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chapter 17 of fram leap arsenic this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org recording by Nicholas Clifford family parsonage by Anthony Trollope chapter 17 mrs. proud ease confess that she owned a it was Grievous to think of the mischief and danger into which Griselda Grantley was brought by the worldliness of her mother in those few weeks previous to Lady lufton's arrival in town very Grievous at least to her ladyship as from time to time she heard of what was done in London Lady Hartl Topps was not the only objectionable house at which Griselda was allowed to refresh fashionable laurels it had been stated openly in the Morning Post that the young lady had been the most admired among the beautiful and one of Miss Dunstable celebrate his soirees and then she was heard of as gracing the drawing-room at mrs. proud ease conversazione a abyss Dunstable herself lady Lufton was not able openly to allege any evil she was acquainted lady Lufton you with very many people of the right sort and was the dear friend of Lady lufton's highly conservative and not very distant neighbors the Gresham's but then she was also acquainted with so many people of the bad sort indeed she was intimate with everybody from the Duke of omnium to old Dowager lady goody ghafir who had represented all the cardinal virtues for the last quarter of a century she smiled with equal sweetness on treacle and on brimstone was quite at home in Exeter Hall having been consulted so the world said probably not with exact truth as to the selection of more than one disagreeably low church bishop and was not less frequent in her attendance at the ecclesiastical knowings of a certain terrible prelate in the Midland counties who was supposed to favor stoles and Vespers and to have no proper Protestant hatred for auricular confession and fish on Fridays lady Lufton who was very staunch did not like this and would say of Miss Dunstable that it was impossible to serve both God and Mammon but missus proud he was much more objectionable to her seeing how sharp was the feud between the proud Lee's and the grant Lee's down in bar sitter how absolutely unable they had always been to carry a decent face towards each other in church matters how they headed to parties in the diocese which were when brought together as oil and vinegar in which baffles the whole Luft and influence had always been brought to bear on the Grantley side seeing all this I say lady Lufton was surprised to hear that Griselda had been taken to mrs. proud ease evening exhibition had the Archdeacon been consulted about it she said to herself this would never have happened but there she was wrong for in matters concerning his daughter's introduction to the world the Archdeacon never interfered on the whole I am inclined to think that mrs. grant Lee understood the world better than did Lady Lufton in her heart of hearts mrs. grant Lee hated mrs. proudiy that is with that sort of hatred one Christian lady allows herself to feel towards another of course mrs. grant Lee forgave mrs. proudly all her offenses and wished her well and was at peace with her in the Christian sense of the word as with all of the women but under this forbearance and meekness and perhaps we may say wholly unconnected with it there was certainly a current of antagonistic feeling which in the ordinary unconsidered language of everyday men and women do call hatred this raged and was strong throughout the whole year and Barsad sure before the eyes of all mankind but nevertheless mrs. grant Lee took Griselda to mrs. Crowl Dee's evening parties in London in these days mrs. proudly considered herself to be by no means the least among Bishop's wives she had opened the season this year and a new house in Gloucester place in which the reception rooms at any rate were all that a lady bishop could desire here she had a front drawing-room of very noble dimensions a second drawing-room rather noble also though it had lost one of its back corners awkwardly enough apparently in a jostle with the neighboring house and then there was the third shall we say drawing room or closet in which missus proudly delighted to be seen sitting in order that the world might know that there was a third room altogether a noble suite dismisses proudly herself said in confidence to more than one clergyman's wife from bar sitter a noble sweet indeed mr. Browdy the clergyman's wives from bar said she would usually answer for some time mrs. proudiy was much at a loss to know by what sort of party or entertainment she would make herself famous balls and suppers were of course out of the question she did not object to her daughter's dancing all night in other houses at least of late she had not objected for the fashionable world required it and the young ladies had perhaps a will of their own but dancing at her house absolutely under the shade of the bishops apron would be a sin and a scandal and then as two suppers of all modes in which one may extend one's hospitality to a large acquaintance they are the most costly it is hard to think that we should go out among our friends for the mere sake of eating and drinking mrs. Crowley would say to the clergyman's wife some bar searcher it shows such a sensual propensity indeed it does mrs. prowdy and his so vulgar to those ladies would reply but the elder among them would remember with regret the unsparing open-handed hospitality of Barchester palace and the good old days of bishop grant lee God rest his soul one old Vickers wife there was whose answer had not been so courteous when we are hungry mrs. proudiy she had said we do all have sensual propensity 'he's it would be much better mrs. at Hill if the world would provide for all that at home mrs. proudiy had rapidly replied with which opinion I must here profess that I cannot by any means bring myself to coincide but a converse that Sione would give play to know sensual propensity nor occasion that intolerable expense which the gratification of sensual propensity too often produces misses proudly felt that the word was not at all that she could have desired it was a little faded by old use and present oblivion and seemed to address itself to that portion of the London world that is considered blue rather than fashionable but nevertheless there was a spirituality about it which suited her and one may also say an economy and then as regarded fashion it might perhaps not be beyond the power of a mrs. prowdy to rebuild the word with the newly burnished gilding some leading person must produce fashion at first hand and why not mrs. proudiy her plan was to set the people by the ears talking if talk they would or to induce them to show themselves there inert if no more could be got from them to accommodate with chairs and sofas as many as the furniture of her noble suite of rooms would allow especially with the two chairs and padded bench against the wall in the back closet the small inner drawing-room as she would call it to the clergyman's wife some bar such chair and to let the others stand about upright or group themselves as she described it then four times during the two hours period of a conversaciones tea and cake were to be handed around on salvers it is astonishing how far a very little cake will go in this way particularly if administered tolerably early after dinner the men can't eat it and the women having no plates in no table are obliged to abstain mrs. Jones knows that she cannot hold a piece of crumbly cake in her hand till it be consumed without doing serious injury to her best dress when mrs. proudiy with her weekly books before her looked into the financial up shot of her conversaciones her conscience told her that she had done the right thing going out to tea is not a bad thing if one can contrive to dine early and then be allowed to sit around a big table with a tea urn in the middle I would however suggests that breakfast cups should always be provided for the gentleman and then with pleasant neighbours or more especially with a pleasant neighbor the affair is not according to my taste by any means the worst phase of society but I do dislike that handing round unless it be of a subsidiary thimbleful when the business of the social intercourse has been dinner and indeed this handing round has become a vulgar and an intolerable nuisance among us second-class Gentry with our 800 a year there or there abouts doubly intolerable is being destructive of our natural comforts and a wretchedly vulgar aping of men with large incomes the Duke of omnium and lady härtel top are undoubtedly wise to have everything handed round friends of mine who occasionally dine at such houses tell me that they can get their wine quite as quickly as they can drink it that their mutton is brought to them without delay and that the potato bearer follows quick upon the heels of karna fer nothing can be more comfortable and we may no doubt acknowledge that these first-class Grandy's do understand their material comforts but we of the eight hundred can no more come up to them in this way than we can in their Opera boxes and equip atures may I not say that the usual tether of this class in the way of carnivores cupbearers and the rest does not reach beyond neat handed Phyllis and the green grocer and that Phyllis neat handed as she probably is and the green grocer though he be ever so active cannot administer a dinner to twelve people who are prohibited by a medo-persian law from all self administration whatever and may I not further say that the lamentable consequence to us 800 is dining out among each other is this that we too often get no dinner at all Phylis with the potatoes cannot reach us till our mutton is devoured or in a lukewarm state past our power of managing and ganymede the green grocer though we admire the skill of his necktie and the whiteness of his unexceptionable gloves fails to keep us going and sherry seeing a lady the other day in this Strait left without a small modicum of stimulus which was no doubt necessary for her good digestion I ventured to ask her to drink wine with me but when I bowed my head etre she looked at me with all her eyes struck with amazement had I suggested that she should join me in a wild Indian war dance with nothing on but paint her face could not have shown greater astonishment and yet I should have thought she might have remembered the days when Christian men and women used to drink wine with each other god be with the good old days when I could hobnob with my friend over the table as often as I was inclined to lift my glass to my lips and to make a long arm for a hot potato whenever the exigencies of my plate required it I think it may be laid down as a rule in affairs of hospitality that whatever extra luxury or grandeur we introduced at our tables when guests are with us should be introduced for the advantage of the guests and not for our own if for instance our dinner be served and a manner different from that usual to us it should be so served in order that our friends may with more satisfaction eat our a past than our everyday practice would produce on them but the change should be by no means made to their material detriment in order that our fashion may be acknowledged again if I decorate my sideboard and table wishing that the eyes of my visitors may rest on that which is elegant and pleasant to the sight I act