The fat waiter is convinced that we are veterans. What fun it all is! But that amounts to hardly anything. Then the lawyers of the Company made a statement of their claim, and when she read it Maude burst into tears, and said that it was all over, and they must make the best of it, and she should never forgive herself for that new dress in the spring. ‘O Frank, we must learn to be economical. She belonged to the extreme right on matters of propriety. You lived like the birds and the flowers, and had no need to take heed for the future. I wonder if you will feel the same when you come back starving from the City to-morrow? It was the singular room which Carlyle had constructed in the hopes that he could shut out all the noises of the universe, the crowing of cocks, and the jingling of a young lady’s five-finger exercise in particular. He lit them both, and things began to look a little more cheerful. Sir,—Had your letter been a plea for more time to fulfil your engagement, we should have been content to wait; but since you appear disposed to dispute your liability, we have no alternative but to take immediate steps to enforce payment.—Yours truly. I will. I dare say I am a fool to be so frank.’. The lady to please him worked hard at these subjects also. I thought you had been looking at the tradesman’s books. ‘I know. But as it is I find it a little too much of a test. A sort of procession was streaming up the hall. ‘How did you go, Mrs. Crosse?’ she asked. Now, my idea is this. And then, just as we looked at ’im, ’e crumbled in, as you might say, across ’is breast bone, an’ just quietly settled down into a ’uddle of dust. This banner text can have markup.. web; books; video; audio; software; images; Toggle navigation Come what may, foul weather or fair, sorrow or joy, that little strip of gold will still be with us—we shall see it until we can see no more. Oh, how they must pain you!’, ‘I get no practice at rowing. Jack’s expenses in the Hussars—’, ‘I seem to remember, dad, that you told me that this fifty pounds was the interest on a thousand pounds which was invested for me.’, ‘Well, dad, if I were content with an income of twenty-five pounds a year instead of fifty pounds, then I could take five hundred pounds out of my money, and nobody would be the worse.’, ‘I want the use of the money just for one day. There are six years. ‘That window is the memorial of a king.’, ‘I believe that it was through that window that Charles the First passed out to the scaffold when his head was cut off. They sat down at the table, the accountant in the centre, Farintosh on the right, and Frank on the left. A sad-faced woman opened the door, and Farintosh himself, haggard and white, was seated among his ledgers in the little front room. ‘I can feel that there have been sorrow and trouble here. But in the meantime we must not buy anything with this money—I mean nothing for ourselves—we must invest it. Did you, Frank? Huge black oak beams curved over their heads, and dim inscriptions of mediæval Latin curled and writhed upon the walls. And I take advantage of my good-fortune in winning your love to drag you down, to take the beauty and charm from your life, to fill it with small and vulgar cares, never-ending and soul-killing. ‘It’s a person’s name,’ said Mrs. Beecher. You know the real fact is, that we make the mistake of being much too nice to each other in public. Good! Remove those tears instantly.’ He knelt down beside her and helped. Now do please look facts in the face and help me to do the right thing, for it would be so much easier if you would help me. But I’m really sorry, sir, that you who have, as one might say, befriended me, should have to suffer for it in this way.’, ‘Words won’t mend it, Farintosh. But I think it is past praying for. This monument was erected by her son, James the First.’. I would give my life for you willingly, gladly—every beat of my heart is for you. You say that I have given an impulse to your life: that you read more, study more, take a keener interest in everything. But, very likely, he left a key to the cipher, so that every one might read it when he was gone, but the key and his directions were in some way lost.’. Look here! The office would have dismissed him, but as I knew his wife and his family, I became surety that he should not go wrong again, and so I saved him from losing his situation. Frank began to laugh. Then the hat en suite, pale-grey lisse, white feather and brilliant buckle. Maude took her brother in the cab with her, and told him the whole story of Frank’s misfortune, with some account of her own intentions. I suppose he thought that there was no local interest in Frank Crosse of Woking. We should be so sorry to hurt his feelings in any way. I’ll tell you an anecdote as a dreadful example. How could I be so infatuated over a little, insignificant, ignorant, selfish, uninteresting—” O Frank, the neighbours will see you?’, ‘You should pull down the blinds before you make speeches of that sort.’, ‘I thought you were a very good tennis-player.’, ‘Did I? And wanting me to wear them all for years! In an instant Maude was by her side, the tears running down her cheeks, for the sight of grief was always grief to her, and her nerves were weakened by this singular interview. Mr. Pepys last month—and now the Carlyles. Those windows among the trees are where Hale lives—my best man, you know! He is one of those amiable, weak, good fellows whom you cannot help loving, although you never can trust them. Red and black all over, something like Mephistopheles, you know, and a peaked hat with a bell at the top. ‘You must have known him very slightly if you can’t see that it is the truth.’, ‘Then I must have known him very slightly.’