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paused for a moment with a little of your country, sir, it is full of start, for at the far end, looking to- beauties." wards him, but a little upward, with The stranger's sweet, but peculiar, the faint reflected glow that entered voice thrilled the baronet with a through the tall row of windows, on recollection as vivid and detested. the side of his face and figure, stood In fact this well-seasoned man of the the handsome young man of whom world was so much shocked that he he was in pursuit.

answered only with a bow, and The baronet being himself only a cleared his voice, and chuckled after step or two from the screw stairs, and his fashion, but all the time felt a still under the shadow of the over- chill creeping over his back. hanging arch in the corner, the There was a broad bar of a foggy stranger saw nothing of him, and to red light falling through the ivy-girt announce his approach, though not window, but the young man happened much of a musician, he hummed a to stand at that moment in the shabar or two briskly as he entered, and dow beside it, and when the baronet's marched across and about as if think- quick glance, instead of detecting ing of nothing but architecture or some reassuring distinction of feature the picturesque.

or expression, encountered only the " Charming ruin this, sir,” exclaim- ambiguous and obscure, he recoiled ed he, raising his hat, so soon as he inwardly as from something abominhad approached the stranger suffi- able. ciently near to make the address na- “Beautiful effect--beautiful sky!" tural. “Although I'm a resident of exclaimed Sir Jekyl, not knowing this country, I'm ashamed to say I very well what he was saying, and have never seen it before."

waving his cane upwards towards The young man raised his hat too, the fading tints of the sky. and bowed with a ceremonious grace, The stranger emerged from his which, as well as his accent, hau some- shadow, and stood beside him, and thing of the foreigner in it.

such light as there was fell full “While I, though a stranger, have upon his features, and as the baronet been unable to resist its fascination, beheld he felt as if he were in a and have already visited it three dream. times. You have reason to be proud

CHAPTER II.

THE BARONET VISITS WARDLOCK MANOR. In fact Sir Jekyl would have been less be an expression of that propuzzled to know exactly what to say found sympathy which mortals feel next, so odd were his sensations, and with every expression of decay and his mind so pre-occupied with a chain dissolution.” of extremely uncomfortable conjec- The baronet fancied that he saw a ture, had not the handsome young lurking smile in the young man's face, gentleman who stood beside him at and recoiled from psychologic talk the gaping window with its melan- about mortality. choly fringe of ivy, said

"I dare say you're right, sir, but I “ I have often tried to analyse the am the worst metaphysician in the peculiar interest of ruins like these- world.” the mixture of melancholy and curio- He thought the young man smiled sity. I have seen very many mon- again. asteries abroad-perhaps as old as " In your liking for the picturesque, this, even older-still peopled with however, I quite go with you. Do their monks, with very little interest you intend extending your tour to indeed, and no sympathy; and yet Wales and Scotland ?' here I feel a yearning after the by- “I can hardly call this little exgone age of English monasticism, an cursion à tour. The fact is my anxiety to learn all about their ways curiosity is pretty much limited to and doings, and a sort of reverence this country; there are old reasons and sadness I can't account for, un- which make me feel a very particular interest in it,” said the young till the edges of the ivy began to glitman, with a very pointed careless- ter in the moonbeams, and the bats ness and a smile, which caused the to trace their zig-zag lines in the air; baronet inwardly to wince.

and at last he gave over expecting. "I should be very happy,” said He looked back into the gloomy void Sir Jekyl, “ if you would take Mar. of that great chamber, and listened, lowe in your way; there are some and felt rather angry at his queer pictures there, as well as some views sensations. He had not turned about you might like to see. I am Sir when the stranger withdrew, and did Jekyl Marlowe, and own two or three not know the process of his vanishing, places in this county, which are and for the first time it struck him, thought pretty-and, may I give you“ who the plague could the fellow my cand ?"

who called him

be !" The snowy parallelogram was here On the whole he wished himself presented and accepted with a mutual away, and he lighted a cigar for the bow. The stranger was smiling oddly sake of its vulgar associations, and as Sir Jekyl introduced himself, with made his way out of the ruins, and an expression which he fancied he swiftly through darkened fields tocould read in spite of the dark, as ward the Old London-road; and was implying " rather old news you tell more comfortable than he cared to me.