in that matter with the becoming sense of hospitality but if my object be to kill mrs. Jones with envy at the sight of all my silver trinkets I am a very mean-spirited fellow this in a broad way will be acknowledged but if we would bear in mind the same idea at all times on occasions when the way perhaps may not be so broad when more thinking may be required to ascertain what is true hospitality I think we of the 800 would make a great advance towards really entertaining our own friends than by any rearrangement of the actual meats and dishes which we set before them knowing as we do that the terms of the Lufton Grantley alliance have been so solemnly ratified between the two mothers it is perhaps hardly open to us to suppose that mrs. grant lee was induced to take her daughter to mrs. proud ease by any knowledge which she may have acquired that Lord Novello had promised to grace the bishops assembly it is certainly the fact that High Contracting Parties do sometimes allow themselves a latitude which would be considered dishonest by contractors of a lower sort and it may be possible that the archdeacon's wife did think of that second string with which her bow was furnished be that as it may Lord dum Bella was at mrs. proud ease and it did so come to pass that Griselda was seated at a corner of a sofa close to which was a vacant space in which his lordship could group himself they had not been long there before Lord dumb bellow did group himself fine day he said coming up and occupying the vacant position by miss grant Lee's Elmo we were driving today and we thought it rather cold said Griselda juice cold said Lord dumbbell oh and then he adjusted his white cravat and touched up his whiskers haven't got so far he did not proceed to any other immediate conversational efforts nor did Griselda but he grouped himself again this became a Marquess and gave a very intense satisfaction to mrs. proudiy this is so kind of you Lord dumbell Oh said that lady coming up to him and shaking his hand warmly so very kind of you to come to my poor little tea party uncommonly as I call it said his lordship I'd like this sort of thing no trouble you know no that is the charm of it isn't it no trouble or fuss or parade that's what I always say according to my ideas society consists in giving people facility for an interchange of thoughts what we call conversation oh yes exactly not in eating and drinking together hey Lord dumbbell oh and yet the practice of our lives would seem to show that the indulgence of those animal propensities can alone suffice to bring people together the world and this has surely made a great mistake I like a good dinner all the same said Lord dumbbell oh oh yes of course of course I am by no means one of those who would pretend to preach that our tastes have not been given to us for our enjoyment why should things be nice if we are not to like them a man who can really give a good dinner has learned a great deal said Lord dumbbell Oh with unusual animation an immense steel it is quite an art in itself and one which I at any rate by no means despise but we cannot always be eating can we no said Lord dumbbell oh not always and he looked as though he lamented that his power should be so circumscribed and then mrs. proud he passed on to mrs. Grantley the two ladies were quite friendly in London though down in their own neighborhood they waged a war so internecine and its nature but nevertheless mrs. proud ease manner might have showed to a very close observer that she knew the difference between a bishop and an Archdeacon I am so delighted to see you said she no don't mind moving I won't sit down just at present but why didn't the Archdeacon come it was quite impossible it was indeed said mrs. grant Lee the Archdeacon never has a moment in London that he can call his own you don't stay up very long I believe a good deal longer than we either of us like I can assure you London life is a perfect new since to me but people in a certain position must go through with it you know said missus proudly the bishop for instance must attend the house must ii asked mrs. grant lee as though she were not at all well-informed with reference to this branch of a bishops business i am very glad that archdeacon's are under no such liability oh no there's nothing of that sort said missus proudly very seriously but how uncommon lee well miss grant lee is looking I do hear that she has quite been admired this phrase certainly was a little hard for the mother to bear all the world had acknowledged so mrs. grant lee had taught herself to believe that Griselda was undoubtedly the beauty of the season Marcos's and lords were already contending for her smiles and paragraphs had been written in newspapers as to her profile it was too hard to be told after that that her daughter had been quite admired such a phrase might suit a pretty little red cheek milkmaid of a girl she cannot of course come near your girls in that respect said mrs. grant Lee very quietly now the Miss proud ease had not elicit it from the fashionable world any very loud and comb iums on their beauty their mother felt that aunt and its fullest force but she would not a sage do battle on the present arena she jotted down the item in her mind and kept it over for Barchester and the chapter such deaths as though she usually paid on some day if the means of doing so were at all within her power but there is miss Dunstable I declare she said seeing that that lady had entered the room and away went mrs. proudly to welcome her distinguished guests and so this is a conveyance at sioni is it said that lady speaking as usual not in the suppressed voice well I declare it's very nice it means conversation don't it mrs. proudiy hahaha miss Dunstable there is nobody like you I declare well but don't it and tea and cake and then when retired of talk we go away isn't that it but you must not be tired for these three hours yet oh I am never tired of talking all the world knows that how do Bishop a very nice sort of thing this country's etzioni isn't it now the bishop rubbed his hands together and smiled and said that he thought it was rather nice missus proudiy is so fortunate and all her little arrangements said Miss Dunstable yes yes said the bishop I think she is happy in these matters I do flatter myself that she is so of course miss Dunstable you are accustomed to things on a much grander scale aye Lord bless you know nobody hates grandeur so much as I do of course I must do as I am told I must live in a big house and have three footmen six feet high I must have a coachman with the top-heavy wig and horses so big that they frightened me if I did not I should be made out of lunatic and declared unable to manage my own affairs but as for grandeur I hate it I certainly think that I shall have some of these conveyors at Sione's I wonder where the missus proudly will come and put me up to a wrinkle or two the bishop again rubbed his hands and said that he was sure that she would he never felt quite at his ease with Miss Dunstable as he rarely could ascertain whether or no she was earnest in what she was saying so he trotted off muttering some excuses he went and Miss Dunstable chuckled with an inward chuckle that is too evident bewilderment miss Dunstable was by nature kind generous and open-hearted but she was living now very much with people on whom kindness generosity and open-heartedness were thrown away she was clever also and could be sarcastic and she found that those qualities told better in the world around her than generosity and an open heart and so she went on for month to month and year to hear not progressing in a good spirit as she might have done but still carrying with in her bosom a warm affection for those she could really love and she knew that she was hardly living who she should live that the wealth which he affected to despise was eating into the soundness of her character not by its splendor but by the style of life which hadn't seemed to produce as a necessity she knew that she was gradually becoming irreverent scornful and prone to ridicule but yet knowing this and hating it she hardly knew how to break from it she had seen so much of the blacker side of human nature the blackness no longer startled her as it should do she had been the prize at which so many ruins spendthrifts and aimed so many pirates had endeavoured to run her down while sailing in the open waters of her life that she had ceased to regard such attempts on her money bags as unmanly or / covetous she was content to fight her own battle with her own weapons feeling secure in her own strength of purpose and strength of wit some few friends she had whom she really loved among whom her inner self could come out and speak boldly what it had to say with its own true voice and the woman who thus so spoke was very different from that miss Dunstable whom miss proudly courted and the Duke of omnium fated and mrs. Harold Smith claimed as a bosom friend if only she could find among such one special companion on whom her heart might rest who would help her to bear the heavy burdens of her world but where was she to find such a friend she with her keen wit her untold money and loud laughing voice everything about her was calculated to attract those whom she could not value and the scare from her the sort of friend to whom she fain would have linked her lot and then she met mrs. Harold Smith who had taken mrs. Crowl d's noble suite of rooms and her tour for the evening and was devoting to them a period of 20 minutes and so I may congratulate you miss Dunstable said eagerly to her friend no and Mercy's name do no such thing were you made to probably have two uncontained that will be so unpleasant but they told me that lord broch and sent for him yesterday now or this period lord broch was prime minister so he did and Harold was with him backwards and forwards all today but he can't shut his eyes and open his mouth and see what God will send him as a wise and prudent man should do he is always for bargaining and no Prime Minister likes that I would not be in his shoes if after all he has to come home and say that the bargain is off ah ha ha well I should not take it very quietly but what can we poor women do you know when it is settled my dear I'll send you a line at once and then mrs. Harold Smith finished a course around the rooms and regained her carriage within the 20 minutes beautiful profile has she not said miss Dunstable somewhat later in the evening – mrs. proudiy of course the profiles spoken all belong to miss grant Lee yes it is beautiful certainly said mrs. proudiy the pity is that it means nothing the gentleman seemed to think that it means a great deal I am Not sure of that she has no conversation you see not a word she has been sitting there with lord dumb bellow at her elbow for the last hour and yet she is hardly opened her mouth three times but my dear mrs. prowdy who on earth could talk to Lord dumbell Oh mrs. proudly thought that her own daughter Olivia would undoubtedly be able to do so if only she could get the opportunity but then Olivia had so much conversation and while the two ladies were yet looking at the youthful pear Lord dumbbell oh did speak again I think I've had enough of this now said he addressing himself to Griselda I suppose you have other engagements said she oh yes and I believe I shall go to lady Clanton rocks and