restored to the chapter or in other words into the hands of the government before Tom tars art world the fatal latch above his head but the man of the twirling was as follows it is with difficulty enough said the article in the Jupiter but the Church of England maintains of the present moment of that ascendancy among the religious sects at this country which it so loudly claims and perhaps it is rather from an old-fashioned and time-honored affection for its standing than for any intrinsic merits of its own that some such general acknowledgments of his extended see is still allowed to prevail Eve Harbor the patrons and clinical members of this church are bold enough to disregard all general rules of decent behavior we think we may predict that this chivalrous feeling will be found to give way from time to time we hear of instances of such imprudence and are made to wonder the folly of those who are supposed to hold the state church in the greatest reverence among those positions of dignified ease to which fortunate of clergymen may be promoted are the stalls of the cannons or preventer ease in our cathedrals some of these as is well known candidate allure no emolument with them but some are rich in the good things of this world excellent family houses are attached to them with we hardly know what dismissed ik privileges and at critical incomes moreover of an amount which if divided will make glad the hearts of many a hard-working clerical slave reform has been busy even among these stalls attaching some amount of work to the pay and pairing off some soup to us wealth from such of them as we're over fool but reform has been lenient with them acknowledging that it was well to have some such places of comfortable and dignified retirement for those who have worn themselves out in the hard work of their profession there has of late prepared a taste for the appointment of young bishops produced no doubt by feeling the bishops should be men fitted to get through really hard work but we have never heard that a young Previn Tories were considered desirable a clergyman selected for such a position should we have always thought have earned an evening of ease by a long day of work and should above all things be one whose life has been and therefore in humor probability will be so decorous has to be honorable to the cathedral of his adoption we were however the other day given to understand that one of these luxurious benefits is belonging to the Cathedral of Barchester had been bestowed on the Reverend Marc robots the vicar of a neighboring parish on the understanding that you should hold the living and the Stoll together and are making further inquiry we were surprised to learn that this fortunate gentleman is as yet considerably under 30 years of age we were desirous however believing that his learning his party and his conduct might be of a nature to add peculiar grace to his chapter and therefore they're almost unwittingly we were silent but now it has come to our ears and indeed to the ears of all the world that this party and conduct are sadly wanting and judging a mystery of arts by his life and associates we are inclined to doubt even the learning he has at this moment Orton rate had but a few days since an execution in his passage house at Fram Lee on the suit of certain most disreputable bill discounters in London and probably would have another execution in his other house in Barchester close but for the fact that he'd never thought it necessary to go into residence that followed some very stringent and no doubt much-needed advice to those clerical members of the Church of England who are supposed to be mainly responsible for the conduct of their brethren and the article ended as follows many of these tools are the gift of the respective Dean's and chapters and in such cases the Dean and chapters are bound to see the proper persons are appointed but in other instances the power of selection is vested in the crown and then an eco responsibility rests on the government of the day mr. rebus Whelan was appointed at the store in Barstow by the late Prime Minister and we really think that a grave sin she arrests on him for the manner in which his patronage has been exercised it may be impossible that he show himself in all such cases satisfy himself by personal inquiry but our government is altogether conducted on the footing of Vicario responsibilities quod per annum Fekete per se he's in a special manner true of our ministers and any man who rises to high position among them must abide by the danger thereby incurred in this peculiar case we are informed for the recommendation was made by a very recently admitted member of the cabinet to whose appointment we alluded at the time as a great mistake the gentleman in question held no high individual office of his own but evils such as this which has now been done at Barchester is exactly the sort of mistress which follows the exultation of unfit men to high positions even though no great scope for executive failure may be placed within their reach if mr. Roberts would allow asked to tender to him our advice he will lose no time in going through such ceremony as may be necessary again to place the stall at the disposal of the crown I'm a hint observe the poor Harold Smith when he read this writhing in agony declared it to be the handiwork of his hated enemy mr. supple house he knew the mark so at least he said but I myself am inclined to believe that his animosity misled him I think that one greater than mr. supple has had taken upon himself the punishment of our poor vicar this was really dreadful to them all at family and when first red seemed to crush them to atoms poor mrs. robots when she heard it seemed to think that for them the world was over an attempt to be