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chapter 26 of family parsonage this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit family parsonage by Anthony Trollope chapter 26 impulsive I trust my readers will all remember how puck the pony was beaten during that drive to hoggle stock it may be presumed that puck himself on that occasion did not suffer much his skin was not so soft as mrs. Robarts as heart the little beast was full of oats and all the good things of this world and therefore when the whip touched him he would dance about and shake his little ears and run on at a tremendous pace for twenty yards making his mistress think that he had endured terrible things but in truth during those whippings puck was not the chief sufferer Lucy had been forced to declare forced by the strength of her own feelings and by the impossibility of accenting to the propriety of a marriage between lord Lefton and miss grant lee she had been forced to declare that she did care about lord Lefton as much as though he were her brother she had said all this to herself nay much more than this very often but now she had said it out loud to her sister-in-law and she knew that what she had said was remembered considered and had to a certain extent become the cause of altered conduct Fanny alluded very seldom to the left uns in casual conversation and never spoke about lord Lefton unless when her husband made it impossible that she should not speak of him Lucy had attempted on more than one occasion to remedy this by talking about the young Lord in a laughing and perhaps half jeering way she had been sarcastic as to his hunting and shooting and had boldly attempted to say a word in joke about his love for Griselda but she felt that she had failed that she had failed altogether as regarded Fanny and that as to her brother she would more probably be the means of opening his eyes than have any effect in keeping them closed so she gave up her efforts and spoke no further word about Lord Lefton her secret had been told and she knew that it had been told at this time the two ladies were left a great deal alone together in the drawing room at the parsonage more perhaps than had ever yet been the case since Lucy had been there lady Lefton was away and therefore the almost daily visit to family court was not made and mark in these days was a great deal at Barchester having no doubt very onerous duties to perform before he could be admitted as one of that chapter he went into what he was pleased to call residence almost at once that is he took his month of preaching aiding also in some slight and very dignified way in the general Sunday morning services he did not exactly live at Barchester because the house was not ready that at least was the assumed reason the chattels of dr. Stan up the late Previn Derry had not been as yet removed and there was likely to be some little delays creditors asserting their right to them this might have been very inconvenient to a gentleman anxiously expecting the excellent house which the liberality of past ages had provided for his use but it was not so felt by mr. Robarts if dr. Stan Epps family or creditors would keep the house for the next twelve months he would be well pleased and by this arrangement he was enabled to get through his first month of absence from the Church of family without any notice from Lady Lufton seeing that lady Lefton was in London all the time this also was convenient and taught our young Previn Derry to look on his new preferment more favorably than he had hitherto done Fanny and Lucy were thus left much alone and as out of the full head of the mouth speaks so is the full heart more prone to speak at such periods of confidence as these Lucy when she first thought of her own state determined to endow herself with a powerful gift of reticence she would never tell her love certainly but neither would she let concealment feed on her Damus cheek nor would she ever be found for a moment sitting like patience on a monument she would fight her own fight bravely within her own bosom and conquer her enemy altogether she would either preach or starve or weary her love into subjection and no one should be a bit the wiser she would teach herself to shake hands with Lord Lefton without a quiver and would be prepared to like his wife amazingly unless indeed that wife should be Griselda Grantley such were her resolutions but at the end of the first week they were broken into shivers and scattered to the winds they had been sitting in the house together the whole of one wet day and as mark was to dine in Barchester with the Dean they had had dinner early eating the children almost in their laps it is so that ladies do when their husbands leave them to themselves it was getting dusk towards evening and they were still sitting in the drawing-room the children now having retired when mrs. Robarts for the fifth time since her visit to hoggle stock began to express her wish that she could do some good to the Crawleys to grace Crowley in particular who standing up there at her father's elbow learning greek irregular verbs had appeared to mrs. Robarts to be an especial object of pity i don't know how to set about it said mrs Robarts now any allusion to that visit to hoggle stock always drove Lucy's mind back to the consideration of the subject which had most occupied it at the time she at such moments remembered how she had beaten puck and how in her half bantering but still too serious manner she had apologized for doing so and had explained the reason and therefore she could not interest herself about grace Crowley as vividly as she should have done no one never does she said I was thinking about it all that day as I drove home said fanny the difficulty is this what can we do with her exactly said Lucy remembering the very point of the road at which she had declared that she did not like Lord left in very much if we could have her here for a month or so and then send her to school but I know mr. Crawley would not allow us to pay for her schooling I don't think he would said Lucy with her thoughts far removed from mr. Crawley and his daughter Grace and then we should not know what to do with her should we no you were not it would never do to have the poor girl about the house here with no one to teach her anything mark would not teach her Greek verbs you know I suppose not Lucy you are not attending to a word I say to you and I don't think you have for the last hour I don't believe you know what I am talking about oh yes I do grace Crowley I'll try and teach her if you like only I don't know anything myself that's not what I mean at all and you know I would not ask you to take such a task as that on yourself but I do think you might talk it over with me might I very well I will what is it Oh grace Crawley you want to know who is to teach her the irregular Greek verbs oh dear Fanny my head does ache so pray don't be angry with me and then Lucy throwing herself back on the sofa put one hand up painfully to her forehead and altogether gave up the battle mrs. Robarts was by her side in a moment dearest Lucy what is it that makes her head ache so often now you use not to have those headaches it's because I'm growing stupid never mind we will go on about poor grace it would not do to have a governess would it I can see that you are not well Lucy said mrs. Robarts with a look of deep concern what is it dearest I can see that something is the matter something the matter no there's not nothing what's talking of sometimes I think I'll go back to Devon sure and live there I could stay with flash for a while and then get a lodging in Exeter go back to Devon sure and missus Robarts looked as though she thought that her sister-in-law was going man why do you want to go away from us this is to be your own own home always now is it then I am in a bad way oh dear oh dear what a fool I am what an idiot I've been fanny I don't think I can stay here and I do so wish I'd never come I do I do I do though you look at me so horribly and jumping up she threw herself into her sister-in-laws arms and began kissing her violently don't pretend to be wounded for you know that I love you you know that I could live with you all my life and think you were perfect as you are but as Mark said anything not a word not a ghost of a syllable it is not Mark Oh Fanny I am afraid I know what you mean said mrs. Robarts in a low trembling voice and with deep sorrow painted on her face of course you do of course you know you have known it all along since that day in the pony carriage I knew that you knew it you do not dare to mention his name would not that tell me that you know it and I I am hypocrite enough for mark but my hypocrisy won't pass muster before you and now had I not better go to Devon sure dearest dearest Lucy was I not right about that labeling oh heavens what idiots we girls are that a dozen soft words should have bowled me over like a 9-pin and left me without an inch of ground to call my own and I was so proud of my own strength so sure that I should never be mrs. Shinn Spoony and sentimental I was so determined to like him as mark does or you I shall not like him at all if he has spoken words to you that he should not have spoken but he has not and then she stopped a moment to consider no he has not he never said a word to me that would make you angry with him if you knew of it except perhaps that he called me Lucy and that was my fault not his because you talked of soft words Fanny you have no idea what an absolute fool I am what an unutterable ass the soft words of which I tell you were of the kind which he speaks to you when he asks you how the cow gets on which he sent you from Ireland or to mark about Pontos shoulder he told me that he knew Papa and that he was at school with mark and that as he was such good friends with you here at the parsonage he must be good friends with me too no it has not been his fault the soft words which did the mischief were such as those but how well his mother understood the world in order to have been safe I should not have dared to look at him but dearest Lucy I know what you are going to say and I admit it all he is no hero there is nothing on earth wonderful about him I never heard him say a single word of wisdom or utter a thought that was akin to poetry he devotes all his energies to riding after a fox or killing poor birds and I never heard of his doing a single great action in my life and yet Fanny was so astounded by the way her sister-in-law went on that she hardly knew how to speak he is an excellent son I believe at last she said except when he goes to gather him castle I'll tell you what he has he has fine straight legs and a smooth forehead and a good-humoured eye and white teeth was it possible to see such a catalog of perfections and not fall down stricken to the very bone but it was not that that did it all fanny I could have stood against that I think I could at least it was his title that killed me I had never spoken to a lord before me what a fool what a beast I have been and then she burst out into tears mrs. Robarts to tell the truth could hardly understand poor Lucy's ailment it was evident enough that her misery was real but yet she spoke of herself and her sufferings with so much irony with so near an approach to joking that it was very hard to tell how far she was in earnest Lucy too was so much given to a species of fatten OSH which mrs. Robarts did not always quite understand that the latter was afraid sometimes to speak out what came uppermost to her tongue but now that Lucy was absolutely in tears and was almost breathless with excitement she could not remain silent any longer dearest Lucy we do not speak in that way it will all come right things always do come right when no one has acted wrongly yes when nobody has done wrongly that's what Papa used to call begging the question but I'll tell you what fanny I will not be beaten I will either kill myself or get through it I am so heartily self ashamed that I owe it to myself to fight the battle out to fight what battle dearest this battle here now at the present moment I could not meet Lord Laughton I should have to run like a scared fowl if he were to show himself within the gate and I should not dare to go out of the house if I knew that he was in the parish I don't see that for I am sure you have not betrayed yourself well no as for myself I believe I have done the lying and the hypocrisy pretty well but dearest Fanny you don't know half and you cannot and must not know but I thought you said there had been nothing whatever between you did I well to you I have not said a word that was not true I said that he had spoken nothing that it was wrong for him to say it could not be wrong but never mind I'll tell you what I mean to