then he took his departure no other word was spoken that evening between him and miss grant Lee beyond those given in this Chronicle and yet the world declared that he and that young lady had passed the evening and so closer flirtation mr. May the matter more than ordinarily particular and mrs. grant Lee as she was driven home to her lodgings began to have doubts in her mind whether it would be wise to discountenance so great an alliance as that which the head of the great härtel top family now seemed so desirous to establish the prudent mother had not yet spoken a word to her daughter on these subjects but it might soon become necessary to do so it was all very well for lady Lufton to hurry up to town but of what service would that be if lord Lufton were not to be found in Bruton Street end of chapter 16 chapter 18 of a family parsonage this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org recording by simon effers from the parsonage by Anthony Trollope chapter 18 the new minister's patronage at that time just as lady Lofton and was about to leave family for London Mark Roberts received a pressing letter inviting him also to go up to the metropolis for a day or two not for pleasure but on business letter was from his indefatigable friend sorry my dear robots the net around I've just heard the poor little Burslem the bastard sure prepend ray is dead we must all die some day you know as you've told your parishioners from the family pulpit more than once no doubt the store must be filled up and why should not you have it as well as another it is six hundred a year and a house little Burslem had nine but the good old times are gone well of the houses let upon or not under the present ecclesiastical regime I do not know it used to be so for I remember mrs. whiggins the Tanner Chandler's wonder though living in old Stanhope's house Howard Smith has just joined the government as Lord petty bag could I think at the present moment get this for asking he cannot well refuse me and if you will say the word I will speak to him you better come up yourself but say the word yes or no by the wores if you say yes says of course you will do not fail to come up you will find me at the travelers or of the house the stool will just suit you will give you no trouble improve your position and give some little assistance supports bed and board and rack and manger yours other faithfully in sabe singularly enough I hear that your brother is private secretary to the new lord petty bag I'm told with his chief jutti will consist in desiring the servants to call my sister's carriage I've only seen Howard once since he accepted office but my lady petty bag says that he has certainly grown an inch since that occurrence this was certainly very good-natured on the part of mr. sabe and showed that he had a feeling within his bosom that he owed something to his friend the parson for the injury he had done him and such was in truth the case a more reckless being than the member for West passenger could not exist he was reckless for himself and reckless for all others with whom he might be concerned he could ruin his friends with as little remorse as he had ruined himself all was fair game that came in the way of his net but nevertheless he was good-natured and willing to move heaven and earth to do a friend a good turn if it came in his way to do so he did really love mark robots as much as was given him to love any among his acquaintances he knew that here already done him an almost irreparable injury I might very probably injure him still deeper before he had done with him that he would undoubtedly do so if he came in his way was very certain but then if it also came in his way to repay his friend by any side blow he would also undoubtedly do that such an occasion had now come and he desired his sister to give the new lord petty bag no rest till he should have promised to use all his influence in getting the vatan prebend for mark robots mr. Josiah Bismarck immediately showed his wife how lucky thought he to himself that not a word was Synod it about there's a curse in money transactions had he understood sabe better he would have known that that gentleman never said anything about money transactions until it became absolutely necessary I know you don't like mr. sabi he said but you must own that this is very good-natured it is the character I've hear of him that I don't like said mrs. robots but what shall I do now Fannie as he says why should I not have the stall as well as another I suppose it will not interfere with your parish she asked not in the least of the distance of which we are I did think of giving up old Jones but have I take this of course I must keep accurate his wife could not find it in her heart to dissuade him from accepting promotion when he came in his way but vicar's wife would have a sir persuaded her husband but yet she did not altogether like it she feared that Greek from Geordie Coates he when he came with the presence of a Rob Rendell stall in his hand and then what would lady Lufton say and do you think that you must go up to London Marc Oh certainly that is if I intended to accept Harold Smith's kind offices in the matter I suppose it will be better to accept them said Fanny feeling perhaps that it would be useless in her to hope that they should not be accepted proventil stalls Fanny don't generally go begging long among Pradesh clergyman how could I reconcile it to the duty I owe to my children to refuse such an increase to my income and say it was settled that he should at once drive to Silver Bridge and send off a message by telegraph and that he should himself proceed to London on the following day but you must see lady Lufton first of course said fanny as soon as all this was settled mark would have avoided this if he could have decently done so but he felt that it would be in politic as well as indecent and why should he be afraid to tell lady Lufton that he hoped to receive this piece of a promotion from the present government there was nothing disgraceful on a clergyman becoming a pro-bender of Barchester they did often herself had always been very civil to the pro-bender ease and especially to little dr. Burslem the me a little man who had just now paid the debt of nature she'd always been very fond of the chapter and her original dislike to Bishop right II have been chiefly founded on his interference with the cathedral clergy on his interference or on that of his wife or chaplain considering these things Mark Roberts tried to make himself believe that they did after will be delighted as his good fortune but yet he did not believe it she at any rate would revolt from the gift of the Greek of Chawda coats her indeed said she when the vicar had was some difficulty explained to her all the circumstances of the case well I congratulate you mr. robots on your powerful new patron you will probably feel with me lady Lofton that the benefits is one which I can hold without any detriment to me in my position here and family said he prudently resolving to let the slur upon his friends pass by unheeded well I hope sir of course you are a very young man mr. robots and these things have generally been given to clergymen more advanced in life but you do not mean to say that you think I should reviews it what my advice to you might be if you really came to me for advice I'm hardly prepared to say it so very short notice you seemed have made up your mind and therefore I need not consider it as it is I wish you joy and hope that it may turn out to your advantage in every way you understand lady Lofton that I have by no means got it as yet oh I thought it have been offered to you are you ought to spoke of this new minister as having all that his own hand oh dear no what may be the amount of his influence in that respect I do not at all know but my correspondence assures me mr. Saba you mean why don't you call him by his name mr. sabe assures me that mr. Smith will ask for it and thinks it most probable that his request will be successful of course mr. sabe mr. Harold Smith together would no doubt be successful in anything they are the sort of men who are successful nowadays well miss robots I wish you joy and she gave him her hand in token of her since mark took her hand resolving to say nothing further on that occasion that lady left him was not now cordial with him as she used to be he was well aware and sooner or later was determined to have the matter out with her he would ask her why she now so constantly met him with a taunt and so seldom greeted him with that kind old affectionate smile which he knew and appreciated so well that she was honest and true he was quite sure if he asked the question plainly she would answer him openly and he could induce her to say that she would return to her old ways return to them she would in a hearty manner but he could not do this just a present it was but a day or two since mr. Crawley had been with him and was it not problem that mr. quarry been sent thither by lady Lofton his own hands were not clean enough for a remonstrance of the present moment he would cleanse them and then he would remonstrate would you like to live part of the year in Barchester he said to his wife and sister that evening I think the two houses earlier troubles at his wife and we have been very happy here I have always liked a cathedral town said Lucy and I'm particularly fond of the close and Bart rista closest the closest of all closest said Mark there's not a single house within the gateways that does not belong to the chapter but if we are to keep up two houses the additional income will soon be wasted said Fanny prudently the thing would be to let the house furnished every summer said Lucy but I must take my up my residence as the terms come said the vicar and I certainly should not like to be away from family all the winter I should never see anything of Lufton and perhaps he thought of his hunting and then thought a gain of that cleansing of his hands I should not mind a bit being away during the winter said Lucy thinking of what the last winter had done to her but where on earth should we find money to furnish one of those large old-fashioned houses pray mark do not do anything rash and the wife laid her hand affectionately on her husband's arm in this matter the question of the probe end was discussed between them on the evening before he started for London success had at last crowned the earnest effort with which Harold Smith had carried on the political battle of his life for the last 10 years the late Lord petty bang had resigned and discussed having been unable to digest the prime minister's ideas on engine reform and mr. Harold Smith after sundry hitches in the business was installed in his place it was said that Harold Smith's was not exactly the man who the premier would himself have chosen for that high office but the Premier's hands were a good deal tied by circumstances the last great appointment he had made had been terribly unpopular so much so as to subject him popular as he undoubtedly was himself to a screech from the whole nation the Jupiter with withering scorn had asked where the vice of every kind was to be considered in these days of Queen Victoria as a passport to the cabinet adverse members of both houses had arrayed themselves a pure panoply of morality and thundered forth their sarcasms with the indignant virtue