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looked upon, or have I done for myself com- I found this was the case. Alice having gone pletely?”

home he missed her, and made frequent “Most people, I should think, would make inquiries for her, commonly styling her to Nanny some allowances on account of your youth; "your mistress.” When Merton Brown came but, Grant, you should think rather of standing and gave his assurance that he would bring her clear in God's sight, and you know that your back on the Thursday following, the old man best conduct in the future can only prevent remained satisfied for hours. Next day Merton your adding to past misdeeds—not blot out one! came again, bringing a bandkerchief Alice had Think first of that, and think what bountiful means hemmed, and a pair of gloves she had taken to have been provided for your safety and comfort mend for the old Squire, and these little tokens of heart; then I trust the rest will be easier to seemed mightily to please. Helen said she you, let the world hold you as it will. Cer- wondered she was not more jealous of Alice, tainly, after this, you have a character to make, since it was plain she was the one preferred. but I trust there is a future before you to earn “ I think it must be," she concluded, that in it in. Time is pretty sure to demonstrate what this matter I look upon dear Alice as my you really are : this unhappy affair I hope has mamma." but shown the worst of you!"

Arden Mainwaring listened to our advocacy He sat silent for some time, leaning his head of Grant Wainwright's cause with patience and on his unhurt arm, and apparently watching attention ; but showed no disposition to commit my crocheting fingers, then he said:

himself to anything like a promise to forbear “It is very kind of you to offer to take me bringing him to justice for his part in Helen's in, Mrs. Gainsborough ; I should like it above abduction. Indeed, the first time the matter all things, just now, for I really cannot bear to was brought before him, the little he did say be much alone. I wish I knew how I could ever was decidedly unfavourable. "The man has pay you back your kindness--but it's folly to shown himself not only a companion of ruffians, talk of that; I feel that I am as weak as a kitten bul a very apt colleague,” he remarked. “This and as blind as a bat. I have not a friend in exploit of his was not the act of a moment; the world unless it is yourself, and may-be poor it was a deliberately planned scheme, and Georgie: I am likely enough to be taken from deliberately acted upon by him." your house to the county-jail; it would be a Merton suggested that the scheme had been creditable circumstance to have a prison-van laid out by others, the part he had to play drawn

up before Fairclough ; did you think of marked out for him. that?"

"I will do nothing hastily," he answered. “No, it did not occur to me: it would be “I have much to think about. All you say decidedly disagreeable, but so it would be to shall have weight with me when I feel more hear of its coming for you anywhere. Grant, capable of judging the question. I do not you may requite me if you will by living so think I am likely to be unduly, severe, though that I may not feel my care has been thrown I cannot say he merits less than severe justice away upon a hopeless subject, and by bearing with from me, and it cannot be right to let conduct my lectures when they seem to you prosy and so notorious pass unpunished. He might prewomanish. I daresay I am to you like those tend hereafter that I dared not bring the matter books you rejected for the Marsham Adver- before the public for fear of compromising tiser?"

Helen."

I did not think it desirable at that time to Nanny Cargill was very jubilant when told press the question, for other matters were inHelen was pronounced able to journey towards deed demanding all his time and attention. Darliston, but the idea of providing for Mr. Letters from abroad and from London had to be Mainwaring caused her much concern until I answered : the business of Darliston Manor reminded her he had of late been in worse left for nearly a fortnight in harvest without a lodgings. I will not speak of the delight I felt master, appealed to him for direction. More. in welcoming both back. Very bright and over it was necessary to arrange with Mr. happy were the hours I could spend with them, Ainslie how, legally, the whole affairs of Mr. but they were short, for I had many anxieties Wainwright's estate could be carried on for about the state of my patient at Fairclough. time to come. It was quite possible the old - During the week following their arrival, there Squire might continue to live for some years, was about him a degree of fevered excitement, but Dr. Meredith had given his opinion that he alternating with excessive lassitude and dejee- would never again be competent to transact tion, which made my presence near him almost business. indispensable.