do I have been thinking of it for the last week I shall have to tell mark if I were you I would tell him all what mark if you do fanny I'll never never never speak to you again would you when I have given you all my heart in true sisterly love mrs. Robarts had to explain that she had not proposed to tell anything to mark herself and was persuaded moreover to give a solemn promise that she would not tell anything to him unless specially authorized to do so I'll go into a home I think continued Lucy you know what these homes are mrs. Robarts assured her that she knew very well and then Lucy went on a year ago I should have said that I was the last girl in England to think of such a life but I do believe now that it would be the best thing for me and then I'll starve myself and flog myself and in that way I'll get back to my own mind and my own soul your own soul Lucy said mrs. Robarts in a tone of horror well my own heart if you like it better but I hate to hear myself talking about hearts I don't care for my heart I'd let it go with this young popinjay lord or anyone else so that I could read and talk and walk and sleep and eat without all his feeling that I was wrong here here here and she pressed her hand vehemently against her side what is it that I feel fanny why am I so weak in body that I cannot take exercise why Cannot I keep my mind on a book for one moment why can I not write two sentences together why should every mouthful that I eat stick in my throat Oh fanny is it his legs thank you or is it his title through all her sorrow and she was very sorrowful mrs. Robarts could not help smiling and indeed there was every now and then something even in Lucy's look that was almost comic she acted the irony so well with which she strove to throw ridicule on herself do laugh at me she said nothing on earth will do me so much good as that nothing unless it be starvation and a whip if you would only tell me that I must be a sneak and an idiot to care for a man because he is good-looking and a lord but that has not been the reason there is a great deal more in Lord Lefton than that and since I must speak dear Lucy I cannot but say that I should not wonder at your being in love with him only only that only what come out with it do not mince matters or think that I shall be angry with you because you scold me only that I should have thought that you would have been too guarded to have have cared for any gentleman till till he had shown that he cared for you guarded yes that's it that's just the word but it's he that should have been guarded he should have had a fire guard hung before him or a love guard if you will guarded was I not guarded till you all would drag me out did I want to go there and when I was there did I not make a fool of myself sitting in a corner and thinking how much better placed I should have been down in the servants Hall lady Lufton she dragged me out and then cautioned me and then then why is Lady Lufton to have it all her own way why am I to be sacrificed for her I did not want to know lady Lefton or anyone belonging to her I cannot think that you have any cause to blame lady Lufton nor perhaps to blame anybody very much well no it has been all my own fault though for the life of me fanny going back and back I cannot see where I took the first false step I do not know where I went wrong one wrong thing I did and it is the only thing that I do not regret what was it Lucy I told him a lie mrs. Robarts was altogether in the dark and feeling that she was so she knew that she could not give counsel as a friend or a sister Lucy had begun by declaring so mrs. Robarts thought that nothing had passed between her and lord Laughton words of most trivial import and yet she now accused herself of falsehood and declared that that falsehood was the only thing which she did not regret I hope not said missus Robarts if you didn't you are very unlike yourself but I did and where he here again speaking to me in the same way I should repeat it I know I should if I did not I should have all the world upon me you would frown on me and be cold my darling fanny how would you look if I really displeasure you I do not think you will do that Lucy but if I told him the truth I should should I not speak now but no Fanny you need not speak it is not the fear of you know nor even of her though heaven knows that her terrible glum ninh durable I cannot understand you Lucy what truth or what untruths can you have told him if as you say there has been nothing between you but ordinary conversation Lucy then got up from the sofa and walked twice the length of the room before she spoke mrs. robots had all the ordinary curiosity I was going to say of a woman but I mean to say of humanity and she had moreover all the love of a sister she was both curious and anxious and remained sitting where she was silent and with her eyes fixed on her companion did I say so Lucy said at last no fanny you have mistaken me I did not say that ah yes about the cow and the dog all that was true I was telling you of what his soft words had been while I was becoming such a fool since that he has said more what more has he said Lucy I yearned to tell you if only I can trust you and Lucy knelt down at the feet of mrs. Robarts looking up into her face and smiling through the remaining drops of her tears I would fain tell you but I do not know you yet whether you are quite true I could be true true against all the world if my friend told me I will tell you Fanny if you say that you can be true but if you doubt yourself if you must whisper all to mark then let us be silent there was something almost awful in this to mrs. Robarts hitherto since their marriage hardly a thought had passed through her mind which she had not shared with her husband but now all this had come upon her so suddenly that she was unable to think whether it would be well that she should become the depositary of such a secret not to be mentioned to Lucy's brother not to be mentioned to her own husband but whoever yet was offered a secret and declined it who at least ever declined a love secret what sister could do so mrs. robots therefore gave the promise smoothing Lucy's hair as she did so and kissing her forehead and looking into her eyes which like a rainbow were the brighter for her tears and what has he said to you Lucy what only this that he asked me to be his wife don't left and proposed to you yes proposed to me it is not credible is it you cannot bring yourself to believe that such a thing has happened can you and Lucy rose again to her feet as the idea of the scorn with which she felt that others would treat her with which she herself treated herself made the blood rise to her cheek and yet it is not a dream I think that it is not a dream I think that he really did think Lucy well I may say that I am sure a gentleman would not make you a formal proposal and leave you in doubt as to what he meant oh dear no there was no doubt at all of that kind none in the least mr. Smith in asking Miss Jones to do him the honor of becoming mrs. Smith never spoke more plainly I was alluding to the possibility of having dreamt at all Lucy well it was not a dream here standing here on this very spot on that flower of the carpet he begged me a dozen times to be his wife I wonder whether you and Mark would let me cut it out and keep it and what sir did you make him I lied to him and I told him that I did not love him you refused him yes I refused a live Lord there is some satisfaction in having that to think of is there not fanny was I wicked to tell that falsehood and why did you refuse him why can you ask think what it would have been to go down to Family Court and to tell her ladyship in the course of conversation that I was engaged to her son think of Lady Lufton but yet it was not that Fanny had I thought that it was good for him that he would not have repented I would have braved anything for his sake even your frown for you would have frowned you would have thought it sacrilege for me to marry Lord Lefton you know he would mrs. robots hardly knew how to say what she thought or indeed what she ought to think it was a matter on which much meditation would be required before she could give advice and there was Lucy expecting counsel from her at that very moment if lord Lefton really loved lucy Robarts and was loved by Lucy Roberts why should not they to become man and wife and yet she did feel that it would be perhaps not sacrilege as Lucy had said but something almost as troublesome what would lady Lufton say or think or feel what would she say and think and feel as to that parsonage from which so deadly a blow would fall upon her would she not accuse the vicar and the vicar's wife of the blackest ingratitude would life be under Abell at family under such circumstances as those what you tell me so surprises me that I hardly as yet know how to speak about it said mrs. Robarts it was amazing was it not he must have been insane at the time there can be no other excuse made for him I wonder whether there is anything of that sort in the family what madness said mrs. Robarts quite in earnest well don't you think he must have been mad when such an ideas that came into his head but you don't believe it I can see that and yet it is as true as heaven standing exactly here on this spot he said that he would persevere till I accepted his love I wonder what made me specially observe that both his feet were within the lines of that division and you would not accept his love no I would have nothing to say to it look you I stood here and putting my hand upon my heart for he bade me to do that I said that I could not love him and what then he went away with a look as though he were heartbroken he crept away slowly saying that he was the most wretched soul alive for a minute I believed him and could almost have called him back but no fanny do not think that I am over proud or conceited about my conquest he had not reached the gate before he was thanking God for his escape that I do not believe but I do and I thought of Lady Lufton too how could I bear that she should scorn me and accused me of stealing her son's heart I know that it is better as it is but tell me this falsehood always wrong or can it be possible that the end should justify the means ought I to have told him the truth and to have let him know that I could almost kiss the ground on which he stood this was a question for the doctors which mrs. Robarts would not take upon herself to answer she would not make that falsehood matter of accusation but neither would she pronounce for it any absolution in that matter Lucy must regulate her own conscience and what shall I do next said Lucy still speaking in a tone that was half tragic and half jeering do said mrs. Robarts yes something must be done if I were a man I should go to Switzerland of course or as the case is a bad one perhaps as far as Hungary what is it that girls do they don't die nowadays I believe Lucy I do not believe that you care for him one jot if you were in love you would not speak of it like that there there that's my only hope if I could laugh at myself till it had become incredible to you I also by degrees should cease to believe that I had cared for him but Fanny it is very hard if I were to starve and rise before daybreak and pinch myself or do some nasty work cleaning the pots and pans and the candlesticks that I think would do the most good I have got a piece of sackcloth and I mean to wear that when I have made it up you aren't joking now Lucy I know know by my word not in the spirit of what I am saying how shall I act upon my heart if I do not do it through the blood in the flesh do you not pray that God will give you the strength to bear these troubles but how is one to word one's prayer or how even to word one's wishes I do not know what is the wrong that I have done I say it boldly in this matter I cannot see my own fault I have simply found that I have been a fool it was now quite dark in the room or would have been so to anyone entering it afresh they had remained there talking until their eyes had become accustomed to the gloom and would still have remained had they not suddenly been disturbed by the sound of a horse's feet there is Mark said Fanny jumping up and running to the Bell that lights might be ready when he should enter I thought he remained in var Chester tonight and so did I but he said it might be doubtful what shall we do if he has not dined that I believe is always the first thought in the mind of a good wife when her husband returns home has he had his dinner what can I give him for dinner will he like his dinner oh dear oh dear there's nothing in the house but cold mutton but on this occasion the lord of the mansion had dined and come home radiant with good humour and owing perhaps