say, when he stepped through the ** And -and - what was I going to porch into the open hall of the say? - oh!--yes--if I can be of any " Plough," and stopped before the use to you in proeuring access to any light at the bar, to ask his hostess house or place you wish to see, I once more, quite in his old way, wheshall be very happy. You are at ther Mr. Strangways had returned. present staying at my orcasional ** No, not yet ; always uncertain ; quarters, the “Plough. I'm afraid his dinner mostly overcone." you li think me very impertinent and " Has he a friend with bim ?” intrusive; but I should like to be “ Yes, sir, sure." able to mention your name to some " And what is he like?" of my friends, who don't usually allow * Older man, Sir Jekyl, a long way strangers to see their pla er." than young Mr. Guy Strangways, but

This was more like American than some relation I do think." Englınh qual true; but the baronet * When do they leave you !" Wis determined to know ail about * To-inorrow evening, with a chaise the stranger, commening with his and pair for Auk worth.” name, and the laws of good breed- "Aukworth / why, that's another of inz, thanh he knew them very well, my properties '-hn, ha, ba, by Jove! were melhry to stand lung in his Does he know the abbey here is way wrici m-se up his mind mine " ta) of "ad" It.

"I rayther think not, Sir Jekyl. My be 14 liuy Strangware," Would you please to wish dinner |!1** r.

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Stran ways and bot return, which There wanbeper, and just then rather Vried Sir Jekyl, who, howa deep mrla le voit from beicw ever, left his card for that gentleman, carl, Guy

together with an extremely ponte ** Ex "us iue just a moment," and note, which he wrote at the bar with the sung man w.1*1'de.

his bat on, inviting him and his com* He il be back,", muttered Sir panion to Marlowe, where he would Jekyl, "in a minute."

be at home any time for the next But the barupet was metalen. He two months, and trusted they would wasted at thint pen window, what give him a week before they left the ling out upon the deepening twiligl.t, country.

It was now dark, and Sir Jekyl thing to do with it ?" Pooh! no. loitered under the lamplight of his I'd like to see her. But who knows chaise for a while, in the hope that what sort of a temper she's in ??? Mr. Strangways would turn up. But As he thus ruminated, the domestic he did not; and the baronet jumped with the old-fashioned livery and into the vehicle, which was forthwith flowered head returned to say that in motion.

his mistress would be happy to see He sat in the corner, with one foot him. on the cushion, and lighted a cigar. The servant conducted him up a His chuckling was all over, and his broad stair with a great oak banisquizzing, for the present. Mrs. Jones ter, and opening a drawingroom door, had not a notion that he was in the announced least uneasy, or on any but hospitable “Sir Jekyl Marlowe.thoughts intent. But any one who He was instantly in the room, and now looked in his face would have a tall, thin old lady, with a sad and seen at a glance how suddenly it had stately mien, rose up to greet him. become overcast with black care. “How is little mamma?” cried the

“Guy Strangways !" he thought; baronet, with his old chuckle. “An " those two names, and his wonderful age since we met, hey? How well you likeness ! Prowling about this coun- look !" ty! Why this more than another ? The old lady gave her thin mittened He seemed to take a triumphant hand to her son-in-law, and looked pleasure in telling me of his special a grim and dubious sort of welcome fancy for this county. And his upon him. voice-a tenor they call it-I hate “Yes, Jekyl, an age; and only that that sweet sort of voice. Those Beatrix is here, I suppose another d- singing fellows. I dare say age would have passed without my he sings. They never do a bit of seeing you. And an old woman at good. It's very odd. It's the same my years has not many ages between voice. I forgot that odd silvery her and the grave.”. sound. The same, by Jove! I'll The old lady spoke not playfully, come to the bottom of the whole but sternly, like one who had suffered thing. D— me, I will !"

