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D A R L IS TO N.

THE

WILL.

CHAP. XLIV.

saluting me cried to Nanny to come up

presently-she wanted to speak to her. UNCONQUERED

" I arn so glad you have come early,” she said to me,

" for I want to consult with you before I I bad Mr. Merton Brown's company on my speak to Grant. I must speak to himn and come walk to Darliston next morning. As we drew to some understanding, or Mr. Mainwaring near the house a musical young voice crying will write to him. If he writes Grant will send "Chick, chick” somewhere about the farm some insulting answer. Then he will come, buildings, made me turn in that direction. and- I would rather anything than they should

"That's not Miss Dalziel,” said my com- meet! What can I do? I have been thinking panion; "it's the little thing. She was feeding and thinking of all I could say ; but it is so the chickens when I called last. Yonder she is difficult to get him to listen." on the granary stairs, showing her diminutive “Has he made any attempt to speak to you?” bootaking off to perfection. Here-chick, “ He said yesterday tu Nanny that he should chick!"

think a week's penance ought to be enough to She turned her head : the little feet came appease me, and asked if I would receive a pattering down the steps and picking their way letter. Nanny answered she knew nothing across the farm-yard, and, with a lap full of corn about it.” and a flock of croaking and clucking followers, “My dear Helen, I doubt if you will do any Alice came towards us.

good by seeing him; and it will worry and " What do you mean by calling 'chick, agitate you.”. chick' to me, Mr. Brown? I am not sure I « Oh, but I feel so much stronger now; now ought not to be offended, unless you want some that I feel so sure, so bappy about him. I know corn?” and she lifted a handful towards his Grant will find no shadow of wavering about mouth.

me, and it would be a great thing if I could He took the hand, emptied the corn into his really convince him it is of no use.” own, and said, “ How are the young ducks? I “Would you like me to speak to him first ?" shall go and feed them.”

If you do not mind; I should indeed be “Oh, they are getting on beautifully. Do much obliged to you.

He would be more likely come and see them. Will you come, Mrs. to listen, for you bave a way of stating things Gainsborongb, or would you rather go to clearly. Still, I do not like to require such a Helen? She is in the drawing-room.

task from you; he has insulted you before.” “I will go to her. How is Mr. Wainwright “ I do not feel much confidence in the success this morning ?”

of my attempt, but think there are some things “Mrs. Cargill thinks he has taken a little I could state which would be good for him to cold, and has prevailed on him to breakfast in hear. I am not afraid of trying.” bed. So I have not seen him yet.”

Mrs. Cargill reappearing, was asked where "Helen is quite well ?"

Grant was; and replied, “He was downstairs "Oh, yes.!' A shrewd little look of intelli- just now ; but wben he saw Mrs. Gainsborough gence flashed from her eyes as she glanced coming with Mr. Brown, he walked off down quickly from one to the other of us; but just the marsh lane. I think he's not gone further then an impatient fowl futtered on to the young than the ten-acre meadow. Most like to look lady's shoulder, a good deal startling her. Mr. at the new brown horse, that's a rare kicker. Brown took the intruder captive, and I left He said he should ride hin on the marsh this

morning.” Mrs. Cargill was leaving her master's room "I hope your having to keep my servant as I ascended the staircase. Helen, hearing Barbara gave you no trouble, Mrs. Cargill ?" me speak to her, came to the door, and after "No, ma'am, none at all. She was quite in

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them.

her glory the first hour, for they'd got hold of make Helen a good and suitable husband; she some precious bit of gossip about a girl as lived saw and approved him; and, somewhat hastily by the wall of Harby Park. Clack, clack, their indeed, they were bound fast together. In tongues went, nineteen to the dozen, about the loving her affianced husband Helen has done no poor tbing. Only by-and-bye they got to more than is right and natural, supposing him quarrelling about their own sweethearts, and at all worthy of her love. You doubtless your woman got up in a huff and said it was believe he is not; but she knows he is very time to go, for you would be waiting for her to sincerely and affectionately attached to her, and set your supper.”

he stands so well in the world's estimation that I decided that the orchard would be the best such attachment reflects honour upon its vhject. place for a conversation with Grant, and Nanny It is not possible their engagement should be undertook to bear my request that he would join set aside. She has not acted ill towards you, me there.

neither has he. Her decision had gone out When Darliston Hall was first built—some against you before she saw him.

