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chapter 5 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 Evers around a parsonage by Anthony Trollope chapter 5 a mantium awry amorous integrity oh and now with my readers consent I will follow the paceman with that letter to family not by its own secured his route in deed or by the same mode of conveyance for that letter went into Barchester by the kursi night mail cart which on its road passes through the villages of a flea and trollee coats reaching Bart sister in time for the up mail train to London by that train the letter was sent towards the metropolis as far as the junction of the Basset branch line but there it was turned in its course and came down again by the main line as far as Silver Bridge at which place between 6:00 and 7:00 in the morning it was shouldered by the family foot post messenger and in due course delivered at the family parsonage exactly as mrs. robots have finished reading prayers to the full servants or I should say rather that such would in his usual course have been that letters destiny as it was however it reached Silver Bridge on Sunday and lay there till the Monday as the family people have declined their Sunday post and then again when the letter was delivered at the past niche on that wet Monday morning mrs. robots was not at home as we were all aware she was staying with her ladyship at Family Court all but his mortal wet said the shivering postman as he handed in that and the Vickers newspaper The Vicar was a man of the world and took the Jupiter come in Robin and post Bunim warmed himself awhile said your mind with a cook pushing a stool a little to one side but still it well in front of the big kitchen far what I didn't just know how it'll be where he edges his eyes and tells on me in Silver Bridge if I so much as stops to pick a blackberry the paint no hedges here Mon nor yet no blackberries so sit thee down and warm this elf that's better no blackberries I'm thinking said she handing him a bowl of tea with a slice of buttered toast Robin postman took the Prophet T put his dripping hat on the ground and thanked Jemima cook but I did not just know how it'll be said he owed hidup also tarnation heavy which among us my readers could have withstood that temptation such was the secure his course of marks letter but as it left chhoti coats on Saturday evening and reached mrs. robots on the following morning or would have done but for that intervening Sunday doing all its peregrinations during the night it may be held that its course of transport was not in conveniently arranged we however will travel by a much shorter route Robin in the course of his daily travels past first the post office of Fram Lee then the family caught back entrance and then the vicar's house so that on this wet morning Jemima cook was not able to make use of his services in transporting this letter back to her mistress poor Robin had got another village before him expectant of its letters why didn't they leave it mum with mr. Apple John of the court mr. allusion was the butler who took the letter back the nurses now mrs. was there and then Robin mindful of the tea and toast explained to her courteously how the law made it imperative on him to bring the letter to the very house that was indicated let the owner of the house be where she might and he laid down the law very satisfactorily with sundry long worded quotations not to much effect however for the housemaid called him an oath and Robin would decidedly if had the worse of it had not the gardener come in and taken his part a women knows nothing and understands nothing said the gardener give us all of the letter I'll take it up to the house it's the Masters fist and then Robin postman went on one way and the gardener he went the other the gardener never disliked an excuse for going up to the court Gardens even on so day wet a day as this mrs. robots were sitting over the drawing-room far with lady Meredith when her husband's data was brought to her the Family Court letter bag had been discussed at breakfast but that was now nearly an hour since and lady laughed as was I won't was away in our own room writing her own letters and looking after her own matters for lady loved him as a person who dealt in figures herself and understood business almost as well as Harold Smith and on that morning she also had received a letter which had displeased her not a little whence arose this displeasure neither mrs. Robarts nor lady Meredith's knew but her ladyship's brow had grown black at breakfast time she had bundled up an ominous looking epistle into her bag without speaking of it and had left the room immediately that breakfast was over there's something wrong said to George Mama does fetes have so much about new defects money matters said lady Meredith ludovic who was Lord Lofton Ludovic Lufton Baron Lofton of Lufton in the county of Oxfordshire and yet I don't think left gets much astray said Sir George as he sorted out of the room welljust 'i will put off going then till tomorrow but remember it must be the first train Lady Mary this said she would remember and then they went into the drawing-room and them his robots received her letter Fanny when she read it hardly at first realized to herself the idea that her husband the clergyman of family the family clerical friend of Lady lufton's establishment was going to stay with the Duke of omnium it was so thoroughly understood at family court that the Duke and all belonging to him was noxious and damnable he was a wig he was a bachelor he was a gambler he was immoral in every way he was a man of no Church principle a Corrupter of youth a sworn foe of young wives a swallow up of small men's pet Ramona's a man whom others feared for their sons and sisters for their brothers and worse again whom father's had caused to fear for their daughters and brothers for their sisters a man who with his belongings dwelt and must well poles asunder from lady Lufton and her belongings and it must be remembered that all these evil things were fully believed by mrs. robots could it really be that her husband was going to dwell in the halls of apollyon to shelter himself beneath the wings of this Betty Lucifer a cloud of sorrow settled upon her face and then she read that letter again very slowly not omitting the tell-tale PostScript oh just in iya at last she said what have you got bad news too I hardly know how to tell you what has occurred there are I suppose you better read it and she handed her husband's epistle to lady Meredith keeping back however the PostScript what on earth would her ladyship say now said lady Meredith as she folded the paper and replaced it in the envelope well what did I better do just in wha how could I better tell her and then the two ladies put their heads together be thinking themselves how they might best deprecated the wrath of Lady Lufton it had been arranged that mrs. robots should go back to the passage after lunch and she had persisted in her intention after it been settled for the meredith's were to stay for that evening lady Meredith now advised her friend to carry out this determination without saying anything about her husband's terrible iniquities and then to send the letter up to lady Lofton as soon as she reached the parsonage now but will never know that she received it here said lady Meredith but mrs. robots would not consent to this such a course seemed to her to be cowardly she knew that her husband was doing wrong she felt that she knew it himself but still it was necessary that she should defend him however terrible might be the storm it must break upon her own head so she at once went up and tapped at Lady lufton's private door and as she did so lady Meredith followed her come in said lady Lufton and the voice did not sound soft and pleasant when they entered they found her sitting at her little writing table with her head resting on her arm and that letter but she'd received that morning was lying open on the table before her indeed there were two letters now there one from a London lawyer to herself and the other from her son to that London lawyer it needs only be explained the subject of those letters was the immediate sale of that outline portion of the loft and property in Oxfordshire as to which mr. sabi once spoke Lord Lofton had told the lawyer that the thing must be done at once adding that his friend robots would have explained the whole affair to his mother and then the law had written to lady London as indeed was necessary but unfortunately lady Lofton had not hitherto heard a word of the matter in her eyes the sale of family property was horrible the fact that a young man was some fifteen or twenty thousand a year should require subsidiary money was horrible that her own son should have not written to her himself was horrible and it was all so horrible that her own pet the clergyman whom she brought there to be her son's friend should be mixed up in that matter should be cognizant of it while she was not cognizant should be employed in it as a go-between an agent in her son's bad causes it was all horrible and lady Lofton was sitting there with a black brow and an uneasy heart as regarded our poor parson we may say that in this matter he was blameless except that he had hitherto lacked the courage to execute his friends commission what is it Fanny said lady Lofton as soon as the door was opened I should have been done in half an hour if you wanted me just tinea Fanny has received a letter which makes her wish to speak to you at once say daddy Meredith what letter Fanny Paul fine his heart was in her mouth she held it in her hand but had not yet quite made up her mind whether she would show it bodily to lady loved from mr. Roberts she said well I suppose he's going to stay another week adjudicates for my part I should be as well pleased and lady lufton's voice it was not friendly for she was thinking of that farm in Oxfordshire the imprudence of the young is very sort of the prudence of their elders no woman could be less covetous less grasping than lady Lofton but the sale of a portion of the old family property was to her as the loss of her own heart's blood here is the letter lady loved him perhaps you had better read it and Fanny handed it to her again keeping back the PostScript she had read and reread the letter downstairs but could not make out whether her husband had intended her to show it from the line of the argument she thought that he must have done so at any rate he said for himself more than she could save him and so probably it was best that her ladyship should see it lady laughed and took it and read it and her face grew blacker and blacker her mind was set against the writer before she began it and every word in it tended to make her feel more restrained from him oh he's going to the palace is he when he must choose his own friends Harold Smith one of his party it's a pity my dear he did not see miss Pryde he before he met you he might have lived to be the Bishop's chaplain Catherine Castle you don't mean to tell me that he's going there and I tell you fella Fanny that I have done with him Oh Lady laughter don't say that said mrs. robots with tears in her eyes mamma mamma don't speak in that way said lady Meredith but my dear what am I to say I must speak in that way you would not wish me to speak falsehoods with you a man must choose for himself but he can't live with two different sets of people at least not if I belong to one and the Duke of omnium to the other the bishop going indeed if there be anything that I hate it is hypocrisy there is no hypocrisy and that played in often but I say there is fanny very strange indeed put off his defense why should a man need any defense to his wife he acts in a straightforward way his own language condemns him wrong to stand out now will either of you tell me that mr. robots would read he thought it to refuse that invitation I say that that is hypocrisy there is no other word for it by this time the poor wife who had been in tears was wiping them away and preparing for action lady lufton's extreme severity gave her courage she knew that it behaved her to fight for her husband when he was thus attacked how did he love to be moderate in her remarks mrs. robots would not have had a word to say ma my husband may have been ill judge she said but he is no hypocrite penny well my dear I dare say you know better than I but to me it looks extremely like haproxy street hey Joss Taniya oh mama do PB order it moderate that's already well how's one to moderate ones feelings when one has been betrayed you do not mean that mr. profits has betrayed you said the wife oh no of course not and then she went on reading the letter seem to have been standing in judgment upon the Duke might he not use the same argument as to go