long and horribly, and who associated Then the Baronet puffed away fast her sufferings with her visiter ; and and earnestly at his cigar, and then in her oblique glance was something lighted another, and after that a of profound antipathy. third. They steadied him, I dare ** Egad ! you're younger than I, say, and helped to oil the mechanism though you count more years. You of thought. But he had not recovered live by clock and rule, and you show his wonted cheer of mind when the it. You're as fresh as that bunch of chaise drew up at a pair of time-worn flowers there ; while I am literally futed piers, with the gable of an old- knocking myself to pieces—and fashioned dwelling-house overlooking know it---by late hours, and all sorts the road at one side. An iron gate of nonsense. So you must not be admitted to a court-yard, and the coming the old woman over me, you hall door of the old gray house was know, unless you want to frighten me. opened by an old-fashioned footman And how is Beatrix? How do, Beatrix? with some flower on the top of his head. All ready, I see. Good child." Sir Jekyl jumped down.

Beatrix at this moment was en“Your mistress quite well, hey? tering. She was tall and slightly My daughter ready?" inquired the formed, with large dark eyes, hair of baronet. “Where are they? No, soft shadowy black, and those tints of I'll not go up, thank you ; I'll stay pure white and rich clear blush, scarhere," and he entered the parlour. let lips, and pearly teeth, and long “And, do you see, you just go up and eyelashes, which are so beautiful in ask your mistress if she wishes to see contrast and in harmony. She had me.

the prettiest little white nose, and By this time Sir Jekyl was poking her face was formed in that decided up the fire and frowning down on oval which so heightens the charm the bars, with the flickering glare of the features. She was not a tragic shooting over his face.

heroine. Her smile was girlish and "Can the old woman have any- natural--and the little ring of pearls between her lips laughed beautifully “ If one could tell them all in five --and her dunples played on chin minutes," replied the old lady, drily. and cheek as she smiled.

"Well, but you'll come over to Her father kissed her, and looked Marlowe--you really must -and I'll at her with a look of gratification, as tell you everything there-the e truth, he might on a good picture that the whole truth, and as much more belonged to him ; and turning her as you like." s'n.ling face, with his finger and Í'his invitation was repeated every thumb upon her little dimpled chin, year, but, like Don Juan's to the toward Lady Alice, he said

statue, was not expected to lead to a * Pretty well, this girl, hey " literal visit.

* I dare say, Jekyl, she'll do very “ You have haunted rooms there, well; she's not formed yet, you Jekyl,” she said, with an unpleasant know" - was stately Larly Alice's smile and a ned. “You have not qualified assent. She was one of that kept house in Marlowe for ten years, s'hool who are more afraid of spoil. I think. Why do you go there ing people than desirous of pleasing now?" them by admiration. “She promines “ Caprice, whim, what you will," to be like her darling mother; and said the baronet, combing out his thit is a melancholy satisfaction to favourite whisker with the tips of his me, and, of course, to you. You'll fingers, while he smiled on himself in have some tea, Jekyll

the glass upon the chimneypiere, The baronet was standing, hat in "I wish you'd tell me, for I really hand, with his outside coat on, and don't know, except that I'm tired of huisbuck to the fire, and a cashmere Warton and Dart broke, as I am of all mittle's lovely about his throat. monotony. I like change, you know."

** Well, as it is here, I don't * Yes; you like change," said the Inind."

old lady with a dignified searca-m. * May I run down, grandmamma, " I'm afraid it's a true bll," adand say gound bye to Elien and old mitted Sir Jekyl with a chuckle, Mrs. Nasoni"

* So you'll come to Marlowe and * Surely-you mean, of course, to see ns there-won't you!" the parivurl You may have them * No, Jekyl-certainly not," said thiese

the old lady with intense emphasis * And you must not be all right A little pause ensued, during which alwut it, like atrix. We'll

, but going in the baronet twielelled at his whisker, a few miiltre. D're modi and continued to smile amuredly at

" I'un quite propis, papk2," kaid nie; him-elt in the gli and as legible fr in the poin the " I wonder you could think of askstule a glance at her bright rutiertion ing me to Marlowe, considering all in the mirror.

that has happened there. I sometimes * You are always in a hurry, Jekyl, wonder at my if that I canendure to to leave ine wizn you chance to come see you at all, Jeykl Marlowe ; and hure. I alwid he wirry, however, to I don't think if it were not for that interfere with the pleasanter dispuesto dear girl, who is so like her sainted tion of your time

mother, I should ever st eyes on * Now, little mother, you mustn't you again." be huted with me. I have a hun. "I'm glad we have that link. You dred and fifty tiunus to look after at make me love Beatrix better," he Mariowe wen I are there. I have replied. He was now arang ng not had a girat deal of time, you the elaborate breast-pin with its uny know – first, the spion, then thirre chain, which was at that date in months knowking about the world." Vuxue.