made to keep it from her but such attempts always fail as did this the article was copied into all the good-natured local newspapers and she soon discovered that something was being hidden at last it was shown to her by her husband and then for a few hours she was uh nyeh lated for a few days she was unwilling to show herself and for a few weeks she was very sad but after that the world seemed to go on much as it had done before the Sun shone upon them as warmly as there the articled not being written not into the Sun of heaven which as a rule is not limited in his shining by any display of pagan Thunder but also the genial Sun of their own sphere the warmth and light of which were said essentially necessary to their happiness neighboring rector's did not look plumb nor did the rector's wives refused to call the people in the shops of Barchester did not regard her as though she were a disgraced woman there must be acknowledged that mrs. pride a pastor at the close with the coldest Nord of recognition Oh mrs. pride his mind alone did the article seem to have any enduring effect in one respect it was perhaps beneficial lady Lofton was at once induced by it to make common cause with our own clergymen and thus the remembrance of mr. robot sees sins passed away the quicker from the minds of the whole family caught household and indeed the county at large was not able to give to the matter that undivided attention which would have been considered its due her periods of no more than ordinary interest at the present moment of preparations were be made for a general election and although no contest was to take place in the Eastern Division a very violent fight was being carried on in the West and the circumstances of that fight for so exciting the mr. robots in his article were forgotten before their time and needed to gone forth from gathering castle directing that mr. Sabich should be turned out and an answering note of defiance had been sounded from chaordic Oates protesting on behalf of mr. sabi that the Dukes behest would not be obeyed there are two classes of persons in this room who are constitutionally inefficient to take any part in returning members to parliament peers namely and women yet it was soon known through the whole length and breadth of the county that the present electioneering fight was being carried on between appear and a woman miss Dunstable had been declared the purchaser of the chase of Chaudhary cults as it were just in the very nick of time which purchase so many ambassador declared not knowing anything of the facts would have gone altogether the other way had not the chance obtained to temporary supremacy over the gods the duke was a support of the gods and therefore so mr. Fothergill hinted his money had been refused miss Dubois was prepared to beard this ducal friend of the gods in his own County and therefore her money had been taken iemon client however to think that mr. Fothergill knew nothing about it and to find the Miss Dunstable in her eagerness of victory offered to the crown more money than the property was worth in the Dukes opinion and of the crown took advantage of her anxiety to the manifest profit of the public at large and it soon became known also that Miss Dunstable was in fact the proprietor of the hold of Chaudhary Colts estate and that him promoting the success of mr. sabi as a candidate for the county she was standing by her own tenant it also became known in the course of battle the Miss danceable had herself at last succumbed and that she was about to marry dr. Thorne of Gresham spray or the Gresham spray apothecary as the adverse party now delighted to call him he has been little better than a quack all his life said dr. Phil grave the eminent physician of Barchester and now he's going to marry her quacks daughter by which and the licker to which dr. Thorne did not allow himself to be much annoyed but all this gave rise to a very pretty series of scribbs arranged between mr. Fothergill and mr. Koester still the electioneering agent mr. sabe was named the ladies pet and descriptions were given her the lady who kept this pet which but were by no means flattering to miss Don Sable's appearance or manners or age and then the western division of the county was asked in a grave tone as countries of boroughs are asked by means of efforts but stuck up on blind walls and barn doors whether it was fitting and proper that it should be represented by a woman upon which the county was again asked whether it was fitting and proper that it should be represented by a Duke and then the question became more personal as against miss Dunstable an inquiry was urge where the county would not be indelibly disgraced if he were not only handed over to a woman but handed over to a woman who sold the oil of Lebanon but little was caught by this move for an answering placard explained to the unfortunate county how deep would be its shame if it allowed itself to become the appanage of any peer but more especially of a peer who was known to be the most immoral Lord that ever disgraced the benches of the upper house and so the battle went on very prettily and as money was allowed to flow freely the West bastard sure world at large was not ill satisfied it is wonderful how much disgrace of that kind a borough or County can endure without flinching and wonderful also seeing her supreme is the valley attached to the constitution by the realm at large how very little the principles of that Constitution are valued by the people in detail the duke of course did not show himself he really did on any occasion and never on such occasions as this but mr. Fothergill was to be seen everywhere miss Dunstable also did not hide her light under a bushel why he had it clear on the faith of an historian that the