and keen discontent of political juveniles and even his own friends had held up their hands in dismay under those circumstances he thought himself obliged in the present instance to select a man who would not be especially objectionable to any party now Harold Smith lived with his wife and his circumstances were not more than ordinarily embarrassed he kept their racehorses and as law broke now heard for the first time gave lectures at provincial towns on popular subjects he had a seat which was tolerably secure and could talk to the house by the yard of required to do so moreover lord broch had a great idea that the whole machinery of his own ministry would break to pieces very speedily his own reputation was not bad but it was insufficient for himself and that lately selected friend of his under all these circumstances combined he chose Harold Smith to fill the vacant office of Lord petty bag and very proud the Lord petty bag was for the last three or four months he and mr. supple has have been agreeing to consign the ministry too speedy perdition this sort of big taters ship will never do Harold Smith had himself said just to find that future vote of his as to want of confidence in the Queen's government and mr. supple house in this matter had fully agreed with him he was a Jew know who's formed that wicked old Paris at utterly despised and he too had quite made up his mind as to the lobby in which you booby found when that day of vengeance should arrive but now things were much altered in Harold Smith's views the premier had shown his wisdom and seeking for new strength where strength ought to be sought and introducing new blood into the body of his ministry the people would now feel fresh confidence and probably the house also as to mr. supple house he would use all his influence on supple Harris but after all mr. supple house was not everything on the morning Arthur Vickers arrival in London he attended at the petty bag office it was situated in the close neighbourhood of Downing Street and the higher governmental gods and though the building itself was not much seeing that it was shored up on one side that he bulged out in the front was foul with smoke dingy with dirt and was devoid of any single architectural grace or modern scientific improvement nevertheless its position gave it a status in the world which made the clerks and the law petty bags office quite respectable in their walk of life mark had seen his friend sabe on the previous evening and have then made an appointment with him for the following morning at the new ministers office and now he was there a little before his time in order that he might have a few moments chat with his brother where Mark found himself in the private secretaries room he was quite astonished to see the change in his brothers appearance which the change in his official rank are produced Jack robots had been a well built straight leg to listen young fellow pleasant to the eye because of his natural advantages but rather given to a harum-scarum style of gait and occasionally careless not to say stubbornly in his dress but now he was in the very pink of perfection his jaunty frock coat fitted to perfection not a hair of his head was out of place his waistcoat and trousers were glossy and new and his umbrella which stood in the umbrella stand of the corner was tight and neat and small and dirty well John you've become quite a great man said his brother I don't know much about that said John but I find that I have an enormous deal of fagging to go through do you mean work I thought you had about the easiest berth in the whole civil service oh that's just the mistake these people make because we don't cover a whole reams of foolscap paper at the rate of 15 lines to a page and five words to align people think that we private secretaries have got nothing to do look here and he tossed over scornfully a dozen or so of little notes at Eddie watt mark it is no easy matter to manage the patronage of us cabinet minister now I am bound to write to every one of these fellows a letter that will please him and yet I shall refuse to every one of them the requests which he asks that must be difficult difficult is no word for it but after all it consists chiefly in the knack of the thing one must have the wit from such a sharp and wash pitch sword as know to pluck the sting I do it every day and I really think that the people liked it perhaps your refusal so better than other people's acquiescence –is oh I don't mean that at all we private secretaries have all to do the same thing now would you believe it I've used up three lifts of no paper or already in telling people that there is no vacancy for a lobby messenger at the petty back office seven Pierce's have asked if for their favourite pokeman but there there's the little pity bag a bell rang and the private secretary jumping up from his no pepper tripped away quickly to the great man's room he'll see you at once said he returning a buggins sure the Reverend mr. robot to the Lord petty bag buggins was the messenger for who's not a vacant place all the Pierces were striving with so much animation and then mark following buggins for two steps was ushered into the next room if a man be altered by becoming a private secretary he is much more altered by being made a cabinet minister robots as the end of the room could hardly believe that this was the same Harold Smith who misses proudly bothered so cruelly in the lecture room of Barchester then he was cross and touchy and uneasy and insignificant now as he stood smiling on the hearthrug of his official fireplace it was quite pleasant to see the kind patronizing smile which lighted up his features he delighted to stand there with his hands in his trouser pockets the great man of the place conscious of his lordship and feeling himself every inch of Minister sabe had come with him understanding a little in the background from which position he winked occasionally at the parson over the minister's shoulder ah Robards delighted to see you Howard by the by that your brother should be my private secretary mark said that it was a singular coincidence very smart young fellow and if he minds himself you'll do well I'm quite sure he'll do well said mark ah well yes I think he will and now what can I do via robots here upon mr. Saab is struck in making it apparent by his explanation the miss robots himself by no means intended to ask for anything but that as his friends had thought that this stall of Barchester might be put into his hands with more fitness sir than those of any other clergyman of the day he was willing to accept the piece of preferment from a man whom he respected as much as he did the new Lord petty bag the minister did not quite like this as it restricted him from much of his condescension and robbed him of the incense of a petition which he'd expected mark robots would make to him but nevertheless he was very gracious he could not take upon himself to declare he said what might be Lord Rock's pleasure with reference to the preferment a bar to stir which was vacant he'd certainly already spoken to his lordship on the subject and a perhaps some reason to believe that his M wishes would be salted no distinct promise to be made but tea might perhaps go so far as to say that he expected such result if serve will give him the greatest pleasure in the world congratulate mr. robots on the possession of the stall stall but she was sure mr. robots would fill with dignity party and brotherly love and then when he finished mr. sabi gave a final wink and said that he regarded the matter are settled no not settled Nathaniel said the cautious Minister and it's the same thing we're joined sabe we all know what all that flummery means men in office Marc never do make a distinct promise not even to themselves of the leg of mutton which is roasting before that kitchen farce it's so necessary in these days to be safe is it not harold most expedient said Harold Smith shaking his head wise de-spell robots who is it now this he said to his private secretary who came to notice the arrival of some bigwig oh yes I will say good morning with your leave for I am a little hurried and remember miss robots I will do what I camp you but you must distinctly understand that there is no promise and a promise at all said Darby of course not and then as he sauntered up Whitehall towards Charing Cross with robots on his arm he game pressed upon him the sale of that invaluable hunter who is he tees head of his shoulders in the stable at chole coats end of chapter 18 recording by Simon Evers chapter 19 of a family parsonage this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org recording by simon Evers family parsonage by Anthony Trollope chapter 19 money dealings mr. sabe in his resolution to obtain this good gift for the vicar of family did not depend quite alone on the influence of his near connection with the Lord petty bag he felt the occasion to be one on which he might endeavor to move even higher powers than that and therefore he had opened the matter to the Duke not by direct application but through mr. Fothergill no man who understood matters ever thought to gain direct to the Duke in such an affair as that if I wanted to speak above a woman or a horse or a pitcher the Duke could on occasions be affable enough but through mr. Fothergill the duke was approached it was represented with some cunning that this buying over of the framily clergyman from the left-hand side will be a praiseworthy spoiling of the Amalekites the doing so would give the Omni on interest to hold even in the cathedral close and then it was known to all men that mr. robots had considerable influence over Lord Luft and himself so guided the new Columbian did say two words to the Prime Minister and two words from the Duke went a great way even with lord broch the upshot of all this was that mark robots did get the stall but he did not hear the tidings of his success till some days after his return to family mr. sabe did not forget to tell him of the great effort the unusual effort as he of Geordie Coates accorded which the Duke had made on the subject I don't know where knee has done such a thing before said sabe and he made me quite sure of this he would not have done it now had you not gone to gather him castle when he asked here indeed father Gill would have known that it was vain to attempt it and I'll tell you what mark it does not do for me to make little of my own nests but I'm free to believe the Dukes word will be more efficacious to the Lord petty bags solemn and you're a mark of course expressed his gratitude in proper terms and did buy the horse for a hundred and thirty pounds he's as well worth it said sabe has any animal that ever stood on four legs am i any reason for press him on you is that when tears as day does come round I now you will have to stand to us to something about that tune it did not occur tomorrow to ask him why the horse should not be sold to someone else and the money forthcoming in a regular way but this would not have suited mr. sabe Marc knew that the beast was good and as he walked to his lodgings was half proud of his new possession but then how would he justified to his wife or how introduced the animal into his stables without attempting any justification in the matter and yet looking to the absolute amount of his income surely he might feel himself