a little of his radiance to the dean's claret I have told them said he that they may keep possession of the house for the next two months and they have agreed to that arrangement that is very pleasant mrs. roat parts and I don't think we shall have so much trouble about the dilapidation 's after all I am very glad of that said mrs. Robarts but nevertheless she was thinking much more of Lucy than of the house in Barchester clothes you won't betray me said Lucy as she gave her sister-in-law a parting kiss at night no not unless you give me permission ah I shall never do that end of chapter 26 recording by Mimi Wong chapter 20 sir family parsonage this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit recording by simon Evers family parsonage by antony Trollope chapter xxvii South Audley Street the Duke of omnium had notified to mr. Fothergill his wish that some arrangement should be made about the chori Coates mortgages and mr. Fothergill had understood what the Duke meant as well as though his instructions had been written down with all a lawyer's of verbosity the Dukes meaning was this that Judah Coates was was swept up and garnered a maid part and parcel of the gatherin property it had seemed to the Duke that that affair between his friend and Miss Dunstable was hanging far and therefore it would be well that Chawda coats should be swept up and garnered and more ever tidings had come into the Western Division of the county the young Frank Gresham of box'll Hill was in treaty with the government for the purchase of all that crown property called the chase of chaudhary coats it had been offered to the Duke but the Duke had given no definite answer had he got his money back from mr. sabi he could have false told mr. Gresham but now that did not seem to be probable and His grace was resolved that either the one property or the other should be duly garnered therefore mr. Fothergill went up to town and therefore mr. sabe was most unwittingly compelled to have a business interview with mr. Fothergill in the meantime since last we saw him mr. sabe had learned from his sister the answer which Miss danceable had given to his proposition and knew that he had no further hope in that direction there was no further hope events of absolute deliverance but there had been a tender of money services to give mr. sabe his due he had at once declared that it would be quite out of the question that he should now receive any assistance of that sort from Miss Dunstable but his sister had explained to him that it would be a mere business transaction that miss dancer would receive her interest and that if she would be content with 4 percent whereas the Duke received five and other creditors six seven eight ten and heaven only knows how much more it might be well for all parties he himself understood as well as fatherhood Gill had done what was the meaning of the Dukes message Geordi Coates was to be gathered up and garnered as had been done with so many another fair property lying in those regions it was to be swallowed whole and the master was to walk out from his old family hall to leave the old woods that he loved to give up utterly to another the parks and paddocks and pleasant places which he'd known from his earliest infancy and owned from his earliest manhood there could be nothing more bitter to a man than such a surrender what compared to this can be the loss of wealth to one who has himself made it and brought it together but has never actually seen it with his bodily eyes such wealth has come by one chance and goes by another the loss of it is part of the game which the man is playing and if he cannot lose as well as win he is a poor weak cowardly creature such men as a rule do know how to bear a mind with fairly equal to adversity but to have squandered the acres which have descended from generation to generation to be a member of one's family that has ruined that family to was swallowed up in one's own more all that should have graced one's children and one's grandchildren it seems to me that the misfortunes of this world can hardly go beyond that mister sabe in spite of his recklessness and that daredevil gaiety which he knew so well how to wear and use felt all this as keenly as any man could feel it it had been absolutely his own fault the acres had come to him all his own and now before his death every one of them would have gone bodily into that greedy more the Duke who bought up nearly all the debts which had been secured upon the property and now could make a clean sweep of it sabe when he received that message from mr. Fothergill knew well that this was intended and he knew well also that when once he should cease to be mr. sabe of Chawda Coates he need never again hope to be returned as a member for West Pass this world would for him be all over and what must such a man feel when he reflects that this world is all for him all over on the morning in question he went to his appointment still bearing a cheerful countenance mr. Fothergill when in town on such business as this always had a room at his service in the house of mrs. gumption and gazer be the Dukes London law agents and it was thither that mr. sabe had been summoned the house of business of mrs. gumption and gaze abhi was in South Audley Street and it may be said that there was no spot on the whole earth which mr. sabi sir hated as he did that gloomy dingy back sitting room upstairs in that house he had been there very often but had never been there without annoyance it was a horrid torture chamber kept for such dread purposes as these and no doubt had been furnished and papered and curtain'd with the express object of finally breaking down the spirits of such poor country gentleman has chanced to be involved everything was of a brown crimson of a crimson that had become brown sunlight real genial light of the Sun never made its way there and no amount of candles could Illume in the gloom of that brannis the windows were never washed the seating was of a dark brown the old turkey carpet was thick with dust and brown with all the ungainly office table in the middle of the room had been covered with black lever but that was now brown there was a bookcase full of dingy Brown law books in a recess on one side of the fireplace but now want to touch them for years and over the chimney-piece hung some old legal pedigree table black with soot such was the room which mr. Fothergill always used in the business house of mrs. gumption and gossipy in South Audley Street near to Park Lane I once heard this room spoken off by an old friend of mine one mr. Gresham of Gresham's Bray the father of Frank Gresham who was now about to purchase that part of the chase of Chawda Coates which belonged to the crown he also had had evil days there now happily they were passed and gone and he too had sat in that room and listened to the voice of men who were powerful over his property and intended to use that power the idea which he left on my mind was much the same as that which I had entertained to when a boy of a certain room in the castle of udall foe there was a chair in that you Dolph a room in which those who sat were dragged out limb by limb the head one way in the legs another the fingers were dragged off from the hands and the teeth out from the jaws and the hair off the head and the flesh from the bones and the joints from their sockets till there was nothing left but a lifeless trunk seated in the chair mr. Gresham as he told me always sat in the same seat and the tortures he suffered when so seated the dislocations of his property when he was forced to discuss the operations of his very self which he was forced to witness made me regard that room as worse than the chamber of adolfo he luckily a rare instance of good fortune had lived to see all his bones and joints put together again and flourishing sadly but he never could speak of the room without horror now consideration on earth he once said to me very solemnly I say none should make me again enter that room and indeed this feeling was so strong with him that from the day when his affairs took a turn he would never even walk down south or de Street on the morning in question into this torture chamber mr. sob he went and there after some two or three minutes he was joined by mr. Fothergill mr. Fothergill was in one respect like to his friend sabe he enacted two altogether different persons on occasions which were altogether different generally speaking were the world at large he was a jolly rollicking popular man fond of eating and drinking known to be devoted to the Dukes interests and supposed to be somewhat unscrupulous or at any rate hard when they were concerned but in other respects a good-natured fellow and there was a report about that he had once lent somebody money without charging him interest or taking security on the present occasion sabe sorted Lance did he come thither with all the aptitudes and appurtenances of his business about him he walked into the room with a short quick step there was no smile on his face as he shook hands with his old friend he brought with him a box laden with papers and parchments and he had not been a minute in the room before he was seated in one of the old dingy chairs how long have you been in town father Gill said sabe still standing with his back against the chimney he'd resolved on only one thing that nothing should induce him to touch look at or listen to any of those papers he knew well enough that no good would come of that he also had his own lawyer to see that he was pilfered according to rule how long since the day before yesterday I never was so busy in my life the Duke as usual wants to have everything done at once if he wants to have all that I am paid abundance he is liked to be out in his reckoning oh well I'm glad you're ready to come quickly to business because it's always best why'd you come and sit down here No thank you I'll stand but we should have to go through these figures you know not a figure for the guild what good would it do none to me and none to you either as I take it if there's anything wrong Potter's Affairs will find it out what is it the Duke wants well to tell the truth he wants his money in one sense and that the main since he has got it he gets his interest regularly does he pretty well for that seeing how times are but sabe that's nonsense you understand that you cuz well as I do and you know very well what he wants he has given you time and if you had taken any steps towards getting the money you might have saved the property a hundred and eighty thousand pounds what steps could I take to get that fly a bill and let tozer have it to get cash on it in the city we hoped you were going to marry that's all off then I don't think you can blame the Duke for looking for his own it does not suit him to have so large a sum standing out any longer you see he wants land and have it had you paid off what you owed him he would have purchased the crown property and now it seems young Gresham has bid against him and is to have it this has riled him and I may as well tell you fairly that he's determined to have either money or marbles you mean that I am to be dispossessed well yes if you choose to call it so my instructions are to foreclose at once then I must say the Duke is treating me most uncommonly ill well sabe I can't see it I can there he has his money like clockwork and he's bought up these debts from persons who would have never disturbed me as long as they got their interest haven't you had the seat the seat and is it expected that I'm to pay for that I don't see that anyone is asking you to pay for it you are like a create many other people that I know you want to eat your cake and have it you've been eating for the last 20 years and now you think yourself very ill use because the duke wants to have his turn I shall think myself very ill-used if he sells me out worse than ill-used I do not want to use strong language but to boo me more than ill-usage I can hardly believe that he really means to treat me in that way it is very hard that if you want his own money it is not his money that he wants it is my property and has he not paid for it have you not had the price of your property now sahabat is of no use of you to be angry you've known for the last three years what was coming on you as what as I did why should the Duke lend you money without an object of course he has his own views but I do say this he is not hurried you and had you been able to do anything to save the place you might have done it you've had time enough to look about you sabe still stood at the place in which he had fixed himself first and now for a while he remained silent his face was very stern and there was in his countenance none of those winning looks which often told so powerfully with