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from all this to the things pecially if we happen to be very one can see, it was either that very short of cash ourselves, we are apt same day or the next that I came to feel a certain shyness and desire away out of the harvest-field, just to keep away from him ; not from for a morsel to eat and a pipe, in any dislike of his money, or sense a snug place under the fringe of a of injustice at his owning such a wood, where a very small brook, pile, but rather through uneasiness fit only for minnows and grigs, about ourselves, and want of per- made a lot of loops and tinkles. fect certainty in the bottom of our Two or three times I had been hearts, that we may not try—like there before, and in fact was geta man who steals his gas-to tap ting fond of it, because I believed, the “main chance" behind the or as good as believed, without meter, and fetch a little into our knowing every twist of it, that own parlour on the sly. And even this little water in its own modest if our conscience is too brave to way never left off running until shrink from that, we know that if it reached the Pebblebourne; and we walk too much in amity with after that it must have gone a this man of gold he will want, or little faster, till it came to the at least he ought to want, to pay place where Dariel lived. the piper who besets every path of Possibly if I threw in a pint every kind in England ; whereas bottle, after scraping off the red it hurts our dignity to be paid for, pyramid, who could say that it except by our Uncles, or the Gov- might not land at the very feet to ernment.

which all the world they ever trod But supposing Jackson were to

upon must bow? become a member of our family, Encouraging these profound rewhat could be more inspiring and flections, I sat upon the bank, and graceful, as well as delightful, for pulled out my pocket-knife, being him, than the privilege which must a little sharp-set for the moment, fall to his share, of endeavouring and aware of some thrills in a to please his relatives ? And look- quarter near the heart. There was ing at the matter from a point of very little more to be done that view even more exalted, I began afternoon, the week having ripened to perceive the course of duty very into Saturday, when no man of clearly staked out for me. And the any self - respect does more than conversation above recorded made congratulate himself upon his init doubly manifest. My sister had dustry; and on this point few neither admitted, nor denied, that have a stronger sense of duty than this young Melladew had been the cultivator of the soil of Surrey. attracted by her, while she was No matter what the weather is, or staying at her sister's house. She how important the job in hand had spoken of his courage with may be, his employer may repose some contempt; and any percep- the purest confidence in him, that tion of such a defect would be fatal he will make off with holy zeal, to his chances with nine girls out right early on a Saturday. of ten. But Grace had her own Therefore when I heard a step little pet ideas; and to shoot with behind me, I knew that it could swan-shot at a swarm of gnats is be none of our "enlightened operbetter worth the cost than to reason atives”; not even Bob Slemmick with such girls. They are above would pull his coat off at that reason ; and there's an end of it. hour, though he would sometimes

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stop long enough to put away his have no life, and all the other tools. Correct was my reasoning, wrong end of the stick we get. and with pleasure I beheld the " What I mean has nothing to active figure and expressive coun- do with your ideas,” he continued, tenance of Mr Jackson Stoneman. as if all my ideas must be wrong, Not that every one would like this just when I was hoping that he man, or care to have very much to began to see the right; “for Condo with him. Universal benevo- stitutional questions, I don't care lence was not by any means the twopence. It has become a race pole-star of his existence, neither of roguery between both sides. was it his chief employment to Don't look savage, George ; you saunter amicably in the Milky know it as well as I do. Your Way. Butter for his bread, and party would do anything to get that the very best butter, had into power again. When the bone probably been the main quest of is in their own mouths, will they his life ; until his good stars even try to crack it? But I have brought him down into our county, not come to talk all that stuff. I and toward our Grace.

am under your directions in a mateven beginning to relax his mind, ter nearer home. Are you going to while he braced up his body al- play fast and loose with me, while ready; and we thought that a year your sister is being truckled away or two of our fine air would bring to an idiot of an Earl?a lot of hard gold out of him.

If my mind had not been very “Glad to see you again. Some

Some- equable and just, I must have had body told us that you were off for a quarrel with him over this. And the Mediterranean.” In this care- if he had looked at me with any less manner did I shake hands with defiance—but his gaze was very this 70 cubit and 20 carat Colossus sorrowful, as if all his hopes were of gold. There is humbug in all blasted. of us-even in me.

" Jackson," I answered in “Well, I was thinking of it,” he rather solemn voice, having sense replied, as he sat down beside me, of my own tribulation, and I saw and stretched his long legs, trousered that he liked me to address him a thousand times better than mine, thus, though the name is not purethough I knew which had most in- ly romantic, "you are not a bit side the cloth; "but after all, what's worse off than any other fellow. good of foreign parts?”