entitled to buy a new horse when it suited him he wondered what mr. Crawley would say when he heard of the new purchase he had lately fallen into a state of much wondering as to what his friends and neighbors would say about him he had now been two days in town and was to go down after breakfast on the following morning said he might reach home by Friday afternoon but on that evening just as he was going to bed he was surprised by lord Lufton coming into the coffee room at his hotel he walked in with a hurried step his face was red and it was clear that he was very angry robots said he walking up to his friend and taking the hand that was extended to him do you know anything about this man dozer taser what taser I've heard sabe speak of such a man of course you have if I do not mistake you have written to me about him yourself very probably I remember sabe mentioning the man with reference to your affairs but why do you ask me this man has not any written to me but as absolutely forced his way into my room's when I was dressing for dinner and absolutely have the impudence to tell me that if I do not honor some bill which he holds for 800 pounds he would proceed against me but you settled all that matter with sabe I did settle it at a very great cost to me than I have a fuss I painted through the nose like a fool that I was everything that he claimed this is an absolute swindle and if he goes on I would exposes as such robots look around the room but luckily there was not a soul in it but themselves you do not mean to say that sabe is swindling you said the clergyman it looks very like it said Lord often and I tell you fella that I am not in a humour to endure any more of this sort of thing something years ago I made an ass of myself through that man's fault but 4000 pounds should have covered the whole of what I really lost I've now paid more than three times that son by heavens I will not pay more without exposing the whole affair but Laughton that I do not understand what is this bill has it your name to it yes it has I'll not deny my name and if there be absolutely I will pay it but I do so my lawyer shall sift it and it shall go before a jury but I thought all those bills were paid I left it to sabe to get up the old bills when they were renewed and and now one of them has has in truth being already honored is brought against me Marc could not thought think of the two documents which he himself had signed and both of which were now undoubtedly in the hands of toza or of some other gentlemen of the same profession which both might be brought against him the second as soon as it should have satisfied the first and then he remembered that sabi had said something to him about an outstanding bill for the filling up of some trifle must be which must be paid and of this he reminded Lord Lofton and do you call 800 pounds of trifle if so I do not they will probably make no such demand as that but I tell you they do make such a demand and have made it the man whom I saw and who told me that he was toast as a friend but who was probably telling himself positively swore to me that he would be obliged to take legal proceedings if the money were not forthcoming within a week or ten days when I explained him that it was an old bill that had been renewed he declare that his friend had give him full value for it sabi said that you will probably have to pay ten pounds to redeem it I should offer the man some such sum as that my intention is to offer the man nothing but to leave the affair in the hands of my lawyer with instructions to him to spare none neither myself nor anyone else I am NOT going to allow such a man as Sabah to squeeze me like an orange but Lufton you seem as though you were angry with me no I am NOT but I think it is well to caution you about this man my transactions with him lately have chiefly been through you and therefore but they have only been so through his and your wish because I have been anxious to oblige you both I hope you don't mean to say that I am concerned in these bills I know that you are concerned in bills with him quite often I might understand then that you are accusing me of having any interest in these transactions which you have called swindling as far as I am concerned there has been swindling and there is swindling going on now but you do not answer my question do you bring any accusation against me if so I agree with you that you better go to your lawyer I think that is what I shall do very well but upon the whole I I never heard of a more unreasonable man or one whose thoughts are more unjust than yours solely with the view of assisting you and solely at your request I spoke to sabe about these money transactions of yours then at his request which originated out of your request he using me as his impassive to you as you had used me as yours to him I wrote and spoke to you and now this is the upshot I bring no accusation against you robots but I know you have dealings with this man you have told me so yourself yes at his request to accommodate him I have put my name to a bill and it to one only to one and then to that same renewed or not exactly to that same but to one which stands for it the first was for 400 pounds the last for 500 pounds all which you will have to make good in the world will of course tell you that you have paid that price of his store of Barchester this was terrible to be borne heed her much lately which had frightened and scared him but nothing so terrible as this nothing which so stunned him or conveyed to his mind so frightful a reality of misery and ruin he made no immediate answer but standing on the hearthrug with his back to the far looked the whole length of the room hitherto his eyes had been fixed upon lord lufton's face but now it seemed to him as though he had but little more to do with lord Lufton lord Lufton and lord lufton's mother were neither now to be counted among those who wished him well upon whom indeed could he now count except that wife of his bosom upon whom he was bringing all this wretchedness in that moment of agony ideas ran quickly through his brain he would immediately abandon this preferment of Barchester of which he might be said with so much color that he had bought it he would go to howard smith and say positively that he declined it then he would return home and tell his wife all that had occurred tell the hall also to lady Lofton if vampire toll be of any service he would make arrangement for the payment of both these bills as they might be presented are seeing no questions as that the Justice of the claim making no complaint to anyone not even to sabi he would put half his income if half were necessary into the hands of forest the banker till all was paid he would tell every horse he had he would part with his footmen and groom and at any rate strive like a man to get again a firm footing on good ground then at that moment he loathed with his whole soul the position in which he found himself placed and his own folly which had placed him there how could he reconcile it to his conscience he was there in London with sabi and Harold Smith petitioning for chert preferment to a man who should have been altogether powerless in such a matter buying horses and arranging about past-due bills he did not reconcile it to his conscience mr. quarry had been right when he told him that he was a castaway lord Lufton whose anger during the whole interview had been extreme and who had become more angry the more he taught had now walked once or twice up and down the room and as he say walked the idea did occur to him that he had been unjust he come there with intention of exclaiming and sabi and of inducing robots to convey dirt to that gentleman that if he Lord Lufton were made to undergo any further annoyance about this bill the whole affair should be thrown into the lawyers hands but instead of doing this he abort an accusation against robots the robots have nately becomes Saab his friend rather than his own in all these horrid and money dealings had called him and now he had expressed himself in terms much stronger than he intended to use as to you personally mark he said coming back to the spot on which robots were standing I did not wish to say anything that shall annoy you you've said quite enough Lord Lofton you cannot be surprised that I should be angry and indignant at the treatment I have received you might I think have separated in your mind those who have wronged you if there has been such wronged from those who have only endeavoured to do your will and pleasure for you as I as a clergyman have been very wrong in taking any part whatsoever in these matters I'm well aware that as a man I've been outrageously foolish in lending my name to mr. sabe I also know well enough it is perhaps as well that I should be told of this somewhat rudely but I certainly did not expect the lesson to come from you well there's been mr. su enough the question is what have we better now both do you've said what you mean to do you will put the affair to the hands of your lawyer not with any object of exposing you exposing me Lord left and why one would think that I had the handling of all your money knew or misunderstand me I think no such thing but you do know yourself that legal steps be taken in this wretched affair your arrangements with sabe will be brought to light my arrangements with sabe will consist in paying or having to pay on his account a large sum of money but true I have never had and shall never have any consideration whatever I'm all be said about this spool of Barchester after the charge which you bought against me just now I should decline to accept it at this moment three or four other gentlemen entered the room and the conversation between our two friends were stopped they still remained standing near the fire but for a few minutes neither of them said anything robots are waiting to lord Lufton should go away and lord Lufton do not yet said that which he had come to say at last he spoke again almost in a whisper I think it will be best to ask casaba to come to my rooms tomorrow and I think also that you should meet him there I do not see any necessity for my presence and robots it seems probable that I shall suffer enough for meddling with your affairs and I will do so no more of course I cannot make you come but I think it will be only just two sobbing it will be a favor to me robots again walked up and down the room for half a dozen times trying to resolve what it would most become him to do in the present emergency if his name were dragged through the corpse if he should be shown up in the public papers as having been engaged in a combination bills that would certainly be ruinous to him he had already learned from Lord lufton's innuendos what he might expect to hear as the public version of his share in these transactions and then his wife how would she bear such exposure I will meet mr. sabe at Hill rooms tomorrow on one condition he'd last said and what is that that I receive your positive assurance I'm not suspected by you of having had any pecuniary interest whatever in any money matters with mr. sabe either as concerns your affairs or those of anybody else I've never suspected you of any such thing but I have thought that you were compromised with him and so I am I'm liable for these bills but you ought to have known and do know that I have never received a shilling