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chapter 21 of frame Li 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 graham maya family parsonage by anthony trollope chapter 21 y puck the pony was beaten mark Robarts returned home the day after the scene at the albany considerably relieved in spirit he now felt that he might accept the stall without discredit to himself as a clergyman in doing so indeed after what mr. Sorby had said and after lord lufton's assent to it it would have been madness he considered it to decline it and then to mr. Soames promise about the bills was very comfortable to him after all might it not be possible that he might get rid of all these troubles with no other drawback than that of having to pay a hundred thirty pounds for a horse that was well worth the money on the day after his returned he received proper authentic tidings of his presentation to the present he was in fact already Previn dairy or would be as soon as the Dean and chapter had gone through the form of instituting him in his stall the income was already his owned and the house also would be given up to in a week's time a part of the arrangement with which he would most willingly have dispensed had it been at all possible to do so his wife congratulated him nicely with open affection and apparent satisfaction at the arrangement the enjoyment of one's own happiness at such windfalls depends so much on the free and freely expressed enjoyment of others lady lufton's congratulations had nearly made him throw up the whole thing but his wife smiles we encouraged him and Lucy's warm and eager joy made him feel quite delighted with mr. Saur being in the Duke of omnium and then that splendid animal dandy came home to the parsonage stables much to the delight of the groom and gardener and of the assistants table boy who had been allowed to creep into the establishment unawares as it were since master had taken so keenly to hunting but this satisfaction was not shared in the drawing-room the horse was seen on his first journey round to the stable gate and questions were immediately asked it was a horse Marc said which he had bought from mr. Saur be some little time since with the object of obliging him he Marc intended to sell him again as soon as he could do so judiciously this as I have said above was not satisfactory neither of the two ladies at family parsonage knew much about horses or the manner in which one gentleman might think it proper to oblige another by purchasing the superfluities of his stable but they did both feel that there were horses enough in the parsonage stable without dandy and that the purchasing of a hunter with a view of immediately selling him again was to say the least of it an operation hardly congenial with the usual tastes and pursuits of a clergyman I hope you did not give very much money for him Marc said Fanny not more than I shall get again said Marc and Fanny saw from the form of his countenance that she had better not pursue the subject any further at that moment I suppose I shall have to go into residence almost immediately said Marc recurring to the more agreeable subject of the stall and shall we all have to go and live at Barchester at once a slew see the house will not be furnished will it Marc said his wife I don't know how he shall get on don't frighten yourselves I shall take lodgings in Barchester and we shall not see you all the time said mrs. Robarts with dismay but the preppin jury explained that he would be backwards and forwards and family every week and then in all probability he would only sleep at Barchester on the Saturdays and Sundays and perhaps not always then it does not seem very hard work that of a preparatory said Lucie but it is very dignified said fanny Previn juries our dignitaries of the church are they not Marc decidedly said he and their wives also by special canon law the worst of it is that both of them are obliged to wear wigs shall you have a hat Marc with curly things at the side and strings through to hold them up as Lucy I fear that does not come with my perquisite nor rosette then I shall never believe that you're a dignitary do you mean to say that you will wear a hat like a common parson like mr. Crawley for instance well I believe I may give a twist to the leaf but I am by no means sure till I shall have consulted the Dean in Chapter and thus at the parsonage they talked over the goods that were coming to them and endeavored to forget the new horse and the hunting boots that had been used so often during the last winter and lady lufton's altered countenance it might be that the evils would vanish away and the good things alone remain to them it was now the month of April and the fields were beginning to look green and the wind had caught itself out of the east and was soft and genial and the early spring flowers were showing their bright colors in the parsonage garden and all things were sweet and pleasant this was a period of the year that was usually dear to mrs. Roberts her husband was always a better parson when the warm month came than he had been during the winter the distant County friends whom she did not know and of whom she did not approve went away when the spring came leaving their houses innocent and empty the parish duty was better attended to and perhaps domestic duties also at such period he was a pattern parson and a pattern husband atoning to his own conscience for past shortcomings by present zeal and then though she had never acknowledged it to herself the absence of her dear friend Lydia often was perhaps in itself not disagreeable mrs. Roberts did love Lady left and heartily but it must be acknowledged of her ladyship that with all her good qualities she was inclined to be masterful she liked to rule and she made people feel that she liked it mrs. Robarts would never her confess that she labored under a sense of thraldom but perhaps she was mouse enough to enjoy the temporary absence of her kind-hearted cat when Lady Lufton was away mrs. Robarts herself had more play in the parish and mark also was not unhappy though he did not find it practicable immediately to turn dandy into money indeed just at this moment when he was a good deal over at Barchester going through those deep mysteries in rigid ecclesiastical nations which are necessary before a clergyman can become one of a chapter dandy was rather a thorn in his side those wretched bills were to come too early in May and before the end of April so Bea wrote to him saying that he was doing his utmost to provide for the evil day but that if the price of dandy could be remitted to him at once it would greatly facilitate his object nothing could be more different than mr. Saur bestowing about money at different times when he wanted to raise the wind everything was so important haste and superhuman efforts and men running to and fro with blank acceptances in their hands could alone stave off the crack of doom but at other times when retaliatory applications were made to him he could prove with the easiest voice and most jaunty manner that everything was quite serene now at this period he was in that mood of superhuman efforts and he called loudly for the hundred and thirty pounds for dandy after what had passed mark could not bring himself to say that he would pay nothing till the bills were safe and therefore with the assistance of mr. Forrest of the bank he did remit the price of dandy to his friend Sowerby in London and Lucy Robarts we must now say word of her we have seen how on that occasion when the world was at her feet she had sent her noble suitor away not only dismissed but so dismissed that he might be taught never again to offer to her the sweet incense of his vows she had declared to him plainly that she did not love him and could not love him and had thus thrown away not only riches and honour in high station but more than that much worse than that she had flung away from her the lover to whose love her warm heart clung that her love did cling to him she knew even then and owned more thoroughly as soon as he was gone so much her pride had done for her and that strong resolve that lady lufton's should not scowl on her and tell her that she had entrapped her son I know it will be said of lord luckam himself that putting aside his peerage and broad acres and handsome sons efface he was not worth the girls keren love that will be said because people think that heroes in books should be so much better than heroes got up for the world's common wear and I may as well confess that of absolute true heroism there was only a moderate admixture in Lord lufton's composition but what would the world come to if none but absolute true heroes were to be thought worthy of woman's love what would the men do and what Oh what would become of the women lucy Robarts in her heart did not give her dismissed lover credit for much more heroism that did truly a pertain to him did not perhaps give him full credit for a certain amount of heroism which did really a pertain to him but nevertheless she would have been very glad to take him could she have done so without wounding her pride that girl should not marry for money we were all agreed a lady who can sell herself for a title or an estate for an income or a set of family diamonds treats herself as a farmer treats his sheep and oxen makes hardly more of herself of her own inner self in which are comprised a mind and a soul than the poor wretch of her own sex who earns her bread in the lowest stage of degradation but a title and an estate and an income er matters which will weigh in the balance with all Eve's daughters as they do with all Adams sons pride of place and the power of living well in front of the world I are dear to us all are doubtless intended to be dear only and acknowledging so much let us remember that there are prices at which these good things may be too costly therefore being desirous to of telling the truth in this matter I must confess that Lucy did speculate with some regret on what it would have been to be lady Lufton to have been the wife of such a man the owner of such a heart the mistress of such a destiny what more or what better could the world have done for her and now she had thrown all that a sign because she would not endure that lady laughed and should call her a scheming artful girl actuated by that fear she had repulsed him with a falsehood though the matter was one on which it was so terribly expedient that she should tell the truth and yet she was cheerful with her brother and sister-in-law it was when she was quite alone at night in her own room or in her solitary walks that a single silent tear would gather in the corner of her eye and gradually moisten her eyelids she never told her love nor did she allow concealment to feed on her damask cheek in all her employments in her ways about the house and her accustomed quiet mirth she was the same as ever in this she showed the peculiar strength which God had given her but not the less did she and truth mourn for her lost love and spoiled ambition we are going to drive over to hoggle stock this morning Fanny said one day at breakfast I suppose mark you won't go with us well no I think not the pony carriage is wretched for three Oh as for that I should have thought the new horse might have been able to carry you as far as that I heard you say you wanted to see mr. Crawley so I do and the new horse as you call him so carrying me there tomorrow will you say that I'll be over about twelve o'clock you had better say earlier as he is always out about the parish very well say eleven it is Paris business about which I am going so it need not Erika's conscience to stay in for me well Lucy we must drive ourselves that's all you shall be charioteer going and then will change coming back to all which Lucy agreed and as soon as their work in the school was over they started not a word had been spoken between them about Lord lufton's since that evening now more than a month ago on which they had been walking together in the garden Lucy had so demeaned herself on that occasion as to make her sister-in-law quite sure that there had been no love passengers up to that time and nothing had since occurred which had created any suspicion at mrs. Roberts mind she had seen at once that all the close intimacy between them was over and thought that everything was as it should be do you know I have an idea she said in the pony carriage that day that Lord Lufton will marry Griselda Grantley Lucy could not refrain from giving a little check at the reins which she was holding and she felt that the blood rushed quickly to her heart but she did not betray herself perhaps we may she said and then gave the poignant little touch with her whip Oh Lucy I won't have Pok beaten he was going very nicely my beg pucks pardon but you see when one is trusted with a whip one feels such a law need to use it oh but you should keep it steel I feel almost certain that lady Lofton would like such a match I dare say she might miss grant Lee will have a large fortune I believe it is not that all together but she had this sort of young lady that lady Lufton likes she is ladylike and very beautiful calm Fanny I really think she is not what I should call lovely you know but very beautiful and then she is quiet and reserved she does not require excitement and I'm sure is conscientious in the performance of her duties very conscientious I have no doubt said Lucy with something like a sneer in her tone but the question I suppose is whether lord Lufton likes her I think he does in a sort of way he did not talk to her so much as he did to you ah that was all lady lufton's fault because she didn't have him properly labeled there does not seem to have been much harm done oh