into any other house in the kingdom however infamous we must all stand in judgment one upon another in that sense Crawley yes if he were a little more like mr. Crawley would be a good thing for me and for the parish and for you too My dear God forgive me for bringing him here that's all lady laughter I must say that you are very hard upon him very hard I did not expect it from such a friend My dear you wanted to know me well enough to be sure that I shall speak my mind written to Jones yes it is easy enough to write to Port Jones he'd better write to Jones and bid him do the whole duty then he can go and be the Dukes domestic chaplain I believe my husband does as much of his own duty as any clergyman in the whole diocese said mrs. romance now again in tears and you are to take his work in the school he were mrs. Potts what with his cure to his wife of mrs. Potter's I don't see why he should come back here at all oh mama said jest tinea pray pray don't be so harsh upon her let me finish it my dear no here I come tell her ladyship my whereabouts he little thought you'd show me this letter didn't he said mrs. robots putting out her hands to get it back but in vain I thought it was for the best I did indeed I better finish it now if you please what is this how dare he scented ruble jokes to me in such a manner no I do not suppose I shall be ever like dr. prowdy I have never expected it a matter of conscience with him well well well had I not read it myself I could not have believed it off him I would not positively believed it coming from my parish he could not go to the duke of on them and is what I would wish to have said people fit for this parish should not be fit for the Duke of omniums house and I had trusted that he would have this Feeny ball stronger than anyone else in it I have been deceived that's all he has done nothing to deceive you lady Lufton I hope he will not have deceived you my dear more money yes it is probable that he will want more money there is your little Fanny I'm very sorry for it I can say nothing more and she folded up letter and gave it back to mrs. robots I I thought it right to show it to you said mrs. robot it did not matter whether you did or no of course I must have been told he especially begs me to tell you why yes he could not anyone have kept me in the dark in such a matter he could not neglect his own work and go and live with gamblers and adulterers of the Duke of omniums without my knowing it and now Fanny robots cup was a fool full to the overflowing when she heard these words she forgot all about lady Lofton all about lady Meredith and remembered only her husband that he was her husband and despite of his faults a good and loving husband and that other factors she remembered that she was his wife lady Lufton she said you forget yourself in speaking in that way of my husband what said her ladyship you ought to show me such a letters that and I am not to tell you what I think not if you think such hard things as that even you are not justified and speak to me in that way and I will not hear it hi t ty T said her ladyship whether or no he is writing going to the Duke of Amiens I will not pretend to judge he is the judge of his own actions and neither you nor I and when he leaves you with the butcher's bill unpaid and no money to buy shoes for the children who will be the judge then not you lady Lofton if such bad days should ever come and neither you nor I have a right to expect them I will not come to you in my troubles not after this very well my dear you may go to the Duke of omnium if that suits you better Fanny come away said lady Meredith why should you try to anger my mother I don't want to anger her but I won't hear him abused in that way without speaking up for him if I don't defend him who will lady Lofton has said terrible things about him and they are not true Oh Fanny said jest enya very well very well sir daily Lofton this is the sort of return upon gets I don't know what you mean by return lady Lofton but would you wish me to stand by quietly and hear such things said of my husband he does not live with such a people as you have named he does not reflect his duties if every clergyman were as much in his parish you would be will for some of them and he going to such a house as the Duke of Amiens it does make a difference that he goes there in company with the bishop I can't explain why but I knew that he does especially when the bishop is coupled up with the devil as mr. robots has done so dated often he can join the Duke with them and then first and for the three graces weren't they just Enya and Lady laughed and laughed a bit a little laugh at her own wit I suppose I may go now lady Lofton oh yes certainly my dear I am sorry if I've made you angry with me but I will not allow anyone to speak against mr. robots without armed jinglun you have been very unjust to him and even though I do anger you I must say so how come funny this is too bad said they did often you have been scolding me for the last half hour because I would not congratulate you on this new friend that your husband has made and now you're going to begin it all over again that is more than I can stand if you have nothing else particular to say you might as well leave me and they did often face as she spoke was unbending severe and harsh mrs. robots had never before been so spoken to by her old friend indeed she had never been so spoken to by anyone and she hardly knew how to bear herself very well lady Lofton she said then I will go goodbye goodbye said lady Lufton and turning herself to her table she began to her arrange her papers Fanny had never before left from him court to go back to her own parsonage without a warm embrace now she was to do say without even having her hand taken had it come to this that there was absolutely to be a quarrel between them a quarrel forever Fanny is going you know mama said lady Meredith she will be home before you are down again I cannot help it my dear Fanny must do as she pleases I'm not to be the judge of her actions she has just told me sir mrs. robots had said nothing of the kind but she was far too proud to point this out say with a gentle step she retreated through the door and then lady Meredith having tried what a consider true whisper with her mother would do followed her alas the considered true whisper was altogether ineffectual the two ladies said nothing as they descended the stairs but when they had regained the drawing-room they looked with blank horror into each other's faces what were they to do now of such a tragedy as this they had had no remote his preconception was it absolutely the case that Fanny robots was to walk out of Lady lufton's house as a declared any mee-shee who before her marriage as well as since had been almost treated as an adopted daughter of the family Oh Fanny why did you answer my mother in that way Sedalia Meredith you saw that she was vexed she had other things to vex her besides this about mr. robots I would not you answer anyone who attacked Sir George no not my martha i would let her say what she pleased him and leave Sir George to fight his own battles ah but it is different with you you are her daughter and Sir George she would not dare to speak in that way as to Sir George his doings indeed she would if he pleased her I'm sorry I let you go up to her it is as well that it should be over just in iya as those are her thoughts about mr. robots it is quite as well that we should know them even for all that I owe her and all thy love I bear to you I will not come to this house if I am to hear my husband abused nor into any house my dearest Fanny we all know what happens when two angry people gets together I was not angry when I went up to her not in the least it is no good looking back what are we to do now fanny I suppose I had better go home said mrs. robots I will go and put my things up and then I will send James for them wait till after lunch then you will be able to kiss my mother before you leave us now Justinian I cannot wait I must answer mr. robots by this post I my nice think what I have to say to him I could not write that letter here and the post goes at fall and mrs. robots caught up from her chair preparator to her final departure I shall come to you before dinner Sedalia Meredith and if I can bring you good tidings I shall expect you to come back here with me it is out of the question that I should go away from Fram Lea leaving you and my mother at enmity with each other to this mrs. robots made no answer and in a very few minutes afterwards she was in her own nursery kissing her children and teaching the older one to say something about papa but even as she taught him the tears stood in her eyes and the little fella knew that everything was not right and there she sat till about two doing the LODs and ends of things for the children and allowing that occupation to stand as an excuse to her for not commencing her letter but then they remained any two hours to her and it might be that the letter would be difficult in the writing would require thoughts and changes and must needs to be copied perhaps more than once as to the money that she had in the house as much least as Mark now wanted there the sending of it would leave her nearly penniless she could have her in case of personal need resort to Davis as desired by him so she got at her desk in the drawing room and sat down and wrote her letter it was difficult that she found that it hard it took so long that she expected it was difficult for she felt bound to tell him the truth and yet she was anxious not to spoil all his pleasure among his friends she told him however that lady loved him was very angry unreasonably angry I must say she put in in order to show that she had not sided against him and indeed we have quite quarreled and this has made me unhappy as it will you dearest I know that but we both know how good she is at heart and Justine here thinks that she had other things to trouble her and I hope it will all be made up before you come home only dearest mark pray do not be longer than you said in your last letter and then there were three or four paragraphs about the babies and two about the schools which I may as well admit she had just finished her letter and was captive folding it for its envelope with the two whole five-pound notes imprudently placed within it when she had a footstep on the gravel path which led up from a small wicket to the front door the path ran near the drawing-room window and she was just in time to catch a glimpse of the last fold of a passing cloak it is just inia she said to herself and our heart became disturbed and the idea of again discussing the morning's adventure what am I to do she had sir said to herself before if she wants me to beg her pardon I will not own before her that he is in the wrong and then the door opened the visitor made her entrance without the aid of any servant and lady Lufton herself has stood before her penny she said at once I have come to beg your pardon how late he loved him I was very much harassed when you came to see me just now buy more things than one my dear but nevertheless I should not have spoken to you of your husband as I did and so I have come to beg your pardon mrs. robots was past answering by the time that this was said past answering at least some words so she jumped up and with her eyes full of tears threw herself into her old friends arms often she sobbed forth again you will forgive me won't you said her ladyship as she returned her young friends caress well that's right I have not been at all happy since you left my den this morning and I don't suppose you have but Fanny dearest we love each other too well and know each other too thoroughly to have a long quarrel don't we oh yes lady Lufton of course we do friends are not to be picked up on the roadside every day nor are they to be thrown away lightly and now sit down my love and let us have a little talk there I must take my bonnet off you've pulled the strings that you have almost choked me indeed he laughed and deposited her bonnet on the table and seated herself comfortably in the corner of the sofa My dear she said there is no duty which any woman owes to any other human being at all equal to that but she urged her husband and therefore you were quite right to stand up for mr. robots this morning upon this mrs. robots said nothing but she got a hand within that of our ladyship and gave it a slight squeeze and I loved you for what you were doing all the time I did my dear there he were a little fierce you know even just in Europe it's that and she has been at me ever since she went away and Dee I did not know that it was in you to look in that way out of those pretty eyes of yours Oh lady Lofton but I look fierce enough to myself I dare say so but say nothing more