on account of such liability I have endeavoured to oblige a man whom I regarded first as your friend and then as my own and this has been the result lord Lufton did at last give him the assurance that he desired as they sat with their heads together over one of the coffee-room tables and then robots promised that he would postpone his return to framily till the Saturday that he might meet sabe at lord lufton's chambers in the albany on the following afternoon as soon as this was arranged lord Lufton took his leave and went his way after that Paul Mark had a very uneasy night of it it was clear enough that Lord Lofton had thought if he did not still think that the stall of Barchester was to be given as pecuniary recompense in return for certain money accommodation to be afforded by the nominee to the dispenser of this patronage nothing on earth could be worse than this in the first place he will be Simon II and then it'll be Simon a beyond all description mean and Simon a Michael the very thought of it filled mark's soul with horror and dismay it might be that lord lofts and suspicions were now addressed but others would think the same thing and their suspicions it would be impossible to allay those others would consist of the outer world which is always so eager to gloat over the detect advice of a clergyman and then that Richard horse which he'd purchased and the purchase of which should have prohibited him for saying that nothing of value added crew to him in these transactions with mr. Sami what was he to do about that and then of late he had been spending and had continued to spend more money than he could well afford this very journey of his up to London would be most imprudent if he should become necessary for him to give up all hope of holding the probe and as to that he had made up his mind but then again he unmade it has men always do in such troubles that line of conduct which he'd laid down for himself in the first moments of his indignation against Lord Lufton by adopting which he would have had to encounter poverty and ridicule and discomfort the annihilation of his high hopes and the drouin of his ambition that he said himself over and over again would now be the best for him but it is so hard for us to give up our high hopes and willingly encounter poverty ridicule and discomfort on following morning however he bogey walked down to the petty bag office determined to let mr. Harold Smith know that he was no longer desirous of the bar just to stall he found his brother there still writing artistic notes to ancius Paris's on the subject of buggins non vacant situation but the great man of the place the Lord petit bagged himself not there he might probably look in when the house was beginning to set the perhaps at four or data laughter but he certainly would not be the office in the morning the functions of the Lord petty bag he was no doubt performing elsewhere perhaps he carried his work home with him a practice which the world should know is not uncommon with civil servants of exceeding zeal mark did think of opening his heart to his brother and of leaving his message with him but his courage failed him or perhaps it might be more correct to say that his prudence prevented him it would be better for him he thought to tell his wife before he told anyone else so he made he chatted with his brother for half an hour and then left him the day was very tedious to the are came at which he was to attend at Lord lufton's rooms but at last it did come and just as the clock struck he turned out a piccadilly into the Albany as he was going across the court before he entered the building he was greeted by a voice just behind him yes punctual as the big clock on Barchester tarah said mr. Sami see what it is to have a summons from a great man mr. Previn dray he turned round and extended his hand mechanically to mr. sabe and as he looked at him he thought that he'd never before seen him so pleasant an appearance so free from care and so joyous in demeanour you have heard from Lord Lufton said mark in a voice that was certainly very dubious heard for him oh yes of course I've heard him I'll tell you what it is mark and he now spoke almost in a whisper as they walked together along the Albany passage nothing is a child in money matters a perfect child the dearest finest fellow in the world you know but have any baby in money matters and then they entered his Lordships rooms Lord lufton's countenance also was blueberry's enough but this just not in the least to bash sabe who walked quickly up to the young Lord with his gait perfectly self possessed and his face radiant with satisfaction well Laughton how are you said he it seems that my worthy friend etirsa has been giving you some trouble then lord Lufton with a by no means Radian to his satisfaction the game began the story of Tara's fortunes demand upon him saba did not interrupt him but listened patiently to the end quite patiently although it Lord loved him as he made himself more and more angry by the history of his own wrongs did not hesitate to pronounce certain threats against mr. sabi as he'd pronounced them before against mark robots he would not he said pare Schilling except to his lawyer and he would instruct his lawyer that before he paid anything the whole matter should be exposed openly in court he did not care he said what might be the effect on himself or anyone else he was determined and that the whole case should go to a jury the grand jury and special jorian common jury and old jury if you like said sabe the truth is left and you lost some money and it else was some delay in paying it you'd been harassed I had paid more than I lost three times over said Lord Lufton us stamping his foot I will not go into that question now it was settle as I fought some time ago by persons to whom you yourself referred it but will you tell me this why does should robots be troubled in this matter what has he done but I don't know he arranged the matter with you no such thing he was kind enough to carry a message from you to me and to convey back a return message from me to you that has been his part in it you don't suppose that I want to implicate him do you I don't think you want to implicate anyone but you are hot-headed and difficult to deal with and very irrational into the bargain and what is worse I must say you are little suspicious in all this matter I have Harris myself greatly to oblige you and in return I've got more kicks and happens did you not give this build built a toes of the bill which he now holds in the first place he does not hold it and in the next place I did not give it to him these things pass through scores of hands before they reach the man who make the application for payment and who came to me the other day that I think it was Tom terror a brother of our tasers then he holds the bill for I saw it with him wait a moment that is very likely I said you were that you would have to pay for taking it up of course they don't abandon these sort of things without some consider ten pounds you said observe mark Oh ten or twenty some such some as that but you were hardly says soft as to suppose that the man would ask for such a sum of course he would demand the full payment there's the bill Lord Lufton and sabi producing a document handed it across the table to his lordship I gave five and twenty pounds for it this morning Lord loved him took the paper and looked at it yes said he that's the bill what am I to do with it now put it with the family archive said sabe or behind the far just but you please and is this the last of them can no other be brought up you know better that I do what paper you a bill put your hand to I know of no other that last renewal that was the only outstanding of bill of which I was aware and you've paid five and twenty pounds for it I have any that you've been in such a tantrum about it it would have made such a noise this afternoon if I had not brought it I might have had it for fifteen or twenty three or four days they would have taken fifteen the odd ten pounds does not signify and I'll pay you the twenty-five of course said Paul Dufton who now began to feel a little ashamed of himself oh you may do as you please about that no it's my affair as a matter of course any amount of that kind I don't mind and he sat down to fit in a cheque for the money well now Lofton let me say a few words to you said sabe Stanny who is his back against the fireplace and playing with a small cane which he held in his hand for heaven's sake try and be a little bit more charitable for those around you when you become fidgety about anything you indulge in language which the world won't stand there men who know you as well as robots and I may consent to put up with it you've accused me since I have been here of all manner of iniquity and now sabe My dear fellow let me help I say out you have accused me I say and I believe that you have accused him but it never occurred to you I dare say to accuse yourself indeed it has of course you have been wrong in having to do with such menaced Tosa I have also been very wrong he wants no great moral authority to tell us that patent gentlemen don't have dealings with terror and very much the better they are for not having them but a man should have back enough to bear the weight which he himself puts on it keep away from taser if you can for the future but if you do deal with him for heaven's sake keep your temper that's already fine sabe but you know as well as I do I know this said the devil quoting scripture as he folded up the check for 25 pounds and put it in his pocket that when a man says tears he won't reap wheat and is now used to expect it I am tough in these matters a compare a great deal that is if I'm not pushed too far and he looked full into lord lufton's face as he spoke but I think you have been very hard upon robots never mind me sabe Lord Lufton and I are very old friends and made therefore take a Liberty with each other very well and now I've done my sermon My dear dignitary allow me to congratulate you I hear from father Gill of that little affairs of yours has been definitely settled marks face again became clouded I rather think said he that I shall decline the presentation did you sign it said sabe who having used his utmost efforts to obtain it would have been more absolutely offended by such fascination on the thickest part than by any personal abuse which either he or Lord Lufton could heap upon him I think I shall said mark and why mark looked up at Lord Lufton and then remained silent for a moment there could be no occasion for such a sacrifice under the present circumstances said his lordship and under what circumstances could there be occasion for it are sabe the Duke of omnium has used some little influence to get the place view as a parish clergyman belonging to his County and I should think it monstrous if you were not rejected and then Robards openly stated the whole of his reasons explaining exactly what Lord often have said with reference to the bill transaction and to the allegation which will be made as to the stall having been given in payment for the accommodation put my word that's too bad said sorry now as hobby' I won't be lectured said Lord often I've done my lecture said he aware perhaps that he would not do for him to push his friend too far and I shall not give a second but robots did me tell you this