by God's mercy very little as for me I still get over it in 3 or 4 years I don't doubt that's if I can get asses milk and change of air will take you to Barchester for that but as I was saying I really do think Lord Lofton likes Griselda grandly then I really do think that he is uncommon bad tastes said Lucy with the raledi in her voice differing much from the tone of banter she had hitherto used what Lucy said her sister-in-law looking at her then I fear we shall really want the asses milk perhaps considering my position I ought to know nothing of Lord Lufton for you say that it is very dangerous for young ladies to know young gentlemen but I do know enough of him to understand that he ought not to like such a girl as Griselda Grant Lee he ought to know that she is a mere otamatone cold lifeless spiritless and even vapid there is I believe nothing in her mentally whatever may be her moral excellences to me she is more absolutely like a statue than any other human being I ever saw to sit still and be admired as all that she desires and if she cannot get that to sit still and not be admired would almost suffice for her I do not worship Lady left in this you do but I think quite well enough her to wonder that she should choose such a girl as that for her son's wife that she does wish should I do not doubt but I shall indeed be surprised if he wishes it also and then as she finished her speech Lucy again flogged the pony this she did in vexation because she felt that the tell-tale blood had suffused her face why Lucy if he were your brother you could not be more eager about it no I could not he's the only man friend with whom I was ever intimate and I cannot bear to think that he should throw himself away it's hardly improper to care about such a thing I have no depth I think he might acknowledge that if he and his mother are both satisfied we may be satisfied also I shall not be satisfied it's no use you're looking at me fanny you will make me talk of it and I won't tell a lie on the subject I do like Lord Lufton very much and I do dislike Griselda Grantley almost as much therefore I shall not be satisfied if they become man and wife however I do not suppose that either of them will ask my consent nor is it probable that lady left and will do so and then they went on for perhaps a quarter of a mile without speaking poor puck at last Lucy said he shan't be whipped anymore shall he because miss grant Lee looks like a statue and Fanny don't tell mark to put me into a lunatic asylum I also know a hawk from a heron and that's why I don't like to see such a very unfitting marriage there was then nothing more said on the subject and in two minutes they arrived at the house of the hoggle stock clergyman mrs. Crawley had brought two children with her when she came from the corners curacy to hoggle stock and two other babies had been added to her care since then one of these was now ill with croup and it was with the object of offering to the mother some comfort and solace that the present visit was made the two ladies got down from the carriage having obtained the services of a boy to hold puck and soon found themselves in mrs. Crawley's single sitting-room she was sitting there with her foot on the board of a child's cradle rocking it while an infant about three months old was lying in her lap for the elder one who was the sufferer had in her illness desert the baby's place to other children considerably older were also in the room the eldest was a girl perhaps nine years of age and the other a boy three years her junior these were standing at their father's elbow who was studiously endeavoring to initiate them into the early mysteries of grammar to tell the truth mrs. Robarts would much have preferred that mr. Crawley had not been there for she had with her and about her certain contraband articles presents for the children as they were to be called but in truth relief for that poor much task mother which they knew it would be impossible to introduce in mr. Crowley's presence she as we have said was not quite so gaunt not altogether so Haggard as in the latter of those dreadful Cornish days lady Lufton and mrs. arab in between them and the scanty comfort of their improved though still wretched income had done something towards bringing her back to the world in which she had lived in the soft days of her childhood but even the liberal stipend of a hundred and thirty pounds a year liberal according to the scale by which the incomes of clergymen and some of our new districts are now apportioned would not admit of a gentleman with his wife and four children living with the ordinary conference of an artisans family as regards the mere eating and drinking the amounts of butchers meat and tea and butter they of course were used in quantities which any artisan would have regarded as compatible only with deme starvation better clothing for her children was necessary and better clothing for him as for her own raiment the wives of few artisans would have been content to put up with mrs. Crawley's best gown the stuff of which it was made had been paid for by her mother when she with much difficulty bestowed upon her daughter her modest wedding trousseau Lucy had never seen mrs. Crawley these visits to hoggle stock were not frequent and had generally been made by lady Lofton and mrs. Robarts together it was known that they were distasteful to mr. Crawley who felt a savage satisfaction in being left to himself it may almost be said of him that he felt angry with those who relieved him and he had certainly never as yet forgiven the Dean of Barchester for paying his debts the Dean had also given him his present living and consequently his old friend was not now so dear to him as when in all days he would come down to that farmhouse almost as panelists has secured himself then they would walk together for hours along the rock bound Shore listening to the waves discussing deep polemical strees sometimes with hot fury then again with tender loving charity but always with the mutual acknowledgments of each other's truth now they lived comparatively near together but no opportunities arose for such discussions at any rate once a quarter mr. Crawley was pressed by his old friend to visit him at the Deanery and dr. Urban had promised that no one else should be in the house if mr. Crawley objected to society but this was not what he wanted the finery and grandeur of the Deanery and the comfort of that warm snug library would silence him at once why did not miss dr. airband come out here to hoggle stock and Tramp with him through the dirty lanes as they used to Tramp then he could have enjoyed himself and then he could have talked then old days would have come back to them but now Aaron always rides on a sleek fine horse nowadays he once said to his wife with a sneer his poverty had been so terrible to himself that it was not in his heart to love a rich friend end of chapter 21 recording by Graham Maia de chapter 22 of frame Li 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 graham maya de frame li parsonage by anthony trollope chapter 22 hoggle stock parsonage at the end of the last chapter we left Lucy Robarts waiting for an introduction to mrs. Crawley who was sitting with one baby in her lap while she was rocking another who lay in a cradle at her feet mr. Crawley in the meanwhile had risen from his seat with his finger between the leaves of an old grammar out of which he had been teaching his two elder children the whole Crawley family was thus before them when mrs. Robarts and Lucy entered the sitting-room this is my sister-in-law Lucy send mrs. Robarts pray don't move now mrs. Crawley or if you do let me take baby and she put out her arms and took the infant into them making him quite at home there for she had work of this kind of her own at home which she by no means neglect though the attendance of nurses was more plentiful with her than at hoggle stock mrs. Crawley did get up and told Lucy that she was glad to see her and mr. Crawley came forward Grammer and hand are looking humble and meek could we have looked into the innermost spirit of him in his life's partner we should have seen that mixed with the pride of his poverty there was some feeling of disgrace that he was poor but that with her regarding this matter there was neither pride nor shame the realities of life had become so Stern to her that the outward aspects of them were as nothing she would have liked a new gown because it would have been useful but it would have been nothing to her if all the county knew that the one in which she went to church had been turned three times it galled him however to think that he and his were so poorly dressed I am afraid you can hardly find a chair miss Robarts said mr. Crawley oh yes there's nothing here but this young gentleman's library said Lucy moving a pile of ragged cupboard list books on to the table I hope you'll forgive me for moving them they're not bombs at least not the most of them but mine said the girl but some of them are mine said the boy ain't the grace and are you a great scholar asked Lucy drawing the child to her I don't know said grace with a sheepish face I am in Greek dialects Greek dialects of the irregular verbs and Lucy put up her hands with astonishment and she knows a note of Horace all by heart said Bob an ode of Horace said Lucy still holding the young shamefaced female progeny close to her knees it is all that I can give them said mr. Crawley apologetically a little scholarship is the only fortune that has come in my way and I endeavoured to share that with my children I believe men say that is the best fortune any of us can have said Lucy thinking however in her own mind that Horace and the irregular Greek verbs savored too much of precocious forcing in a young lady of nine years old but nevertheless grace was a pretty simple looking girl and clung to her Ally closely and seemed to like being fondled so that Lucy anxiously wished that mr. Crawley could be got rid of in the presence produced I hope you have left mr. Robarts quite well said mr. Crawley with a stiff ceremonial voice differing very much that in which he had so energetically addressed his brother clergyman when they were alone together in the study at family he's quite well thank you I suppose you've heard of his good fortune yes I have heard of it said mr. Crawley gravely I hope that his promotion may tend in every way to his advantage here and Hereafter it seemed however to be manifest from the manner in which he expressed his kind wishes that his hopes and expectations did not go hand in hand together by the by he desired us to say that he will call here tomorrow at about eleven didn't he say Fanny yes he wishes to see you about some parish business I think said mrs. Robarts looking out for a moment from the anxious discussion in which she was already engaged with mrs. Crowley on nursery matters pray tell him said mr. Crowley that I shall be happy to see him though perhaps now that new duties have been thrown upon him it will be better than I should visit him and family his new duties are not disturb me much as yet said Lucy and his riding over here will be no trouble to him yes there he has the advantage over me I unfortunately have no horse and then Lucy began petting the little boy and my degree slipped a small bag of gingerbread nuts out of her muff into his hands she had not the patience necessary for waiting as had her sister-in-law the boy took the bag peeped into it and then looked up too into her her face what is that Bob said mr. Crawley gingerbread faltered Bobbie feeling that a sin had been committed though probably feeling also that he himself could hardly as yet be accounted as deeply guilty miss Robarts said the father we are very much obliged to you but our children are hardly used to such things I am a lead lady of weak mind mr. Crawley and always carry things of this sort about me whenever I go to visit children so you must forgive me and allow your little boy to accept them Oh certainly Bob my child give the bag to your mama and she will let you and grace have them one at a time and then the bag in a solemn manner was carried over to their mother who taking it from her son's hand laid it high on his bookshelf and not one now said Lucy Robarts very piteously don't be so hard mr. Crowley not upon them but upon me may not learn whether they are good of their kind I am sure they are very good but I think their mama will prefer their being put by for the present this was very discouraging to Lucy if one small bag of gingerbread nuts created so great a difficulty how was she to dispose of the pot of guava jelly in box of bonbons which were still in her mouth or how distribute the packet of oranges with which the pony carriage was laden and there was jelly for the sick child and chicken broth which was indeed another jelly and to tell the truth openly there was also a joint of fresh pork in a basket of eggs from the family person whose farmyard which mrs. Robarts was to introduce should she find herself capable of doing so but which would certainly be cast out without her scorn by mr. Crawley if tendered in his immediate presence there had also been a suggestion as to adding 2 or 3 bottles of Port but the curds of the ladies had failed them on that head and the wine was not now added to their difficulties Lucy found it very difficult to keep up a conversation with mr. Crawley the more so as mrs. Robarts and mrs. Crawley presently withdrew into a bedroom taking the two younger children with them how unlucky thought Lucy that she has not got my muff with her but the muff lay in her lap Ponder's with its rich enclosures I suppose you will live in bar Chester for a portion of the year now said