A day or two later I found opportunity to lay Helen believed that she was recognized by before Mr. Mainwaring the paper Grant had her grandfather, but Nanny Cargill speaking of requested me to draw up, vindicating Helen the matter to me, said: “I'm doubtful about from the aspersions of the Marsham Advertiser, it. You see he's good-natured to all that don't and confessing his own part in the matter. cross himn. He's as kind and polite to Mr. The newspaper having fully recanted, it had not Mainwaring as to her, and he sets more store by seemed to me desirable to bring this forward what Mr. Merton Brown says than either of earlier. I also showed a letter I had received them."

from Mrs. Collingwood. It was a passionate

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letter, taking a very unjust view of the case as “What were you afraid of, Mrs. Gaipsregarded all who were likely to be adverse to borough ?” he asked. Grant; but it showed that the writer, a woman "I am afraid Grant Wainwright is his own of spirit and education, believed in her brother worst enemy. His temper once roused he is as one who, but for evil hap, would have done reckless about himself, and the sudden sight of honour to his name; and bitterly lamented that you I fear bad that effect. You may think it she could not come forward to help him in bis weak of me to take any interest in him, but if present distress.

you had seen him suffer as I have seen him-" I was sorry to have to lose Merton before his “ Women are very apt to have that sort of friend had declared in favour of our wishes. weakness,” Mr. Mainwaring said, “and I hapHe left us on Thursday, having indeed allowed pen to know from experience that my friend himself but scant time for necessary preparation Mrs. Gainsborough is not at all strong-minded for his Spanish trip.

in such cases." The Saturday following, Grant, who was just I did not at once think to what he alluded, able to crawl downstairs, dined with me at my being so bent on Grant's affair. He went on. usual early hour; and finding the sun very « You say well the man is his own worst warm on the front windows, I afterwards enemy. I have reason enough indeed to be induced him to take to the drawing-room sofa, inimical to him, he has cost me and my dear where he presently fell asleep. I strayed into Helen trouble enough, and I am far from con. the garden to look my flowers, and held vinced that in the interests of justice I ought some conversation with Mrs. Barncliffe about to let him off; but look at the position I find the state of our charge. Then hearing my gate myself in. Firstly, Merton Brown has taken bell ring, and thinking visitors possible, 1 upon him to be counsel for the defendant; hastened up the balcony steps intending to secondly, Helen says, “Arden, I won't say caution Barbara they must be received in the anything, but her eyes say a good deal, and her parlour. I was too late, for as I entered Mr. tongue cannot quite refrain. He fell among Mainwaring crossed the room from the opposite thieves, you know,' is her plea ; not at all a doorway and advanced to take my hand. As fair one, for he chose his own company. Well, he did so he saw Grant's extended figure. thirdly, Mrs. Gainsborough has taken him under

“So that is he?" he saidin a low tone. "I her wing ; fourthly, Mrs. Cargill offers to be wondered if he noticed the resemblance I could bail for him that he'll never do the like again, trace to Helen.”

and this morning a note came to me from the " Will you come into the other room?" Iold man, his father, desiring earnestly to see asked.

me ; of course I knew what for. So I deter“I wished to speak with him," he said ; " 80 mined it was time I should take counsel with perhaps it may be as well to go through' with my own opinion of the delinquent. I came here it.”

accordingly and found nothing in his favour, I went up to Grant and brushed back the only that I am reminded by sight of the house dusky curls from his forehead. He woke with a that the loss of Helen of Darliston might drive sigh.

a lover out of his wits and make a very bad Grant,” I said; some one wishes to speak boy of him. I am sure you must see that it with you ; it is Mr. Mainwaring."

would be much pleasar.ter to me to concede the Grant started at the name, and all likeness to point than not. I was quite in a humour to Helen fled from his countenance. He rose to make things easy ; but as you say, the man is his feet, but weakness compelled his leaning on his own enemy. I don't know, Mrs. Gainsthe arm of the sofa : so, with something of a borough, if you can help me to understand him. fush varying the sallow paleness of his cheek, You say he has suffered, and I can well believe but a half-dogged stare in his black eyes, he that, and am not vindictive enough to wish him stood confronting Arden.

to suffer more; but common sense requires that “Mrs. Gainsborough," said that gentleman,

we do not leave a bad man free to do more mis"you know I have the character of being a good chief if by any means law can restrain him. nurse, so I hope you can trust me alone with

Something like penitence should precede

pardon." your patient.”

“I believe pride has made him raise a mask “I hesitated, looking from one to the other, before you. He has many times to me shown but seeing Mr. Mainwaring's self-government regret at his disgraceful conduct, and I believe was equal to the occasion,' could not refuse his at heart is at least conscious of shame.” request from fear that Grant's unruly temper "I could see no trace of such feeling. He would mar his own interests. So I left the two, insolently refused me the only pledge I felt it at last face to face; and withdrew to the shady was imperative to demand, a very moderate walk under my garden wall, revolving the matter one; simply that he would henceforward refrain they were engaged upon in rather an anxious from disputing my rights over my own wife.” mood.

“Oh, he could not mean it. Give him a In about a quarter of an hour Mr. Main- little time for thought, and I am sure he will waring joined me. He was grave and quiet, but satisfy you that he does not now dream of my apprehensive look brought a smile to his interfering with Helen. He knows too well he lips as his eyes rested on my face.