his young friends which had courted Lord Lufton and a charmed mark robots the world was going against him and things around him were coming to an end he was beginning to perceive that he had in truth eaten his cake and that there was now little left for him to do and as he chose to blow out his brains he had said to Lord Lofton that a man's back should be broad enough for any burden with which he himself might load it could he now boast that his back was bored enough and strong enough for hit this burden but he had even then at that bitter moment a strong remembrance that it behaved him still to be a man his final ruin was coming on him and he would soon be swept away out of the knowledge and memory of those with whom he had lived but nevertheless he would bear himself well to the last it was true that he made his own bed and he understood the Justice which required him to lie upon it during all this time father Gill occupied himself with the papers he continued to turn over one sheet after another as though he were deeply engaged in money considerations and calculations but in truth drawing on that time he did not read a word there was nothing there for him to read the reading and the writing and the arithmetic in such matters are done by underlings not by such a big men as mr. Fothergill his business was to tell sabe that he was to go all those records there were a very data loose the Duke had the power sabi knew that the Duke had the power and fothergill's business was to explain that the Duke meant to exercise his power he was used to the work and went on turning over the papers and pretended to read them and though his doing sir were the greatest moment I to see the Duke myself mr. sabi said at last and there's something almost dreadful in the sound of his voice you know that the Duke won't see you on a matter of this kind he never speaks to anyone about money you know that as well as I do by but he shall speak to me never speak to anyone about money why is he ashamed to speak of it when he loves it so dearly he shall see me I have nothing further to say sabe of course I shan't ask his grace to see you and if you force your way in home you know what will happen he won't be my doing if he sets against you nothing that you say to me in that way nothing that anybody ever says goes beyond myself I shall manage the matter through my own lawyer said sabe and then he took his hat and without uttering another word left the room we know not what may be the nature of that eternal punishment to which those will be doomed who shall be judged to have been evil at the last but methinks that no more terrible torment can be devised than the memory of self-imposed ruin what wretchedness can exceed that of remembering from day to day that the race has been all run and has been altogether lost that the last chance has gone and has gone in vain that the end has come and with it disgrace contempt and self scorn disgrace that never can be redeemed contempt that never can be removed and self scorn that will eat into one's vitals forever mr. sabe was now 50 he had enjoyed his chances in life and easily walked back up South Audley Street he could not but think of the uses he have made of them he'd fallen to the possession of a fine property on the attainment of his manhood he'd been endowed with more than average gifts of intellect never failing health had being given to him and a vision fairly clear in discerning good from evil and now to what a pass had he brought himself and that man Fothergill had put all this before him and so terribly clear a light now that the day for his final demolish Mundt had arrived the necessity that he should be demolished finished away at once out of sight and out of mind and not being softened or as it were half hidden by any ambiguous phrase you've had your cake and eaten it eaten it greedily is not that sufficient for you would you eat your cake twice would you have a succession of cakes no my friend there is no succession of these cakes for those who eat them greedily your proposition is not a fair one and we who have the whip hand of you will not listen to it be good enough to vanish permit yourself to be swept quietly into the dunghill all that was about – of value has departed from you and allow me to say that you are now rubbish and then the ruthless besom comes with irresistible rush and the rubbish is swept into the pit there to be hidden forever from the sight and the pity of it is this that a man if he will any restrain his greed may eat his cake and yet have it high and in so doing will have twice more the flavor of the cake than he who with gourmandises var his dainty autumn months cakes in this world will grow by being fed on even in the feeder be not – in say or all which wisdom mr. Saur be pondered with sad heart and very melancholy mind as he walked away from the premises of mrs. gumption and gaze of me his intention to mean to go down to the highest after leaving mr. Fothergill but the prospect of immediate ruin had been too much for him and he knew that he was not fit to be seen at once among the haunts of men and he had intended also to go down to Barchester early on the following morning and if a few hours that he might make further arrangements respecting that bill which robots had accepted for him that bill the second one had now become due and mr. Tosa had been with him now i hain't no use in life mr. sabe Derbyshire had said I ain't got the paper myself nor didn't told it not two hours he went away through Dom taozi you know that missus RB as well as I do now whenever – sir mr. szybist tazer spoke of Tom Tosa mr. sabe knew that Seven Devils were being a vote each worse than the first devil mr. sabe did feel something like sincere regard or brother love for that poor parson who meet him vago to mischief and would fain save him if it were possible from the Tosa Fang mr. Forrest of the bar Chester bank would probably take up that last a 500 pound bill on behalf of mr. robots any it would be needful that he sabe should run down and see that this was properly done as to the other bill the former and as to that mr. tezo will probably be quiet for a while such a beam saab is programmed for these two days but now what further possibility was there now that he should care for robots or any other human beings he that was to be swept up once into the dung heap in this frame of mind he walked up Southall T Street and crossed one side of Grosvenor Square and went to almost mechanically into Greene Street at the farther end of Greene Street near to Park Lane lift mr. and mrs. Harold Smith end of chapter 27 recording by Simon Evers chapter 28 of a family parsonage this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit recording by Simon Evers franny parsonage by Anthony Trollope chapter 28 dr. Thorne when Miss Dunstable met her friends the Gresham's young Frank Gresham and his wife at gatherin Castle she immediately asked after one dr. Thorne who is mrs. Gresham's uncle dr. Thorne was an old bachelor in whom both as a man and a doctor miss Dunstable was inclined to place much confidence not that she had ever entrusted to the cure of her bodily ailments to dr. thorn for she kept a doctor for her own doctor easy man for this purpose and it may more ever be said that she really had bodily ailments requiring the care of any doctor but she always spoke of dr. thorn among her friends as a man of wonderful erudition and judgment and had once or twice asked and acted on his advice in matters of much moment dr. Thorne was not a man accustomed to the London world he kept now house there and celebrant even visited the metropolis but miss Dunstable had no made a Gresham berry where he lived and there had for some months passed grown up a considerable intimacy between them he was now staying at the house of his niece is Gresham but the chief reason of his coming up had been a desire expressed by Miss Dunstable that he should do so she wished for his advice and at the instigation of his niece he had visited London and given it the special piece of business as to which dr. Thorne had thus been summoned from the bedsides of his country patients and especially from the bedside of lady had a bail aggression to whose son his niece was married related to certain large money interests as to which one might have imagined that dr. thorns advice would not be particularly valuable he had never been much versed in such matters on his own account and was knowing neither in the ways of the share market nor in the prices of land but miss Dunstable was a lady accustomed to have her own way and to be indulged in her own wishes without being called on to give adequate reasons for them my dear she had said to young mrs. Gresham if your uncle don't come up to London now when I make such a point of it I should think that he's a bear and a savage and I certainly will never speak to him again or to Frank or to you say he would better see to it mrs. Gresham had not probably taken her friends threat as meaning quite all that he threatened miss Dunstable habitually used a strong language and those who knew her well generally understood when she was to be taken as expressing her faults by figures of speech in this instance she had not meant at all but nevertheless mrs. Gresham had to used violent influence in bringing the poor doctor up to London besides said Miss Dunstable I have resolved in having the doctor at my Composite Sione and if he were to come of himself I shall go down and fetch him I've set my heart on trumping my dear friend mrs. proud his best card so I mean to get everybody the upshot of all this was that the doctor did come up to town and remained the best part of a week at his niece's house in Portman Square to the great disgust of the lady Arabella who conceived that she must die neglected for three days as to the matter of business I have no doubt but that he was of great use he was possessed of common sense and an honest purpose and I'm inclined to think that they're often a sufficient counterpoise to a considerable amount of worldly experience if one could have the worldly experience also true but then it is so difficult to get everything but with that a special matter of business we need not have any further concern we will presume it to have been discussed and completed and will now address ourselves from mr. Small's converse at sione but it must not be supposed that she was so poor ingenious as to call her party opened there by the name borrowed for the nonce from mrs. proudiy it was only among her specially intimate friends mrs. Harold Smith and some few dozen others that she indulged in this little joke there had been nothing in the least pretentious about the card with which she summoned her friends to her house on this occasion she had made his signified in some ordinary that she will be glad to see them as soon after nine o'clock on Thursday evening the something instant as might be convenient but all the world understood that all the world was to be gathered together at miss danceable house on the night in question that an effort was to be made to bring together people of all classes God's and John's saints and sinners those rated through the strength of their morality such as our dear friend Lady Lufton and those who were rated in the opposite direction such as lady Hart atop the Duke of omnium and mr. Saur be an orthodox martyr had been caught from the east and an oily latter-day Santa Paul from the other side of the water to the horror and amazement of Archie and Grant Lee who'd come up up all the way from plump stood to be present on the occasion mrs. grant Lee also a tankard to be there but when she heard of the presence of the latter-day Santa Paul she triumphed lively over her husband who made no offer to take her that Lord's broken to tarry a were to be there at the gathering was nothing the present king of the gods and the courtly chief of the John's could shake hands with each other in any house with the greatest pleasure but men were to meet who in reference to each other could shake nothing but their heads or their fists supper house was to be there and Harold Smith who now hated his enemy with hatred surpassing that of women or even of politicians the minor gods it was thought but congregated together in one room very bitter in their present state of banishment and the miner Jones in another terribly loud in their triumph that is the fault of the Jones who otherwise are not bad fellows they are unable to do and you're the weight of any temporary success when attempting Olympus and this work of attempting is doubtless their natural condition they scratch and scramble diligently using both toes and fingers with a mixture of good-humoured vigilance and self-satisfied industry that is gratifying to all parties