. I shouldn’t be surprised if he calls on his way from the station. He decided to listen to what was to be said. ), a dish of anchovies, good wine of several sorts, and all things mighty noble and to my great content.”’, ‘Good gracious! ‘You are like a man who has just been wakened out of his sleep,’ said he. His face was tanned brown, in spite of his City hours, but his hair and slight moustache were flaxen, and his eyes, which were his best features, were of a delicate blue, and could vary in expression from something very tender to something particularly hard. I should be so sorry if there were any misunderstanding about this, and you only found out when too late. Her cheek was wet with his tears. Her jealousy was much more complimentary than her ridicule. Their steps clattered and reverberated through the empty church as they passed up the aisle. The clouds melted before the sun. There is some one moving about upstairs. ‘It is to you I owe all those sad, tired looks which I have seen upon my wife’s face. He has always been very fond of me, and he might be hurt if we were married so immediately before his arrival. I read and re-read your letter, and I understand more and more how infinitely your nature is above mine. ‘What is the use?’ cried Mrs. Beecher. He loves to see untidy hair and a bright tie, or a brooch will often catch his eye, and make him smile. Good comrades as well as lovers, they talked freely, and with pleasure. Do not ask too many questions, you young wife! What have I to offer you in exchange for the sacrifice which you will make for me? He knows I’m a bit of a business man myself. We all think it so kind of her, and such a nice fish-slice. ‘When Carlyle was only twenty-seven I don’t suppose he knew he was going to do all this.’, ‘And his wife—if he were married then—would feel as I do to you.’, ‘Then what guarantee have I that you won’t do it after all?’. Dr. Jordan said afterwards that it was three steps which took Frank up the fifteen stairs. But I do mean that a woman’s mind is, What a sweet time we had together. But the question is what we should do in the future about it, and the answer is not a very easy one. ‘There is Byron, of course. I am afraid I can’t quite agree with you. Go in alone and draw the money.’. ‘Well, I guess that boy ended pretty high up.’. That little pink thing with the blinking eyes will divert some of the love and some of the attention, and the very trouble which its coming has caused will set its mother’s heart yearning over it. And from that moment he will begin to change also. ‘Ain’t we bringing him up fighting fit?’ cried Jack exultingly. People who are sure of each other should give each other every freedom in that. She must have been a sweet creature. ‘Dear me!’ said the proprietor. Here, too, were small inscriptions which had lain upon presents from Carlyle to his wife. Her forearm fell upon the mantelpiece, and her forehead upon her forearm. P.S.—Papa gave us such a fright, for he came in just now and said that the window-cleaner and all his family were very ill. ‘You must begin with the simpler things first,’ said he. They called at the Hotspur office and asked to see Mr. Wingfield. It was the first time that the people had ever shown that they claimed authority over their king.’, ‘Poor fellow!’ said Maude. OA _F oK P U Z _ d i n s x } / ? " Now, I believe that for some people, it is a most excellent thing that they should take their holidays at different times.’, ‘Yes, I do. All right. At least I haven’t seen Maude. And remember that no one has ever blamed Carlyle as bitterly as he has blamed himself. Any way, I don’t intend to let you go, and if you go against my will I give you my word that I shall make it pretty sultry for you down at Woking.’, ‘Besides, what rot it all is!’ she continued, laying her hand upon his shoulder. I confessed to you that I had dark humours, but never one so hopeless as this. It was with a groan that Frank remarked that they had reached Mark Lane. But Violet’s occasional fits of weakness were never of a very long duration. I could not have given the one, great, and only love of my life in exchange for a half-hearted affection from you. That leaves just time before lunch to begin the new novel by glancing at the last two pages to see what, ‘I never had a rival,’ said she. ‘Oyster patties or oyster vol-au-vents—’, ‘I was about to say,’ Mrs. Hunt Mortimer continued, with admirable presence of mind, ‘that these entrées of oysters are inadmissible because they are out of season. All you have to do is to sell your stock to-morrow morning, and pay the difference.’. They spent their early years in Scotland, you know, and he was a man going on to the forties when he came to London. The guide had already reached the end of his round, an iron gate corresponding to that by which they had entered, and they found him waiting impatiently and swinging his keys. There is certainly a chance.’, ‘Look here, old chap,’ said Frank, ‘I may as well be honest with you. She leaned back in her armchair with her eyes half closed, and a quiet retrospective smile upon her face. ‘Here you are!’ gasped Frank. When she came down to breakfast, her plan of campaign was formed. Dear Maude,—All the little two-oared boats which put out into the great ocean have need of some chart which will show them how to lay their course. In my opinion, sir, you are not liable at all.’, ‘Not liable!’ Frank felt as if his heart had turned suddenly from a round-shot to an air-balloon. ‘How the gilding lights up the whole building!’. . ‘I’m sorry about this business, Mr. Crosse,’ said he. ‘Because they ’ave been goin’ on most owdacious before’and. Don’t let them have it, Frank.’, ‘If they want it, they can make us a fair offer for it.’, ‘Well, they have only themselves to thank. When Edward the First overran Scotland 600 years ago, he had it brought here, and since then every monarch of England has also sat upon it when crowned.’, ‘Yes, she also. You can’t imagine what a lot of things one needs even for such a simple thing as that. Give her a purse of her own. I feel so lonely and tired. The rain-cloud had swept over, and the summer sun was shining upon the wet streets, turning them all to gold. ‘I can make nothing of her. In his lunch-hour Frank went to see his friend and solicitor, who in turn obtained leave to see the bond, and came back with a grave face. I had an intuition that I should marry you from the first day that I saw you, and yet it did not seem probable. He simply bellowed ‘Maude Selby of this parish’ as if he meant all this parish to know about it. ‘For that matter Charlie Scott is married.’, ‘I think I give myself away. Master Frank had a heavy foot when he did bring it down, and his wife recognised a decisive thud this time. ‘Oh, I do hope that it is so! The man who respects his wife does not turn her into a mendicant. A red glow from the evening sun struck through a side-window and bathed the whole group in its ruddy light. It was a low, old-fashioned, grey church, with a Gothic entrance and two niches on either side, which spoke of pre-Lutheran days. No please, Frank, if I am cook, you must be scullery-maid. And the wonderful thing is that you have never seemed disappointed. It is another office—the Hotspur.’, ‘Oh dear! It pit-patted upon the windows, splashed upon the sills, and gurgled in the water-pipes. There was, in the first place, her striking and yet rather sinister and voluptuous beauty. I don’t mean by this parable that it will be a strain upon your intellect to keep up with mine. Why should you trouble about housekeeping? You girls think a soldier has nothing to do. I am so flushed and untidy, for I have been cooking. He fretted and chafed, and always with the absurd delusion that his fretting and chafing were successfully concealed. ‘She was as hard as nails under all her gentle grace,’ said Frank. He had laid one page of the paper before them, with his forefinger upon an item in the left-hand top corner. It is always a mystery to the City man how his wife puts in the seven hours a day of loneliness while the E.C. ‘If you have a copy in the house, Mrs. Beecher, I will undertake to make it abundantly clear to you that he is to be eschewed by those who wish to keep their thoughts unsullied. . When one talks of freedom in married life, it means, as a rule, freedom only for the man. He was, as we may see, a man with a past, but it was a past, now that Maude Selby had come like an angel of light across the shadowed path of his life. But in a few minutes she had settled down to it again. It was pleasant among all that jangling of the past to think of the love which had written them, and that other love which had so carefully preserved them. There’s his stick in the corner. O Lord—good-bye!’, ‘Yes, you have come back. And yet as the guide continued to speak, they felt that he had justified his words. So then I wrote an absurd letter to my boy, and the dear came scampering right across the South of England, and arrived at midnight in the most demoralised state. Even Maude was for an instant daunted by the sum. Let Italy and France embellish us. He jumped up, lit another cigarette, and paced about the room. To their surprise, there was no sign of a light either above the door or at any of the windows. ‘The joke of it is that we have still to find an investment for our original fifty pounds. Frank pointed to one of the windows of the old banqueting-hall. That was fifty year ago, when I was a young clerk. ‘Don’t make a row, Harrison,’ said he, ‘my wife’s bad.’, ‘No, no, not that. In front of them lay the lawns of vivid green, with the sunlit raindrops gleaming upon the grass. ‘O Frank! He does not see it with her eyes and try to realise her difficulties. ‘Now, Frankie, we have had about enough of this nonsense,’ said she. ‘Please try this armchair. She had determined to begin acting upon her own account, and she was so eager to try what she could do that she lay longing for the morning to break. It must be voluntary, natural, unavoidable.’, ‘Yes, I have thought of one other,’ said she. He also took a five-pound note and placed it where he knew he could lay his hands upon it easily. 18. . All you can do now is to be perfectly philosophic, and leave the rest to me.’. There’s only one thing you can do. By this time it may be a little higher or a little lower than yesterday. I’m not sure that I don’t really love you—real, real love, you know. Stamped in gold upon it were the letters M.C., I said, ‘Oh, what a pity! Good-bye, darling. Then with a final embrace to her father, she hastened out to further victories. 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