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tban that she is a right sort to look after And tlien quitting the salject for another very sort to help him to spend her money. You may interesting

'isP me, heard with pleasure it was look shocked, Mrs. Gainsborough, but you'il decided that Valentine Merrivale was to have see that it is so : and Helen's not one to stand the management of farming affairs at Darliston., by tamely, for she's spirit and common

sense. And when tlsey find they can't make her I could perceive Grant was not in a temper' eat humble pie, they will turn to and worry the to be reasoned with, so farbore touching on the life out of her with their fine aristocratic airs subject tilte had one of his fits it heavy depression, and I her then, I don't see why I should be bound to had to exert myself to rouse him out of it. let her be trampled upon." When he had little recovered, "I asked : Although I believed that stubborn pride and " What and you think of Mr. Mainwaring this prejudice were much more concerned in these morning poin gil bil 8 ylori (757 atidi

** Think of him? Thot quite so much as he was a degree of rightful interest in Helen's thinks of himself, w daresay: 'I see nothing welfare, and a glimmering of probability in his particular about Him'to make women with hiin. He has an aristocratie soll in love snimises, which made me answer bim with

Antise, greater patience.' and a way of looking at your byes as if he meant • You could do nothing, Grant, even if the to read you through she didn't read me case were sq. This unfortunate affair is enough though." 9amond you do

to prevent' your ever being useful to Helen in "No, u hopa nota :ch know it was no bright any way of championship If you desire to be page you presentedWas it not very wicked friends with 'lier, give the pledge Mr. Mainof yout: Grant, tothwart your friends with your waring requires of you." w to nie perversityre l What could you mean by refusing to concode what/wassal reasonable sa irequest? You do not, I knowpdream of playing the same

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the previous week at the Rood Farm, and had "Well, I don't see, thalu And don't you written me a letter 'stating his wish to talk perceive, Mrs. Gainsborough, there could be no with Grant seriously concerning bis condition. harm in

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manger gave me satisfaction. I offenders, The horse-dealer Benson had been left him to attire myself for walking to Darliston implicated by the confession of one of the gang when Nanny Cargill should be returning from taken at Clon Castle, and Alfred said he appeared afterngoy service. I had not yet felt so hopeful terribly frightened, and was very likely to make of Grant as I did at this hour, and as I refurther . I eptered

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, sunshine Grant was silent and sad, over dinner but seemed to mingle with my thoughts and barthere was a mildgegs, about him which/ thought monize their te, happiness, onsgtit! augured, yell for the tendency of what had Grants eyes bat heen closed when I entered : passed between his father

, and himself. Miss be opened them now and observed my dress. Gray had sent me some, apricots from her garden; and when the cloth was removed be

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a deal of youble on all sides.with, rvas thinking of asking you to do it for Arn't you tired of me, Mrs Gainsborough nga me this evening. * Not yet," I answeredo, udt 919 siguen una

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and the rest of them. I don't want " When you are out of Ds. Crutchley's hands 10.ask, fayoups of Mr, Manwaring, but I think it might be the best place for you to go to pain be did not quite understand me about, Helen. strength.".

I think very likely a man like him could not.

1qiqo pal. No, Mrs. Gainsborough, you, don't know but don't mean 49 trouble her nguy, she's his wife, how it is. After the disgrace I have brought but she may live to feel the way of some one on my family do you think I could endure belonging to her, and wonit, consent to tie home? My brothers and I never could get on my hands more than they are tied; I will not well at the best of timesgp ir Jack's my father's he bound to keep from giving her, a brother's favourite, and my mother, thinks Harry an help. I only for the old man's sake I won't angel because he's handsome. Now Georgie give any such promise. is married there's not one at home but, would i M. But considery has dot thoipaso justified Mr. wish me away, even if all this had not happened Mainwaring in the wotet viow he can take of It is good of them to talk of it, but, glad

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for your sasdiktances brotherly or shot? The rose and threw himself, wearily on the solar pancrs On, you tliioke bd can't do wrong, I see that, Then he resumed : is the best bit of consolation I get qut of all these gayroorough, but you don't know what

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Coutsé', but he knows if he were in my case he “ That my poor old uncle is in the state he is would woelie to be trusted, that's it." in. He was really good to me : kinder byaf

I was so provoked I could not help saying, than any of them at home, except Georgie. 1 Really, Grant, considering all thiogs, it is a really

little too absurd that you should set yourself up think I-ob, Mrs. Gainsborough, I have been a as superior in morality to Mr. Mainwaring."

isin myself. I never thought what I owed him 'till lowest profligates, I supposė,"

” he said with now, when I feel I dare not face him. I would bitterness. "I might have been ten times tho not have him know I had proved such an un- sinner I have been without offending against grateful scoundrel for the world. I hope he the laws of the land or being looked down upon pever will know it."