but whenever their efforts are unexpectedly and for themselves unfortunately as successful they are so taken aback that they lose the power of behaving themselves with even gigantis propriety such so great and so various was to be the intended gathering of mist on stubbles house she has off laughed and quizzed herself speaking of the affair to mrs. Harold Smith as they were an excellent joke and to mrs. prowdy as though she was simply emulous of rivaling those world-famous assemblies and lost a place but the town at large knew that an effort was being made and it was supposed that even miss Dunstable was somewhat nervous in spite of her excellent joking it was presumed that she would be unhappy if she failed to mrs. Frank Gresham she did speak with some little seriousness but why on earth should you give yourself all this trouble that lady had said when Miss danceable owned that she was doubtful and unhappy in her doubts as to the coming of one of the great colleagues of mr. Saba house when such hundreds of coming big weeks and little beings of all shades what could it matter whether mr. towers be there or not but miss danceable had answered almost with a screech my dear it will be nothing without him you don't understand but the fact is that Tom tars is everybody and everything at present and then by no means for the first time missus Gresham began to lecture her friends as to her vanity in answer to which lecture miss danceable mysteriously hinted that if she weren't only allowed to her full swing on this occasion if all the world were now indulge her she would she do not quite say what she would do but the inference drawn by mrs. Gresham was this that if the incense now offered on the altar of fashion were accepted miss danceable would have once abandoned the pumps and vanities of this wicked world and all the sinful lusts of the flesh but the doctor will stay My dear I hate my my look on that as fixed miss danceable in making this demand on the doctors time showed an energy quite equal to that with which she invoked the gods that Tom tars might not be absent now to tell the truth dr. Thorne had a first thought it very unreasonable that he should be asked to remain up in London in order that he might be present at an evening party and had for a while pertinaciously refused but when he learned that three or four prime ministers were expected and that it was possible that even Tom Thomas might be there in the flesh his philosophy also had become weak and he had written to lady Arabella to say that his prolonged absence for two days further must be endured and that the mild tonics morning and evening might be continued but why should miss danceable be so anxious the doctor thorn should be present on this grand occasion why indeed should be sheeps it'd be so frequently inclined to summon him away from his country practice his compounding board and his used for ministrations to rural ailments the doctor was connected with her by no ties of blood their friendship intimate as it was had as yet been but of short date she was a very rich woman capable of purchasing all manner of advice and good counsel whereas he was so far for being rich that any continued disturbance to his practice might be inconvenient at him nevertheless miss danceable seemed to have no more compunction in making calls upon his time than she might have felt had he been her brother no ideas on this matter suggested themselves to the doctor himself he was a simple-minded man taking things as they came and especially so taking things that came pleasantly he liked miss Dunstable I was gratified by her friendship I did not think of asking himself whether she had a right to put him to trouble and inconvenience but such ideas did occur to mrs. Gresham the doctor's niece had missed ansible any object and if so what object was his simple veneration for the doctor or was it Caprice was it a centricity or could it possibly be love and speaking of the ages of these two friends it may be said in round terms of the lady was well past forty and the gentleman was well past fifty under such circumstances could it be love the lady too was one who had offers almost by the Dozen offers from men of rank from in a fashion and from men of power from men in dire with personal attractions with pleasant manners with cultivated tastes and with arrogant tongues not only had she loved none such but by none such had she being controlled into an idea that it was possible that she could love them the doctor thorns tastes were cultivated in his manners pleasant might probably be admitted by three or four old friends in the country who valued him but the world in London that world to which miss Dunstable was accustomed and which was apparently becoming dearer to her day of day by day would not have regarded the daughter as a man likely to become the object of a lady's passion but nevertheless the idea did occur to mrs. Gresham she had been brought up at the elbow of this country practitioner she had lived with him as though she had been his daughter she had been for years the ministering angel of his household and till her heart had opened to the natural love of womanhood all had closed his sympathies have been with him in her eyes the doctor was all but perfect and it did not seem to her to be out of the question that Miss danceable should have fallen in love with her uncle this dance more once said to mrs. Harold Smith that it was possible that she might marry the only condition that expressed being this that the man elected should be who was quite indifferent as to money mrs. Harold Smith who by her friends was presumed to know the world with tolerable accuracy had replied that such a man miss danceable would never find in this world all this had passed in that half comic vein of banter which Miss danceable said commonly used when conversing with such friends as mrs. Harold Smith but she had spoken words of the same import more than once to mrs. Gresham and mrs. Gresham putting two and two together as women do had made four of the little sum and as the final result of the calculation determined that Miss Dunstable would marry dr. thorn if dr. Ford would ask her and there mrs. Gresham began to be thinker self of two other questions would it be well that her uncle should marry miss Dunstable and if so would it be possible to induce him to make such a proposition after consideration of many pros and cons and the balancing of very various arguments mrs. Gresham thought that the arrangement on the whole might not be a bad one for Miss danceable she herself had a sincere affection which was shared by her husband she had often grieved the sacrifices miss danceable made to the world thinking that her friend was falling into vanity indifference and an ill mode of life but such a marriage as this would probably cure all that and then asked him dr. Thorne himself to whose benefit were of course applied mrs. Gresham's most earnest thoughts in this matter she could not but think that he would be happier married than he was single in point of temper no woman could stand higher than Miss Dunstable no one had ever heard of her being in an ill humour and then there mrs. Gresham was a giftie with a mind which was far removed from being mercenary it was impossible not to feel that some benefit might accrue from the bride's wealth Mary thorn the present mrs. Frank Gresham had herself been a great heiress circumstances have waited her hand with enormous possessions and hitherto she had not realized the truth of that lesson which would teach us to believe that happiness and rich are incompatible therefore she resolved that it might be well if the doctor and Miss Dunstable were brought together but could the doctor be induced to make such an offer missus Gresham acknowledged a terrible difficulty in looking at the matter from that point of view her uncle was fond of Miss danceable but she was sure that an idea of such a marriage had never entered his head that it would be very difficult almost impossible to create such an idea and that if the idea were there the doctor could hardly be instigated to make the proposition looking at the matter as a whole she feared that the match was not practicable on the day of mist and Sable's party mrs. chrétien and her uncle dined together alone in Portman Square mr. Gresham was not yet in Parliament but an almost immediate vacancy was expected in his division of the county and it was known that no one would stand against him with any chance of success this threw him much among the politicians of his party there's chance namely whom it would be his business to support and on this account he was a good deal away from his own house at the present moment politics makes a terrible demand on a man's time he said to his wife and then went down to dine at his club in PAL mal with sundry other young Philly agents our men of that class politics do make a great demand at the hour of dinner and thereabouts what do you think of Miss danceable said mrs. Gresham to her uncle as they sat together over the coffee she added nothing to the question but asked it in all its boldness think about her said the doctor well Mary what do you think about her I dare say we think the same but that's not the question what do you think about her do you think she's honest honest oh no oh yes sir if they're very honest I should say and good tempered uncommonly good tempered and affectionate well yes sir and if exercise I should certain said that she's a affectionate I'm sure she's clever yes I think she's clever and and womanly in her feelings mrs. Gresham felt that she could not quite say ladylike that she would fain have done so had she dared who subtly said the doctor but but Mary why are you detecting mr. Tibbals character was so much ingenuity well uncle I will tell you why because a mrs. rush room while she was speaking got up from her chair and going round the table to her uncle's side put her arm round his neck till her face was close to his and then continued speaking she stood behind him out of his sight because I think that Miss danceable is he's very fond of you and that it would make her very happy if you would ask her to be your wife there Mary said the daughter turning round with an endeavor to look his niece in the face I am quite an artist uncle quite in earnest from little things that she has said and little things that I have seen I do believe what I now tell you and you want me to do you uncle my own own one darling uncle I want you only to do that which will make you make you happy what is Miss Dunstan to me compared to you and then she stooped down and kissed him the doctor was apparently too much for standard by the intimation given him to make any further immediate reply his niece seeing this left him that she might go and dress and when they met again in the drawing-room Frank Gresham was with them end of chapter 28 recording by Simon Devas chapter 29 of Ramli parsonage this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit recording by nicholas clifford framily parsonage by Anthony Trollope chapter 29 miss Dunstable at home miss Dunstable did not look like a lovelorn Maiden stood in a small antechamber at the top of her drawing room stairs receiving her guests her house was one of those abnormal mansions which are to be seen here and there in London built in compliance rather with the rules of rural architecture than with those which usually govern the erection of city streets and town terraces it stood back from its brethren and alone so that its owner could walk around it it was approached by a short carriage way the chief door was in the back of the building and the front of the house looked on to one of the parks miss Dunstable and procuring it had her usual luck it had been built by an eccentric millionaire at an enormous cost and the eccentric millionaire after living in it for twelve months had declared that it did not possess a single comfort and that it was deficient at most of those details which in point of house accommodation are necessary to the very existence of man consequently the mansion was sold and Miss Dunstable was the purchaser Cranborne house it had been named and its present owner had made no change in this respect but the world at large very generally called an appointment hall and miss Dunstable herself as frequently used that name for it as any other it was impossible to quiz miss Dunstable with any success because she always joined in the joke herself not a word further had passed between mrs. Gresham and dr. Thorne on the subject of their last conversation but the doctor as he entered the lady's portals amongst a tribe of servants and in a glare of light and saw the crowd before him and the crowd behind him felt that it was quite impossible that he should ever be at