as far as I know Harold Smith has had little or nothing to do with the appointment the Duke has told the Prime Minister that he was very anxious that a parish clergyman from the county should go into the chapter and then at Lord's Prayer procs requests he named you here under those circumstances you talk of giving it up I shall believe you to be insane as for the bill which you accepted for me you need have no uneasiness about it the money will be ready but of course when that time comes you will not be have the 134 and then mr. Sabich took his leave having certainly made himself master of the occasion if a man of fifty have his wits about him and be not too prosy he can generally make himself master of the occasion when his companions are under thirty robots did not stay in the ordinary long after him but took his leave having received some assurances of Lord lufton's regret for what had passed and many promises of his friendship for the future indeed Lord Lufton was a little ashamed of himself and as for the probe end after what has passed of course you must accepted nevertheless his lordship had not admitted to notice mr. Saur B's hint about the horse and the hundred and thirty pound robots as he walked back to his hotel thought that he certainly would accept the Barchester promotion and was very glad that he'd said nothing on the subject to his brother on the whole his spirits were much raised that assurance of sabias about the bill was very comforting to him and strange to say he absolutely believed it in truth sabi had been so completely the winning horse at the late meeting the both Lord Lofton and robots were inclined to believe almost anything he said which was not always the case with either of them end of chapter 19 recording by Simon Evers chapter 20 of a family parsonage this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org recording by simon Evers family parsonage by Anthony Trollope chapter 20 Harold Smith in the cabinet for a few days the whole Harold Smith party held their heads very high it was not only that their man had been made a cabinet minister but a rumor had got abroad that lord broch in selecting him had amazingly strengthened his party and done much to cure the wounds which his own arrogance and lack of judgment had inflicted on the body politic of his government so said the Harold Smith seon's much elated and when we consider what Harold had himself achieved we need not be surprised that he himself was somewhat elated also it must be a proud day for any man when he first walks into the cabinet but when a humble minded man thinks of such a phrase of life his mind becomes lost in wondering what a cabinet is are they gods that attend there or men do they sit on chairs or hang about on clothes when they speak is the music of the spheres audible in their Olympian mention making heaven drowsy with its harmony in what way do they congregate in what order do they address each other are the voices of all the dirt is free and equal is plodding Themis from the home department or series from the colonies heard with as rapt attention as powerful Palace of the Foreign Office the goddess that has never seen without her Lance and helmet does AHA white hole Mars make eyes there at bright young Venus of the Privy seal disgusting that quaint tinkering Vulcan who is blowing his bellows @rx checker not altogether unsuccessfully old sat under the woolsack sits there mute which will say a relic of other days as seated in this divan the hall in which he rules is now elsewhere his arm mercury of the post-office ever ready to fly nimbly from globe to globe as great Jove may order him while Neptune are accustomed to the waves offers needful assistance to the Apollo of the Indian Lord how Juno's it's a part of glum and huffy uncared-for council president though she be great in name but despised among gods that we can guess if Bacchus and Cupid shared trade and the Board of Works between them the fitness of things would have been as fully consulted as as usual and modest Diana of the petty bag latest summoned to these banquets of ambrosia does she not cling retiring near the doors hardly able as yet to make her low voice heard among her brother deities but Jove great jove old Jove the king of Olympus hero among gods and men how does he carry himself in these councils are summoned by his voice does he lie there it is ease with his purple cloak cut from the firmament around his shoulders his his Thunderbolt ever at his hand to reduce her recreant gods to order can he proclaim silence in that immortal Hall is it not there as elsewhere in all places and among all nations that a king of gods and a king of men is and will be king rules and will rule over those who are smaller than himself Howard Smith when he was summoned to the August Hall of divine councils did to feel himself to be a proud man but we may perhaps conclude that that are the very first meeting or two he did not attempt to take a very leading part some of my readers may have sat at vestries and remember how mild and for the most part mute is a newcomer at their board he agrees generally with abated enthusiasm but should he differ he apologizes for the Liberty button on when the voices of his colleagues become habitual in his ears when the strangeness of the room is gone on the table before him is known and trusted he throws off his all and dismay and electrifies his Brotherhood by the virulence of his declamation and the violence of his thumping so let us suppose it will be with Harold Smith perhaps in the second or third of his cabinet practice alas alas that such pleasures should be so fleeting and then too they came upon him a blow with somewhat modified his triumph a cruel dastard blow from a hand which should have been friendly to him from one to whom he had fondly looks to boy him up in the great course that was before him it had been said by his friends that in appertaining Harold Smith's services the Prime Minister had infused a new young healthy blood into his body Howard himself had liked the phrase and had seen at a glance height might have been made to tell by some friendly supple house or the like but why should a supple house out of Elysium be friendly to a Harold Smith within it men lapped in Elysium steeped to the neck in bliss must expect to see their friends fall off from them human nature cannot stand it if I wanted to get anything from my old friend Jones I like to see him shoved up into a high place but if Jones even in his high place can do nothing for me then his exultation above my head is an insult and an injury whoever believes his own dear intimate companion to be fit for the highest promotion mr. Szabo Harris had known mr. Smith too closely to think much of his young blood consequently there appeared an article in the Jupiter which was by no means complimentary to the ministry in general it hopped a good deal on the Youngblood of view of the question and seemed to insinuate that Howard Smith was not cut better than diluted water the Prime Minister the article said having lately recruited his impaired of vigour by a new infusion of aristocratic influence of the highest moral tone had again added to himself another tar of a strength chosen from among the people what might he not hope now that he possessed the services of Lord brittle back and mr. Harold Smith who renovated in a madea's cauldron of such a potency all his if feet limbs and it must be acknowledged that some of them have become very effete would come forth young and round and robust a new energy would diffuse itself through every department India would be saved and quieted the ambition of France would be tamed even-handed reform would remodel our courts of law and parliamentary elections and utopia would be realized such it seems is the result expected in the ministry from mr. Harold Smith's Youngblood this was cruel enough but even this was hardly so cruel as the words with which the article ended by that time irony had been dropped and the writers spoke out earnestly his opinion upon the matter we begged to assure lord broch said the article that such a Lancers as these will not to save him from the speedy fall with which his arrogance and want of judgment of threatened to overwhelm it as regards himself we shall be sorry to hear of his resignation he's he many respects the best a statesman that we possess for the emergencies of the present period but if he be so ill judged as to rest on such men as mr. Harold Smith and Lord brittle back for his assistance in the work which is before him he must not expect that the country will support him mr. Harold Smith is not made of the stuff from which cabinet ministers should be formed mr. Harold Smith as he read this seated as his breakfast table recognized or said that he recognized the hand of mr. supple house in every touch that phrase about the effete limbs was superfluous Oliver as also was the realization of utopia when he wants to be witty he always talks about utopia said mr. Harold Smith to himself for mrs. Harold Smith was not usually present in the flesh at these matutinal meals and then he went down to his office and saw in the glance of every man that he met an announcement that that article in the Jupiter had been read his private secretary tittered in evident allusion to the article and the way in which buggins took his coat made it clear that it was well known in the messengers Lobby he won't have to fill up my vacancy when I go buggins was saying to himself and then of the course of the morning came the Cabinet Council the second of that he'd attended and he read in the countenance of every god and goddess there assembled that their chief was thought to have made another mistake if mr. subbhu house could have been induced to write in another strain then indeed that new blood might have been felt to her be if Acacia s– all this was a great drawback to his happiness but still it could not rob him of the fate of his position lord broch could not ask him to resign because the Jupiter had written against him nor was lord broch the man to desert a new quarry for such a reason so Harold Smith girded his loins and went about the duties of the petty bag with new zeal upon my word the Jupiter is right said young robots to himself as he finished his fourth dozen of private notes explanatory of everything in and about the petty bag office Harold Smith required that his private secretaries notes should be so terribly precise but nevertheless in spite of his drawbacks Harold Smith was happy in his new honours and mrs. Harold Smith enjoyed them also she certainly among her acquaintances did quiz the new cabinet minister not a little and it may be a question the whether she was not as hard upon him as the writer in the Jupiter she whispered a great deal to miss Dunn still about new blood and talked of going down to Westminster Bridge to see whether the Thames were really on far but though she laughed she triumphed and there she flattered herself that she bore her honours without any outward sign the world knew that she was triumphing and ridiculed her elation about this time she also gave a party what a pure-minded confess at sea only like mrs. pride a but a downright wicked worldly dance at which there were fiddles ices and champagne sufficient to run away with the first quarters salary accruing to Harold from the petty bag office to us this ball is chiefly