* You never wrote to me since you ** And myog are going to keep left Parik," kad the old lady, grumly. home at Marii wo? praimed the lady

"Didn't!! That was very wrong stilly, not heeeling the sentiment of But you know there were iny hol his little spysha. days, and I deteat writing ; and you * Well,

purev няе." knew I could take care of myself; "I don't like that boter," said the and it is so murh better to tell one's old lady with a subulurd fiercenenu adventures than to put them into ** Sorry it does not pleas you, little lettera, don't think!"

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“ You know I don't like it," she "They are dead," interrupted Lady repeated.

Alice, with more asperity than pathos. * In that case you need not have “Yes, I know, poor old souls-to told me,” he said.

sure, peers' daughters die like other I choose to tell you. I'll say so people, I'm afraid." as often as I see you-as often as I And when they do, are menlike."

tioned, if not with sorrow, at least It was an odd conference-back to with decent respect, by persons, that back-the old lady stiff and high- is, who know how to behave themstaring pale and grimly at the oppo- selves.” site wall. The baronet looking with There was a slight quiver in Lady a quizzical smile on his handsome Alice's lofty tone that pleased Sir face in the mirror-now plucking at Jekyl, as you might have remarked a whisker-now poking at a curl with had you looked over his shoulder into his finger-tip-and now in the same the glass. light way arranging the silken fall of * Well, you know, I was speaking his neck-tie.

not of deaths but births, and only “There's nothing my dear little going to say if you look in the peermamma can say, I'll not listen to with age you'll find all the men, poor devils, pleasure.

pinned to their birth-days, and the “There is much I might say you women left at large, to exercise their could not listen to with pleasure." veracity on the point; but you need The cold was growing more intense, not care--you have not pretended to and bitter in tone and emphasis, as youth for the last ten years I think.” she addressed the Italian picture of “You are excessively impertinent, Adonis and his two dogs hanging on sir.”. the distant wall.

“ I know it," answered Sir Jekyl, "Well, with respect, not with plea- with a jubilant chuckle. sure--no," said he, and tapped his A very little more, the baronet white upper teeth with the nail of knew, and Lady Alice Redcliffe his middle finger.

would have risen gray and grim, and " Assuming then that you speak sailed out of the room. Their parttruth, it is high time Jekyl Marlowe ings were often after this sort. that you should alter your courses- But he did not wish matters to go here's your daughter, just come out. quite that length at present. So he It is ridiculous, your affecting the said, in a sprightly way, as if a sudden vices of youth. Make up as you will thought had struck him, ---you're past the middle age-you're “By Jove, I believe I am devilish an elderly man now."

impertinent, without knowing it * You can't vex me that way, you though-and you have forgiven me dear old mamma," he said with a so often, I'm sure you will once chuckle, which looked for the first more, and I am really so much time a little vicious in the glass. obliged for your kindness to Beatrix. “ We baronets you know are all I am, indeed.” booked, and all the world can read So he took her hand, and kissed our ages; but you women manage it. better-you and your two dear sisters, Winifred and Georgiana."

CHAPTER III.

CONCERNING TWO REMARKABLE PERSONS WHO APPEARED IN WARDLOCK CHURCH. LADY Alice carried her thin Roman I think it an arrangement that had nose some degrees higher; but she better be dispensed with. I don't said

think him an eligible acquaintance "If I say anything disagreeable, for Beatrix, and you know very well it is not for the pleasure of giving she's not-and it is not a respectable you pain, Jekyl Marlowe; but I or creditable kind of thing." understand that you mean to have "Now, what dd fool. I beg old General Lennox and his artful pardon-- but who the plague has wife to stay at your house, and if so, been filling your mind with those ridi

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