home there it might be all right that a miss Dunstable should live in this way but it could not be right that the wife of dr. Thorne should so live but all this was a matter of the merest speculation for he was well aware as he said to himself a dozen times that his niece had blundered strangely in her reading of Miss Dunstable character when the Gresham party entered the ante room into it the staircase opened they found miss Dunstable standing there surrounded by a few of her most intimate allies mrs. Harold Smith was sitting quite close to her doctor easy man was reclining on a sofa against the wall and the lady who habitually lived with Miss Dunstable was by his side one or two others were there also so that a little running conversation was kept up in order to relieve miss Dunstable of the tedium which might otherwise be engendered by the work she had in hand as mrs. Gresham leaning on her husband's arm entered the room she saw the back of mrs. prowdy as that lady made her way through the opposite door leaning on the arm of the bishop mrs. Harold Smith had apparently recovered from the annoyance which he must no doubt have felt when Miss Dunstable so utterly rejected her suit on behalf of her brother if any feeling had existed even for a day calculated to put a stop to the intimacy between the two ladies that feeling had altogether died away for mrs. Harold Smith was conversing with her friend quite in the old way she made some remark on each of the guests as they passed by and apparently did so in a manner satisfactory to the owner of the house for miss constable answered with her kindest smiles and in that genial happy tone of voice which gave its peculiar character to her good humour she is quite convinced that you are a mere plagiarist in what you were doing said mrs. Harold Smith speaking of mrs. prowdy and so I am I don't suppose there can be anything very original nowadays about an evening party but she thinks you were copying her and why not I copy everybody that I see more or less you did not at first begin to wear big petticoats out of your own head if mrs. proudiy has any such pride as that pray don't rob her of it here's the doctor and the Gresham's Mary my darling how are you and in spite of all her grandeur of apparel miss Dunstable took hold of mrs. Gresham and kissed her too disgust of the half dozen and a half of the distinguished fashionable world who were passing up the stairs behind the doctor was somewhat repressed in his mode of address by the communication which had so lately been made to him miss Dunstable was now standing on the very top of the pinnacle of wealth and seemed to him to be not only so much above his reach but also so far removed from his track in life that he could not in any way put himself on a level with her he could neither aspire so high nor descend so low and thinking of this he spoke to miss Dunstable as though there was some great distance between them as though there had been no hours of intimate friendship down at Gresham spree there had been such hours during which miss Dunstable and dr. Thorne had lived as though they belong to the same world and this at any rate may be said of Miss Dunstable that she had no idea of forgetting them dr. Thorne merely gave her his hand and then prepared to pass on don't go doctor she said for heaven's sakes don't go yet I don't know when I may catch you if you get in there I shan't be able to follow you for the next two hours lady Meredith I am so much obliged to you for coming your mother will be here I hope oh I am so glad from her you know that is quite a favour you sir George a half a cent of yourself so I don't think so much about it Oh quite so said Sir George perhaps rather the largest half the men divide the world of the gods and Giants and Miss Dunstable we women have our divisions also we are Saints to sinner's according to our party the worst of it is that we're at almost as often as you do whereupon Sir George laughed and passed on I know doctor you don't like this kind of thing she continued but there is no reason why you should indulge yourself altogether in your own way more than another is there Frank I am not so sure but he does like it said mr. Gresham there are some of your repute and friends who he owns that he is anxious to see are there then there is some hope of his ratting – but he'll never make a good storage sinner will he marry you're too old to learn new tricks a doctor I'm afraid I am said the doctor with the faint laugh does dr. Thorne rank himself among the army of Saints asked mrs. Errol Smith decidedly said miss Dunstable but you must always remember that there are Saints of different orders are there not marry and nobody supposes that the Franciscans and the Dominicans agree very well together dr. Thorne does not belong to the school of saint proudly of Barchester he would prefer the priestess whom I see coming round the corner of the staircase with a very famous young novice at her elbow from all that I can hear you will have to reckon miss grant Lee among the sinners said mrs. Harold Smith seeing that lady Lufton with her young friend was approaching unless indeed you can make a saint of Lady härtel top and then lady Lufton entered the room and Miss Dunstable came forward to meet her with more quiet respect in her manner than she had as he had shown her many of her guests I am much obliged to you for coming lady Lufton she said and the more so for bringing miss grant Lee with you lady Lufton uttered some pretty little speech during which dr. Thorne came up and shook hands with her as did also Frank Gresham and his wife there was the county acquaintance between the family people and the Gresham Surrey people and therefore there was a little general conversation before Lady Luft and passed out of the small room into what mrs. prowdy would have called the noble suite of apartments Papa will be here said miss grant Lee at least so I understand I have not seen him yet myself oh yes he has promised me said mists unstable and the Archdeacon I know will keep his word I should by no means have the proper ecclesiastical balance without him Papa always does keep his word said miss grant Lee in a tone that was almost severe she had not at all understood poor miss Dunstable little joke or at any rate she was too dignified to respond to it I understand Sir John is to accept the children hundreds at once said lady Lufton in a half whisper to frank Gresham lady Lufton had always taken a keen interest in the politics of East bar sicher and was now desirous of expressing her satisfaction that aggression should again sit for the county the Gresham's had been old County members and bar searcher time out of mind oh yes I believe so said Frank blushing he was still young enough to feel almost ashamed of putting himself forward for such high honors there will be no contest of course said lady Lufton confidentially there seldom is an East bar stitcher I am happy to say but if there were every tentative tram we would vote on the right side I can assure you of that lord Lufton was saying so to me only this morning Frank Gresham made a pretty little speech and reply such as young sucking politicians are expected to make this with sundry other small courteous murmurings detained the Lufton party for a minute or two in the antechamber in the meantime the world was pressing on and passing through to the four or five large reception rooms the noble suite which was already piercing poor mrs. proud Lee's heart with envy to the very core these are the sort of rooms she said to herself unconsciously which ought to be provided by the country for the use of its bishops but the people have not brought enough together she said to her Lord no no I don't think they are said the bishop and that is so essential for her conveys that Sione continued mrs. prowdy now in Gloucester place but we will not record all her adverse criticisms as Lady left in his waiting force in the anteroom and now another arrival of moment had taken place and arrival indeed a very great moment to tell the truth miss Dunn stubbles heart had been set upon having two special persons and though no stone had been left unturned no stone which could be turned with discretion she was still left in doubt as to both of these two wondrous potent Tate's at the very moment of which we are now speaking light and airy as she appeared to be for it was her character to be light and airy her mind was torn with doubts if the wished-for too would come her evening would be thoroughly successful but if not all her trouble would have been thrown away and the thing would have been a failure and there were circumstances connected with the present assembly which made miss Dunstable very anxious that she should not fail that the two great ones of the earth were Tom Towers of the Jupiter and the Duke of omnium need hardly be expressed in words and now at this very moment as Lady Lufton was making her civil speeches to young Gresham apparently in no hurry to move on and while miss Dunstable was endeavouring to whisper something into the doctors ear which would make him feel himself at home in this new world a sound was heard which made that lady know that half her wish hadn't any rate been granted to her a sound was heard but only by her own and one other attentive pair of ears mrs. Harold Smith had also caught the name and knew that the Duke was approaching there was great glory and triumph in this but why had his grace come at so unchanged see a moment miss Dunstable had been fully aware of the impropriety of bringing Lady Lufton of the Duke of omnium and of the same house at the same time but when she had asked ideal often she had been led to believe that there was no hope of obtaining the Duke and then when that hope had dawned upon her she had comforted herself with the reflection that the two sons though they might for some few minutes be in the same hemisphere could hardly be expected to clash or come across each other's orbits her rooms were large and would be crowded that you could probably do little more than walk through them once and lady Lufton would certainly be surrounded by persons of her own class thus miss Dunstable had comforted herself but now all things were going wrong and Lady left and would find herself in close contact to the nearest represent satanic agency which according to her ideas was allowed to walk this nether English world of ours which he scream or indignantly retreat out of the house or which he proudly raised her head and with outstretched hand an audible voice boldly defied the devil and all his works in thinking of these things as the Duke approached Miss Dunstable almost lost her presence of mind but mrs. Harold Smith did not lose hers so here at last is the Duke she said in a tone intended to catch the expressed attention of Lady Lufton mrs. Smith had calculated that the mic still be time for her ladyship to pass on and avoid the interview but lady Lufton if she heard the words to not completely understand them at any rate they did not convey to her mind at the moment the meaning they were intended to convey she paused to whisper a last little speech to Frank Gresham and then looking round found that the gentleman who was pressing against her dress was the Duke of omnium on this great occasion when the misfortune could no longer be avoided miss Dunstable was by no means beneath herself or her character she deplored the calamity but she now saw that it was only left to her to make the best of it the Duke could honored her by coming to her house and she was bound to welcome him though in doing so she should bring lady Lufton to her last gasp you she said I am greatly honored by this kindness on the part of your grace I hardly expected that you would be so good to me the goodness is all on the other side said the Duke bowing over her hand and then in the usual course of things this would have been all the Duke would have walked on and shown himself would have said a word or two to lady hardl talk to the bishop to mr. Gresham and suchlike and would then have left the rooms by another way and quietly escaped this was the duty expected from him and this he would have done and the value of the party would have been increased 30% by such doing but now as it was the news mongers of the West End were likely to get much more out of him circumstances had so turned out that he had absolutely been pressed close against lady Lufton and she when she heard the voice and was made positively acquainted with the fact of the great man's presence by miss Dunn stables words turned round quickly but still with much feminine dignity removing her dress from the contact in doing this she was brought absolutely face-to-face with the Duke so that each could not but look full at the other I beg your pardon