rumor spread abroad of her making a speech to the electors from the top of the porch of the hotel door of course he was not founded on fact no no she was at course he and her carriage stopped at the hotel but neither there nor elsewhere did she make any public exhibition they must have mistaken me for mrs. Friday she said when the rumor reached her ears but there was alas one great element of failure or miss Dunstable side of the battle mr. sabe himself could not be induced to fight it as became a man any positive injunctions were laid upon him he did in a salt obey it had been a part of the bargain that she should stand the contest and from that bargain he could not well go back but he had not the spirit left to him for any true fighting on his own part he could not go up on hustings and therefore divided divided yook early in the affair mr. Fothergill challenged introduced her mister sabe never took up the gauntlet we have heard said mr. Fothergill in that great speech which he made at the omnium arms of silver bridge we have heard much during this election of the Duke of omnium and of the injuries which Jesus supposed to have inflicted on one of the candidates the Dukes name is very frequent in the Mars of the gentlemen and of the lady who support mr. sabich's claims but I do not think that mr. sabe himself has dared to say much about the Duke I defy mr. Saur be to mention the Dukes name upon the hustings and it so happened the mr. sabe never did mentioned the Dukes name it is ill fighting when the spirit is gone and mr. Saab is spirit for such things was now well nigh broken it is true that he had escaped from the net in which the Duke by mr. Fothergill sage didn't entangled him but he Denny broken out of one captivity into another money is a serious thing and when gone cannot be had back by a shuffle in the game or a fortunate blow with a battle door as may political power or reputation or fashion 100,000 pounds gone must remain is gone that the person who claims to have the honor of Avanti too missed his be or my lord si no lucky dodge can erase a claim from the things that be unless indeed such knowledge be possible as mr. sabi tried with Miss danceable it was better for him undoubtedly to have the lady for a creditor than the Duke seeing that it was possible for him to live as a tenant in his old house under the lady's rain but this he found to be a sad enough life after all that was come and gone the election or miss danceable spot was lost she carried on the contest neighborly fight hit to the last moment and sparing neither her own money nor that of her antagonist but she carried it on unsuccessfully many gentlemen did support mr. sabe because they were willing enough to emancipate their county from the Dukes thraldom but mr. sabe was felt to be a black sheep as lady loved to not call and at the close of the election he found himself banished from the representation of West Passage er banished forever having held the county for five and twenty years unfortunate mr. sabe I cannot take leave of him here without some feeling of regret knowing that there was that within him which might under better guidance have produced better things there are many even of high birth who seem as though they were born to rose but mr. sabe was to my thinking born to be a gentleman that he had not been a gentleman that he had bolted from his appointed course going terribly on the wrong side of the posts that is all acknowledged it is not a gentlemanlike deed but a very blaggard action to obtained a friend's acceptance to a bill in an unguarded hour of social intercourse that and other similar doings have stamped his character too plainly but nevertheless I claim it here for mr. sabe and lament that he's failed to run his race discreetly in accordance with the rules of the jockey club he attempted that plan of living as a tenant in his old house at all tickets and of making a living out of the lamb with which he farmed but he soon abandoned it he had no aptitude for such industry it could not endure his altered position in the county he soon relinquished shorter coats of his own accord and has vanished away such men do vanish not altogether without necessary income to which point in the final arrangement of their joint affairs mrs. thorn dis man of business if I may be allowed so far to anticipate paid special attention and thus Lord dumbbell Oh The Dukes nominee got in as the Dukes nominee who had done for very many years past there was no nemesis here none as yet nevertheless she with the lame foot will assuredly catch him the Duke if it be that he deserved to be caught with us his Grace's appearance has been so on frequent that I think we may admit to make any further inquiry as to his concerns one point however is worthy of notice as showing the good sense with which we manage our affairs here in England in an early portion of this story the reader was introduced to the interior of gavin castle and there saw miss Dunstable entertained by the duke in the miss friendly manner since Thursday's the ladies become the Dukes neighbor and has waged a war with him which he probably felt to be very vexatious but nevertheless on the next great occasion of gatherin castle dr. and mrs. thorne were among the visitors and to no one was a Duke more personally courteous than to his opulent neighbor the late miss Dunstable end of chapter 47 recording by Simon Evers chapter 48 of a family parsonage this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org recording by Simon Devas family past niche by auntie trollop chapter xlviii hi there Burrell married had two children and lived happily ever after dear affectionate sympathetic readers we have four couple of sighing lovers with whom to deal in this our last chapter and I as leader