mist seemed to float above the water. This mist had a familiar
Ruth smiled. "It is, indeed, sir. Our workroom must be so different to anything you ever saw. I think you must have passed through Milham often on your way to Lowford."
"Then you don't think it is any stretch of fancy to have so clear an idea as I have of Milham Grange? On the left hand of the road, is it, Ruth?"
"Yes, sir, just over the bridge, and up the hill where the elm-trees meet overhead and make a green shade; and then comes the dear old Grange, that I shall never see again."
"Never! Nonsense, Ruthie; it is only six miles off; you may see it any day. It is not an hour's ride."
"Perhaps I may see it again when I am grown old; I did not think exactly what 'never' meant; it is so very long since I was there, and I don't see any chance of my going for years and years at any rate."
"Why, Ruth, you--we may go next Sunday afternoon, if you like."
She looked up at him with a lovely light of pleasure in her face at the idea. "How, sir? Can I walk it between afternoon-service and the time Mrs. Mason comes home? I would go for only one glimpse; but if I could get into the house--oh, sir! if I could just see mamma's room again!"
He was revolving plans in his head for giving her this pleasure, and he had also his own in view. If they went in any of his carriages, the loitering charm of the walk would be lost; and they must, to a certain degree, be encumbered by, and exposed to the notice of servants.
- which swirled fully three feet of water, which, slowly
- and Ernest could stand it no longer, so he sold out, again
- I looked at him and thought of his Aunt Alethea, and how
- up to a certain point he was so very right. Grant him his
- the light upon them. They led upward. He mounted cautiously,
- “On that of the living voice of the Church, which I know
- “I cannot call the visible Church Christian till its
- Take my advice and don’t read it, not till you are a
- and other comforts. At Caylen, the most southern island,
- were going in half the time that it would take me to explain
- firstly, absolute freedom in experiment for us the clergy;
- that anything done in so good a cause could be called speculation.
- of three-halfpence, two fowls, one of which, the Indian
- see my way to as much money as I want, and Pryer suggests
- they had fallen immediately after Ernest had bought, and
- This was a happy time indeed, for by the end of a fortnight
- Max crossed the threshold hard upon her heels. Three descending
- whose experiment, though disastrous in its effects upon
- at night till her screams woke the house; above him there
- few souls, whereas there were thousands and thousands being
- man more common interests than the cultured guests of Bwana
- Ernest, however, could not be expected to know this; embryos
- about in the streets as though you were in a heathen country
- sympathised. I was annoyed. “She always said,” I thought
- Three or four inches of water now flooded the cave of the
- most hastily formed opinions began to be of momentous importance
- that they have now reached the only condition which really
- in the place that was called the Stock Exchange.” In
- and not Spaniards and that they were in sad want of tobacco
- “I do not desire this martyrdom for myself,” continued
- but a man can do anything if he gives his mind to it, and
- to the Jesuits. Pryer is a thorough gentleman, and an admirable
- up the steps, depositing her there with her back to the
- (I confess that I do not know myself what spiritual pathology
- old Jupp, and it’s a horrid lie to say she is gay; not
- first time; but he never met and conversed with any of
- He divided his small following into two parties, entrusting
- but what I like a gay woman, I do: I’d rather give a
- ourselves with the minutest and most repulsive details
- he seems to be a good deal struck with a suggestion of
- her arms, and laughed shrilly, insanely. Then she turned
- about it yet, but Pryer says I should soon learn; he thinks,
- unless we have had experience of other similar cases? How
- Was he really doing everything that could be expected of
- either a watch or a clock; and an old man who was supposed
- indeed, that I have shown rather a talent in this direction,
- vice and virtue are wretchedly ill-defined. Half the vices
- but seasonable,” and munched and munched in gratitude.
- numbers. I never saw anything more obliging and humble
- my ideas on the parochial visitation question, and Pryer