mr. Crawley I really do not know as yet mark talks of taking lodgings for his first months residence but he will have the house will he not oh yes I suppose so I fear he will find it interfere with his own parish with his general utility there the schools for instance mark thinks that as he is so near he need not be much absent from family even during his residence and then lady Laughton is so good about the schools yes but lady Lufton is not a clergyman Miss Roberts it was on Lucy's tongue to say that her ladyship was pretty nearly as bad but she stopped herself at this moment Providence sent great relief to miss Robarts in the shape of mrs. Crawley's red armed maid of all work who walking up to her master whispered into his ear that he was wanted it was the time of day at which his a tenant was always required in his parish school and that attendance being so punctually given those who wanted him looked for him there at this hour and if he were absent scruple to send for him Miss Roberts I am afraid you must excuse me said he getting up and taking his hat and stick lucy begged that she might not be at all in the way and already began to speculate how she might best unload her treasures will you make my compliments to mrs. Robarts and say that I am sorry to miss the pleasure wishing her good Bonnie but I shall probably see her as she passes the schoolhouse and then stick in hand he walked forth and Lucy fancy that Bobby's eyes immediately rested on the bag of gingerbread nuts Bob said she almost in a whisper do you like sugar plums very much indeed said Bob with exceeding gravity and with his eye upon the window and to see whether his father had passed then come here said Lucy but as she spoke the door again opened and mr. Crawley reappeared I've left a book behind me he said and coming back through the room he took up the well-worn pair book which accompanying him in all his wanderings through the parish Bobbie when he saw his father had retreated a few steps back as also did grace who to confess the truth had been attracted by the sound of sugar plums in spite of the irregular verbs and Lucy withdrew her hand from her mouth and looked guilty was she not deceiving the good man nay teaching his own children to deceive him but there are men made of such stuff that an angel could hardly live with him without some deceit Papa's gone now whispered Bobbie I saw him turn around the corner he at any rate had learned his lesson as it was natural that he should do someone else also had learned that Papa was gone for while Bob and Grace were still counting the big lumps of sugar candy each employed the while for in which solace with an inch of barley sugar the front door opened in a big basket and a bundle done up in a kitchen cloth made surreptitious entrance into the house and we could quickly unpacked by mrs. Robarts herself on the table and mrs. Crawley's bedroom I did venture to bring them said fanny with a look of shame for I know how a sick child occupies the whole house ah my friend said mrs. Crawley taking hold of mrs. Robarts arm and looking into her face that sort of shame is over with me God has tried us with want and for my children's sake I'm glad of such relief but will he be angry I will manage it dear mrs. Robarts you must not be surprised at him his lot is sometimes very hard to bear such things are so much worse for a man than for a woman Fanny was not quite prepared to admit this in her own heart but she made no reply on that head I am sure I hope we may be able to be of use to you she said if you would only look upon me as an old friend and write to me if you want me I hesitate to come frequently for fear that I should offend him and then by degrees there was confidence between them and the poverty-stricken help made of the petrol cure it was able to speak of the weight of her burden to the well-to-do young wife of the Barchester Previn dairy it was hard the former said to feel herself so different from the Oise of other clergyman around her to know that they lived softly while she with all the work of her hands an unceasing struggle of her energies could hardly manage to place wholesome food before her husband and children it was a terrible thing a grievous thing to think of that all the work of her mind should be given up to such subjects as these but nevertheless she could bear it she said as long as he would carry himself like a man and face his lot boldly before the world and then she told how he had been better there at hoggle stock than in their former residence down in Cornwall and in warm language she expressed her thanks to the friend who had done so much for them mrs. Erin told me that she was so anxious you should go to them send mrs. Rowe virus is but that I fear is impossible the children you know mrs. Roberts I would take care of two of them for you oh no I could not punish you for your goodness in that way but he would not go he could go and leave me at home sometimes I have thought that it might be so and I have done all in my power to persuade him I have told him that if he could mix once more with the world with the clerical world you know that he would be better fitted for the performance of his own duties but he answers me angrily that it is impossible that his coat is not fit for the dean's table and mrs. Crowley almost blushed as she spoke of such a reason what with an old friend like dr. Urban surely that must be nonsense I know that it is the Dean would be glad to see him with any coat but the fact is that he cannot bear to enter the house of a rich man unless his duty calls him there but surely that is a mistake it is a mistake but what can I do I fear that he regards the riches his enemies he is pining for the solace of some friend to whom he could talk for some equal with a mind educated like his own to whose thoughts he could listen and to whom he could speak his own thoughts but such a friend must be equal not only in mind but in purse and where can he ever find such a man as that but you may get better preferment I know and if he did we are hardly fit for it now if I could think that I could educate my children if I could only do something for my poor grace in answer to this mrs. Robarts said a word or two but not much she resolved however that if she could get her husband's leave something should be done for grace would it not be a good work and wasn't not incumbent upon him to make some kindly use of all the goods with which providence had blessed herself and then they went back to the sitting-room each again with a young child in her arms mrs. Crawley having stowed away in the kitchen the chicken broth of the leg of pork in the supply of eggs Lucy had been engaged the while with the children and when the two married ladies entered they found that a shop in bed opened at which all manner of luxuries were being readily sold and purchased at marvelously easy prices the guava jelly was there and the oranges and the sugar plums red and yellow and striped and moreover the gingerbread had been taken down in the audacity of their commercial speculations and the Nats were spread out upon a board behind which Lucy stood his shop girl disposing of them for kisses ma-ma-ma-ma-ma said Bobbie running up to his mother you must buy something of her and he pointed with his fingers at the shop girl you must give her two kisses for that heap of barley sugar looking at bobbies mouth at the time at one would have said that his kisses might be dispensed with when they were again in the Pony carriage behind the impatient puck and were well away from the door Fanny was the first to speak how very different those two are she said different in their minds and in their spirit but how much higher tone does her mind than his how weak he is in many things and how strong she is in everything how false is his pride and how false is shame but we must remember what he has to bear it is not everyone that can endure such a life as his without false pride and false shame but she has neither said Lucy because you have one here on a family does that give you a right to expect another said mrs. robots of all my own acquaintance mrs. Crowley I think comes nearest to heroism and then they passed by the hoggle stock school and mr. Crawley when he heard the noise of the wheels came out you've been very kind said he to remain so long with my poor wife we had a great many things to talk about after you went it is very kind of you for she does not often see a friend nowadays will you have the goodness to tell mr. Robarts that I shall be here at the school at eleven o'clock tomorrow and then he bowed taking off his hat to them and they drove on if he really does care about her comfort I shall not think so badly of him said Lucy end of chapter 22 recording by Graham Maya de chapter 23 a frame Lee 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 graham maya de family parsonage by anthony trollope chapter 23 the triumph of the giants and now about the end of april news arrived almost simultaneously in all quarters of the habitable globe that was terrible in its import to one of the chief persons of our history some may think to the chief person in it all hi parliamentary people will doubtless so think and the wives and daughters of such the Titans warring against the gods had been for a while successful tea feeis and mimesis Porphyrion and Rochus the giant brood of old steeped in ignorance and wedded to corruption and scaled the heights of Olympus assisted by that audacious fling of deadly ponderous missiles who stands ever ready armed with his terrific sling supple house the insec lettuce of the press and in this universal Cataclysm of the starry councils what could a poor Diana do Diana of the petty bag but abandoned her pride of place to some rude Orien in other words the ministry had been compelled to resign with the mr. Harold Smith and so poor Harold is oat before his well tasted the sweets of office said sour be writing to his friend the parson and as far as I know the only piece of church patronage which has fallen in the way of the ministry since you joined it has made its way down to frame ly to my great joy and contentment but it hardly tended to marks joint contentment on the same subject that he should be so often reminded of the benefit conferred upon him terrible was this breakdown of the ministry and especially to Harold Smith who to the last had confidence in that theory of new blood he could hardly believe that a large majority of the house should vote against a government which he had only just joined if we are to go out in this way he said to his young friend green Walker the Queen's government could not be carried on that alleged difficulty is to carrying on the Queen's government has been frequently mooted in late years since a certain great man first introduced the idea nevertheless the Queen's government has carried on and the propensity and aptitude of men for this work seems to be not at all on the decrease if we abut few young statesmen it is because the old stages are so fond of the rattle of the harness I really did not see how the Queen's government is to be carried on said Harold Smith the green Walker standing in a corner of one of the lobbies of the House of Commons on the first of those days of awful interest in which the Queen was sending for one crack statesman after another and some anxious men were beginning to doubt whether or no we should in truth be able to obtain the blessings of another cabinet the gods had all vanished from their places with the Giants be good enough to do anything for us or no there were men who seemed to think that the Giants would refuse to do anything for us the house will now be adjourned over till Monday and I would not be in Her Majesty's shoes for something said mr. Harold Smith by Jove no said Green Walker who in these days was a staunch Harold Smith Ian having felt a pride adjoining himself on as a substantial supported to a cabinet minister and he contented himself with being merely a bra kite he would have counted as nobody by Jove no and green Walker opened his eyes and shook his head as he thought of the perilous condition in which Her Majesty must be placed I happen to know that Lord Blanc won't join them unless he has the Foreign Office and he mentioned some hundred hundred Gia's supposed to be of the utmost importance to the counsel of the Titans and that of course is impossible I don't see what on earth they are to do there's Cydonia they do say that he's making some difficulty now now Cydonia was another giant supposed to be very powerful we all know that the Queen won't see him said Green Walker who being a member of parliament for the crew Junction and nephew to lady hurdle top of course had perfectly correct means of ascertaining what the Queen would do and what she would not do the fact is said Harold Smith recurring again to his own situation as an injected God that the house does not in the least understand what it is about doesn't know what it wants the question I should like to ask them is this do they intend that the Queen shall have a government – do they not are they prepared to support such men as Cydonia and Lord the terrier if so I am their obedient humble servant but I shall be very much surprised that's all Lord a terrier was at this time recognised by all men as the leader of the Giants and so should i do Sidley surprised they can't do it you know there are the Manchester men I ought to know something about them down in my country and I say they can't support Lord the terrier it wouldn't be natural natural human nature has come to an end I think said Harold Smith who could hardly understand that the world should conspire to throw over a government which he had joined and that too