about that will me but now about this good man of yours dear lady Lofton you must forgive him well as you asked me I will well had nothing more said about that you either now or when he comes back not a word let me see he's to be back when is it Wednesday week I think no a Wednesday well tell him to come and dine up at the house on Wednesday he'll be in time I suppose and there shall be a word said about this horrid Duke I'm so much obliged to you lady Lofton but look here my dear believe me he's better off without such friends oh I know he is much better off what I'm glad you admit that for I thought you seemed to be in favor of the Duke oh no lady Lofton that's right then and now if you'll take my advice you'll use your influence as a good dear sweet wife as you are to prevent his going there anymore I'm an old woman and he is a young man and it's very natural that he should think me behind the times I'm not angry at that but he'll find that it's better for him better for him in every way to stick to his old friends it will be better for his peace of mind better for his character as a clergyman better for his pocket better for his children and for you and better for his eternal welfare the Duke is not such a companion as he should seek nor if he is sought should he allow himself to be led away and then lady Lofton ceased Fanny robots kneeling at her feet sobbed with her face hidden on her friend's knees she had not a word now to say as to her husband's capability of judging for himself and now I must be going again but just Elia has made me promise promise mind you most solemnly that I would have you back to dinner tonight by force if necessary you see any way I could make my peace with her say you must don't leave me in the lurch of course Fanny said that she would go and dine at Family Court and you must not send that letter by any means said her ladyship as she was seated in the room taking with her umbrella at the Epistle which lay directed on mysteries robots desk I can understand very well what it contains you must alter it all together My dear and then lady laughed and went mrs. robots instantly rushed to her desk and tore upon her letter she looked at her watch and he was passed for she had hardly begun another when the placement came o Mary she said to make him wait if you wake a quarter an hour I'll give him a shilling or the no need of that mom let him have a glass of beer very well Mary but but don't give it too much for fear he should drop the letters about our be ready in ten minutes and in five minutes she has crawled a very different sort of letter but he might want the money immediately said she would not delayed for a day end of chapter 5 recording by Simon Devas chapter 6 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 Evers from the parsonage by Anthony Trollope chapter 6 mr. harold smith's lecture on the whole the party at chaordic Oates was very pleasant and the time passed away quickly enough mr. robot sees chief friend they're independently mr. sabe was miss Dunstable who seemed to take a great fancy to him whereas she was not very accessible to the blandishments of mr. supple house nor more specially courteous even to her host than good man is required of her but then mr. Supper father mister sabe were both bachelors while mark robots was a married man with mr. sabe robots had more than one communication respecting lord Lufton and his affairs which he would willingly have avoided had it been possible sabe was one of those men who are always mixing up business with pleasure and who have usually some scheme in their mind which requires forwarding when of this class have as a rule no daily work no regular routine of labor but it may be doubted whether they do not toil much more incessantly than those who have often is sued dilatory mr. sabe said why did he not arrange this at once when he promised it and then he is so afraid of that old woman and fram'd at court well my dear fellow say what she will she's an old woman and she'll never be younger but do write to Lofton and tell him that this delay is inconvenient to me he'll do anything for you I know mark said that he would write and indeed did do so but he did not have first like the tone of the conversation into which she was dragged it was very painful to him to hear lady laughed and called an old woman and hardly less so to discuss the propriety of lord lufton's parting with his property this was perks to him till habit made it easy but by degrees his feelings became less acute and he accustoms himself to his friend Saab is mode of talking and then on Saturday afternoon they all went over to bar Chester Harold Smith joined the last 48 hours had become cramped to overflowing with sarawak Labuan New Guinea and the Solomon Islands as is the case with all men laboring under temporary specialities he for the time had faith in nothing else and was not content that anyone near him should have any other faith they called him by count Papua and Baron Borneo and his wife who headed the joke against him insisted on having her title miss danceable swore that she would wear none other brothers South Sea Islander and to mark was offered the income and duties of Bishop of spices nor did the proud his family set themselves against these little sarcastic quips with any overwhelming severity it is sweet to unbend oneself at the proper opportunity and this was the proper opportunity for mrs. proud ease unbending a mortal can be seriously wise at all hours and in these happy hours – that usually wise mortal the bishop lay aside for a while is serious wisdom we think of dining at five tomorrow my lady papua said the facetious bishop will that suit his lordship at the affairs of state he and the good prelate laughed of the fun how pleasantly young men and women of fifty or thereabouts can joke and flirt and polka their fun about laughing and holding their sides dealing in little innuendos and rejoicing in nicknames when they have no mentors of twenty five or thirty near them to keep them in order the vigor of family might perhaps have been regarded as such a mentor were it not for that capability of adapting himself to the company immediately around him on which he said much piqued himself he therefore also taught to my lady Papua and was Jacko's about the Baron not altogether to their satisfaction of mr. Harold Smith himself for mr. Harold Smith was in earnest and did not quite rich these two kunti's he had an idea that he could in about three months talk the British world it's a civilizing news Guinea and that the world of Barsad sure will be made to go with him by one night's efforts he did not understand why others should be less serious and was inclined to resent a somewhat stiffly the amenities of our friend mark we must not keep the Baron waiting said Mark as they were preparing to start for Barchester I did not what you mean by the Baron sir said Harold Smith for perhaps that joke will be against you when you are getting up into your pulpit tomorrow and setting the Hat round among the clodhoppers of chill ducotes those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones a baron said miss touchable mr. robots his sermon will be too near akin to your lecture to allow of his laughing if we can do nothing towards instruct in the outer world that it's done by the Parsons said Harold Smith the outer world will have to wait a long time I fear nobody could do anything of that kind short of a Member of Parliament and it would be Minister whispered mrs. Harold and so they were all very pleasant together in spite of a little fencing with edged tools and a three o'clock the court age of carriages started for Barchester that of the bishop of course leading the way his lordship Powell was not in it miss prowdy I'm sure to let me go with you said miss Dunstable at the last moment as she came down the big stone steps I want to hear the rest of that story about mr. slope now this upset everything the bishop was to have gone with his wife mrs. Smith and Mark robots a mr. sabi had sir range matters that he could have accompanied miss Dunstable in his fightin but no one ever dreamed of deny miss Dunstable anything of course Mark gave way but it ended in the bishop declaring that he had no special predilection for his own carriage which he did in compliance with a glance from his wife's eye the other changes of course followed and at last mrs. hobby and Harold Smith were the joint occupants of the fightin the poor lecturer as he seated himself made some remark such as those he be making for the last two days four out of a fool heart the mouth speaketh but he spoke to an impatient listener damn that South Sea Islanders said mister sabe you'll have it all your own way in a few minutes like a bull in a china shop but for heaven's sake let's have a little peace till that time comes it appeared the Mississauga's little plan of having myths danceable his companion was not quite insignificant and indeed he may be said that but few of his little plans were so at the present moment he flung himself back in the carriage and prepared for sleep he could further no plan of his by a tete-a-tete conversation with his brother-in-law and then mrs. pride he began her story about mr. slope or rather recommenced it she was very fond of talking about this gentleman who once been her pet champion but was now her bitterest foe and in telling the story she had sometimes to whisper to miss danceable for the one or two Fife idle anecdotes about a married lady not altogether fit for young mr. robots his ears but mrs. Harold Smith insisted on having them out loud and Miss danceable would gratify that lady in spite of mrs. pride his wings what kissing her hand and he a clergyman said miss danceable I did not think they ever did such things but to robots and still waters run deep esteem mrs. Harold Smith harsh looked rather than spoke mrs. prowdy the grief of spirit which that bad man calls me nearly broke my heart and all the while you know he was courting and then mrs. Friday whispered a name what the Dean's wife shouted miss Dunstable in a voice which made the coachman of the next carriage give a chuck to his horses as he overheard her the heart deacons sister-in-law screamed mrs. Harold Smith what might he not have attempt next said miss danceable she wasn't the Dean's wife then you know said mrs. Bradley explaining well you're a gay sit in the chapter I must say said miss ton small you ought to make one of them in Barchester mr. brave arts any perhaps mrs. robots might not like it said mrs. Harold Smith and then the scheme's which he tried on with the bishop said mrs. pride eh it's all fair in love and war you know said Miss Dunstable but he little knew whom he had to deal with when he began that said mrs. Friday the bishop was too many for him suggested mrs. Harold Smith very maliciously if the bishop was not somebody else was and he was obliged to leave Barchester in utter disgraced he has since married the wife of some Tanner Chandler the wife say miss Dunstable what a man Widow I mean it's all one to him the gentleman was clearly born when Venus was in the ascendant said mrs. Smith you clergymen usually are I believe mr. robots so that mrs. pride his carriage was by no means the dullest as they drove into purchased of that day and by degrees our friend Mark became accustomed to his companions and before they reached the palace he acknowledged to himself that Miss danceable was very good fun we cannot linger over the Bishop's dinner though it was very good of its kind and as mr. sabe contrived to sit next to Miss Dunstable thereby overturning a little scheme made by mr. Saba house he again shown forth in unclouded good humor but mr. Harold Smith became impatient immediately on the way the drawer of the cloth the lecture was to begin at 7:00 and according to his watch that our had already come he declared that sabe and supply house were endeavoring to delay matters in order that the bar chest Ariens might become vexed and impatient and so the bishop was not allowed to exercise his hospitality in true Episcopal fashion you forget sorry said supply house that the world here of the last fortnight has been looking for – nothing else the world should be gratified at once said mrs. Harold obeying a little nod from mrs. proudiy come my dear and she took hold of Miss Dunstable zarm don't let us keep Barchester waiting we shall be ready in a quarter of an hour shall be not misses Friday and so they sailed off and we shall have time for one loss of claret said the bishop there that's seven by the Cathedral said Harold Smith jumping up from his chair as he heard the clock if the people have come it would not be right in me to keep them waiting and I shall go just one loss of current mrs. Smith who will be off said the bishop those women will keep