of a coarse disdain to press you further with doubts as to the happiness of any of that quadrille they were all made happy in spite of that little episode which so lately took place at Rochester and in teddy of their happiness shortly as is not necessary we will take them chronologically giving precedence to those who first appeared at the high menial altar in July then at the cathedral by the father of the bride assisted by his examining chaplain Olivia prowdy the eldest daughter of the Bishop of Rochester was joined in marriage to the reverend tobias tickler incumbent of the trinity district's church in Bethnal Green of the bridegroom in this instance our acquaintance has been so short that it is not perhaps necessary to say much when coming to the wedding he proposed to bring his three darling children with him but in this measure he was I think prudently stopped by a device rather wrongly worded from his future valued mother-in-law mr. tickler was not an opulent man nor had he hitherto attained any great Fame in his profession but at the age of 43 he still had sufficient opportunity before him and now that his merit had been properly viewed by high ecclesiastical eyes the refreshing due of deserved promotion will no doubt to fall upon him the marriage was very smart and Olivia carried herself through the trying ordeal with an excellent propriety of conduct up to that time and even for a few days longer there was doubt at Barchester as to that strange vert journey which lured dumbell Oh undoubtedly did take to France when a man says circumstance will suddenly go to Paris without notice given even to his future bride people must have doubt and grave were the apprehensions expressed on this occasion by mrs. proudiy even at her child's wedding breakfast god bless you my dear children she said standing up at the head of her table as she addressed mr. tickler and his wife when I see your perfect happiness perfect that is as far as any human happiness can be made perfect in this vale of tears and think of the terrible calamity which has fallen on our arm fortunate neighbors I cannot but acknowledge His infinite mercy and goodness the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away by which he intended to doubt to signify that whereas mr. tickle had been given to her Olivia Lord dum Bella who had been taken away from the archdeacon's Grizelda a happy couple then when Tim is his party's carriage to the nearest railway station but one and from thence proceeded to Morvan and there spent the honeymoon and a great comfort it was I'm sure to mrs. prowdy when authenticated tidings reached Barchester that Lord Umberto had returned from Paris and that the hotter tip Grantley at lance was to be carried to its completion she still however held her opinion with a correctly or not who shall say that the young Lord had intended to escape the Archdeacon has shown great firmness in the way in which he has done it said mrs. Friday but whether he has consulted his child's best interests in force into a managed with an unwilling husband I for one must take leave to doubt but then unfortunately we all know how completely the Archdeacon is devoted to worldly matters in this instance the archdeacon's devotion to worldly matters was rewarded by that success which he no doubt desired he did go up to London and did see one or two of Lord um bellows friends this he did not obtrusive ly as though in fear of any falsehood of exhalation on the part of the vacant but with that discretion and tact for which he has been so long knitted mrs. Prady declares that during the few days of his absence from bar searcher he himself crossed to France and hunted down Lord dumb bellow at Paris as to this I'm not prepared to say anything but I am quite sure as will be all those who knew the Archdeacon that he was not a man to see his daughter wronged as long as any measure remained by which such wrong might be avoided but be that as it may that mooted question as to the archdeacon's journey to Paris Lord Dom below was forthcoming a plump stood on the 5th of August and went through his work like a man the hot top family when the alliance was found to be unavoidable endeavoured to arrange that the wedding should be held at Hartl top Priory in order that the clerical dusts and gin genus of barges to close might not sell the splendour of the marriage Carter doings for to tell the truth the huddle to pians as a rule were not proud of their new clerical connections but on this subject mrs. grant Lee was very probably inexorable nor when an attempt was made on the bride to induce her to throw over her mama at the last moment and pronounce for herself that she was married at the Priory was it attended with any success the harlot opions knew nothing of the Grantley fibre and caliber or they would have made no such attempt the marriage took place our plump stood and on the morning of the day Lord on Barrow posted over from Barchester to the rectory the ceremony was performed by the Archdeacon without assistance although the dean and the presenter and two other clergymen were at the ceremony Rahzel does propriety of conduct was quite equal to that of Oliver via prowdy indeed nothing could exceed the statuesque grace and fine aristocratic bearing with which she carried herself on the occasion three or four words which the service required of her she said with ease and dignity there was neither sobbing no crying to disturb the work or embarrass her friends and she signed her name in the church books as Griselda grant Lee without a tremor and without a regret mrs. grant Lee kissed her and blessed her in the hall as she was about to step afford to her travelling carriage leaning on her father's arm and the child put up her face to her mother for a last whisper