before the world had waited to see how much he would do for it the fact is Walker we have no longer among us any strong feeling of party no not a Dan said Green Walker who was very energetic in his present political aspirations until we can recover that we shall never be able to have a government firm seated and sure-handed nobody can count on men from one week to another the very members who in one month placed a minister in power the very first to vote against him in the next we must put a stop to that sort of thing otherwise we shall never do any good I don't mean to that Brock was wrong with reference to Lord brittle back I think he was wrong and I said so all through but heavens on earth and instead of completing a speech Harold Smith turned away his head and struck his hands together in token of his astonishment at the fatuity of the age what he probably meant to express was this that if such a good deed as that late appointment made at the petty bag office were not held sufficient to atone for that other evil deed to which he had alluded there would be an end of all justice and sublunary matters was no offense to be forgiven even when so great virtue had been displayed I attribute it all to supple how Sid Greene Walker trying to console his friend yes and Harold Smith now verging on the bounds of parliamentary eloquence although he still spoke with bated breath into one solitary here yes we are becoming the slaves of a mercenary and irresponsible press of one single newspaper there is a man endowed with no great talent enjoying no public office untrusted as a politician and unheard of even as a writer by the world at large and yet because he is on the staff of the Jupiter he is able to overturn the government and throw the whole country into dismay it is astonishing to me that a man like lord broch should allow himself to be so timid and nevertheless it was not yet up yet a month since Harold Smith had been counseling with supple house how a series of strong articles in the Jupiter together with the expected support of the Manchester men might probably be effective in hurling the minister from his seat but at that time the minister had not revisited himself with Youngblood how the Queen's government is to be carried on that is the question now Harold Smith repeated a difficulty which had not caused him much dismay at that period about a month since – which we have alluded at this moment Sowerby in supple house together joined them having come out of the house in which some unimportant business had been completed after the minister's notice of adjournment well Harold said Sowerby what do you say dear governor statement I have nothing to say to it said Harold Smith looking up very solemnly from under the penthouse of his hat and apps rather savagely Sowerby had supported the government at the late crisis but why was he now seen hurting was such a one as supple house he did it pretty well I think said so or be very well indeed said supple house as he always does that sort of thing no man makes so good an explanation of circumstances or comes out with so telling a personal statement he ought to keep himself in reserve for those sort of things and who in the meantime is to carry on the Queen's government said Harold Smith looking very stern that should be left to men of lesser Mark said he of the Jupiter the points as to which one really listens to a minister the subjects about which men really care are always personal how many of us are truly interested as to the best mode of governing India but in a question touching the character of a prime minister we all muster together like bees round a sounding cymbal that arises from Envy malice in all and charitable nough said Harold Smith yes and from picking and stealing evil speaking lying and slandering said mister Sorby we're so prone to desire and covered other men's places acceptable house some men are so said so are be but it is the evil speaking lying and slandering which does the mischief is it not Harold and in the meantime how has the Queen's government to be carried on said mr. green Walker on the following morning it was known that lorda Terrier was with the Queen at Buckingham Palace and at about 12:00 a list of the new ministry was published which must have been in the highest degree satisfactory to the whole brood of giants every son of tellus was occluded in it as well as very many of the daughters but then late in the afternoon Lord Brock was again summoned to the palace and it was thought in the West End among the clubs that the gods had again a chance if only said the purest and evening paper which was supposed to be very much in the interest of mr. Harold Smith if only Lord broken over the wisdom to place the right men in the right places it was only the other day that he introduced mr. Smith into his government that this was a step in the right direction everyone has acknowledged though unfortunately was made too late to prevent the disturbance which has since occurred it now appears probable that his lordship will again have an opportunity of selecting a list of statesmen with a view of carrying on the government and it is to be hoped that such men as mr. Smith may be placed in situations in which their talents industry and acknowledged official aptitudes may be a permanent service to the country supple house when he read this at the club with mr. Shaw or be a disable declared the style was too well marked to leave any notice the author but we ourselves are not inclined to think that mr. hailed Smith wrote the article himself although it may be probable that he saw it in type but the Jupiter the next morning settled the whole question and made it known to the world that in spite of all the sending xandrie sendings lord broch and the gods were permanently out and lured a terrier and the giants permanently in that fractious giant who would only go to the Foreign Office had in fact gone to some sphere of much less important duty in Cydonia in spite of the whispered dislike of an illustrious personage opened the campaign with all the full upon ashes of a giant to the highest standing we hope said the Jupiter that lord broch may not yet be too old to take a lesson if so the present decision of the House of Commons and we me say of the country also may teach him not to put his trust in such princes as Lord brittle back or such broken reeds as mr. Harold Smith now this parting blow we always thought to be exceedingly unkind and altogether unnecessary on the part of mr. supple house my dear said mrs. Harold when she first met miss Dunstable after the catastrophe was known how am i possibly to endure this degradation and she put her deeply laced handkerchief up to her eyes Christian resignation suggested miss Dunstable fiddlestick said mrs. Harold Smith Hugh millionaires always talk of Christian resignation because you never are called on to resign anything if I had any Christian resignation I shouldn't have cared for such pumps and vanities think of it my dear a cabinet ministers wife for only three weeks how does poor mr. Smith endure it what Harold he only lives on the hope of vengeance when he has put an end to mr. supple house he will be content to die and then there were further explanations in both houses of parliament which were altogether satisfactory the hi-bred courteous giants assured the gods that they had piled pelion on alsa and climbed up into power very much in opposition to their own good wills for they the Giants themselves preferred the Suites of dignified retirement but the voice of the people had been too strong for them the effort had been made not by themselves but by others who were determined that the Giants should be at the head of affairs indeed the spirit of the times was so clearly in favor of Giants that there had been no alternative so said Bri arias to the lords and Orion to the Commons and then the gods were absolutely happy in ceding their places and so far were they from any on celestial envy or malice which might not be divined that they promised to give the Giants all the assistance in their power and carrying on the work of government upon which the Giants declared how deeply indebted they would be for such valuable counsel and friendly assistance all this says delightful in the extreme but not the lasted ordinary men seemed to expect that the usual battle would go on in the old customary way it is easy to love ones enemy when one is making fine speeches but so difficult to do so in the actual everyday work of life but there was and always has been this peculiar good point about the Giants that they are never too proud to follow in the footsteps of the gods if the gods deliberating painfully together have elaborated any skillful project the Giants are always willing to adopt it as their own not treating the bantling as a foster child but praising it and pushing it so that men would regard it as they undoubted offspring of their own brains now just at this time there had been a plan much thought up for increasing the number of the bishops good active bishops were very desirable and there was a strong feeling amongst certain excellent churchmen that there could hardly be too many of them lord broch had his measure cut and dry there should be a bishop of westminster to share the Herculean toils of the metropolitan palate and another up in the north to Christianize the mining interests and wash white the black and moors of newcastle bishop of beverly he should be called but in opposition to this the Giants it was known had intended to put forth the whole measure of their own brute force more curates they said were wanting and district incumbents not more bishops rollin in carriages that bishops should roll in carriages was very good but of such blessings the English world for the present had enough and therefore Lord Brock and the gods had had much fears to their little project but now immediately on the accession of the Giants it was known that the bishop bill was to be gone on with immediately some small changes would be effected so that the bill should be gigantic rather than divine but the result would be all together the same it must however be admitted that bishops appointed by ourselves may be very good things whereas those appointed by our adversaries will be anything but good and no doubt this feeling went a long way with the Giants be that as it may the nude bishop bill was to be their first work of government and it was to be brought forward and carried and the new prelate selected and put into their chairs all at once before the grouse should begin to crow and put an end to the doings of gods as well as Giants among other minor effects arising from this decision was the following that Archdeacon and mrs. grant Lee returned to London and again took the lodgings in which they had before been staying on various occasions also during the first week of the second sojourn dr. grant Lee might be seen entering the official chambers of the First Lord of the Treasury much counsel was necessary among high church men of great repute before any fixed resolution could wisely be made in such a matter as this and a few churchmen stood a higher repute than the Archdeacon of Barchester and then it began to be rumoured in the world that the minister disposed at any rate of the sea of Westminster this present time was a very nervous one for mrs. grant Lee what might be the aspiration of the Archdeacon himself we will not stop to inquire it may be the time and experience had taught him the futility of earthly honours and made him content with the comfortable opulence of his bar such directory but there is no theory of church discipline which makes it necessary that a clergyman's wife should have any objection to a bishopric the Archdeacon probably was only anxious to give a disinterested aid to the minister but mrs. grant Lee did long to sit in high places and be at any rate equal to mrs. proudiy it was for her children she said to herself that she was thus anxious that they should have a good position before the world and the means of making the best of themselves one is able to do nothing you know shut up there down at plump stood she had remarked to Lady Lufton on the occasion of her first visit to London and at the time was not long past when she had thought that rectory house had plumsted to be by no means insufficient or contemptible and then there came a question whether or no Griselda's should go back to her mother but this idea was very strongly opposed by lady Lofton and ultimately with success I really think the dear girl is very happy with me said lady Lofton and if ever she is to belong to me more closely it will be so well that we should know and love one another to tell the truth lady Lofton had been trying hard to know and love Griselda but hitherto she had scarcely succeeded to the full extent of her wishes that she loved Griselda was certain with that sort of love which Springs from a person's volition and not from the judgment she had said all along to herself and others that she did love Griselda Grantley she had admired the young lady's face leichter manner approved of her fortune and family and selected her for a daughter-in-law in a somewhat impetuous manner therefore she loved her but it was by no means clear to lady Lofton that she did as yet no her young friend the match was a plan of her own and therefore she stuck to it as warmly as ever but she began to have some misgivings whether or no the dear girl would be to her herself all that she had dreamed of in a daughter-in-law but dear lady Lufton said mrs. grant Lee is it not possible that we may put her affections to too severe a test what if she should learn to regard him and then ah if she did I should have no fear of