She now parts are as old as Cromwell's time-there were desires you to consider that your suit must be probably not more than fifty acres about it but a source of unhappiness as well to her as rising above the tide line. The orchard has on yourself; for her engagement was her own one side a low wall, beyond which lies a meadow choice, and she loves Mr. Mainwaring," some five feet lower in level. Looking over “Loves him! Much she knows of him! this wall I saw Grant Wainwright approaching How many times has she seen him? I don't on a powerful brown horse. “ You want to think anything of her love for him. She will speak to me, Mrs. Gainsborough,” he cried as come round to me, you will see.” he drew near. “ Stand still, brute !"—this to “Grant Wainwright you are mistaken. You the horse.

fancy time must do all for you because Mr. I want a little quiet talk with you, Mr. Mainwaring is absent. I tell you now that Grant; will you come to me here?"

Mr. Mainwaring may come at any time; will He shouted across the field to Dick Wilcox, come, unless you resign your pretensions. Mr. Aung the bridle to him when he came, and Wainwright has put it in his power to claim sprang from the saddle to the wall,

Helen. If you refuse to discontinue attentions There was a seat under some walnut trees wbich are directed to winning her affections, near. I placed myself there, and said :

she is bound by a sense of duty to seek pro“Will you try and keep patience while I tection. Mr. Wainwright being incapable of speak on matters that are very apt to rouse you? affording it, Mr. Mainwaring can and will." I have some information to give which I think Grant Wainwright had been leaning against a it fair you should have, and some positions to tree, occasionally flicking an old currant bush represent to you which, if passion hinders you with the strong riding whip in his hand. He from considering, it must be to your detriment. turned his eyes upon me now; the look of Will you hear me?"

determined will blazing in them gave me little “Go on, Mrs. Gainsborough ; I have not any hope that my arguments had availed. objection to receive information.”

“Mr. Mainwaring can come? Why doesn't “ Will you first consider with me your uncle's he come?" present condition ?

You are aware that any “ You think it would be better then that he excitement may bring on an attack which may should marry Helen at once? But could you be fatal. Helen would endure almost anything remain at the Rood Farm while he was at rather than peril his life, and I believe I only Darliston ? He may not take Helen away from do you justice in supposing you are equally her grandfather.” minded to allow him the rest of mind so

“She would not go; that's his difficulty.” essential.”

“But is it wise of you to go on feeding a He nodded. “Then, when I speak of what Mr Wain. Let Helen retain her good feeling towards you

passion which reason must tell you is hopeless ? wright has done, you will not in any case visit him with resentment, any more than if he had with her affianced husband you will lose all.”

as a friend of childhood. If you enter on strife already departed this world. You must see, I

“He won't give me the chance !” think, that as far as contention goes, he is no

“He has no need. He can claim Helen longer fitted for it; therefore it would be not without your consent: and he is not so far off only unkind, but unmanly, to disturb and endanger him.”

as you think.” “Go on, ma'am. I'm not the jackass that

Again his eyes flashed fiercely upon me. kicked the old lion."

“He was here last night, I know it, you see. “Well, consider this ; that at a certain time He brought a post-chaise and would have your course of conduct was displeasing to him carried her off if she had been willing. Oh, and also to Helen. At such unfortunate time Mrs. Gainsborough, I can give you information for yourself you made your offer and were

too ! refused ; Helen declaring to her grandfather "And supposing he had done so, he had that nothing should induce her to accept you. authority to justify him. He may do so any Chance brought forward a gentleman Mr. day, and what can you do?” Wainwright had reasons for considering would " Do? Shoot him like a dog."

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"That would be one way of winning Helen, seen emerging covered with duckweed, with no truly !"

apparent hurt. "He should not have her. She is mine." Grant Wainwright had 'seen danger to Dick.

“What would you have done if he had taken I could tell that by his excited look and the her last evening, when you were at Captain long breath he drew when he saw him safe. Ashton's?"

“ He's got off luckily,” he said.