said the Duke they were the only words that had ever passed between them nor have they spoken to each other since but simple as they were accompanied by the little by play of the speakers they gave rise to a considerable amount of ferment in the fashionable world lady Lufton as she retreated back onto doctor easy man curtsey lo she curtsied low and slowly and with a haughty arrangement of her drapery that was all her own but the curtsy though it was eloquent did not say have so much did not reprobate the ritual iniquities of the Duke with a voice nearly as potent as that which was expressed in the gradual fall of her eye and the gradual pressure of her lips when she commenced her curtsy she was looking full in her foes face by the time she had completed it her eyes were turned upon the ground but there was an ineffable amount of scorn expressed in the minds of her mouth she spoke no word and retreated as modest virtue and feminine weakness must ever retreat before barefaced vice and virile power but nevertheless she was held by all the world to have had the best of the encounter the Duke as he begged her pardon war and his countenance that expression of modified sorrow which is common to any gentleman who was supposed by himself to over incommoded a lady but over and above this or rather under it there was a slight smile of derision as though it were impossible for him to look upon the bearing lady Lufton without some amount of ridicule all this was legible to I so keen as those of Miss Dunstable and mrs. Harold Smith and the Duke was known to be a master of the silent inward sarcasm but even by them by Miss Dunstable and mrs. Harold Smith it was admitted that Lady Lufton had conquered when her ladyship again looked up the Duke had passed on and then she resumed the care of miss grant Lee's hand and followed in among the company that is what I call unfortunate said Miss Dunstable as soon as both belligerence had departed from the field of battle the fate sometimes will be against one but they have not been at all against you here said mrs. Harold Smith if you could arrive at her ladyship's private thoughts tomorrow morning you would find her to be quite happy and having met the Duke it will be years before she is done boasting of her triumph and it will be talked of by the young ladies of family for the next three generations the Gresham party including dr. Thorne had remained in the antechamber during the battle the whole combat did not occupy above two minutes and the three of them were hemmed off from escape by Lady lufton's retreat into dr. easy man's lap but now they to assay to pass on what he will desert me said mists unstable very well but I shall find you out by and by Frank there is some dancing in one of the rooms just to distinguish the affair from mrs. proudest conveyors at Sione it would be stupid you know if all conversaciones were alike wouldn't it so I hope you will go and dance there will I presume be another variation at feeding time said mrs. Harold Smith oh yes certainly I am the most vulgar of all wretches in that respect I do love to set people eating and drinking mr. supple house I'm delighted to see you but do tell me and then she whispered with great energy into the ear of mr. supple house and mr. supple house again whispered into her ear you think he will then said miss Dunstable mr. supple house is scented he did think so but he had no warrant for stating the circumstances of fact and then he passed on hardly looking at mrs. Harold Smith as he passed what a hangdog counted as he has said that lady ah you're prejudiced my dear and no wonder as for myself I always liked supple house he means mischief but then mischief is his trade and he does not conceal it if I were a politician I should assume think of being angry with mr. supple house for turning against me as I am now with a pin for pricking me it's my own awkwardness and I ought to have known how to use the pin more craftily but you must attest a man who professes to stand by his party and then this is best to ruin it so many have done that my dear and with much more success than mr. supple house all's fair in love and war why not had politics to the list if we could only agree to do that it would save us from such a deal of heart burning and it would make none of us a bit the worse miss Dunn stables rooms large as they were a noble suite of rooms certainly though perhaps a little too too too scattered will be say a bishop were now nearly full and would have been in conveniently crowded were it not that many who came only remained for half an hour or so space however had been kept with the dancers much to mrs. proud ease consternation not that she disapproved of dancing in London as a rule but she was indignant that the laws of a country at sione has reestablished by herself in the fashionable world should be so violently infringed conversaciones will come to mean nothing she said to the bishop putting great stress on the latter word nothing at all if they are to be treated in this way no they won't nothing in the least said the bishop dancing maybe very well in its place said mrs. proudiy I have never objected to it myself that is for the lady said the bishop but when people profess to assemble for hire said missus proudiy they ought to act up to their professions otherwise they are no better than hypocrites said the bishop a spade should be called a spade said missus Prouty decidedly said the bishop accenting and when I undertook the trouble and expense of introducing conversaciones continued missus proudly with an evident feeling that she had been ill-used I had no idea of seeing the word so so so misinterpreted and then observing certain desirable acquaintances at the other side of the room she went across leaving the bishop to fend for himself lady Lufton having achieved her success passed on to the dancing whether it was not probable that her enemy would follow her and she had not been there very long before she was joined by her son her heart at the present moment was not quite satisfied with the state of affairs with reference to Griselda she had gone so far to tell her young friend what were her own wishes she had declared her desire that Griselda should become her daughter-in-law but an answer to this Griselda herself had declared nothing it was to be sure no more than natural that a young lady so well brought up as Miss Grantley should show no signs of a passion till she was warranted and showing them by the Proceedings of the gentlemen but not Miss standing this fully aware as she was of the propriety of such reticence lady Lufton did think that to her Griselda might have spoken some word evincing that the alliance would be satisfactory to her Griselda however had spoken no such word nor had she uttered a syllable to show that she would accept lord Lufton if he did offer then again she had uttered no syllable to show that she would not accept him but nevertheless although she knew that the world had been talking about her and Lord dumb bellow she stood up to dance with the future Marquess on every possible occasion all this did give annoyance to Lady Lufton who began to be think herself that if she could not quickly bring her little plan to a favorable issue it might be well for her too her hands of it she was still anxious for the match on her son's account Griselda would she did not doubt make a good wife but lady Lufton was not so sure as she once had been that she herself would be able to keep up so strong a feeling for her daughter-in-law as she had hitherto hoped to do ludovic have you been here long she said smiling as she always did smile when her eyes fell upon her son's face this instant arrived and I hurried on after you was Miss Dunstable told me you were here what a crowd she has did you see lord broch I did not observe him Lord Lord the terrier I saw them both in the center room Lord the terrier did me the honor of shaking hands with me as I passed through I never saw such a mix of people there is mrs. proudly going out of her mind because you were all going to dance the miss proudest dance said Griselda Grantley but not at conversaciones you don't see the difference and I saw a sperm oil they are looking as pleased as punch he had quite a circle of his own round him and was chattering aways that we were quite accustomed to the wickedness of the world there were certainly people here whom one would not have wished to meet had one thought of it said lady Lufton mindful of her late engagement but it must be alright for I walked up the stairs with the Archdeacon that is an absolute proof is it not miss grant Lee I have no fears when I am with your mother I know I must be safe I have not so sure of that said Lord Luft and laughing mother you hardly know the worst of it yet who is here do you think I know whom you mean I have just seen him said Lady Lufton very quietly we came across him just at the top of the stairs said Griselda with more animation in her face than ever Lord Lufton had seen there before what the Duke yes the Duke said Lady Lufton I certainly should not have come had I expected to be brought into contact with that man but it was an accident and on such an occasion as this it could not be helped lord Lufton that once perceived by the tone of his mother's voice and by the shades of her countenance that she had absolutely endured some personal encounter with the duke and also that she was by no means so indignant at the occurrence as might have been expected there she was still in miss ton stables house and expressing no anger to miss dumb stables conduct lord Lufkin could hardly have been more surprised had he seen the duke handing his mother down to supper he said however nothing further on the subject are you going to dance Ludovic I said lady Lufton well I am not sure that I do not agree with mrs. proudiy and thinking that dancing would contaminate to come visit Sione what are your ideas miss grant Lee Griselda was never very good at a joke and imagined that Lord Lufton wanted to escape the trouble of dancing with her this angered her for the only species of lovemaking or flirtation or sociability between herself as a young lady and any other self as a young gentleman which recommended itself to her taste was to be found in the amusement of dancing she was altogether at variance with mrs. prowdy on this matter and gave miss Dunstable great credit for her innovation in society Griselda's toes were more serviceable to her than her tongue and she was to be won by a rapid twirl much more probably than by a soft word the offer of which she would approve would be conveyed by to all but breathless words during a spasmodic pause and a waltz and then as she lifted up her arm to receive the accustomed support at her back she might just find power enough to say you must ask papa after that she would not care to have the affair mentioned till everything was properly settled I have not thought about it said Griselda turning her face away from Lord Lufton it must not however be supposed that miss grant Lee had not thought about Lord Lofton or that she had not considered how great might be the advantage of having Lady Lufton on her side if she made up her mind that she did wish to become lord lufton's she knew very well that now was her time for a triumph now in this very first season of her acknowledged beauty and she knew also that young good-looking bachelor Lords do not grow on hedges like blackberries had Lord Lufton offered to her she would have accepted him at once without any remorse as to the greater glories which might have pertain to a future Marcin Asst of hartal top in that direction she was not without sufficient wisdom but then Lord Lufton had not offered to her nor given any signs of the intended to do so and to give Griselda Grantley her knew she was not a girl to make a first overture neither had Lord damn Bello offered but he had given signs dumb signs such as birds give to each other quite as intelligible as verbal signs to a girl who preferred the use of her toes to that of her tongue I have not thought about it said Griselda very coldly and at that moment a gentleman stood before her and asked her hand for the next dance it was lord dumb Bello and Griselda making no reply except by a slight bow got up and put her hand within her partner's arm shall I find you here lady Lufton when we have done she said and then started off among the dancers when the work before one is dancing the proper thing for a gentleman to do is at any rate to ask a lady this proper thing Lord Lufton had omitted and now the price was taken away from under his very nose there was clearly an air of triumph about Lord dumb Bello as he walked away with the beauty the world had been saying that Lord Lufkin was to marry her and the world had also