the result if she showed anything like love for Ludovic he would be at her feet in a moment he is impulsive but she is not exactly lady Lofton it is his privilege to be impulsive and to sue for her affection and hers to have her love sought for without making any demonstration it is perhaps the fault of young ladies of the present day that they are too impulsive they assume privileges which are not their own and thus lose those which are quite true I quite agree with you it is probably that very feeling that has made me think so highly of Griselda but then but then a young lady though she need not jump down a gentleman's throat or throw herself into his face may give some signs that she is made of flesh and blood especially when her Papa and Mama and all belonging to her so anxious to make the path of her love run smooth that was what was passing through Lady lufton's mind but she did not say it at all she merely looked I don't think she will ever allow herself to indulge in an unauthorized passion send mrs. grant Lee I'm sure she will not serve ideal often with ready agreement fearing perhaps in her heart that Griselda would never indulge in any passion authorized or unauthorized I don't know whether Lord Lufton sees much of her now said mrs. grant Lee thinking perhaps of that promise of Lady lufton's with reference to his Lordships spare time just lately during these changes you know everybody has been so much engaged Ludovic has been constantly at the house and then men find it so necessary to be at their clubs just now yes yes of course and mrs. grant Lee who was not at all disposed to think little of the importance of the present crisis or to wonder that men should congregate together when such deeds were to be done as those which now occupied the breasts of the Queen's advisors at last however the two mothers perfectly understood each other Griselda was still to remain with lady Lofton and was to accept her ladyship son if he could only be induced to exercise his privilege of asking her but in the meantime as a scene to be doubtful Griselda was not to be debarred from her privilege of making what you secret of any other string which she might have to her bow but mamas and Griselda in a moment of unwatched intercourse between the mother and daughter is it really true that they're going to make Papa a bishop we can tell nothing as yet my dear people in the world are talking about it your Papa has been a good deal with Lord to terrier and isn't he Prime Minister oh yes I'm happy to say that he is I thought the Prime Minister could make anyone a bishop that he chooses any clergyman that is but there is no see vacant said mrs. grant Lee there no isn't any chance said Griselda looking very glum they're going to have an act of parliament for making two more bishops that's what they're talking about at least and if they do Papa will be Bishop of Westminster won't he and we shall live in London but you must not talk about it my dear no I won't but mama a bishop of Westminster will be higher than a bishop of Barchester won't he I shall so like to be able to snub those miss proud ease it will therefore be seen that there were matters on which even Griselda grant they could be animated like the rest of her family she was devoted to the church late on the afternoon the Archdeacon returned home to dine in Mount Street having spent the whole of the day between the Treasury chambers a meaning of convocation at his club and when he did get home it was soon manifest to his wife that he was not laden with good news it is almost incredible he said standing with his back to the drawing-room fire what is incredible said his wife sharing her husband's anxiety to the full if I had not learned it as a fact I would not have believed it even of lord broch said the Archdeacon learned what said the anxious wife after all they're going to oppose the bill impossible said mrs. gradually but they are the bill for the two new bishops Archdeacon opposed their own bill yes suppose their own bill it's almost incredible but so it is some changes have been forced upon us little things which they have forgotten quite minor matters and they now say that they will be obliged to divide against us on these two penny ha'penny hair-splitting points it is Lord Brock's own doing too after all that he said about abstaining from factious opposition to the government I believe there's nothing too bad or too false for that man said mrs. grant Lee after all they said to when they were in power themselves as to the present government opposing the cause of religion they declare now that Lord terror could not be very anxious about it as he had so many good reasons against it a few weeks ago is it not dreadful that there should be such double-dealing in men in such positions it is sickening said mrs. grant Lee and then there was a pause between them as each thought of the injury that was done to them but Archdeacon well could you not give up those small points and shame them into compliance nothing would shame them but would it not be well to try the game was so good at one and the stakes so important that mrs. grant lee felt that it would be worth playing for to the last it is no good but I certainly would suggest it to Lord the terrier I'm sure the country would go along with him at any rate at the church it is impossible said the Archdeacon to tell the truth that did occur to me but some of them down there seem to think that it would not do mrs. grant lease at a while on the sofa still meditating in their mind whether there might not yet be some escape from so terrible a downfall but Archdeacon I'll go upstairs and rest said he in despondency but Archdeacon surely the present ministry may have a majority on such a subject as that I thought they were sure of of majority now no not sure but at any rate the chances are in their favour I do hope they'll do their duty and exert themselves to keep their members together and then the Archdeacon told out the whole of the truth nor de terrier says that under the present circumstances he will not bring the matter for this session at all so we had better go back to plumsted mrs. grant Lee then felt that there was nothing further to be said and will be proper that the historian should drop a veil over their sufferings end of chapter 23 recording by Gram Myna chapter 24 of frame Li 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 graham maya family parsonage by anthony trollope chapter 24 Magna asked Veritas it was made known to the reader that in the early part of the winter mrs. Sowerby had a scheme for retrieving his lost fortunes and setting himself right in the world by marrying that rich heiress Miss Dunstable I fear my friend Sowerby does not at present stand high in the estimation of those who have come on with me thus far in this narrative he has been described as a spendthrift and gambler and as one scarcely honest in his extravagance and gambling but nevertheless there are worse men than mr. Sorby and I am not prepared to say that should he be successful with Miss Dunstable that lady would choose by any means the worst of the suitors who are continually throwing themselves at her feet reckless as this man always appeared to be reckless as he absolutely was there was still within his heart a desire for better things and in his mind and understanding that he had hitherto missed the career of an honest English gentleman he was proud of his position as a member for his County though hitherto he had done so little to grace it he was proud of his domain at shelter coats though the possession of it had so nearly passed out of his own hands he was proud of the old blood that flowed in his veins that he was proud also that easy comfortable gay manner which went so far in the world's judgment to atone for his extravagance and evil practices if only he could get another chance as he now sent to himself things should go very differently with him he would utterly forswear the whole company of tossers he would cease to deal in bills and to pay heaven only knows how many hundred percent for his monies he would no longer prey upon his friends and would redeem his title deeds from the clutches of the Duke of Anjum if only he could get another chance miss decibles fortune would do all this and ever so much more and moreover miss Dunstable was a woman whom he really liked she was not soft feminine or pretty nor was she very young but she was clever self-possessed and quite able to hold her own in any class and as to age mr. sari was not for young himself in making such a match he would have no cause of shame he could speak of it before his friends without fear of their grimaces and asked them to his house with the full assurance that the head of his table would not disgrace him and then as the scheme grew clearer and clearer to him he declared to himself that if he should be successful he would use her well and not rob her of her money beyond what was absolutely necessary he had intended to have laid his fortunes at her feet at chowder coats but the lady had been coy then the deed was to have been done in a gatherin castle but the lady ran away from gathering castle just at the time on which she had fixed and sits that one circumstance after another had postponed the affair in London till now at last he was resolved that he would know his fate let it be what it might if he could not contrive that things should speedily be arranged it might come to pass that he would be altogether debarred from presenting himself to the lady as mr. Saur be of childr coats tidings had reached him to mr. Fothergill that the duke would be glad to have matters arranged and mr. sore be well knew the meaning of that message mr. Sorby was not fighting this campaign alone without the aid of an ally indeed no man ever had a more trusty ally in any campaign than he had in this and it was this ally the only faithful comrade that clung to him through good and ale during his whole life who first put it into his head that Miss Dunstable was a woman and might be married a hundred needy adventures have attempted and then failed already mr. sorry had said when the plan was first proposed to him but nevertheless she will someday marry someone and why not you as well as another his sister had answered for mrs. Harold Smith was the a life whom I have spoken mrs. Harold Smith whatever may have been her faults could boast of this virtue that she loved her brother he was probably the only human being that she did love children she had none and as for her husband it had never occurred to her to love him she had married him for a position at being a clever woman with a good digestion and her temper had managed to get through the world without much of that unhappiness which usually follows ill-assorted marriages at home she managed to keep the upper hand but she did so in an easy good human way that made her rule bearable and away from home she assisted her Lords political standing though she laughed more Keamy than anyone else at his foibles but the lord of her heart was her brother and in all his scrapes all his extravagances and all his recklessness she had ever been willing to assist him with the view doing this she had sought the intimacy amidst unstable and for the last year had indulged every Caprice of that lady or rather she had had the wit to learn the miss tense table was to be won not by the indulgence of caprices but by free and easy intercourse with a dash of fun and at any rate a semblance of honesty mrs. Harold Smith was not perhaps herself free honest by disposition but in these latter days she had taken up a theory of honesty for the sake of Miss Dunstable not altogether in vain for Miss Dunstable and mrs. Hale Smith was certainly very intimate if I'm to do it at all I must not wait any longer said mr. Saur be to his sister a day or two after the final breakdown of the Gods the affection of the sister for the brother may be imagined from the fact that at such a time she could give up her mind to such a subject but in truth her husband's position as a cabinet minister was as nothing to her compared with her brother's position as a county gentleman one time is as good as another said mrs. Harold Smith you mean that you would advise me to ask career once certainly but you must remember an at that you will have no easy task it will not do for you to kneel down and swear that you love her if I do it at all I shall certainly do it without kneeling you may be sure that Harriet yes and without swearing that you love her there was only one way in which you can be successful with Miss Dunstable you must tell her the truth what tell her that I am ruined horse foot and dragoons and then bid her help me out of the mire exactly that will be your only chance strange as it may appear this is very different from what you used to say down at childr coats so it is but I know her much better than I did when we were there since then I have done but little else than study the freaks of her character if she really likes you and I think she does she could forgive you and the crime with that of swearing that you left her I should hardly know how to propose without saying something about it but you must say nothing not a word you must tell her that you are a gentleman of good blood in high station but sadly out at elbows she knows that already of course she does but she must know it is coming directly from your own mouth and then tell her that you proposed to set yourself right by marrying her by marrying her for the sake of her money that will hardly win her I should say if it does not no other way that I know of will do so as I told you before it will be no easy task of course you must make her understand that her happiness shall be cared