muammar she said I suppose Jane can put her hand at once on the maori antique when we reached over mrs. cruncher smiled unloaded and again blessed her child there was not a tear shed at least not then nor a sign of sorrow to trav for a moment of the gaze splendor of the day but the mother did me think herself in the solitude of her own room of those last words and did acknowledge a lack of something for which her heart had sighed she had boasted to her sister that she had nothing to regret as to her daughter's education but now when she was alone after her success did she feel that she could still support herself with that boast for be had known mrs. grant Lee had a heart within her bosom and a faith within her heart the world it is true had pressed upon her sorely with all its weight of accumulated clerical wealth but it had not utterly crushed her not her but only her child for the sins of the father are they not visited on the third and fourth generation but if any such a feeling of remorse did for a while MA the fullness of mrs. grant his joy it was soon dispelled by the perfect success of her daughter's married life at the end of the autumn the bride and bridegroom returned from their tour and it was evident to all the circles heart atop pure re that Lord Dom Bella was by no means dissatisfied with his bargain his wife had been a bad everywhere to the top of his bent all the world at M's and Barden and at nice have been stricken by the stately beauty of the young by counties and then to a manor style and high dignity of menina altogether supported the reverential feeling which her Grace and a form at first inspired she never derogated from her husband's honor by the fictitious liveliness of gossip or allowed anyone to forget the purists in the woman more done better soon found that his reputation for discretion was quite safe in her hands and that there were no lessons as to conduct in which it was necessary that he should give instruction before the winter was over she had equally won the hearts of all the circle at a hostile topic priori the decrease there and declared to the Marchioness the dumbbell Oh could not possibly have done better indeed oh you don't think he could said the happy mother she sees all that she ought to see and nothing that she ought not and then in London when the season came all men sang all manner of praises in her favour and Lord umber I was made aware that he was reckoned among the wisest of his age he had married a wife who managed everything for him who never troubled him whom no woman disliked and whom every man at Mart as for feast of reason and for flow of soul is it not a question whether any such flows and feasts are necessary between a man and his wife how many men can truly assert that they ever enjoy connubial flows of soul or that connubial feasts of reason are in their nature enjoyable but a handsome woman at the head of your table who knows how to dress and how to sit and how to get in and out of her carriage who will not disgrace her Lord by her ignorance or threatened by her coquetry or disparage him by her talent how beautiful a thing it is for my own part I think that Griselda Grantley was born to be the wife of a great English peer after all then miss danceable speaking of Lady done Bella she was mrs. thorn at this time after all there is some truth in what our quaint latter-day philosopher tells us great of our powers those silenced the marriage of our old friends dr. Thorne and Miss Dunstable was the third on a list but that did not take place to the latter end of September the lawyers on such an occasion had no inconsiderable work to accomplish and the Luthor lady was not coin or the gentleman slow it was not farm practicable to arrange an earlier wedding the ceremony was performed at some George's Hanover Square and was not brilliant in any special degree London at the time was empty and the few persons whose presence was actually necessary were imported from the country for the occasion the bride was given away by dr. easy man and the two bridesmaids were ladies who had lived with Miss Dunstable as companions young mr. Gresham and his wife were there as was also mrs. Harold Smith there was not at all prepared to drop her old friend in her news fear of life we shall call her mrs. thorne instead of Miss danceable and I really think that will be all the difference said mrs. Harold Smith the mrs. Harold Smith that problem was all the difference but it was not served to the persons most concerned according to the plan of life arranged between the doctor and his wife she was told to keep up her house in London remaining there during such a period of the season as she might choose and receiving him when it might appear good to him to visit her but he was to be the master in the country a mansion of the chase was to be built until such time as that was completed they would keep on the old house at Gresham spree into this small as it was mrs. thorne in spite of her great wealth did not disdain to enter but subsequent circumstances changed their plans it was found that mr. Sabich could not or would not live at all two coats and therefore in the second year of their marriage that place was prepared for them they are now well known to the whole county as doctor and mrs. thorne of cheol two coats of chilly coats in distinction to the well known forms of Arathorn in the eastern decision here they live respected by their neighbors and on terms of a lance both with the Duke of omnium and with lady Lufton of course those dear old avenues will be very sad to me said mrs. Harold Smith when at the end of a London season she was invited down to Toronto coats and as she spoke she put her handkerchief up to her eyes well dear what can I do said mrs. thorn I can't cut them down