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enough, and all in good time, for Lady MacGorman's guineas had saved us, so that we were actually driving back again when we saw my father's carriage coming along the road-at no great speed to be sure, for one of the horses was lame, and the other had cast a shoe-all the result of that good old creature's money. And then I said to your grandfather, “What shall we do, George ?' 'We shall have to stand and deliver, Sue!' says he; and with that he had the horses pulled up, and we got out. And when my father came up he got out, too, and George took me by the hand—there was no more laughing now, I can tell you, for it was but natural I should cry a bit—and he took off his hat, and led me forward to my father. I don't know what he said, I was in such a fright; but I know that my father looked at him for a minute—and George was standing rather abashed, perhaps, but then so handsome he looked, and so goodnatured !—and then my father burst into a roar of laughter, and came forward and shook him by the hand; and all that he would say then, or at any other time to the day of his death, was only this— By Jupiter, sir, that was a devilish good pair that took you straight on end to Exeter!'"
“I scarcely remember my grandfather,” the boy said ; " but he couldn't have been a handsomer man than my father, nor a better man either.”
“I don't say that," the old lady observed, candidly. “ Your father was just such another. Like father, like son,' they used to say when he was a boy. But then, you see, your father would go and choose a wife for himself in spite of everybody, just like all you Trelyons, and so-"
But she remembered, and checked herself. She began to tell the lad in how far be resembled his grandfather in appearance, and he accepted these descriptions of bis features and figure in a heedless manner, as of one who had grown too familiar with the fact of his being handsome to care about it. Had not every one paid him compliments, more or less indirect, from his cradle upwards? He was, indeed, all that the old lady would have desired to see in a Trelyon-tall, square-shouldered, cleanlimbed, with dark grey eyes set under black eyelashes, & somewhat aquiline nose, proud and well-cut lips, a handsome forehead, and a complexion which might have been pale, but for its having been bronzed by constant exposure to sun and weather. There was something very winning about his face, when he chose to be winning; and, when he laughed, the laughter, being quite honest and careless and musical, was delightful to hear. With these personal advantages, joined to a fairly quick intelligence and a ready sympathy, Master Harry Trelyon ought to have been a universal favourite. So far from that being the case, a section of the persons whom he met, and whom he shocked by his rudeness, quickly dismissed him as an irreclaimable cub; another section, with whom ho was on better terms, considered him a bad-tempered lad, shook their heads in a humorous fashion over his mother's trials, and were inclined to keep out of his way; while the best of his friends endeavoured to throw the blame of his faults on his bringing up, and maintained that he had many good qualities if only they had been properly developed. The only thing
certain about these various criticisms was that they did not concern very much the subject of them.
" And if I am like my grandfather," he said, good-naturedly, to the old lady, who was seated in a garden chair, “why don't you get me a wife such as he had ? "
“You? A wife ? " she repeated, indignantly, remembering that, after all, to praise the good looks and excuse the hot-headedness of the Trelyong was not precisely the teaching this young man needed. " You take a wife? Why, what girl would have you? You are a mere booby. You can scarcely write your name. George Trelyon was a gentleman, sir. He could converse in six languages-
" And swear considerably in one, I've heard,” the lad said, with an impertinent laugh.
“ You take a wife? I believe the stable-boys are better educated than you are in manners, as well as in learning. All you are fit for is to become a horse-breaker to a cavalry regiment, or a gamekeeper; and I do believe it is that old wretch, Pentecost Luke, who has ruined you. Oh! I heard bow Master Harry used to defy his governess, and would say nothing to her for days together, but
As I was going to St. Ires,
I met fifty old wives. Then, old Luke had to be brought in, and Luke's care for stubbornness was to give the brat a gun and teach him to shoot starlings. Oh! I know the whole story, my son, though I wasn't in Cornwall at the time. And then Master Harry must be sent to school ; but two days afterwards Master Harry is discovered at the edge of a wood, coolly seated with a gun in his hand, waiting for his ferrets to drive out the rabbits. Then Master Harry is furnished with a private tutor; but a parcel of gunpowder is found below the gentleman's chair, with the heads of several lucifer matches lying about. So Master Harry is allowed to have his own way; and his master and preceptor is a lying old gamekeeper, and Master Harry can't read a page out of a book, but he can snare birds, and stuff fish, and catch butterflies, and go cliff-hunting on a horse that is bound to break his neck some day. Why, sir, what do you think a girl would have to say to you if you married her? She would expect you to take her into society ; she would expect you to be agreeable in your manners, and be able to talk to people. Do you think she would care about your cunning ways of catching birds, as if you were a cat or a sparrowhawk ?"