for but that must not be put prominently forward as your object your first object is her money and your only chance for success is in telling the truth it's very seldom that a man finds himself in such a position as that said so RB walking up and down his sister's room and upon my word I don't think I'm up to the task I should certainly break down I don't believe there's a man in London could go to a woman with such a story as that and then ask her to marry him if you cannot you may as well give it up said mrs. Harold Smith but if you can do it if you can go through with it in that manner my own opinion is that your chance of success would not be bad the fact is added the sister after a while during which her brother was continuing his walk and meditating on the difficulties of his position the fact is you men never understand a woman you give her credit neither for her strength nor for her weakness you are too bold and too timid you think she's a fool and tell her so and it never can trust her to do a kind action why should she not marry you with the intention of doing you a good turn alter all she would lose very little there is the estate and if she were Deane but it would belong to her as well as to you it would be a good turn indeed I fear I should be too modest to put it to her in that way her position would be much better as your wife than it is at present you are a good humoured and good tempered you would intend to treat her well and on the whole she would be much happier as mr. Saur be of childhood coats than she can be in her present position if she cared about being married I suppose she could be a piers wife tomorrow but I don't think she cares about being a peers wife a needy peer might perhaps win her in the way that I proposed to you but then a needy peer would not know how to set about it needy peers have tried half a dozen I have no doubt and have failed because they have pretended that they were in love with her it may be difficult but your only chance is to tell her the truth and where shall I do it here if you choose but her own house will be better I never can't see her there at least not alone I believe that she never is alone she always keeps a lot of people around her in order to stave off her lover's upon my word Harriette I think I'll give it up it is impossible that I should make such a declaration to her as that you propose faint heart not you know the rest but the poet never alluded to such wooing is that you have suggested I suppose I had better begin with the schedule of my debts and make reference if she doubts me to father Gill the sheriff's officers in the hoser family she will hunt out you on that head normal should be a bit surprised then there was again a pause during which mr. Soler be still walked up and down the room thinking whether or no he might possibly have any chance of success and so hazardous and enterprise I tell you what Harriet at last he said I wish you'd do it for me well said she if you really mean it I will make the attempt I am sure of this that I shall never make it myself I positively should not have the courage to tell her in so many words that I wanted to marry her for her money well not I will attempt it at any rate I am not afraid of her she and I are excellent friends and to tell the truth I think I like her better than any other woman that I know but I never should have been intimate with her had it not been for your sake and now you will have to quarrel with her also for my sake not at all you'll find that whether she accedes to my proposition or not we shall continue friends I do not think that she would die for me nor I for her but as the world goes we suit each other such a little trifle isness will not make our loves and so it was settled on the following day mrs. Harold Smith was to find an opportunity of explaining the whole matter to miss Dunstable and was to ask that lady to share her fortune some incredible number of a pounds with the bankrupt member for West Barsad Shearer who in return was to bestow on her himself and his debts mrs. Harold Smith had spoken no more than the truth in saying that she and Miss Dunstable suited one another and she had not improperly described their friendship they were not prepared to die one for the sake of the other they had said nothing to each other's mutual love and affection they never kissed or cried or made speeches when they met her when they parted there was no great benefit for which either had to be grateful to the other no terrible injury which either had forgiven but they suited each other and this I take it is the secret of most of our pleasantest intercourse in the world and it was almost grievous that they should suit each other for Miss Dunstable was much the worthy of the two had she but known it herself it was almost to be lamented that she should have found herself able to live with mrs. Hale Smith on terms that were perfectly satisfactory to herself mrs. Harold Smith was worldly heartless to all the world but her brother and has been above hinted almost dishonest miss Dunstable was not worldly though it was possible that her present style of life might make her so she was affectionate fond of truth and prone to honesty if those around would but allow her to exercise it but she was fond of ease and humor sometimes a wit that might almost be called broad and she had a thorough love ridicule in the world's humbugs in all these propensities mrs. Harold Smith indulged her under these circumstances they were now together almost every day it had become quite a habit with mrs. Hale Smith to have herself German early in the forenoon to miss stunt doubles house and that lady though she could never be found alone by mr. Sowerby was habitually so found by his sister and after that they would go out together or each separately as fancier the business of the day might direct them each was easy to the other in this alliance and they so managed that they never trod on each other's corns on the day following the agreement made between mr. Sorby and mrs. Harold Smith that lady as usual called on Miss Dunstable and soon found herself alone with her friend in a small room which the heiress kept solely for her own purposes on special occasions persons of various sorts were there admitted occasionally a parson who had a church to build or Dowager laden with the last morsel of town slander or a poor author who could not get to payment for the efforts of his brain or poor governess on whose feeble stamina the weight of the world had borne to hardly but men who by possibility could be lovers did not make their way thither nor women who could be bores in these latter days that is during the present London season the doors of it had been oftener open to mrs. Harold Smith than to any other person and now the effort was to be made with the object of which all this intimacy had been affected as she came thither in her carriage mrs. Harold Smith herself is not altogether devoid of that sinking of the heart which is so frequently the forerunner of any difficult and hazardous undertaking she had declared that she would feel no fear and making a little proposition but she did feel something very like it and when she made her entrance into the little room she certainly wished that the work was done and over how is poor mr. Smith today asked miss Dunstable with an air of mock condolence as her friend seated herself in her accustomed easy chair the downfall of the gods was as yet a history hardly three days old and it might well be supposed that the late Lord of the petty bag had hardly recovered from his misfortune well he is better I think this morning at least I should judge so from the manner in which he confronted his eggs but still I don't like the way he handles the carving-knife I am sure he is always thinking of mr. sepiol house at those moments poor man I mean supple house after all why shouldn't he follow his trade as well as another live and not live that's what I say i but it's killing that kill with him that's what Horace says however I'm tired of all that now and I came here today to talk about something else I rather like mr. sepiol house myself exclaimed miss Dunstable he never makes any bones about the matter he has a certain work to do in a certain cause to serve namely his own and in order to do that work and serve that cause he uses such weapons as God has placed in his hands that's what the wild beasts do and where were you fine men honest er than they the tiger tears you up because he is hungry and wants to eat you that's what supple house does but there's so many among us tearing up one another without any excuse of hunger the mere pleasure of destroying is reason enough well my dear my mission to you today is certainly not one of destruction as you will when you hear it it is one rather very absolutely of salvation I have come to make love to you who then the salvation I suppose is not for myself said miss Dunstable it was quite clear to mrs. Harold Smith that Miss Dunstable had immediately understood the whole purport of this visit and that she was not in any great measure surprised it did not seem from the tone of the heiress's voice or from the serious look which at once settled on her face that she would be prepared to grow very ready compliance but then great objects can only be won with great efforts that's as may be said mrs. Harold Smith for you and another also I hope but I trusted nu8 that I may not offend you Oh laws know nothing of that kind ever offends me now well I suppose you're used to it like the eels my dear I don't mind at the least in the world only sometimes you know it is a little tedious I'll endeavor to avoid that so you might as well break the ice at once you know enough of Nathaniel's affairs to be aware that he is not a very rich man since you do ask me about it I suppose there's no harm in saying that I believe him to be a very poor man not the least harm in the world but just the rivers whatever may come of this my wish is that the truth should be told scrupulously on all sides the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth Magne esta Veritas said miss Dunstable the Bishop of Barchester taught me as much Latin as that a child of coats and he did add some more but there was a long word and I forgot it the bishop was quite right my dear I'm sure but if you go to your Latin I'm lost as we were just now saying my brother's pecuniary affairs are in a very bad state he has a beautiful property of his own which has been in the family for I can't see how many centuries long before the conquest I know I wonder what my ancestors were then it does not much signify to any of us said mrs. Harold Smith with a moral shake of her head what our ancestors were but it's a sad thing to see an old property go to ruin yes indeed we none of us like to see our property going to ruin whether it be old or new I have some of that sort of feeling already although mine was only made the other day out of an apothecary shop god forbid that I should ever help you to ruin it said mrs. Harold Smith I should be sorry to be the means of your losing a ten pound note Magne asked Veritas has the dear bishop said exclaimed miss Dunstable let us have the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth as we agreed just now mrs. Harold Smith did begin to find that the task before her was difficult there was a hardness about midst unstable when matters of business were concerned on which it seemed almost impossible to make any impression it was not that she had evinced any determination to refuse the tender mr. Shaw of his hand but she was so painfully resolute not to have dust thrown her in her eyes mrs. Hale Smith had commenced with a mind fixed upon avoiding what she called humbug but this sort of humbug had become so prominent a part of her usual rhetoric that she found it very hard to abandon it and that's what I wish said she of course my chief object is to secure my brother's happiness that's very unkind to poor mr. Harold Smith well well well you know what I mean yes I think I do know what you mean your brother is a gentleman of good family but if no means not quite so bad as that of embarrassed means then or anything that you will whereas I am a lady of no family but of sufficient wealth you think that if you brought us together and made a match of it it would be a very good thing for for whom said Miss Dunstable yes exactly said mrs. Harold Smith for which of us remember the bishop now and is nice little bit of Latin for Nathaniel then said mrs. Harold Smith boldly it would be a very good thing for him and a slight smile came across her face as she said it now that's honest or the mischievous in it yes that's honest enough and did he send you here to tell me this well he did that in something else and now let's have the something else the really important part I have no doubt has been spoken no by no means by no means all of it but you are so hard on one my dear with your running after honesty that one is not able to tell the real facts as they are you make one speak in such a bald naked way ah you think that anything naked must be indecent even truth I think it is more proper looking and better suited to for the world's work when it goes about with some sort of a garment on it we are so used to 11 of falsehood and all we hear in say nowadays that nothing is more likely to deceive us than the absolute truth if a shopkeeper told me that his wares were simply middling of course I should think that they were not worth a farthing but all that has nothing to do with my poor brother well what was I saying you were going to say how well he would use me no doubt something of that kind that he wouldn't beat me or spend all of my money if I managed to have it