“ I've “Shot myself.”

known a man's brains dashed out against a tree " Come, this is mad talking. Six months ago going full fling on such a beast as that. And you would have said no {man in his senses he was making straight for the plantation.” would shoot himself for a woman. Think of I had been frightened, but the matter was Helen as of one who is already a wife. It is so soon over that it hardly sufficed to divert your only safe course. Bend to the manifest my mind from its previous ideas, and a certain will of Providence."

analogy struck me forcibly. "You women are so ready to talk of Provi. “ It is a fine thing to ride such a powerful dence ! What has happened, has happened ; creature as that, and to ride him well,” I what may happen you cannot say. She's not observed. his wife yet, nor shall be. Did you send for “He is not half trained,” Grant Wainwright me to talk of Providence, or is there anything said ; “but he will be first-rate when I have Helen requires of me? She has been shutting had him in hand a while.” herself upstairs all the week. What is she “ And what might you not be if you would afraid of? What does she want? Am I to take a lesson ?" promise not to kiss her again?"

“ What do you mean?”. "She will see you and speak to you herself “I mean that you have a powerful animal in the course of the day. There is one other nature, and if you give it the rein—" matter I think it right to tell you of; when you " I've done with governesses and their lessons are cool you may weigh it better. Mr. Wain these fifteen years. Good-morning Mrs. Gainswright, anticipating some trouble from you, has borough.” bequeathed certain

property to you contingent He leapt from the wall into the meadow and on your good behaviour. Helen and the strode off, and I proceeded towards the Hall, trustees are to be judges whether you deserve it.” too full of serious thought to heed much his

I would gladly have left out this argument, affront. but from some conversation I had held with the I found the girls busy in the drawing-room old Squire before I went to London, felt it with some dressmaking, and Mr. Merton ought now to be brought forward.

Brown reading “Punch" to them. Helen I rose to go. Grant still leant against the looked at my face with some anxiety as I tree looking moodily down. A sudden im- entered, but she was beguiled into a laugh the pulse made me speak in a changed tone to him. next minute.

"Grant Wainwright, do what is right. Strive The article was finished, and some lively like a brave man with the evil that is besetting comments were being made upon it when the you. This trouble is hard to bear, but you old Squire entered. He shook Mr. Brown and may have peace beyond it. There is a right and myself by the hand, patted Alice's shoulder, a wrong way out of every grief. If you cannot and sat down. Helen he had seen before. submit to a fact you believe unaccomplished, “How you are all laughing here !” he reresolve at least that you will submit when the marked. " What's it all about?” Without will of Heaven is declared.”

waiting for a reply, he went on : " They are I had gone some steps down the path when a going to a party, a gay party, Mrs Gainsshout from the meadow made me turn to look. borough. Is this what you are going to wear, Grant Wainwright too started from his position my dear ?" and leant over the wall. The lad Dick Wilcox “No-oh, no, Mr. Wainwright. This had mounted the brown horse, and apparently would be too dark and heavy for me to wear at proud of his elevation, was dancing towards the a dance. I am going in a pale sea-green orchard. It was his father who had shouted to tarlatane, trimmed with red and white roses. I bim an angry remonstrance, and Grant seemed shall have a broad sash hanging from one side to take part with the elder in the view of the of my waist with such pretty silver embroidery danger.

on it-real Indian! And mamma will lend me “Hold him well in, Dick," he shouted. her pearl necklace. Then I have a new lace

"He won't throw me, Master Grant,” cried bordered handkerchief, and white satin shoes, the lad. “ I can hold on to anything !"

and a white merino cloak trimmed with swan's "Hold him in, I tell you !" again Grant down to wrap me in. Oh, you've no idea how shouted. “Don't let him gallop, you fool. gay I am going to be. I am coming out of the He'll bolt with you."

shell in earnest this time." It was scarcely spoken when the animal flew “And all the prettiest young gentlemen in straight across the meadow at a frightful pace. the room will be crying, 'Chick, chick, come

As Dick's good fortune willed, a pond lay in and be my partner.' the line taken. When the horse had struggled “Oh, Mr. Brown, I wish–I wish I were through he rose riderless, but the boy was soon Laura. " I'd say something to punish you."