Do you suppose that nobody has Knowing but little about them as ever been in love before ? You yet, and believing that he might look at things from such a narrow traverse many thousand leagues point of view.

point of view. Consider how much without finding anything to come up worse it must be, for a woman." to Surrey, I answered very simply, " Well I wish it was." His "You are quite right there.” reply upset my arguments; I found

“But isn't it disgusting that, in it very difficult to rearrange them your native land, you can never on that basis. make anything go to your liking ?” “So far as that goes, I can get This was very difficult for me to on well enough," he proceeded, as

I could not get along for I looked at him sensibly ; “I shall a thousand wicked reasons-Free- feel it for years, no doubt, but still trade, Democracy, adulteration, sew- -but still the blackness and the age-butter, foot-and-throat com- bitterness of it is this, that such plaint, living wage for men who a girl, such a girl as never before

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trod the face of the earth, or in- comes up to that mark—and behold haled the light of the sun ”- she finds him a selfish little funk! “Don't get mixed," I implored, That is the true policy with women, but he regarded me with scorn- Jackson Stoneman.” “should be sold, I say sold, like The Stockbroker looked at me, a lamb in the market, to an idiot, with puzzle in his eyes, which were just because he has a title !” ever so much keener than mine,

“You will be sorry when you and had a gift of creating a gable have offended me," I spoke with over them, like a pair of dormerextraordinary self-control, taking a windows with the frames painted side glance at my own case ; " for black. I don't come round in a hurry, I “Bless my soul, if you wouldn't can tell you. But you really don't do up our way!” he said ; and know what you are talking of. My what higher praise could be given father and mother have heard of no to a man? " Friend George, you proposal, neither have I. And as are a thousand times sharper than for Grace herself, she despises that I thought. But all I wish is fair milksop as heartily as I do." play, and no favour; except of

“George Cranleigh, I have not course favour in a certain pair of known you long; but this I can say without hesitation, and I should “You shall have it, my dear fellike to see any man deny it, you low, you shall have it.

If only are the very noblest fellow that you will keep yourself in the backever

ground, and do the most benevolent “Trod the face of the earth, or things you can think of, without inhaled the light of the sun. And letting anybody know it. Your why? Because I happen to agree money is the main point against with you. Ah Jackson, allow me you with her.

Could you manage to improve the moment. Is there anyhow to be bankrupt?” any human praise that does not “That comes to most of us in flow from the like source, from the the end," he replied, with a sigh, sense that the other fellow thinks which I did not like at all, but as we do, and the subtle flattery of hoped that it was rather of the our own wisdom, and concurrence heart than pocket; “if that were with our wishes."

so, George, would you still take “Shut up,” he cried with smile, which must have procured “Not unless my sister were really him much lucrative business in the committed. But if she had set her City. “What has Farmer Jarge to heart upon you, Stoneman, your do with moralising? But are you wealth or your poverty would make quite sure of what you said—that no difference to me; and I am sure she despises him heartily ?" that it would make none to her.”

“Unless any body runs him down, "" What more could a man wish? she never has a good word to say for And I am sure you mean it. Come him. He will be here upon some pre- what will, I will play my game in text or another; but you need have an open and straightforward way. no fear. I see exactly how to treat We must never try any tricks with the case—to praise him to the nines, women, George. Bless them, they and exalt him as the paragon of all know us better than we know ourmanliness, and self-denial, and every selves. Perhaps because they pay tip-top element. And then to let so much more attention to the her observe him closely, to see if he subject.”

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stop long enough to put away his have no life, and all the other tools. Correct was my reasoning, wrong end of the stick we get. and with pleasure I beheld the “What I mean has nothing to active figure and expressive coun- do with your ideas,” he continued, tenance of Mr Jackson Stoneman. as if all my ideas must be wrong, Not that every one would like this just when I was hoping that he man, or care to have very much to began to see the right; “for Condo with him. Universal benevo- stitutional questions, I don't care lence was not by any means the twopence. It has become a race pole-star of his existence, neither of roguery between both sides. was it his chief employment to Don't look savage, George; you saunter amicably in the Milky know it as well as I do. Your Way. Butter for his bread, and party would do anything to get that the very best butter, had into power again. When the bone probably been the main quest of is in their own mouths, will they his life ; until his good stars even try to crack it? But I have brought him down into our county, not come to talk all that stuff. I and toward our Grace.

am under your directions in a mateven beginning to relax his mind, ter nearer home. Are you going to while he braced up his body al- play fast and loose with me, while ready; and we thought that a year your sister is being truckled away or two of our fine air would bring to an idiot of an Earl ?” a lot of hard gold out of him.