tied up out of his power or look down on me with contempt because my father was an apothecary was not that what you were going to say I was going to tell you that you might be more happy as mrs. Sowerby of childhood coats than you can be as Miss Dunstable of Mount Lebanon and had mr. Sorvino other message to send nothing about love or anything of that sort I should like you know to understand what his feelings are before I take such a leap I do believe he has a true regard for you as any man of his age ever does have for any woman of mine that is not putting in a very devoted way certainly but I am glad to see that you remembered the bishops maxim what would you have me say if I told you that he was dying for love you would say I was trying to teach you and now because I don't tell you so you say that he's wanting a devotion I must say you're hard to please perhaps I am and very unreasonable into the bargain I ought to ask no questions of the kind when your brother proposes to do me so much honor as for my expecting the love of a man who condescends to wish to be my husband that of course would be monstrous what right could I have to think that any man should love me it ought to be enough for me to know that as I am rich I can get a husband what business can such as I have to inquire whether the gentleman who would so honor me really would like my company or would only deign to put up with my presence in his household now my dear Miss Dunstable of course I'm not such an ass as to expect that any gentleman should love me and I feel that I ought to be obliged to your brother for sparing me the string of complimentary declarations which are usual in such occasions he at any rate is not tedious or rather you on his behalf for no doubt his own time is so occupied with his parliamentary duties that he cannot attend to this little matter himself I do feel grateful to him and perhaps nothing more will be necessary than to give him a schedule of the property and name an early date for putting him in possession mrs. Smith did feel that she was rather badly used this Miss Dunstable in a mutual confidences had so often ridiculed the lovemaking grimaces of her mercenary suitors has spoken so fiercely against those who had persecuted her not because they had desired her money but on account of their ill judgement and thinking her to be a fool that mrs. Smith had a right to expect that the method she had adopted for opening the negotiation would be taken better spirit could it be possible after all thought mrs. Smith to herself that Miss Dunstable was like other woman and that she did like to have men kneeling at her feet could it be the case that she had advised her brother badly and that it would have been better for him to have gone about his work in the old-fashioned way they are very hard to manage send mrs. Harold Smith to herself thinking of her own sex he was coming here himself said she but I advised him not to do so that was kind of you I thought that I could explain to you more openly and more freely what his intentions really are oh I have no doubt that they are honorable said Miss Dunstable he does not want to deceive me in that way I am quite sure it was impossible to help laughing and mrs. Harold Smith did laugh upon my word you would provoke a saint said she I'm not likely to get into any such company by the Alliance that you are now suggesting to me there are not many Saints usually a child of coats I believe always excepting my dear Bishop and his wife but my dear what am I to say to Nathaniel tell him of course how much obliged to him I am do listen to me one moment I dare say they have done wrong to speak to in such a bold unromantic way not at all the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth that's what we agreed upon but ones first efforts in any line are always apt to be a little uncouth I will send a thanne yyl to you himself no do not do so why torment either him or me I do like your brother in a certain way I like him much but no earthly consideration would induce me to marry him is it not so glaringly plain that he would marry me for my money only that you have not even dared to suggest any other of course it would have been nonsense to say that he had no regard whenever towards your money of course it would absolute nonsense he's a poor man with a good position and he wants to marry me because I have got that what she wants but my dear I do not want that which he has got and therefore the bargain would not be a fair one but he would do his very best to make you happy I am so much obliged to him but you see I'm very happy as I am what should I gain a companion whom you confess that you like ah but I do not know that I should like too much even of such a companion as your brother no my dear it won't do believe me when I tell you once for all that it won't do do you mean then miss Dunstable that you'll never marry tomorrow if I met anyone that I fancied and he would have me but I rather think that any that I'm a fancy won't have me in the first place if I marry anyone the man must be quite indifferent to money then you'll not find him in this world my dear very possibly not said miss Dunstable all that was further said upon the subject need not be here repeated mrs. Harold Smith did not give up her cause quite at once although miss Dunstable had spoken so plainly she tried to explain how eligible would be her friend situation as mistress of child a coats when child a coat should own no penny to any man and went so far as to hint that the master chowder coats if relieved of his embarrassments and known as a rich man might in all probability be found worthy of a peerage when the god should return to Olympus mr. Hale Smith as a cabinet minister would of course do his best but it was all of no use it's not my destiny said Miss Dunstable and therefore do not press it any longer but we shall not quarrel said mrs. Smith almost tenderly Oh No why should we quarrel and you won't look glum at my brother why should I look glum at him but mrs. Smith I'll do more than not looking glum at him I do like you and I do like your brother and if I can in any moderate way a system in his difficulties let him tell me so soon after this mrs. Harold Smith went her way of course she declared in a very strong manner that her brother could not think of accepting from Dunstable any such pecuniary assistance as that offered and to give her her do such was the feeling of her mind at the moment but as she went to meet her brother and gave him an account of this interview it did occur to her that possibly miss Dunstable might be a better creditor than the Duke of omnium for the child decodes property end of chapter 24 recording by Graham Maeda chapter 25 of fram leap arsenic this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org recording by nicholas clifford family parsonage by anthony trollope chapter 25 non impulsive it cannot be held as astonishing that that last decision on the part of the Giants in the matter of the two bishoprics should have disgusted Archdeacon Grantley he was a politician but not a politician as they were as is the case with all exoteric men his political eyes saw a short way only and his political aspirations were as limited when his friends came into office that bishop bill which is the original product of his enemies had been regarded by him as being so pernicious for was it not about to be made law in order that other proudest and suchlike might be hoisted up into high places and large incomes to the terrible detriment of the church that bishop bill i say in the hands of his friends had appeared to him to be a means almost of national salvation and then how great had been the good fortune of the Giants in this matter had they been the originators of such a measure they would not have had a chance of success but now now that the two bishops were falling into their mouths out of the weak hands of the gods was not their success ensured so dr. grant Lee had girded up his loins and marched up to the fight almost regretting that the triumph would be so easy the subsequent failure was very trying to his temper as a party man it always strikes me that the supporters of the tightness or in this respect much to be pitied the Giants themselves those who were actually handling pillion and breaking their shins over the lower rocks of author or always advancing in some sort towards the councils of olympus their highest policy is to snatch some ray from heaven why else put P lien on ASSA unless it be that a furtive hand making its way through job's windows may pluck forth a thunderbolt or two or some article less destructive but of manufacture equally divine and in this consists the wisdom of the higher Giants that in spite of their mundane antecedents theories and predilections they can see that articles of divine manufacture are necessary but then they never carry their supporters with them their whole army is an army of martyrs for 20 years I have stuck to them and see how they have treated me it's not that always the plaint of an old giant slave I have been true to my party all my life and where am I now he says where indeed my friend looking about you you begin to learn that you cannot describe your whereabouts I do not marvel at that no one finds himself planted at last and so terribly foul morass as he would fain stand still forever on dry ground dr. grant Lee was disgusted and although he was himself to true and thorough in all his feelings to be able to say aloud that any giant was wrong still he had a sad feeling within his heart that the world was sinking from under him he was still sufficiently exoteric to think that a good stand-up fight and a good cause was a good thing no doubt he did wish to be bishop of westminster and was anxious to compass that preferment by any means that might appear to him to be fair and why not but this was not the end of his aspirations he wished that the Giants might prevail and everything in bishoprics is in all other matters and he could not understand that they should give way on the very first appearance of a skirmish in his open talk he was loud against many a god but in this heart of hearts he was bitter enough against both poor fire Ian and Orion my dear doctor it would not do not in this session it would not indeed so had spoken to him a half fledged but especially esoteric young monster cub at the Treasury who considered himself is up to all the dodges of his party and regarded the army of martyrs who supported it as a rather heavy but very useful collection of fogies dr. grant Lee had not cared to discuss the matter with a half fledged monster cub the best licked of all the monsters the giant most like a god of them all had said a word or two to him and he had also said a word or two to that giant poor fire Ian had told him that the bishop bill would not do and he in return speaking with warm face and blood in his cheeks had told poor fire Ian that he saw no reason why the bill should not do the courteous giant had smiled as he shook his ponderous head and then the Archdeacon had left him unconsciously shaking some dust from his shoes as he paced the passages of the Treasury chambers for the last time as he walked back to his lodgings in Mount Street many thoughts not altogether bad in their nature passed through his mind why should he trouble himself about a bishopric was he not well as he was and his rectory down at plumsted might it not be ill for him at his age to transplant himself into new soil to engage new duties and to live among new people was he not useful at Barchester and respected also and might it not be possible than up there at westminster he might be regarded merely as a tool with which other men could work he had not quite liked the tone of that specially esoteric young monster cub who had clearly regarded him as a distinguished bogey from the army of martyrs he would take his wife back to bar such er and there live contented with the good things which Providence had given him those high political grapes had become sour my sneering friends will say well is it not a good thing that grapes should become sour which hang out of reach is he not wise who can regard all grapes as sour which are manifestly too high for his hand those grapes of the Treasury bench for which gods and Giants fight suffering so much when they are forced to abstain from eating and so much more when they do eat those grapes are very sour to me I am sure that they are in digestible and that those who eat them undergo all the ills which the Revel enta Arabica is prepared to cure and so it was now with the Archdeacon he thought of the strain which would have been put on his conscience had he come up there to sit in London as Bishop of Westminster and in this frame of mind he walked home to his wife during the first few moments of his interview with her all his regrets had come back upon him indeed it would hardly have suited for him then to have preached this new doctrine of rural contentment the wife of his bosom whom he so fully trusted had so fully loved wished for grapes that hung high upon the wall and he knew that it was past his power the teacher at the moment to drop her ambition any teaching that he might affect in that way must come by degrees but before many minutes were over he had told her of her fate and of his own decision so we had better go back to plumsted he said and she had not dissented I am sorry for poor Griselda's sake mrs. grant lee had remarked later in the evening when they were again together but I thought she wished to remain with Lady Lufton well so she will for a little time there is no one with whom I would so soon trust her out of my own care that's with Lady Lufton she is all that one can desire