He only flicked at the rose, and laughed ; lecturing had but little effect on him.
“Do you think a girl would come to a house like this,-one half of it filled with dogs, and birds, and squirrels, and what not, the other furnished like a chapel in a cemetery? A combination of a church and a menagerie, that's what I call it."
“ Grandmother," he said, “these parsons have been stafing your head full of nonsense about me."
“ Have they ?” said the old lady, sharply, and eyeing him keenly, “ Are you sure it is all nonsense ? You talk of marrying, -and you know that no girl of your own station in life would look at you. What about that public-house in the village, and the two girls there, and your constant visits ? "
He turned round with a quick look of anger in his face.
“Who told you such infamous stories ? I suppose one of the cring. ing, sneaking, white-livered -- Bah!”
He switched the head off the rose, and strode away, saying, as he went
“Grandmother, you mustn't stay here long. The air of the place affects even you. Another week of it, and you'll be as mean as the rest of them.”
But he was in a very bad temper, despite his careless gait. There was a scowl on the handsome and boyish face that was not pleasant to see. He walked round to the stables, kicked about the yard while his horse was being saddled, and then rode out of the grounds, and along the highway, until he went clattering down the steep and stony main street of Eglosilyan.
The children knew well this black horse : they had a superstitious fear of him, and they used to scurry into the cottages when his wild rider, who seldom tightened rein, rode down the precipitous thoroughfare. But just at this moment, when young Trelyon was paying little heed as to where he was going, a small, white-haired bundle of humanity came running out of a doorway, and stumbled, and fell right in the way of the horse. The lad was a good rider, but all the pulling up in the world could not prevent the forefeet of the horse, as they were shot out into the stones, from rolling over that round bundle of clothes. Trelyon leapt to the ground, and caught up the child, who stared at him with big, blue, frightened eyes.
" It's you, young Pentecost, is it? And what the dickens do you mean by trying to knock over my horse, eh?"
The small boy was terrified, but quite obviously not hurt a bit; and his captor, leading the horse with one hand and affixing the bridle to the door, carried him into the cottage.
“Well, Mother Luke,” said young Trelyon, “I know you've got too many children, but do you expect that I'm going to put them out of the way for you ? ”
She uttered a little scream, and caught at the boy.
“Oh! there's no harm done ; but I suppose I must give him a couple of sovereigns because he nearly frightened me out of my wits. Poor little kid ! it's hard on him that you should have given him such a name. I suppose you thought it was Cornish because it begins with Pen.”
“You knaw 'twere his vather's name, Maäster Harry,” said Mrs. Luke, smiling as she saw that the child's chubby fingers were being closed over two bright gold pieces.
Just at that moment, Master Harry, his eyes having got accustomed to the twilight of the kitchen, perceived that among the little crowd of children, at the fireside end, a young lady was sitting. She was an
insignificant little person, with dark eyes; she had a slate in her hand ; the children were round ber in a circle.
“Oh, I beg your pardon, Miss Wenna!" the young man said, removing his hat quickly, and blushing all over his handsome face. “I did not see you in the dark. Is your father at the inn ?- I was going to see him. I hope I haven't frightened you?”
“Yes, my father has come back from Plymouth,” said the young lady, quietly, and without rising. “ And I think you might be a little more careful in riding through the village, Mr. Trelyon."
- Good-morning,” he said. “Take better care of Master Pentecost, Mother Luke.” And with that he went out, and got into the saddle again, and set off to ride down to the inn, not quite so recklessly as heretofore.