me in our said Harold filling his glass and drinking it standing they do it on purpose he was thinking of his wife but it seemed to the bishop as though his guests were actually speaking of mrs. prowdy it was rather late when they all found themselves in the big room of the Mechanics Institute but I do not know whether this on the whole did them any harm most of mr. Smith's hearers excepting the party from the palace were Barchester tradesmen with their wives and families and they waited not impatiently for the big people and then the lecture was gratis a fact which is always borne in mind by an Englishman when he comes to reckon up and calculates the way in which he is treated when he pays his money then he takes his choice he may be impatient or not as he likes his sense of justice teaches him so much and in accordance with that sense he usually acts so the people on the benches rose graciously when the parish's party entered the room seats for them had been kept in the front there were three armchairs which were filled after some little hesitation by the bishop mrs. Priory and Miss Dunstable mrs. Smith positively declining to take one of them though as she mitad her rank as lady papua of the islands to give her some claim and this remark as it was made quite out loud reach mr. Smith's ears as he stood behind a little table on a small raised air holding his white kid gloves and it annoyed him and rather put him out he did not like that joke about lady Papua and then the others of the party sat upon a front bench covered with red cloth which I find this very hard and very narrow about the second ah said mr. sabi mr. Smith on his desig a never heard the words and dashed his gloves down to the table he felt that all the room would hear it and there were one or two gentlemen on the second seat who shook hands with some of their party there was mr. thorn of allah thorn a good-natured old bachelor whose residence was near enough to Barchester to a laugh his coming in without much personal inconvenience and next to him was mr. Harding an old clergyman of the chapter with whom mrs. pride he shook hands uh very graciously making way for him to seat himself placed behind her if he would so pleased but mr. Harding did not sir please having paid his respects to the bishop he returned quietly to the side of his old friend mr. thorn thereby angering mrs. pride he has might easily be seen by her face and mr. Chadwick who also was there the Episcopal man of business for the diocese but he also adhered to the two gentlemen above named and now that the bishop of the ladies had taken their places mr. Harold Smith re lifted his loves and again laid them down hummed three times distinctly and then began it was he said the most peculiar characteristic of the present era in the British islands that those who are high placed before the world in rank wealth and education willing to come forward and give their time and knowledge without fee or reward for the advantage and amelioration of those who did not stand so high in the social scale and then he paused for a moment during which mrs. Smith remarked to miss danceable that that went pretty well for a beginning miss danceable replied that as for herself she felt very grateful to rank her wealth and education mr. sabi winked to mr. subbhu house who opened his eyes very wide and shrugged his shoulders but the largest Aryans took it all in good part and gave the lecture the applause of their hands and feet and then well-pleased he recommenced I do not make these remarks with reference to myself I hope he's not going to be modest said miss danceable it will be quite new if he is reply mrs. Smith so much as too many noble and talented Lords and members of the lower house who have lightly from time to time devoted themselves to this good work and then he went through a long list of peers and members of parliament beginning of course with Lord burn areas and ending with mr. green Walker a young gentleman who had lately been returned by his uncle's interest for the borough of Crewe Junction and it immediately made his entrance into public life by giving a lecture on the grammarians of the Latin language has exemplified at Eton school on the present occasion mr. Smith continued our object is to learn something as to those grand and magnificent islands which live far away beyond the Indies in the Southern Ocean the lands of which produce rich spices and glorious fruits and whose seas I embedded with pearls and corals a pure and the Philippines Borneo and the Moluccas my friends you are familiar with your maps and you know the track which the Equator makes for itself through these distant oceans and then many heads were turned down and there was a rustle of leaves for not a few of those who stood not so high in the social scale have brought their maps with them and refreshed their memories as to the whereabouts of these wondrous islands and then mr. Smith also with a map in his hand and pointing occasionally to another large map which hung against the wall went into the geography of the matter we might have found that out from our atlases I think without coming all the way to Barchester said that unsimplified helpmate mrs. Herald very cruelly as did logically to for the be so many things which we could find out ourselves by search but which we never do find out unless they be specially told us and why should not the latitude and longitude of be one or rather two of these things and then when you Judy marked the path of the line through Borneo's levees and geo Lolo through the Mikasa straight to the Malacca Passage mr. Harrell Smith rose to a higher flight but what said he avails all that God can give to man unless man will open his hand to receive the gift and what is this opening of the hand but the process of civilization yes my friends the process of civilization these South Sea Islanders have all that a kind Providence can bestow on them but that all is nothing without education that education and that civilization it is for you to bestow upon them yes my friends for you for you citizens of Barchester as you are and then he paused again in order that the feet and hands might go to work the feet and hands did go to work join which mr. Smith took a slight drink of water he was now quite in his element and had got into the proper way of punching the table with his fists a few words dropping for mr. Saab it did none again find their way to his ears but the sound of his own voice had brought with it the accustomed charm and here an arm from platitude to truism and from truism back to platitude with an eloquence that was charming to himself civilization he exclaimed lifting up his eyes and hands to the ceiling Oh civilization there will not be a chance for us now for the next hour and a half said mr. sample house graining Arif Smith cast one eye down at him but it immediately flew back to the ceiling Oh civilization vow that in noblest mankind mixed him equal to the gods what is like unto thee here mrs. pride assured evident signs of disapprobation which no doubt would have been shared by the bishop had not that worthy planet been asleep but mr. Smith continued unobserved or at any rate regardless what is like unto thee thou art the irrigating Stream which makes fertile the parent plane till thou comest all his dark and dreary but at the advent the noontide sun shines out the earth gives forth her increase the deep bowels of the rocks render up their tribute forms which were dull and hideous become endowed with grace and beauty and vegetable existence rises to the scale of celestial life then to genius appears clad in a panoply of translucent armor grasping in his hand the whole terrestrial surface and making every root of earth subservient to his purposes genius the child of civilization the mother of the arts this last little bit taken from the pedigree of progress had a great success and all Barchester went to work with its hands and feet all Barchester except that ill-natured aristocratic front-row together with the three armchairs of the corner on it the aristocratic front-row felt itself to be too intimate with civilization to care much about it and the three armchairs or rather that special one which contained mrs. pride he considered that there was a certain heathen this a pagan sentimentality almost amounting to infidelity contained in the lecturers remarks with which she a pillar of the church could not put up citas as she was now in public Conclave it is to civilization that we must look continued mr. Harold Smith descending from poetry to prose as a lecturer well knows how and thereby showing the value of both for any material progress in these islands and Andrew Christianity Charlie mrs. Friday to the great amazement of the assembled people and to the thorough wakening of the bishop who jumping up at his chair the sound of the well-known voice exclaimed certainly certainly VII are said those on the benches who particularly belong to mrs. proudest school of divinity in the city and among the voices was distinctly heard that of a new virgin in whose behalf she had greatly interested herself oh yes Christianity of course said Harold Smith upon whom the interruption did not seem to operate favorably Christianity and Sabbath Day observance exclaimed is his pride a who neither chipped obtained the ear of the public seemed one inclined to keep it let us never forget that these islanders can never prosper unless they keep the Sabbath holy poor mr. Smith have you been so rudely dragged from his high horse was never able to mount it again and completed the lecture and a manner not at all comfortable to himself he had there on the tail before him a huge bundle of statistics with which he had meant to convince the reason of his hearers after he had taken full possession of their feelings but they fell very dull and flat and at the moment when he was interrupted he was about to explain that that material progress to which he had alluded could not be obtained without money and that it behaved them the people of Bart sister before him to come forward with their purses like men and brothers he did also attempt this but from the moment of that fatal onslaught from the armchair it was clear to him and to everyone else the mrs. proud he was neither hero of the hour his time had gone by and the people of Barchester did not care a straw of his appeal from these causes that lecture was over full twenty minutes earlier than anyone had expected to the great delight of mrs. sabi and szabla house who on that evening moved and carried a vote of thanks to mrs. Friday before they had gay doings yet before they went to their beds robots here one moment mr. sabi said as they were standing at the door the mechanics institute don't you go off with mr. and mrs. Bishop we're going to have a little supper the dragon of Wantley and after what we have gone through for my word we want it you can tell one of the palace servants let you in mark consider the proposal wistfully he would fain have joined the supper party had he dared but he like many others of this cloth had the fear of mrs. Prodi before his eyes and have any many supper they had but poor mr. Harold Smith was not the merriest of the party end of chapter 6 recording by Simon Devas chapter 7 / framily 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 Evers family parsonage by Anthony Trollope chapter 7 Sunday morning it was perhaps quite as well on the whole for mark robots that he did not go to that summer party it was 11 o'clock before they sat down and nearly two before the gentlemen were in bed it must be remembered that he had to preach on the coming Sunday morning a charity sermon on behalf of a mission to mr. harold smith's islanders and to tell the truth it was a task which he had now had very little inclination when first invited to do this he had regarded the task as seriously enough as he always did regard such work and he completed his sermon for the occasion before he left firmly but since that an air of ridicule had been thrown over the whole affair in which he had joined without much thinking of his own sermon and this made him now heartily wished that he could choose a discourse upon any other subject he knew well that the very points on which he had most insisted were those which had drawn most mirth from miss Dunstable than mrs. Smith and had often aspra vote his own laughter and how was he now to preach on those matters in a fitting mood knowing as he would know that those two ladies would be looking at him would endeavour to catch his eye and would term into ridicule as I had already turned the lecturer in this he did injustice to one of the ladies unconsciously miss Dunstable with all her aptitude for mirth and we may almost a fair to say for frolic was in no way inclined to ridicule religion