memorable from the fact that Lady Lufton was among the guests immediately on her arrival in town she received cards from mrs. H Smith for herself and grizelda and was about to send back a reply at once declining the honour what had she to do at the house of mr. Saur B's sister but it so happened that at that moment her son was with her and as he expressed her wish that she should go she yielded had to be nothing in his turn of persuasion more than ordinary had it merely had reference to her she would have smiled on him for his kind solicitude have made out some occasion for kissing his forehead as she thanked him and would still have declined but he had reminded her both of himself and grizelda you might as well go mother for the sake of meeting me he said mrs. Harold caught me the other day and would not liberate me till I'd given her a promise now that is an attraction certainly said lady Lofton I do like to go into a house when I know that you will be there another miss Grantley is with you you were to her to do the best you can for her I certainly do Ludovic and I have to thank you for reminding me of my duty so gallantly and so she said that she would go to mr. Harold Smith's poor lady she gave much more weight to those a few words about miss grant Lee than they deserved he rejoiced her heart to think that her son was anxious to meet Griselda that he should perpetuate this little ruse in order to gain his wish but he had spoken out of the mere emptiness of his mind without thought of what he was saying excepting that he wished to please his mother but the neverland s he went to mrs. Harold Smiths and when there he did dance more than once with Griselda grant Lee to the manor manifest discomfiture of Lord of dumbell oh he came in late and at the moment Lord Umberto was moving slowly up the room with Griselda on his arm while Lady loved him was sitting near looking on with unhappy eyes and then Griselda sat down and Lord dumb bellow stood mute at her elbow ludovic whispered his mother Griselda is absolutely bored by that man who followed us are like a ghost do go and rescue her he did go and rescue her and afterwards danced with her for the best part of an hour consecutively he knew that the world gave Lord dumb Bella the credit of Amar in the young lady and was quite alive to the pleasure of filling his brother nobleman's heart with jealousy and anger forever Griselda was in his eyes very beautiful and had she been one whit more animated or had his mother's tactics been but a thought better concealed Griselda might have been asked to that night to share that vacant throne often in spite of all that had been said and sworn in the drawing-room of family parsonage it must be remembered that our gallant gay lothario had passed some considerable number of days with Miss Grantley in his mother's house and the danger of such contiguity must be remembered also Lord Lofton was by no means a man capable of seeing Beauty unmoved or spending ours with a young lady without some approach to tenderness had there been no such approach it is probable that lady Lofton would not have pursued the matter but according to her ideas on such subjects her son knew Davich had on some occasions shown quite sufficient partiality for miss grant Lee to justify her inner hopes and to lead her to think that nothing but opportunity was wanted now at this ball of mrs. Smith's he did for a while seem to be taking advantage of such opportunity and his mother's heart was glad if things should turn out well on this evening she will forgive mrs. Harold Smith all her sins and for a while it looked as though things would turn out well not that it must be supposed that Lord loved him to come there with any intention of making love to Griselda all that he ever had any fix thought that he was doing so young men in such matters are so often without any fixed thoughts now such absolute moths they amuse themselves with the light of the beautiful candle fluttering about on and off in and out of the flame with dazzled eyes till in a rash moment they rush in to near the wick and then fall with singed wings and crippled legs burnt up and reduced to tinder by the consuming fire of matrimony happy marriages men say are made in heaven and I believe it most marriages are fairly happy in spite of sacral Creswell and yet how little care is taken on earth towards such a result I hope my mother is using you well said Lord loved and to Griselda as they were standing together in a doorway between the dances oh yes she is very kind you have been rash to just yourself in the hands of so very staid and demure person and indeed you know your presence here at mrs. Harold Smith's first cabinet ball altogether to me I didn't know whether you are aware of that oh yes lady Lufton told me and are you grateful or otherwise have I done you an injury or a benefit what did you find best sitting with a novel of the corner of a surfer in Bruton Street or pretending to dance pokers here with Lord amber no I don't know what you mean I haven't stood up with Lord none Bella all the evening we were going to dance at quadrille but we didn't exactly does what I say pretending to do it even that's a good deal for Lord Umberto isn't it and then Lord laughed and not being a pretender himself put his arm round her waist and away they went up and down the room and across and about with an energy which showed that what Griselda lacked in her tongue she made up with her feet Lord dumb bellow in the meantime stood by observant thinking to himself that Lord loved him was a glib tongue empty-headed ass and reflecting that if his rival were to break the tendons of his leg in one of those rapid evolutions or suddenly come by any other dreadful misfortune such as the loss of all his property absolute blindness or chronic lumbago it would only serve him right and in that frame of mind he went to bed in spite the prayer which no doubt he said as to his forgiveness of other people's trespasses and then when they were again standing Lord Lufton and little intervals between his var and gasps for fresh breath asked rose elder if she liked London pretty well sake Rahzel de gossiping also a little herself and afraid you were very dull darted family oh no I liked it particularly it was a great bore when he went away I know there wasn't a soul about the house worth speaking to and they remained silent for a minute till the lungs could become quiescent not a soul he continued not a forceful propensity for he was not in fact thinking of what he was saying it did not occur to him at the moment that he had truly found result as going a great relief and that he had been able to do more in the way of conversation with Lucy robots in one hour then we miss Grantley during a month of intercourse in the same house but nevertheless we should not be hard upon him all is fair in love and war and if this was not love it was the usual thing that stands as a counterpart for it but a soul said Lord often I was very nearly hanging myself in the park next morning and he had rained what nonsense you had your mother to talk to my mother yes and you may tell me two of you please that captain Culpepper was there I do love my mother dearly but do you think that she could make up for your absence and his voice was very tender and so were his eyes and miss robots I thought you admired her very much what Lucy robots said old Lufton feeling that Lucy's name was more than he at present knew how to manage indeed that name destroyed all the life there was in that little flirtation I do like Russia robot certainly she's very clever but it so happened that I saw little or nothing of her after you were gone to this Griselda made no answer but drew herself up and looked as cold as Diana when she froze Orion in the cave nor could she be got to give more than monosyllabic answers to the three or four succeeding attempts at conversation which Lord loved and made and then they danced again but Griselda's steps were by no means so lively as before what took place between them on that occasion was very little more than what has been here related there may be in an ice or a glass of lemonade into the bargain and perhaps the faintest possible attempt of tan pressing but if said was all on one side such a overt yours as that Griselda Grantley was as cold as any Diana but little as all that was it was sufficient to fill Lady lufton's mind and heart no mother was six daughters as evermore anxious to get them off her hands that nadie laughed him was to see her son married married that is to some girl of the right sort and now it really did seem as though he were actually going to comply with her wishes she had watched him during the whole evening painfully endeavouring not to be observed in doing so she'd seen Lord dumb bellows failure and and you'd seen her sons of victory and pride could it be the case that he'd already said something which was still allowed to be indecisive only through Griselda's coldness might it not be the case that by some judicious aid on her part that indecision might be turned into certainty and that coldness into warmth but then any such interference requires so delicate a touch as lady loved him was well aware have you had a pleasant evening they did often said when she and Griselda were seated together with their feet on the fender of the Haddad ship's dressing room they did often at especially invited her guests into this her most private sanctum and to which as a rule none had immittance but her daughter and sometimes Fanny robots but after what a sanctum might not such a daughter-in-law as Griselda have a pittance though yes very sacred elder it seemed to me that you bestowed most of your smiles upon Ludovic and lady left and put on a look of good pleasure that such should have been the case oh I don't know say Griselda I did dance with him two or three times not once too often to please me my dear I like to see Ludovic dancing with my friends I'm sure I'm very much obliged to you lady Lofton oh not at all my dear I don't know where we could get so nice a partner and then she paused a moment not feeling how far she might go in the meantime Griselda said still staring at the hot coals indeed ah I know that he admires you very much continued lady Lufton oh no I'm sure he doesn't say Griselda and then there was another pause I can only say this said they did after that if he does do so and I believe he does it would give me very great pleasure for you know my dear that I'm very fond of you myself no thank you say Griselda and stared the coals more perseveringly than before he is a young man of a most excellent disposition though he's my own son I will say that and if there should be anything between you and him there isn't indeed lady Lofton but if they ever should be I should be delighted to think that Ludovic had made so good a choice but there will never be anything of the sort I'm sure lady Lofton he's not thinking of such a thing in the least well perhaps he may someday and now good night my dear good night lady Lofton and a Grizelda kissed her with the utmost composure and but took herself to her own bedroom before she retired to sleep she looked carefully to her different articles of dress discovering what amount of damage the evenings wear-and-tear might have inflicted end of chapter 20 recording by Simon Evers

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