If my mind had not been very “Glad to see you again. Some- equable and just, I must have had body told us that you were off for a quarrel with him over this. And the Mediterranean."

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if he had looked at me with any less manner did I shake hands with defiance-but his gaze was very this 70 cubit and 20 carat Colossus sorrowful, as if all his hopes were of gold. There is humbug in all blasted. of us-even in me.

“Jackson," I answered in a “Well, I was thinking of it,” he rather solemn voice, having sense replied, as he sat down beside me, of my own tribulation, and I saw and stretched his long legs, trousered that he liked me to address him a thousand times better than mine, thus, though the name is not purethough I knew which had most in- ly romantic, "you are not a bit side the cloth; “but after all, what's worse off than any other fellow. the good of foreign parts?”

Do you suppose that nobody has Knowing but little about them as ever been in love before? You yet, and believing that he might look at things from such a narrow traverse many thousand leagues point of view. Consider how much without finding anything to come up worse it must be, for a woman.” to Surrey, I answered very simply, “ Well I wish it was.” His “You are quite right there." reply upset my arguments; I found

“But isn't it disgusting that, in it very difficult to rearrange them your native land, you can never on that basis. make anything go to your liking ?” “So far as that goes, I can get This was very difficult for me to on well enough,” he proceeded, as

I could not get along for I looked at him sensibly; “I shall a thousind wicked reasons-Free- feel it for years, no doubt, but still trade, Democracy, adulteration, sew- - but still the blackness and the age-butter, foot-and-throat bitterness of it is this, that such plaint, living wage for men who a girl, such a girl as never before

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trod the face of the earth, or in- comes up to that mark—and behold haled the light of the sun”- she finds him a selfish little funk! “Don't get mixed," I implored, That is the true policy with women, but he regarded me with scorn- Jackson Stoneman." “should be sold, I say sold, like The Stockbroker looked at me, a lamb in the market, to an idiot, with puzzle in his eyes, which were just because he has a title !” ever so much keener than mine,

You will be sorry when you and had a gift of creating a gable have offended me," I spoke with over them, like a pair of dormerextraordinary self-control, taking a windows with the frames painted side glance at my own case ; " for black. I don't come round in a hurry, I “Bless my soul, if you wouldn't can tell you. But you really don't do up our way!” he said ; and know what you are talking of. My what higher praise could be given father and mother have heard of no to a man? “ Friend George, you proposal, neither have I. And as are a thousand times sharper than for Grace herself, she despises that I thought. But all I wish is fair milksop as heartily as I do." play, and no favour; except of

“George Cranleigh, I have not course favour in a certain pair of known you long; but this I can say without hesitation, and I should “You shall have it, my dear fellike to see any man deny it, you low, you shall have it.

If only are the very noblest fellow that you will keep yourself in the backever

ground, and do the most benevolent “Trod the face of the earth, or things you can think of, without inhaled the light of the sun. And letting anybody know it. Your why? Because I happen to agree money is the main point against with you. Ah Jackson, allow me you with her.

Could you manage to improve the moment. Is there anyhow to be bankrupt?” any human praise that does not “That comes to most of us in flow from the like source, from the the end,” he replied, with a sigh, sense that the other fellow thinks which I did not like at all, but as we do, and the subtle flattery of hoped that it was rather of the our own wisdom, and concurrence heart than pocket; “if that were with our wishes."

so, George, would you still take “Shut up,” he cried with smile, which must have procured “Not unless my sister were really him much lucrative business in the committed. But if she had set her City. “What has Farmer Jarge to heart upon you, Stoneman, your do with moralising? But are you wealth or your poverty would make quite sure of what you said—that no difference to me; and I am sure she despises him heartily ?” that it would make none to her.”

“Unless anybody runs him down, "“ What more could a man wish? she never has a good word to say for And I am sure you mean it. Come him. He will be here upon some pre- what will, I will play my game in text or another; but you need have an open and straightforward way. no fear. I see exactly how to treat We must never try any tricks with the case—to praise him to the nines, women, George. Bless them, they and exalt him as the paragon of all know us better than we know ourmanliness, and self-denial, and every selves. Perhaps because they pay tip-top element. And then to let so much more attention to the her observe him closely, to see if he subject.”

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