been saying that Lord dumb Bello admired her now this had angered Lord dumb Bello and made him feel as though he walked about a mark of scorn as a disappointed shooter had it not been for Lord Lufton perhaps he would not have cared so much for Griselda Grantley but circumstances had so turned out that he did care for her and felt it to be incumbent upon him as the heir to a mark was 8 to obtain what he wanted let who would have a hankering after the same article it is in this way that pictures are so well sold at auctions and Lord dumbbell Oh regarded miss grant Lee was being now subject to the auctioneer's hammer and conceived that Lord Lufkin was bidding against him so was therefore an air of triumph about him as he put his arm round Griselda's waist and whirled her up and down the room and obedience to the music lady Lufton and her son were left together looking at each other of course he had intended to ask result of the dance but it cannot be said that he very much regretted his disappointment of course also lady Lufton had expected that her son and Griselda would stand up together and she was a little inclined to be angry with her protege I think she might have waited a minute said lady Lufton but why mother there were certain things for which no one ever waits to give a friend for instance the first passage through a gate out hunting and such like miss grant Lee was quite right to take the first that offered lady Lufton had determined to learn what was to be the end of this scheme of hers she could not have Griselda always whither and if anything were to be arranged it must be arranged now while both of them were in London at the close of the season Griselda would return to Bumstead and Lord Lufton would go nobody is yet knew where it would be useless to look forward to further opportunities if they did not contrive to love each other now they would never do so Lady Lufton was beginning to fear that her plan would not work but she made up her mind that she would learn the truth then and there at least as far as her son was concerned oh yes quite so if it is equal to her with which she dances said Lady Lufton quite equal I should think unless it be that dumbbell O is longer winded than I am I am sorry to hear you speak of her in that way Ludovic why sorry mother because I had hoped that you and she would have liked each other this she said in a serious tone of voice and said looking up into his face with a plaintive gaze as though she knew that she were asking of him some great favor yes mother I have known you a wish that you have known it Ludovic oh dear yes you were not at all sharp at keeping your secrets for me and mother at one time for a day or so I thought I could oblige you you have been so good to me that I would do almost anything for you oh no no no she said deprecating his praise and the sacrifice which he seemed to offer of his own hopes and aspirations I would not for worlds have you do so for my sake no mother ever had a better son and my only ambition is your happiness but mother she would not make me happy I was mad enough for a moment to think that she could do so for a moment I did think so there was one occasion on which I would have asked you to take me but but what Ludovic nevermind that passed away and now I shall never ask her indeed I do not think she would have me she is ambitious and flying at higher game than I am but I must say this for her that she knows well which he is doing and plays her cards as though she had been born with him in her hand you will never ask her no mother had I done so it would have been for love of you only for love of you I would not for world's that you should do that let her have dumbbell oh she will make an excellent wife for him just the wife that he will want and you you will have been so good to her in assisting her into such a matter but Ludovic I'm so anxious to see you settled all in good time mother but the good time is passing away years run so very quickly I hope you think about marrying Ludovic but mother what if I brought you a wife that you did not approve I will approve of anyone that you love that is that is if you love her also a mother but I rely with such confidence on your taste I know that you can like no one that is not ladylike and good ladylike and good will that suffice said he thinking of Lucy Robarts yes it will suffice if you love her I don't want you to care for money Griselda will have a fortune that would have been convenient but I do not wish you to care for that and thus as they stood together in Miss Dunn stables crowded room the mother and the son settled between themselves that the Lufton Grantley alliance treaty was not to be ratified I suppose I must that mrs. grant lino said lady Lufton to herself as a Griselda returned to her side there had not been above a dozen words spoken between Lord de Mello and his partner but that young lady also had now fully made up her mind that the treaty above-mentioned should never be brought into operation we must go back to our hostess whom we should not have left her so long a time seeing that this chapter is written to show how well she could conduct herself in great emergencies she had declared that after a while she would be able to leave her position near the entrance door and find out her own peculiar friends among the crowd but the opportunity for doing so did not come until very late in the evening there was a continuation of arrivals she was wearied to death with making little speeches and had more than once declared that she must have pute mrs. Harold Smith to take her place that lady stuck to her through all her Labor's with admirable constancy and made the work bearable without some such constancy on a friend's part it would have been unbearable but it must be acknowledged that this was much to the credit of mrs. Harold Smith her own hopes with reference to the great heiress had all been shattered and her answer had been given to her in very plain language but nevertheless she was true to her friendship and was almost as willing to inure fatigue on the occasion as though she had a sister-in-laws right in the house at about one o'clock her brother came he had not yet seen miss Dunstable since the offer had been made and had now with difficulty been persuaded by his sister to show himself what can be the use said he the game is up with me now meaning poor ruined near do well not only that the game with Miss Dunstable was up but that the great game of his whole life was being brought to an uncomfortable termination nonsense said his sister do you mean to despair because a man like the Duke of hominy wants his money what has been good security for him will be good security for another and then mrs. Harold Smith made herself more agreeable than ever to Myst unstable when wrists unstable was nearly worn out but we're still endeavoring to boy herself up by a hope of the still expected great arrival for she knew that the hero would show himself only at a very late hour if it were to be her good fortune that he showed himself at all mr. Sowerby walked up the stairs he had schooled himself to go through this ordeal with all the cool effrontery which was at his command but it was clearly to be seen that all his effrontery did not stand him in sufficient stead and that the interview would have been embarrassing had it not been for the genuine good humor of the lady here is my brother said mrs. Harold Smith showing by the tremulousness of the whisper that she looked forward to the meeting with some amount of apprehension how do you do mr. salary said miss Dunstable walking almost into the doorway to welcome him better late than never I have only just got away from the house said he as he gave her his hand oh I know well that you are soft at posh among senators as mr. Harold Smith is sawn pill a my dear I must confess that you have contrived to be uncommon ly severe upon them both said mrs. Harold laughing and as regards poor Harold most undeservedly so Nathaniel is here and may defend himself and no one is better able to do so on all occasions but my dear mr. Sowerby I am dying of despair do you think he'll come hee-hoo you stupid man as if there were more than one he there were two but the other has been upon my word I don't understand to Sowerby know again as to these but can I do anything shall I go and fetch anyone Oh Tom Towers I fear I can't help you but here he is at the foot of the stairs then mr. Sowerby stood back with his sister to make way for the great representative man of the age angels and ministers of grace assist me said miss Dunstable how on earth am I to behave myself mr. sour me do you think that I ought to kneel down My dear will he have a reporter in his back in the royal livery and then Miss Dunstable advanced two or three steps not into the doorway as she had done for mr. sour be put out her hand and smiled her sweetest on mr. towers of the Jupiter mr. towers she said I am delighted to have this opportunity of seeing you in my own house miss Dunstable I am immensely honored by the privilege of being here said he the honor done is all conferred upon me and she bowed and curtsied with very stately grace each thoroughly understood the body knowledge of the other and then in a few moments they were engaged in very easy conversation by the by Sowerby what do you think of this threatened dissolution said tom two hours we are all in the hands of Providence and mr. sour be striving to take the matter without any outward show of emotion but the question was one of terrible import to him and up to this time he had heard of no such threat nor had mrs. Harold Smith nor miss Dunstable nor had a hundred others who now listen to the vasa summations of mr. towers order the immediate report made of them but it is given to some men to originate such tidings and the performance of the prophecy is often brought about by the authority of the Prophet on the following morning the rumor that there would be a dissolution was current in all high circles they have no conscience in such matters no conscience whatever said a small God speaking of the Giants a small God whose constituency was expensive mr. towers stood there panting for about 20 minutes and then took his departure without making his way into the room she had answered the purpose for which he had been invited and left miss Dunstable in a happy frame of mind I am very glad that he came said mrs. Harold Smith with an air of triumph yes I am glad said Miss Dunstable though I am thoroughly ashamed that I should be so after all what good has he done to me or to anyone and having uttered this moral reflection she made her way into the rooms and soon discovered dr. thorn standing by himself against the wall well doctor she said where are Mary and Frank you do not look at all comfortable standing here by yourself I am quite as comfortable as I expected thank you said he they are in the room somewhere and as I believe equally happy that spiteful and you doctor to speak in that way but would you say if you were called on to endure all that I have gone through this evening there is no accounting for tastes but I presume you like it I am not so sure of that give me your arm and let me get some supper one always likes the idea of having done hard work and one always likes to have been successful we all know that virtue is its own reward said the doctor well that is something hard upon me said Miss Dunstable as she sat down to table and you really think that no good of any sort can come from my giving such a party as this oh yes some people no doubt have been amused it is all vanity and your estimation said Miss Dunstable vanity and vexation of spirit well there is a good deal of the latter certainly sherry a few please I would give anything for a glass of beer but that is out of the question vanity and vexation of spirit and yet I meant to do good pray do not suppose that I am condemning you miss Dunstable ah but I do suppose it not only you but another also whose judgment I care for perhaps more than yours and that let me tell you is saying a great deal you do condemn me dr. thorn and I also condemn myself it is not that I have done wrong but the game is not worth the candle that's the question the game is not worth the candle and yet it was a triumph to have both the Duke and Tom towers you must confess that I have not managed badly soon after that the Gresham's went away and in an hour's time or so miss Dunstable was allowed to drag herself to her own bed that is the great question to be asked on all such occasions is the game worth the candle end of chapter 29

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  1. Framley Parsonage | Anthony Trollope | General Fiction | Talking Book | English | 7/12

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