the doctor would not let me oh no said mrs. Harold Smith sighing and despite of her feelings she did visit Geordie Coates but it was October before Lord Lufton was made a happy man that is if the fruition if this happiness was a greater joy than the anticipation of it I will not say that the happiness of marriage is like the dead to see fruit an apple which when eaten turns to bitter ashes in the mouth such pretended sarcasm would be very false nevertheless is it not the fact that the sweetest morsel of love's feasts has been eaten that the freshest fairest blush of the flower has been snatched and has passed away when the ceremony of the altar has been performed and beaker possession has been given there is an aroma of love an indefinable delicacy of flavor which escapes and is gone before the church portal is left vanishing with the maiden name and incompatible with the solid comfortable pertaining to the rank of wife the loved ones own spires and to be loved by her is the ordinary lot of man and as a duty exact it under penalties but to be allowed to love youth and beauty that is not one's own to know that one is loved by a soft being who still hangs cowering from the eyes of the world as though her love were all but illicit can it be that a man is made happy when a state of anticipation such as this is brought to a close know when the husband walks back from the altar he has already swallowed the choicest dainty's of his banquet the beef and pudding of married life are then installed for him or perhaps any of the bread and cheese let him take care lest hardly across remain or perhaps not a crust but before we finish let us go back for one moment to the dainty's to the time before the beef and pudding was served while Lucy was stood at the parsonage and Lord laughed and still staying of Ramle court he had come up one morning as but now frequently his went and after a few minutes conversation mrs. robots had left the room has thought unfrequently on such occasions was her wind Lucy was working and continued to her work and Lord loved him for a moment or two sat looking at her then he got out of broccoli and standing before her thus questioned sure Lucy said he well what have Lucy now any particular fault this morning yes a most particular fault when I asked you here in this room on this very spot whether it was possible that you should love me why did you say that it was impossible Lucy instead of answering at the moment looked down upon the carpet to see if his memory was as good as hers yes he was standing on the exact spot where he'd stood before no spot in all the world was more frequently clear before her own eyes do you remember that day Lucy he said again yes I remember it she said why did you say it was impossible did I say impossible she knew that she had said sir she remembered how she waited till he had gone and that then going to her own room she'd reproach herself with a cowardice of a falsehood she had lied to him then and now how was she punished for it well I suppose it was possible she said but why did you say so when you knew it would make me so miserable miserable no but you went away happy enough I thought I'd never seen you look better satisfied Lucy you had done your duty and I had such a lucky escape what astonishes me is that you should ever come back again but the picture may go to the well once too often Lord often but will you tell me the truth now what truth that day when I came to you did you love me at all then well let bygones be bygones if you please but I swear you should tell me it was such a cruel thing to answer me as you did unless you meant it and yet you never saw me again until after my mother been over for you to miss his cruel is it was absence that made me care for you Lucy I swear I believed you loved me then ludovic some conjurer must have told you that she was standing as she spoke and laughing at him she held up her hands and shook her head but she was now in his power and he had his revenge his revenge for her past falsehood and her present to choke how could he be more happy when he was made happy by having her all of his own and he was now and in these days there again came up that petition as to her riding with very different results now than on the former occasion there ever so many objections then there was no habit and Lucy walls all said that she was afraid and then what would lady Lufton say but now related after thought it would be quite right only were they quite sure about the horse was due to be certain that the horse had been written by a lady and a demerit his habits were dragged out as a matter of course and one of them chipped and snipped and altered without any compunction that's for fear there could be no bolder horse woman than Lucy robots it was quite clear to all family but riding was the very thing for her but I shall never be happy Ludovic till you have got a horse properly suited for her said lady London and then also came the affair of her wedding garments of her trousseau as to which I cannot boast that she showed capacity or steadiness at all equal to that of Lady Dom Bella lady left her have afforded a very serious matter and as in her opinion mrs. robot did not go bite it with sufficient energy she took the mat up mainly into her own hands striking Lucy dumb by her frowns and nods deciding on everything herself down to the very tags of the boot ties My dear you really must have Lambie to know what I'm about said they did often patting her on the arm as she spoke I did it all for just Enya and she never had reason to regret a single thing that I bought if you ask her she'll tell you so Lucy did not ask her future sister-in-law seeing that she had no doubt whatever as to her future mother-in-law's judgment on the articles in question