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you any such fears Poor Grant's pride is very ready to rise “ I am quite content with Helen's choice: I when Mr. Mainwaring is in question, but think you know that, Mr. Mainwaring, at the these words stilled it in a moment. They did same time." I hesitated. more, more than I intended, though perhaps not Práy go on. I know you are a friend to me more than was wholesome for him. I had to as well as to Helen, and I wish you to speak let Mrs. Cargill wend her way alone, and freely." address myself to the task of supporting my "I do fear, then, that Helen may find some patient under one of those fearful fits of pros- serious difficulties before her in regard to your tration so difficult to deal with.

mother, because she is so much attached to her I believe the fact is that there are times when niece, and it is certain Lady Althea is no friend his mind fails to entertain the trath in respect of Helen's. I cannot think it would be well to his recent deeds ; when he reverts, as it she should make long visits in any house were, to his former opinion of himself. But where that lady resides. when these truths come sweeping back upon Mr. Mainwaring looked thoughtful. "There his mind, showing him, as I think they do, that are indeed," he said, “ some special difficulties the blackened lik 58 of himself now before before us, but I trust they are not insurmountthe world is a portrait undeniable, then he is able. You may trust me that Helen's happioverwhelmed.

ness will be my dearest care; but nothing less My hope is that better perceptions are be than the necessity of defending that happiness, ginning to dawn upon him, that he begins to could induce me to give up the place beside my see that the acts which tell so fearfully against mother, which her only son, her only child, bim were the natural results of the state of should' occupy. You may not be aware that heathenish forgetfulness in which he was before seven years ago my mother, in order to save living; all the real difference between his present Lord Cardington from something like bank. and former self being that before this oppor- ruptcy, gave up her life-rent of seven hundred tunity for overt wickedness; temptation of the a year on the Shuttleworth property in Westkind had not come in his way. Other tempt- moreland, only stipulating with her brother that ations, other opportunities for evil, the strength she should henceforth share his home. Lord derived from education and rightly-formed Cardington is attached to her, and not unhabit, may have enabled him to withstand. grateful for what was indeed an act of much But he did not look beyond sach strength, and self-sacrifice on her part, though she was not who is safe in that alone ?

the only sufferer. As my mother is satistied to Most men when they fall under temptation continue this arrangement, and from habit could seek consolation in thinking others only need not, it is probable, be happy in a small estabto be tempted to fall as low as themselves ; and lishment, it would be very undesirable that I this may be one reason why Grant is always should interfere. While I am Lord St. harping on and cherishing the supposition that George's secretary, I can count on residence with Mr. Mainwaring is partaker of all the misdeeds him, in such sort as will, I am sure, sufice all that people are wont to stigmatize his class dear Helen's modest requirements, but I can with. It is exceedingly unfair towards him, entertain no visitors—at least as residents. I and not what Grant would approve of in his shall, doubtless, enjoy occasional leave of own case.

absence; and of course, while Mr. Wainwright I was at Darliston early next morning, and lives, we shall be as often as possible at Darlis. met Mr. Mainwaring in the hall. In answer to ton; still, wherever my mother is, whether at my inquiry after Helen, he told me she was Cardington Castle or elsewhere, there must be, gelting quite saucy, and almost able to walk while Lady Althea remains unmarried, frequent over and see me; "though, of course," he occasions for contact between her and my added, “she cannot do so while that black pet- Helen; so I can only say, Mrs. Gainsborough, lamb of yours is at Fairclough, How is he trust me to defend my wife against all assaiprogressing ?

lants—this fair foe included !" ** But slowly," I answered; and then I stated “There, then, I promise to be happy on the that Grant had admitted his obstinacy had not subject till further notice." proceeded from any latent hope of winning “I shall tell Helen to write to you as freely Helen's affection from him; but that, taking as if you were her mother: I think you have a for premises that she was likely to be slighted right to know how all goes with her; you have by his high-born relatives, he had also assumed taken so kindly an interest in her welfare: but that he might from too great partiality to them, I must caution you not to judge hastily eren refrain from supporting her rightful claims. from what you may hear of my conduct. In " It is a view of the case," I said in conclusion, taking up the position which alone will guaran" which many who do not know you well would tee future peace in my family, I have no easy be likely to take."

task before me."

to question either my intentions now, or my con. recess, with the line of thought much more duct hereafter,” Mr. Mainwaring replied “the strongly defined on his handsome brow than is matter to be considered is what his own has been.. usual at two-and-twenty. Then the raised bead,

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