“ A thousand pardons, I would not offend you bearance. She concluded by earnestly beseechfor the world ; for you have promised to be my ing him not to write to her cousin or attempt to partner, and what a partner I shall have in come again until he next beard from her. those roses and pearls ! The first dance, It had been planned that Alice should be remember ; unless indeed there is anybody your taken home in Mr. Wainwright's gig, and Mr. mamma thinks you must dance the first with; Merton Brown had offered to drive on the in which case I wait for the second.”

occasion. He walked up with me in the after. “ Yes, that seems comfortable. Of course noon accordingly, but was not destined to be they will begin with quadrilles, and I so dislike Alice's charioteer. Just before the appointed standing up in quadrilles with strangers. As time a dashing vehicle appeared in front of often as not they talk about schools. Schools Darliston Hall, and from it alighted an equally to me, who never was at school in my life !" handsomely appointed young gentleman. “ How was it you did not go to school in

Alice had been attiring Helen in the blue France, like your sisters ?"

dress, and was very merry and pleased with the “ It was this way. Harriet went first, then result of her taste and industry, which we all Laura joined. I was to have followed a year combined to approve. Following close on Mrs. later, when Harriet was to return. But it Cargill's steps, Mr. Frederick Coalhurst entered proved that Laura's health was too delicate for the drawing-room. a French school, and she had to return with

Mr. Brown, who finds a succession of queer Harriet. She was so ill for some time, we feared little names for my pretty cousin, called her consumption. I liked staying at home best, "Daisy" at the beginning of the week, having and mamma was afraid I might injure my health. reference to her inclination to "shut up” under So I escaped ; and if I am rather deficient in

some circumstances and expand her geniality • tournure' and 'je ne sais quoi,' at all events under other conditions. Daisy's leaflets folded I am undeniably well.”

up so suddenly on this occasion that I was “Of course you are, Miss Alice; but it rather struck by it. Evidently she was taken sounds a little conceited to say so.”

quite by surprise, and it really seemed to me “Well in health, Mr. Brown; you cannot she was not pleased. She received her visitor say I am looking consumptive. Now, Helen, with “company manners,” very prettily and dear, I would like to put that trimming on decorously; but ber aspect had undergone as myself; I have a peculiar way of doing it, and great a change as that I had noticed on the you can go on with the lace.”

previous Sunday. “ Just see," said Helen, as she

rose, “what

The rather hasty entrance of the stranger, had, a nice thing Alice has made of this old dress. I perceived, an unfavourable effect on the old It was my grandmother's. There was a large squire. He looked from one to another of us scarf with it, and by putting that trimming

as if he failed to understand what was going for. round the hem and up the front, and making ward. “Come for you, Helen!” he said. use of that old black lace, she found plenty of “Who is this come for you, I don't know him?" material. Does it not look pretty ?"

No, grandfather, I am not going. It is It was a very soft and rich twilled silk, of a

Alice who is called for, and she will come back peculiar shade of blue, as if a warm sunbeam

to-morrow." had mellowed the tint. I said it promised to

I thought Mr. Brown was going to drive her be a very useful and handsome dress. “And who is going to wear it at the party?" back. “Will you bring her back ?” he questioned

in the gig. I know he would have brought her questioned Mr. Wainwright.

of Mr. Coalburst. “No one,” Helen answered. “It is for me. I hope I shall have that honour, sir;" was I am going to put it on to-morrow.”

the answer. “ You are not going to the party, Helen ?”

“I don't like these parties," and the old man he said, looking hard at her.

shook his head and murmured to himself. “No, grandfather, I am going to stay at home; and Mrs. Gainsborough has promised desire of assisting Alice, and showing her due

Helen's attention was much engrossed by the to spend the night here to console us for Alice attention on the occasion ; but Merton Brown being away."

I perceived was as conscious as myself that Mr. “ That's right: I thought you were

Wainwright was unduly excited, and he did not going to leave me, Helen;

you would not

accompany Helen when she descended with do it."

Alice. It was well he did not. “And I am coming back next morning, Mr. Wainwright; you are not going to be rid of We were standing together at the window to me yet,” said Alice.

see the departure, when, just as the wheels had That's right; you will come back. Don't begun to move, Merton sprang forwards and let them keep you."

threw his arms round the old man, who had Before evening Helen had been enabled to started up and would have fallen but for this write to her husband that she had bad an timely support. interview with Grant Wainwright, that he had “Open the bedroom door, and get Mrs. Car. listened quietly to all she had stated, and asked gill to come,” said my young friend, and carried till the following Sunday to consider her him at once to his bed. As I feared, it proved request that he would pledge his word to for: 1 to be one of the dreaded attacks; and, the gik

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