only the money and what could she want with six dozen pocket handkerchiefs all at once there was no question of Lord laughs ins came out as governor-general to India but 12 dozen pocket handkerchiefs have not been to many if agree Zelda's imagination and Lucy would sit alone in the drawing room at family court fitting her heart with thoughts of that evening when she had first sat there she had then resolved painfully with inward tears with groanings of her spirit that she was lonely placed in being in that company Griselda Grantley have been there quite Oteri's petted by lady Lufton had marred by lord Lufton or she had retired out of sight saw at heart because she thought herself to be no fit companion to those around her then he had come to her making matters almost worse by talking to her bringing the tears into her eyes by his good nature but still wounding her by the feeding that she could not speak to him at her ease but things were at a different pass with her now he had chosen her her out of all the world had brought her there to share with him his own home his own honours and all that he had to give she was the apple of his eye and the pride of his heart and the stern mother of whom she'd stood so much in all who at first had passed her by as a thing not to be noticed and had then sent out to her that she might be warned to keep herself aloof now hardly knew in what way she might sufficiently show her love regard and solicitude I must not say that Lucy was not proud in these moments that her heart was not elated at these thoughts success does beget pride as failure baguettes shame but her pride was of that sort which is in no way disgraceful to either man or woman and was accompanied by pure true love and a full resolution to do her duty in that state of life two bitches are pleased her gods to call her she did rejoice greatly to think that she'd been chosen and not Griselda was it possible that having loved she should not say rejoice all that rejoicing she should not be proud of her love they spent the whole winter abroad leaving the Dajjal a deal often to her plans and preparations for their reception of family court and in the following spring they appeared in London and there set up their staff Lucy had some inner tremblings of the spirit and quivering 'he's about a heart at thus beginning her duty before the great world but she said little or nothing to husband on the matter how the women had done as much before her time and by courage had gone through with it it would be dreadful enough that a position in her own house with lords and ladies bind her and stiff members of parliament for whom it will be necessary to make small talk but nevertheless it was to be endured the time came and she did endure it the time came before this first six weeks were ever she found that it was easy enough the lords and ladies got into their proper places and talk to her about Audrey matters in a way that made no effort necessary and the members of parliament were hardly more stiff than the clergymen she'd known in the neighborhood of ramli she'd not been long in town before she met lady damn bellow at this interview also she had to overcome some little inward emotion on the few occasions on which he had met Griselda Grantley at a family there not much progressed in friendship and knew she had felt that she'd be despised by the rich beauty she also in her turn had disliked if you're not despised her rival but how would it be now they could hardly despise her and yet it did not seem possible that they should meet as a friends they did meet and you see came forward with a pretty eagerness to give her hand to Lady lufton's and late to favorite lady done Bella smiled slightly the same old smile which had come across her face when the two had been first introduced to the family drawing-room the same smile without the variation of a line took the offered hand muttered a word or two and then receded he was exactly as she had done before she'd never despised Lucy robots she had accorded to the Parsons sister the amount of cordiality with which she usually received her acquaintance and now she could do no more for the peers wife lady damn bellow and lady Lufton have known each other ever since and have occasionally visited at each other's houses but the intimacy between them has never gone beyond this the Darger came up to town for about a month and while there was contented to fill a second place she had no desire to be the grapes lady in London but then came the trying period when they commenced their life together of family court the elder lady formally renounced her place at the top of the table formally persisted in renouncing it there Lucy with tears importer to resume it she said also with equal formality repeating her determination over and over again to missus robots with great energy that she would in no respect to tracked by interference of our own from the authority of the proper mistress of the house but nevertheless it is well known to everyone at firmly that old lady Lufton still reigns paramount in the parish yes my dear the big room looking into the little garden to the south was always the nursery and if you ask my advice it must still remain so but of course any room you please and the big room looking into the little garden to the south is still the nursery at family court end of chapter 48 recording by Simon Evers and of Romney parsonage by Anthony Trollope

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  1. Framley Parsonage | Anthony Trollope | General Fiction | Audiobook | English | 12/12

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    48: [00:20:42] – 48 – How They Were All Married, Had Two Children, – and Lived Happy Ever After

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