or anything which she thought to a pertain to it it may be presumed that among such things she did not include mrs. Prodi as she was willing enough to laugh at that lady but Mark had he known her better might have been sure that she would have sat out his sermon with perfect propriety as it was however he did feel considerable uneasiness and in the morning he got up early with the view of seeing what might be done in the way of emendation he cut out those parts which referred most specially to the islands he rejected altogether those names over which they had all laughed together so harshly and he inserted a string of general remarks very useful no doubt which he flattered himself would rob his sermon of all similarity to Harold Smith's lecture he had perhaps hoped to when writing it to create some little sensation but now he would be quite satisfied if it passed without remark but his troubles for that Sunday were destined to be many it had been arranged that the party at the hotel should breakfast at 8:00 and start at half past eight punctually so as to enable them to reach shorter coats in ample time to arrange their dresses before they went to church the church stood in the grounds close to that long formal avenue of lime trees but within the front gates their walk therefore after reaching mr. Saur b's house would not be long mrs. prowdy who was his self an early body would not hear of her guests and he at Lerman gang out to the inn for his breakfast on a Sunday morning and it's regarded that Sabbath day journey to chore decodes to that she had given her assent no doubt with much uneasiness of mind but at them have as little desecration as possible it was therefore an understood thing that he was to return with his friends but he should not go without the advantage of family prayers and family breakfast and so mrs. proudiy on retiring to rest gave the necessary orders to the great annoyance of our household to the great annoyance of east of her servants the bishop himself did not make his appearance to a much later he and all things now supported his wife's rule in all things now I say before there had been a moment when in the first flush and pride of his Episcopacy other ideas had filled his mind now however he gave no opposition to that good wound with whom Providence had blessed him and in return for such conduct that good woman administered in all things to his little personal comforts with what surprised at the bishop now look back upon that unholy war which he once been tempted to wage against the wife of his bosom nor did any of the Miss pratices show themselves of that early hour there perhaps were absent on a different ground with their missus proud he had not been so successful as with the bishop they had wills of their own which became stronger and stronger every day of the three with whom is his pride he was blessed one was already in a position to exercise that will in a legitimate way however a very excellent young clergyman in the diocese the Reverend Optimus gray but the other two having is yet to know such opening for their powers of command were perhaps a little too much inclined to keep themselves in practice at home but at half-past seven punch li missus proud he was there and so was the domestic chaplain service mr. robots and so were the household servants poor excepting one lazy recreant where his traumas said she of the argus eyes standing up with her book of family prayers in her hand so please imam thomas me bad with a toothache toothache exclaims his pride eh but our eyes said more terrible things than that let Thomas come to me before church and then they proceeded to prayers these were read by the chaplain as it was proper and decent as they should be but I cannot but think that mrs. Priory and it exceeded her office in taking it upon herself to pronounce the blessing when the prayers were over she did it however in a clear sonorous voice and perhaps with more personal dignity than was within the chaplains compass mrs. party was rather stirred at breakfast and the vigor of fram Nathan unaccountable desire to get out of the house in the first place she was not dressed with our usual punctilious attention to the proprieties of her high situation it was evident that there was to be a further toilet before she sailed up the middle of the Cathedral Choir she had on a large loose cap with no other strings than those which were wanted for tying it beneath her chin a cap with which the household and the chaplain were well acquainted but which seemed ungracious in the eyes of mr. robots after all the well-dressed holiday doings of the last week she wore also a large loose dark-colored wrapper which came well up around her neck and when she was not point out as were her dresses in general with an under mechanism of petticoats it clung to her closely and added to the inflexibility of her general appearance and then she had encased her feet in large carpet slippers which no doubt were comfortable which which struck her visitor as being strange and unsightly do you find a difficulty in getting your people together for early morning prayers she said and she commenced her operations with the teapot I can't say that I do said Marc but then we are seldom so early as this parish clergyman should be early I think said she it sets a good example in the village I am thinking of having morning prayers in the church said mr. robots that's nonsense said mrs. prowdy and usually means worse than nonsense I know what that comes to if you have three services on Sunday and domestic prayers term you do very well and say saying she handed him his cup but I have not three services on Sunday mrs. prowdy then I think you should have where can the poor people be so well off on Sundays as in church the bishop intends to express a very strong opinion on this subject in his next charge and then I'm sure you will attend to his wishes to this mark made no answer but devoted himself to his egg I suppose you have not a very large establishment of lammle asked mrs. Purdy what are the parsonage yes you live at the parsonage don't you but certainly well well not very large mrs. party just enough to do the work make things comfortable and look after the children it is a very fine living said she very fine I don't remember that we have anything so good ourselves except it be plump stood the archdeacon's place he has managed to butter his bread pretty well his father was Bishop of Rochester oh yes I know all about him only for that he would barely have risen to be an Archdeacon I suspect let me see yours is 800 pounds is it not mr. robots and you such a young man I suppose you've ensured your life highly pretty well mrs. Brodie and then to your wife had some little fortune had she not we cannot all fall on our feet like that can we mr. white and mrs. proudiy in her playful way appealed to the Chaplin mrs. pride he was an imperious woman but then so also was lady Lofton and it may therefore be said that mr. robots ought to have been accustomed to feminine domination but as he sat there munching his toast he could not but make a comparison between the two lady Lofton in her little attempts sometimes angered him but he certainly thought comparing the lay lady and the clerical together that the rule of the former was the lighter and the pleasanter but then lady Lofton had given him a living and a wife and mrs. pride he had given him nothing Ameche now after breakfast mr. robots escaped truth to the dragon of Wantley partly because he'd had enough of the matutinal mrs. Friday and partly also in order that he might hurry his friends there he was already becoming fidgety about the time as mr. Harold Smith had been on the preceding evening and he did not give mrs. Smith credit for much punctuality when he arrived at the inn he asked if they're done breakfast and was immediately told that not one of them was yet down it was already half past eight and they ought to be now under way on the road he meted he went to mr. Saba's room and found that gentleman shaving himself don't be a bit uneasy mr. sabe you and Smith shall have my fightin and those horses will take you there nah not however but what we should all be in time we'll send round to the whole party and edit them out and then mr. sabe having a vote manifold aid with various peals of the Bell sent messengers male and female flying to all the different rooms I think I'll Hara gay can go over at once said mark it would not do for me to be late you know it won't do for any of us to be late and it's all nonsense about hiring a gig it could be just throwing a sovereign away and we should pass you on the road go down and see that the tea is made and all that and make them have the bill ready and robots you may pay it to of you like it but I believe he may as well leave that to bear him Borneo hey hey and their mark did go down and make the tea and he did order the bill and then he walked about the room looking at his watch and nervously waiting for the footsteps of his friends and as he was so employed he bethought himself whether it was fit that he should be so doing on a Sunday morning whether it was good that he should be waiting here in painful anxiety to gallop over a dozen miles in order that he might not be too late with his sermon whether his own snug room at home with fanny opposite him and his bands crawling on the floor with his own preparations for his own quiet service and the warm pressure of Lady lufton's hand when that service should be over was not better than all this he could not afford not to know Harold Smith and mr. sabi and the Duke of omnium he had said to himself he had to look to rise in the world as other men did but what pleasure had come to him as yet from these intimacies how much had he hitherto done towards his rising to speak the truth he was not ever well pleased with himself as he made mrs. Harold Smith's tea and ordered mr. Saar B's mutton chops on that Sunday morning at a little after 9:00 they all assembled but even then he could not make the ladies understand that there was any cause for hurry at least mrs. Smith who was the leader of the party would not understand it when Mark again talked of hiring a gig miss danceable indeed that she would join him and seemed to be so far earnest in the matter the mr. sabe hurried through his second egg in order prevent such a catastrophe and their mark absolutely did order the gig whereupon mrs. Smith remark then such case she need not hurry herself but the waiter brought up were that all the horses of the hotel were out excepting one pair neither which could go in single harness indeed half of their stable establishment was already secured by mr. sob his own party then let me have the pair said Marc almost frantic with delay Hey nonsense robots we're ready now we won't want them James come supple house have you done then I am to hurry myself am I said mrs. Harold Smith what changeable creatures you men are may I be allowed half a cup more tea mr. robots mark who was now really angry turned away to the window there was new charity and these people he said to himself they knew the nature of his distress and if they only laughed at him he did not perhaps reflect that he had assisted in the joke against Harold Smith on the previous evening James said he turning to the waiter let me have that pair of horses immediately if you please yes sir round in fifteen minutes sir only Ned sir the post boy sir I fear he said his breakfast sir but we'll have him here in less than no time sir but before Ned and the pair were there mrs. Smith had absolutely got her bonnet on and at ten they started mark did not share the Phaeton with Harold Smith but the Phaeton did not get any faster than the other carriages they led the way indeed but that was all and when the Vickers watch told him that it was eleven there was still a mile from Chawda coats gates although the horses were a lather of steam and there Denny just entered the village when the church bells ceased to be heard come you are in time after all said Harold Smith better time that I was last night robot could not explain to him that the entry of a clergyman to church of a clergyman who's going to assist in the service should not be made at the last it and it should be stayed and decorous and not done in scrambling haste with running feet and scant breath our suppose we'll stop here sir said the pasta lien and he pulled up his horses short at the church door in the midst of the people who were congregated together ready for the service but mark had not anticipated being so late and said at first that it was necessary that he should go on to the house then when the horses of the game began to move he remembered that he could send for his gown and as he got out of the carriage he gave his orders accordingly and now the other two