When Miss Wenna, or Morwenna, as her mother in a freak of roman ticism had called her, had finished her teaching, and had inspected some fashioning of garments in which Mrs. Luke was engaged, she put on her light shawl and her hat, and went out into the fresh air. She was now standing in the main street of Eglosilyan; and there were houses right down below her, and houses far above her, but a stranger would have been puzzled to say where this odd little village began and ended. For it was built in a straggling fashion on the sides of two little ravines; and the small stone cottages were so curiously scattered among the trees, and the plots of garden were so curiously banked up with walls that were smothered in wild-flowers, that you could only decide which was the main thoroughfare by the presence there of two greystone chapels-one the Wesleyans' Ebenezer, the other the Bible Christians'. The churches were far away on the uplands, where they were seen like towers along the bleak cliffs by the passing sailors. But perhaps Eglosilyan proper ought to be considered as lying down in the hollow, where the two ravines converged. For here was the chief inn; and here was the over-shot flour-mill; and here was the strange little harbour, tortuous, narrow, and deep, into which one or two heavy coasters came for slate, bringing with them timber and coal. Eglosilyan is certainly a picturesque place; but one's difficulty is to get anything like a proper view of it. The black and mighty cliffs at the mouth of the harbour, where the Atlantic seethes and boils in the calmest weather, the beautiful blue-green water under the rocks and along the stone quays, the quaint bridge, and the mill, are pleasant to look at; but where is Eglosilyan? Then if you go up one of the ravines, and get among the old houses, with their tree-fuchsias, and hydrangeas, and marigolds, and lumps of white quartz in the quaint little gardens, you find yourself looking down the chimneys of one portion
of Eglosilyan, and looking up to the doorsteps of another-everywhere a confusion of hewn rock, and natural terrace, and stone walls, and bushes, and hart's-tongue fern. Some thought that the Trelyon Arms should be considered the natural centre of Eglosilyan; but you could not see halfa-dozen houses from any of its windows. Others would have given the post of honour to the National School, which had been there since 1843; but it was up in a by-street, and could only be approached by a flight of steps cut in the slate wall that banked up the garden in front of it. Others, for reasons which need not be mentioned, held that the most important part of Eglosilyan was the Napoleon Hotel—a humble little pot-house, frequented by the workers in the slate-quarries, who came there to discuss the affairs of the nation and hear the news. Anyhow, Eglosilyan was a green, bright, rugged, and picturesque little place, oftentimes wet with the western rains, and at all times fresh and sweet with the moist breezes from the Atlantic.
Miss Wenna went neither down the street nor up the street, but took a rough and narrow little path leading by some of the cottages to the cliffs overlooking the sea. There was a sound of music in the air; and by-and-by she came in sight of an elderly man, who, standing in an odd little donkey.cart, and holding the reins in one hand, held with the other a cornopean, which he played with great skill. No one in Eglosilyan could tell precisely whether Michael Jago had been bugler to some regiment, or had acquired his knowledge of the cornopean in a travelling show; but everybody liked to hear the cheerful sound, and came out by the cottage-door to welcome him, as he went from village to village with his cart, whether they wanted to buy suet or not. And now, as Miss Wenna saw him approach, he was playing “ The Girl I left behind me;" and as there was no one about to listen to him, the pathos of certain parts, and the florid and skilful execution of others, showed that Mr. Jago had a true love for music, and did not merely use it to advertise his wares.
“Good-morning to you, Mr. Jago," said Miss Wenna, as he came up.
" 'Mardin, Miss Rosewarne,” he said, taking down his cornopean. “ This is a narrow road for your cart.”
“ 'Tain't a very good way; but, bless you, me and my donkey we're used to any zart of a road. I dü believe we could go down to the bache, down the face of Black Cliff.”
“Mr. Jago, I want to say something to you. If you are dealing with old Mother Keam to-day, you'll give her a good extra bit, won't you? And so with Mrs. Geswetherick, for she has had no letter from her son now for three months. And this will pay you, and you'll say nothing about it, you know.”
She put the coin in his hand-it was an arrangement of old standing between the two.
“ Well, yü be a good young lady; yaas, yü be," he said, as he drove on; and then she heard him announcing his arrival to the people of