exactly and as far as Griselda is concerned I could not say that I think she is to be pitied not to be pitied perhaps and mrs. grant Lee but you see Archdeacon lady Lufton of course has her own views her own views it is hardly any secret that she is very anxious to make a match between Lord Lufton and Griselda and though that might be a very proper arrangement if it were fixed Lord Lufton marry Griselda said the Archdeacon speaking quick and raising his eyebrows his mind had as yet been troubled but by few thoughts respecting his child's future establishment I had never dreamt of such a thing but other people have done more than dream of it Archdeacon as regards the match itself and would I think be unobjectionable Lord Lufton will not be a very rich man but his property is respectable and as far as I can learn his character is on the whole good if they like each other I should be contented with such a marriage but I must own I am not quite satisfied but the idea of leaving her all alone with Lady Lufton people will look on it as a settled thing but it is not settled and very probably may not be settled and that will do the poor girl harm she is very much admired that can be no doubt of that and lord dumb bellow the Archdeacon opened his eye still wider he had had no idea that such a choice of sons-in-law was being prepared for him and to tell the truth was almost bewildered by the height of his wife's ambition lord Lufton with his barony in 20,000 a year might be accepted as just good enough but failing him there was an embryo Marquess whose fortune would be more than ten times as great or ready to accept his child and then he thought as husband sometimes will think of Susan Harding as she was when he had gone according to her under the Elms before the house and the Wharton's garden at Barchester and of dear old mr. Harding his wife's father who still lived in humble lodgings in that city and as he thought he wondered at and admired the greatness of that ladies mind I can never forgive Lord the terrier said the lady connecting various points together in her own mind that's nonsense said the Archdeacon you must forgive him but I must confess that it annoys me to leave London at present it can't be helped said the Archdeacon somewhat gruffly but he was a man who on certain points chose to have his own way and had it oh no I know it can't be helped said mrs. grant Lee in a tone which implied a deep injury I know it can't be helped poor Griselda and then they went to bed on the next morning Griselda came to her and in an interview that was strictly private her mother said more to her than she had ever yet spoken as to the prospects of her future life here the two won the subject to mrs. grant Lee had said little or nothing she would have been well pleased that her daughter should have received the incense of Lord lufton's vows or perhaps as well pleased had it been the incense of Lord dumb bellows vows without any interference on her part in such case her child she knew would have told her with quite sufficient eagerness and the matter in either case would have been arranged as a very pretty love match she had no fear of any impropriety or of any rashness on Griselda's part she had thoroughly known her daughter when she boasted that Griselda would never indulge in an unauthorised passion but as matters now stood with those two strings to her bow and with that Luft and Grantley alliance treaty in existence of which she Griselda herself knew nothing might it not be possible that the poor child should stumble through want of adequate direction guided by these thoughts mrs. grant Lee had resolved to say a few words before she left London so she wrote a line to her daughter and Griselda reached Mount Street at two o'clock and Lady lufton's carriage which during the interview waited for her at the beer shop around the corner and Papa won't be bishop of Westminster the young lady when the doings of the Giants had been sufficiently explained to make her understand that all those hopes were over no my dear at any rate not now what a shame I thought it was all settled what's the good mama of Lord the terrier being Prime Minister if he can't make whom he likes a bishop I don't think that Lord that area has behaved at all well to your father however that's a long question we can't go into it now how glad those proud EES will be Griselda would have talked by the hour on this subject had her mother allowed her but it was necessary that mrs. grant Lee should go to other matters she began about lady Lufton saying what a dear woman her ladyship was and then went on to say that Griselda wish to remain in London as long as it suited her friend and hostess to stay with her but added that this might probably not be very long as it was notorious that lady Lufton when in London was always in a hurry to get back to family but I don't think she is in such a hurry this year mama said Griselda who in the month of May preferred Bruton Street – plumsted and had no objection whatever – the Coronet on the panels of Lady lufton's coach and then mrs. grant Lee commenced her explanation very cautiously no my dear I dare say she is not in such a hurry this year that is as long as you remain with her I am sure she is very kind she is very kind and you ought to love her very much I know I do I have no friend in the world for whom I have a greater regard than for Lady Lufton it is that which makes me so happy to leave you with her all the same I wish that you and Papa had remained up that is if they had made Papa a bishop it's no good thinking of that now my dear what I particularly wanted to say to you was this I think that you should know what are the ideas which lady Lufton entertains her ideas said Griselda who had never troubled herself much and think about other people's thoughts yes Griselda while you were staying down at Family Court and also I suppose since you have been up here in Bruton Street you must have seen a good deal of Lord Lufton he doesn't come very often to Bruton Street that is to say not very often hmm ejaculated mrs. grant Lee very gently she would willingly have repressed the sound altogether but it had been too much for her if she found reason to think that Lady Lufton was playing her faults she would immediately take her daughter away break up the treaty and prepare for the Hartl top alliance such with the thoughts that ran through her mind but she knew all the while that Lady Lufton was not false the fault was not with Lady Lufton nor perhaps altogether with the Lord Lufton mrs. grant Lee had understood the full force of the complaint which lady Lufton had made against her daughter and though she had of course defended her child and on the whole had defended her successfully if she confessed to herself the Griselda's chance of a first-rate establishment would be better if she were a little more impulsive a man does not wish to marry a statue not the statue be ever so statuesque she could not teach her daughter to be impulsive any more than she could teach her to be six feet high but might it not be possible to teach her to see him so the task was a very delicate one even for a mother's hand of course she cannot be at home now as much as he was down with the country when he was living in the same house said mrs. grant Lee whose business it was to take Lord lufton's part at the present moment he must be at his club and at the House of Lords and in 20 places he's very fond of going to parties and he dances beautifully I am sure he does I have seen as much as that myself and I think I know someone with whom he likes the dance and the mother gave the daughter a loving little squeeze do you meet me mama yes I do mean you my dear and is it not true lady Lufton says that he likes dancing with you better than with anyone else in London I don't know said Griselda looking down upon the ground mrs. Grantley thought that this upon the whole was rather a good opening it might have been better some point of interest more serious in its nature than that of a waltz might have been found on which to connect her daughter's sympathies with those of her future husband but any point of interest was better than none and it is so difficult to find points of interest in persons who by their nature are not impulsive lady Lufton says so at any rate continued mrs. grant lee ever so cautiously she thinks that lord Lufton likes no partner better what do you think yourself Griselda I don't know mama but young ladies must think of such things must they not must they bomb ah I suppose they do don't they the truth is Griselda that lady Lufton thinks that if can you guess what it is she thinks no mama but that was a fib on rahzel this part she thinks that my Griselda would make the best possible wife in the world for her son and I think so too I think that her son will be a very fortunate man if he can get such a wife and now what do you think Griselda I don't think anything mama but that would not do it was absolutely necessary that she should think and absolutely necessary that her mother should tell her so such a degree of unimportant miss as this would lead to heaven knows what results Luft and Grantley treaties & härtel top interests would be all thrown away upon a young lady who would not think anything of a noble suitor sighing for her smiles besides it was not natural Griselda as her mother knew had never been a girl of headlong feeling but still she had had her likes and her dislikes in that matter of the bishopric she was keen enough and no one could events a deeper interest the subject of a well-made Miu dress than Griselda Grantley it was not possible that she should be indifferent as to her future prospects and she must know that those prospects depended mainly on her marriage her mother was almost angry with her but nevertheless she went on very gently you don't think anything but my darling you must think you must make up your mind what would be your answer if lord Lufton would have proposed to you that is what lady Lufton wishes him to do but he never will mama and if he did but I'm sure he never will he doesn't think of such a thing at all and and and watch my dear I don't know mama surely you can speak out to me dearest all I care about is your happiness both lady Lufton and I think that it would be a happy marriage if you both cared for each other enough she thinks that he is fond of you but if you were 10 times lord Lufton I would not tease you about it if I thought that you could not learn to care about him what was it you were going to say My dear Lord Lufton thinks a great deal more of lucy Robarts than he does of of of anyone else I believe said Griselda showing now some little animation by her manner dumpy little black thing that she is lucy Robarts said mrs. grant lee taken by surprise and finding that her daughter was moved by such a passionate jealousy and feeling also perfectly assured that there could not be any possible ground for jealousy in such a direction as that lucy Robarts my dear I don't suppose Lord Lufton ever thought of speaking to her except in the way of civility yes he did mama don't you remember it fram Lee mrs. grant Lee began to look back in her mind and she thought she did remember having once observed Lord Lufton talking and rather a confidential manner with the parson sister but she was sure that there was nothing in it if that was the reason why Griselda was so cold or her lover it would be a thousand pities that it should not be removed now you mentioned her I do remember the young lady said mrs. grant Lee a dark girl very low and without much figure she seemed to me to keep very much in the background I don't know much about that mama as far as I saw her she did but my dear Griselda you should not allow yourself to think of such a thing Lord Lufton of course is bound to be civil to any young lady in his mother's house and I am quite sure that he has no other idea whatever in regard to Miss Robarts I certainly cannot speak as to her intellect for I do not think she opened her mouth in my presence but oh she has plenty to say for herself when she pleases she's a sly little thing but at any rate my dear she has no personal attractions whatever and I do not at all think that lord Lufton is a man to be taken by by by anything that Miss Robarts might do or say as those words personal attractions were uttered Griselda managed so to turn her neck as to catch a side view of herself and one of the mirrors on the wall and then she bridled herself up and made a little play with her eyes and looked as her mother thought very well it is all nothing to me mama of course she said well my dear perhaps not I don't say that it is I do not wish to put the slightest constraint on your feelings if I did not have the most thorough dependence on your good sense and high principles I should not speak to you in this way but as I have I thought it best to tell you that both Lady Lufton and I should be well pleased if we thought that you and Lord Lufton were fond of each other I am sure he never thinks of such a thing mama and as for Lucy Robarts pray get that idea out of your head if not for your sake than for his you should give him credit for his better taste but it was not so easy to take anything out for Griselda's head but she had once taken into it as for tastes from there is no accounting for them she said and then the colloquy of that subject was over the result of it on mrs. grant Lee's mind was a feeling amounting almost to a conviction in favor of the dumbbell Oh interest end of chapter 25

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  1. Framley Parsonage | Anthony Trollope | General Fiction | Speaking Book | English | 6/12

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