carriages were there and so there was a noise and confusion of the door very unseemly as Mark felt it and the gentleman spoke in loud voices and mrs. Harold Smith declared that she had no prayer book and was much too tired to go in at present she would go home and rest herself she said and two other ladies of the party did so also leaving miss Dunstable to go alone for which her but she did not care one button and then one of the party who had a nasty habit of swearing cursed at something as he walked in close to Mark's elbow and so they made their way up the church as the absolution was being read a mark robots felt thoroughly ashamed of himself if his rising in the world bought him in contact with such as these would it not be better for him that he should do without rising his sermon went off without any special notice mrs. Harold Smith was not there much to his satisfaction and the others who were did not seem to pay any special attention to it the subject had lost its novelty except with the ordinary church congregation the farmers and laborers of the parish and the quality in the squaws great pew were content to show the sympathy by a moderate subscription miss dancer Balarama gave a ten pound note which swelled up the sum total to a respectable amount for such a place as Geordie coats and now I hope I may never hear another word about New Guinea said mr. sabi as they'll clustered round the drawing-room far off the church that subject may be regarded had it been killed and buried there Harold suddenly murdered last night at mrs. about that awful woman mrs. proudiy I wonder you did not make a dash at her and pulled her out of the armchair it's a missed ansible I was expecting it and thought that I should come to grief in the scrimmage I never knew a lady do such a brazen-faced thing before said Miss karegi a traveling friend of Miss tangibles know what I never in a public place – said dr. Eastman a medical gentleman who also often accompanied her it's for brass said Mr sample Hoss she would never stop at anything for want of that it is well that she has enough for the poor Bishop his but badly provided I hardly heard what it was she did say said mrs. Terrell Smith so I could not answer you know something about Sunday's I believe she hoped he would not put the South Sea Islanders up to Sabbath traveling said mr. Sami and specially beg that she would establish lord's day schools said mrs. Smith and they all went to work and picked mrs. prouder to pieces from the top ribbon of her cap down to the sole of her slipper and then she expects the poor parcels to fall in love with her daughters that's the hardest thing of all said miss danceable but on the whole when I Vic I went to bed he did not feel that he had spent a profitable Sunday end of chapter 7 recording by Simon Evers chapter 8 of a family parsonage this is the librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org recording by simon Evers family parsonage by Anthony Trollope chapter eight gatherin castle on the tuesday morning mark did receive his wife's letter and to the ten pound note whereby a strong proof was given of the honesty of the post office people in Basset sure that letter written as it had been in a hurry while Robin poster boy was drinking a single mug of beer well what of it if it was heart filled as a time was nevertheless eloquent of his wife's love and of her great triumph I have only half a moment to send you the money she said for the postman and is here waiting when I see you and I'll explain why I am so hurried let me know that you get it safe it is all right now and lady love Thomas here not a minute ago she did not quite like it about gatherin Castle I mean but you'll hear nothing about it only remember that you must dine at Family Court on Wednesday week I have promised of you you will won't you dearest I shall come and fetch you away if you attempt to stay longer than you have said but I'm sure you weren't god bless you my own one mr. Jones gave us the same sermon he preached the second Sunday after Easter twice in the same year is too often God bless you the children are quite well mark sends a big kiss your own f robot says he read this letter and crumpled the note up into his pocket felt that it was much more satisfactory than he deserved he knew that there must have been a fight and that his wife fighting loyally on his behalf had got the best of it and he knew also that her victory had not been owing to the goodness of her cause he frequently declared him to himself that he would not be afraid of lady Lufton but nevertheless these tidings that no risk prone to be made to him afforded him great relief on the following friday they all went to the dukes and found that the bishop and mrs. prowdy were there before them as were also sundry other people mostly of son note either in the estimation of the world at large or of that of West pasture Lord burner geese was there an old man who would have had his own way in everything and he was regarded by all men apparently even by the Duke himself as an intellectual king by no means of the constitutional kind as an intellectual Emperor rather who took upon himself to rule all questions of mind without the assistance of any ministers whatever and Baron ball was of the party one of her Majesty's prisoner judges as jovial er guest has ever entered a country house but given to be rather sharp with all in his chair and there was mr. green Walker a young but rising man the same who lectured not long since on a popular subject to his constituents of the crew Junction mr. green Walker was a nephew of the Marchioness of Harshal top and the Marchioness of hearty top was a friend of the Duke of omniums mr. mark robots were certainly elated when he ascertained who composed to the company of which he had been so earnestly pressed to make a portion would it have been wise in him to forego this on account of the prejudices of lady Lofton as the gifts were so many and so great the huge front portals of Catherine castle were thrown open and the vast hall adorned with trophies with marble busts from Italy and armor from Wardle Street was thronged with gentlemen and ladies and gave forth unwanted echoes to many a footstep His grace himself when Mark arrived there with Serbia miss Dunstable for this instance miss Dunstable did a truffle in the Phaeton while mark occupied a seat in the Dicky His grace himself was at this moment in the drawing-room and nothing could exceed his urbanity he'll miss Dunstable he said taking that lady by the hand and leading her up to the far now I feel for the first time that gathering castle has not been built for nothing nobody ever supposed it was your grace said Miss danceable I'm sure the architect did not think so when his bill was paid miss Dunstable put her toes up on the fender to warm them with as much self possession as though her father had been a Duke also instead of a quack doctor we have given the strictest orders about the parrot said the Duke ah but I have not brought him after all said Miss Dunstable and I have had an Avery built on purpose just such as parrots are used to in their own country well miss Dodds but I do call that unkind is it too late to send for him he and dr. easy manner travelling together the truth was I could not rob the doctor of his companion why I've had another Avery built for him I declare mr. small the honour you are doing MS Shaun of half its glory but the poodle still crossed in the poodle and your grace is trust shall not in that respect to be in vain where is he I wonder miss Dodson will look around as though she expected that someone would certainly have brought her dog in after her I declare I must go and look for him how do you think if they were to put him among your Grace's dogs how his moles will be destroyed Miss Dunstable is that in tempted to be personal but the lady had turned away from the farm the Duke wasn't able to welcome his other guests this he did with much courtesy sabe he said I'm glad to find that you've survived the lecture I can assure you I had fears for you I was brought back to life after considerable delay by the administration of tonics of the dragon of Wantley would your grace allow me to present to you mr. robots who on that occasion was not so fortunate it was found necessary to carry him off to the palace where he was obliged to undergo very vigorous treatment and then the Duke we shook hands was mr. robots assuring him he was most happy to make his acquaintance he'd often heard of him since he came to the county and then he asked off the Lord often regretting that he been unable to induce his lordship to come together on Castle but you had a dive version of the lecture I am told continued the Duke there was a second performer was there not who almost eclipsed – poor Harold Smith and there mr. sabi gave an amusing sketch of the little proudiy episode it has of course ruined your brother-in-law forever as a lecturer said the Duke laughing if say we shall feel ourselves under the deepest obligations to mrs. proud a said mr. sabi and then Harold Smith himself came up and received the Dukes sincere and hearty congratulations on the success of his enterprise of Barchester Marc robots had now turned away and his attention was suddenly arrested by the loud voice of Miss Dunstable who had stumbled across some very dear friends in her passage through the rooms and who by no means hid from the public had delight upon the occasion well well well she exclaimed and then she seized upon a very quiet looking well-dressed attractive young woman who was walking towards her in company with a gentleman the gentleman and lady as it turned out were husband and wife well well well I hardly hoped for this and then she took hold of the lady and kissed her enthusiastically and after that grasped both the gentleman's hands shaking them slightly and what a deal I shall have to say to you she went on you will upset all my other plans but marry my dear how long are you going to stay here I go let me see I forget when but he's all put down in a book upstairs but the next stage is that mrs. pride is I shan't meet you there I suppose and now Frank how's the governor the gentleman called Frank declared that the governor was alright mad about the hounds of course you know well my dear that's better than the hounds be mad about him like the poor gentleman they put into a statue but talking of hounds Frank how bad did they manage their foxes at Charlie Coates I was out hunting all one day you weren't hunting so the lady called Mary and why shouldn't I go out hunting I'll tell you what mrs. pride he was out hunting too but they didn't catch a single Fox and if you must have the truth it seemed to me to be rather slow you in the wrong division of the county said the gentleman called Frank of course I was but I really want to practice hunting I'll go to Gresham spray what a doubt about that OtterBox on hill said the lady you'll find quite as much zeal there is a digression spray and more discretion you should add said the gentleman ha ha laughed miss danceable your discretion indeed but you have not told me a word about Lady Annabella yeah my mother is quite well to the gentleman and the doctor by-the-bye My dear I've had such a letter from the doctor any two days ago are sure to you're upstairs tomorrow but mind it must be a positive secret if he goes on in this way you'll get himself to the tar or Coventry or a blue book or some dreadful place why what has he said never you mind master Frank I don't be to show you the letter you may be sure of that but if your wife will swear three times on a poker and tongs that she won't reveal I'll show it to her and so you're quite settle the box will Hill are you Frank's horses are settled and the dogs nearly sir said Frank's wife but I can't boast much of anything else yet well there's a good time coming I must go and change my things now but Mary mind you get near me this evening I have such a deal to say to you and miss Dunstable marched out of the room authors have been said in so loud a voice that it was as a matter of course overheard by mark robots that part of the conversation of course I mean which had come from Miss Dunstable and then mark learned this was young Frank Gresham of boxful Hill son of old mr. Gresham of Gresham spree Frank had lately married a great heiress a greater heiress men said even the miss constable and as the marriage was hardly as yet more than six months old the bar searcher world was still full of it the two areas he seemed to be very loving dead they said mr. sample house birds of a feather flock together you know but they did say some little time ago that young Gresham was to have married miss Dunstable herself huh miss Dunstable why she might almost be his mother said mark that makes but little difference he was obliged to marry money and I believe there is no doubt that he did at one time proposed to miss Dunstable I've had a letter from Laughton mr. sabe said to him the next morning he declares that the delay was all your fault you oughta have told Lady loved him before you did anything and he was waiting to write about it to be heard from you it seems that you never said a word to her ladyship on the subject I I never did certainly my commission from Lufton was to break them at a time when I found her in a proper humour for receiving it if you knew Lady Lufton as well as I do you would know that it is not every day that she would be in a humour for such tidings and sir I was to be kept waiting indefinitely because you two between you were afraid of an old woman however I'm not a word to say against her and the matter is settled now has the farm been sold no not a bit of it the Dodger could not bring her mind to suffer such profanation for the loft and acres and says she sold five thousand pounds out of the funds and sent the money to loft him as a present sent you to him without saying a word and only hoping that it would suffice for his wants I wish I had a mother you know mark found it impossible at the moment to make any remark upon what had been told him but he felt a sudden qualm of conscience and a wish that he was at framily instead of a gatherin castle of the present moment he knew a great deal respecting lady lufton's income and the manner in which it was spent he was very handsome for a single lady but then she lived in a free and open handed style her charities were Noble there was no reason why she should save money and her annual income is usually spent within the year mark knew this and he knew also that nothing short of an impossibility to maintain them would induce her to lessen her charities she had now given away a portion of her principal to save the property of her son her son he was so much more opulent than herself upon whose means to the world made fewer effectual claims a marked new to something of the purpose for which this money had gone there have been unsettled gambling claims between Serbia and lord'll often originating in affairs of the turf it had now been going on for four years almost from the period when Lord Lofton had become of age he had before now spoken to robots on the matter with much bitter anger alleging that mr. sabe was treating him unfairly nay dishonestly that he was claiming money that was not due to him and then he declared more than once that he would bring the matter before the jockey club but mark knowing that Lord Lufton was not clear cited in those matters and billing it to be impossible that mr. sabe should actually endeavour to defraud his friend had smoothed down the young Lords anger and recommended him to get the case referred to some private arbiter all this had after it's been discussed between robots and bitter sabe himself and hence had originated their intimacy the matter was say referred mr. sabe naming the referee and lord Lufton when the matter was given against him took it easily his manner was over by that time I'd been clean dung among them he said to mark la vie but he does not signify the man must pay for his experience of course sabe thinks it alright I'm bound to suppose so and then there had been some further delay as to the amount and part of the money had been paid to a third person and a bill had been given and heaven and the Jews any knew how much money Lord left and a paid in all and I was ended by his handing over to some wretched villain of a money dealer on behalf of mr. sabe the enormous sum of five thousand pounds which had been deducted from the means of his mother lady Lufton mark as he thought of all this could not feel but a certain animosity against mr. sabe could not but suspect that he was a bad man nay must he not unknown that he was very bad and yet he continued walking with him through the Dukes grounds still talking about lord lofts and affairs and still listening with interest to what sabe told him of his own now ma'am has ever robbed as I have been said he but I shall win through yet in spite of them all but their's Jews mark he become very intimate with him in these latter days whatever you do keep care of them why I could paper a room with their signatures and yet I've never had a claim upon one of them though they always have claims on me I have said above that this affair of Lord lufton's was ended but it now appeared to mark that he was not quite ended till afternoon Oh said so be that if we put a paper with his name had been taken up except what that ruffian tozer has Tirzah may have one bill I believe something that was not given up and it was renewed but I'll make my lawyer gumption get that up it may cost 10 pounds or 20 pounds not more you remember that when you see it often when you you'll seal often in all probability before I shall oh did I not tell you he's going to Family Court at once you'll find him there when you return find him and family yes this little kedder from his mother has touched his filial heart he's rushing home to family to pay back the dodges hard more daughters and soft caresses I wish I had a mother I know that a mark still felt that he feared mr. sabe but he could not make up his mind to break away from him and there was much talk of politics just then at the castle not that the duke joined in it with any enthusiasm he was a wig huge mountain of a colossal wig all the world anew that no parent would have dreamed of tampering with his weary nor would any brother weak have dreamed of doubting it but he was a Whig who gave very little practical support to any set of men a very little practical opposition to any other set he was above krumping himself with such sublunar matters at election time he supported and always carried weaker candidates and in return he'd been appointed Lord left-handed of the county by one week minister and had received the Garter from another but these things were matters of course to a Duke of omnium he was born to be at Lord left tenant and a knight of the Garter but not the less on account of his apathy or rather quiescence was it thought that gatherin castle was a fitting place in which politicians might express to each other their present hopes and future aims and concocted together little plots in a half serious and half mocking way indeed it was hinted that mr. subbhu house and Harold Smith with one or two others were ad gather him for this express purpose mr. Fothergill too was a noted politician and was supposed to know the Dukes mind well and a mr. Greene Walker the nephew of the Marchioness was a young man whom the Duke desired to have brought forward mr. Saur be also was the duke's own member and say the occasion suited well for the interchange of a few ideas the then Prime Minister angry as many men were with him had not been altogether unsuccessful he had brought the Russian war to a close which if not glorious was at any rate much more so than Englishmen at one time had ventured to hope and he had had a wonderful luck in that Indian Mutiny it is true that many of those even who voted with him would declare that this was in no way attributable to him great men had risen in India and done all that even his Minister there the governor whom he had sent out was not allowed in those days any credit for the success which was achieved under his orders there was great reason to doubt the man at the helm but nevertheless he been lucky there is no merit in a public man like success but now when the evil days were well nigh over came the question whether he had not been too successful when a man has nailed fortune to his chariot wheels he is apt to travel about in rather a proud fashion there are servants who think that their masters cannot do without them and the public also may occasionally have some such servant what if this too successful Minister were one of them and then a discrete commonplace zealous member of the lower house does not like to be jeered at when he does his duty by his constituents and asks a few questions an all successful minister who cannot keep his triumph to himself but must needs drive about in a proud fashion laughing at common places Ellis members laughing even occasionally of members who are by no means commonplace which is outrageous may not be as well to ostracize him for a while had me not better throw in our shells against him says mr. Harold Smith and it has thrown on shelves by all means says Mr supply house mindful as junuh of his despised charms and when mr. Supper Haas declares himself an enemy men know how much it means they know that that much belaboured heavy fur fur to the terrible blurs which are now in store for him yes we will throw in our shells mr. Szabo has rises from his chair with leaming eyes has not Greece as noble Sons as him I am much nobler traitor than tears we must judge a man by his friends says Mr Sapa house and he points away to the east where our dear allies the French are supposed to live and where our head of affairs is supposed to have to close and intimacy they all understand this even mr. green Walker I don't know that he's any good to any of us at all now says the talented member for the crew Junction he's a great deal to uppish to suit in my book and I know great many people that think so too there's my uncle he is the best fellow in the world said mr. Fothergill felt perhaps that that coming revelation about mr. green Walker's uncle might not be of use to them but the fact is one gets tired of the same men always one does not like partridge every day as for me I have nothing to do with it myself but I would certainly like to change the dish if I may need to do is we are bid and have no voice of our own I don't see what's the good of game to the shop at all so mr. Sami not the least use said mr. Saab lahars we are forced to our constituents in submitting to such a Dominion let's have a change then said mr. sabi the matters pretty much in our own hands altogether said mr. green Walker that's what my uncle always says and the Manchester men will nd be too happy for the charms said Harold Smith and as for the high and dry gentlemen said mr. sabe is not very likely that they would object to pick up the fruit when we shake the tree as to picking up the fruit that's as may be said mr. Szabo hers was he not the man to save the nation and if so why should he not pick up the fruit himself had not the greatest power the country pointed it out as such a savior what there the country at the present moment needed no more saving might there not nevertheless be a good time coming well they're not rumors of other walls still prevalent if indeed the actual war was then going on was been brought to a close without his assistance by some other species of salvation he thought of that country to which he had pointed and of that friend of his enemies and remembered that there might be still work for a mighty Savior the public mind was now awake and understood what it was about when a man gets into his head an idea that the public voice calls for him it is astonishing how great becomes his trust in the wisdom of the public vox populi vox Dei has it not been so always he says to himself as he gets up and as he goes to bed and then mr. Sapa house felt that he was the mastermind there at a gallant castle and that those there were all puppets in his hand it is such a pleasant of thing to feel that one's friends are puppets and that the strings are in one's own possession what did mr. supple house himself were a puppet some month afterwards when the much belabour head of affairs was in very truth made to retire when unkind chars were thrown in against him in great numbers when he exclaimed it to brew tea till the words were stereotyped upon his lips all men in all places talked much about the great gatherin castle confederation the Duke of omnium the world said had taken into his high consideration the state of affairs and seeing with his eagle's eye that the welfare of his countrymen at large required that some great step should be initiated he had at once summoned to his mansion many members of the lower house and some also the House of Lords mention was here especially made of the all venerable and all wise Lord Bern eggies and then went on to say that they're in deep Conclave he may know to them his views his ass agreed that the head of affairs wig as he was must fall the country required it and the duke did his duty this was the beginning the world said have that celebrated Confederation by which the ministry was overturned and as the goody-two-shoes added the country's saved but the Jupiter took all the credit to itself and the Jupiter was not far wrong all the credit was due to the Jupiter in that as it everything else in the meantime the Duke of omnium entertained his guests in the quiet princely style but did not condescend to have much conversation on politics either with mr. sapper house or with mr. Harold Smith and as for Auburn egg is he spent the morning on which the above describes conversation took place in teaching miss Dunstable to blow super bubbles on scientific principles dear dear sim missed unsuitable as sparks of knowledge kept flying in upon her mind I always thought that a super bubble was a super bubble and I never asked the reason why one doesn't you know my lord pardon me miss Dunstable said the old lord one does but 999 do not and the 999 have the best of it said mists ansible what pleasure can one have in a ghost after one has seen the phosphorus rubbed on quite true by dear lady if ignorance be bliss tis folly to be wise it all lies in the if then miss danceable began to sing what though I traced each urban flaw that sips the morning do you know the rest my Lord Lorber Negus did know almost everything but he did not know that and Samy Stutzman went on did I not own a jehovah's paw how vain were all I knew exactly exactly miss danceable said his lordship but why not end the power and trace the flower as well that's one might help the other upon the hull I'm afraid that Lauber Nagas got the best of it but then that is his line he's been getting the best of it all his life it was observed by all that the Duke was especially attentive to young mr. Frank Gresham the gentleman on whom and on whose wife Miss danceable had seized so vehemently this mr. Gresham was the richest common era in the county and it was rumoured that at the next election he may be one of the members for the East Riding now that you had little or nothing to do with the East Riding and is well known that young Gresham would be brought forward as a strong conservative but nevertheless his acres were so extensive and his monies so plentiful that he was worth a Dukes notice mr. sabe also was almost more than civil to him as was natural seeing that this very young man by a mere scratch of his pen could turn a scrap of paper into a banknote of almost fabulous value so you have the East bass at your hands a box or Hill have you not said the Duke the hands are there I said Frank but I'm not the master I understood my father has them but he finds boxer Hill more centrical than grumbles Bray the dogs and horses have to go shorter distances it is very centrical exactly and your young course covered sir doing well pretty well course won't thrive everywhere I find I wish it would that's what I said a father Gill and then there's well as much woodland you can't get the varmint leave it hmm but we haven't a tree or a box or Hill said missus question oh yes you're new there certainly you've had enough of it aggression brain or conscience there's a larger extent of wood there than we have isn't the father girl mr. father girl said that the Gresham pretty woods were very extensive the but perhaps he thought Oh shush I know said the Duke the black forest it's old days has nothing to gather him woods according to father Gill and then again nothing in East pasture could be equal to anything in West pasture isn't that in a father girl mr. Fothergill professed that he'd be brought up in that faith and intended to die in it your exotics a box'll he'll have verify magnificent say mr. sabe I'd soon have one full grown egg standing in its pride alone said young general Gresham rather grand eloquently and all the exotics in the world they're coming new time to the Duke but the view time may be of my days and say they got a cut down shorter codes fullest aren't they mr. sabe but I can't tell you that they get to dis forest it I been Ranger since I was 22 and I don't yet know whether that means cutting down there not any cutting down but rooting up I said mr. Fothergill it's a murderous shame said Frank Gresham and I will say one thing I don't think any but a Whig government would do it ha ha ha laughed His grace at any rate I'm sure of this he said that if a Conservative government didn't do so the Whigs would be just as indignant as you are now I'll tell you what you ought to do mr. Gresham said sabe put in an offer for the whole of the West Buster crown property they were very glad to set it and we should be delighted to welcome you on this side of the border said the Duke young Gresham did feel rather flattered there were not many men in the county whom such an offer could be made without an absurdity it might be doubted whether the Duke himself could purchase the chase of Charlie Coates with ready money but then he Gresham could do so he had his wife between them no man did doubt and then mr. Gresham thought of a former day when he once been a gathering Castle he'd been poor enough then and that you could not treated him in the most courteous manner in the world how hard it is for a rich man not to lead upon his riches harder indeed and for a camel to go through the eye of a needle all bar Sachin you at any rate all west pasture the miss danceable had been brought down in those parts in order that mr. sabi might marry her it was not some eyes that Miss danceable herself had had any previous notice of this arrangement but it was supposed that the thing would turn out as a matter of course mr. sabi had no money but then he was witty clever good-looking and a member of parliament he lived before the world represented an old family and had an old place how could mr. zoobel possibly do better she was not so young now and it was time that she should look about her the suggestion has regarded mr. sabe was certainly true and was not the less so as regarded some of mr. Saba's friends his sister mrs. Harold Smith had devoted herself to the work and with his view had run up a dear friendship with Miss Dunstable the bishop had intimated not only his head knowingly that it would be a very good thing mrs. prowdy given in her adherence mr. Supper has to be made known to understand that it must be a case of pause off with him as long as he remained in that part of the world and even the Duke himself a desire for the guild to manage it hears me an enormous sum of money to the Duke who held alms to Sardis title-deeds and I doubt with us and security will be sufficient your grace will find the security quite sufficient say mr. Fothergill but nevertheless it would be a good match many good said the tkachuk and then it became mr. fothergill's duty to see that mr. Saur be amidst ansible became man and wife as speedily as possible some of the party who were more wide awake than others declared that he had made the offer others that he was just going to do so and one a very knowing lady went so far at one time as to say that he was making it at that moment bets also were laid as to the lady's answer as the terms of the settlement and as to the period of the marriage all of which poor miss Dunstable of course knew nothing mrs. sabe in spite of the publicity of his proceedings proceeded in the matter very well he said little about it to those who joked with him but carried on the fight with what best knowledge he had in such matters but so much it is given to us to declare with certainty that he had not proposed on the evening previous to the morning fixed for the departure of Marc robots during the last two days mr. Saba's intimacy with Marc had grown warmer and warmer he talked to the vicar confidentially about the doings of those big rigs now present at the castle as though there were no other guests there with whom he could speak in so free manner he confided it seemed much more a mark than in his brother-in-law Harold Smith or in any of his brother members of parliament and had altogether opened his hearts to him in this affair of his anticipated marriage now mrs. Hardy was a man of mark in the world and all this flattered a young clergyman not a little on that evening before robots went away sabe asked him to come up into his bedroom when the whole party was breaking up and there got him into an easy chair while he sabe walked up and down the room you can hardly tell my dear fellow said he the state of nervous anxiety in which this puts me why don't you ask her I have done with it she seemed to me to be very fond of your society no I stopped that nd there are wheels within wheels and then he walked once or twice up and down the room during which mark thought that he might as well go to bed not that I mind telling you everything said sabe I mean firmly hard up for a little ready money just at the present moment it may be Mandy I think it will be the case that I shall be ruined in this matter for the bond of it could not Harold Smith give it to you you don't know Harold Smith did you ever hear of his linear manner in his life or supper house Lord love you you see me and supper house together here and he comes and stays at my house and all that but supper ice and I are no friends cookie here mark I would do more for your little finger than for this whole hand including the pen which he holds in it Fothergill indeed might but then I know father girl is pressed himself at the present moment he used too hard isn't it I must give up the whole game if I come put my hand upon 400 pounds within the next two days ask her for it herself what the woman I wish to marry no mark I'm quite come to that I would sooner looser than that mark sat silent gazing at the farm wishing that he was in his own bedroom he had an idea that mr. Sami wished him to produces 400 pounds and he knew also that he had not 400 pounds in the world and that if he had he would be acting very foolishly to give it to mr. sabi but nevertheless he felt half fascinated by the man and half afraid of him loved and owes it to me to do more than this continue mr. sabi but then laughed and he's not here why he just paid five thousand pounds for you paid five thousand pounds for me and Deedee's done no such thing what a six months of it came into my hands believe me mark you don't never heard of that yet not that I mean to say a word against loved and he is the soul of Honor they say deucedly dilatory and money matters he thought he was right all through that affair but no man has ever said confoundedly wrong why did you remember that this was the very view you took of him yourself I remember saying that I thought he was mistaken of course he was mistaken and dearly another state cost me I had to make good the money for two or three years and my property is not like his and we were Miriam is Dunstable and that all set it all right for you ah so I would have I have this money at any rate I bring it to the point now I tell you what mark if you'll assist me at this straight I'll never forget it and the time will come round when I may be able to do something for you I have not got a hundred no not fifty pounds by me in the world now course you've not when men dare walk about the streets with 400 pounds in their pockets I dispose of the single man here in the house with such a sum at his bankers unless it be the Duke what is it you want then while your name to be sure but evening my dear Farah I would not ask you ready to put your hand into your pocket to such a tune as that allow me to draw on you for that amount at three months long before that time I should be flush enough and then before Marc could answer he had a bill stamp and pen and ink out on the table for him and was fitting in the bill as there his friend had already given his consent upon my word sabe I'd rather not do that why what are you afraid of mr. sabe asked this very sharply did you ever hear of my having neglected to take up a bill when he felled you robots thought that he had heard of such a thing but in his confusion he was not exactly sure and so he said nothing nay my boy have not come to that look here just you write accepted Marc robots across that and then you shall never hear of the transaction again and you would have obliged me forever as a clergyman it would be wrong of me said robot there's a judgment come Marc if you don't like to do as much as that for a friend say you say but don't let us have that sort of humbug if any one class of men whose names we found more frequent on the backs of bills and the provincial banks or another clergyman of that class come on fellow you won't throw me over when I am so hard pushed Marc robots took the pen and signed the bill it was the first time in his life that he'd ever done such an act sabe then shook him cordially by the hand and he walked off to his own bedroom a wretched man end of chapter 8 recording by Simon Evers

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    5: [00:00:00] – 05 – Amantium Iræ Amoris Integratio

    6: [00:32:30] – 06 – Mr. Harold Smith's Lecture

    7: [00:57:20] – 07 – Sunday Morning

    8: [01:16:11] – 08 – Gatherum Castle

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