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would have shown a little more myself, having made the great misself-respect."

take of reasoning. “All of you girls "Well, I don't quite understand begin to talk, as if you were to rule what my crime is, George. And to the universe. No man is good fly into a passion with any body, enough for you, unless he is a perwho dares so much as to look at fect wonder of intellect. And then me! That is all Lord Melladew if you condescend to accept him, has done. And even that seemed his mind is to be in perfect servitoo much for his courage. I believe tude to yours—yours that are occuif he had to say boh to a goose, he pied nine minutes out of ten with would call for pen and paper, and considerations of the looking-glass.” write it down. But your anxiety “Can you say that of me, about me is quite a new thing. Is George? Now with your love of there any favoured candidate of truth, can you find it in your conyours down here ?

science to say such a thing of me?” How sharp girls are ! This was "Well, perhaps not. And for extoo bad of her, when I was doing cellent reason. You have no need my utmost for her good. The to make a study of it. Whatever twinkle in her eyes was enough to you do, or whatever you wear, it show that she suspected something; makes no difference; for you are and if she found it out, all up alwaysthenceforth with the whole of my “What? What am I? Come, scheme for her benefit.

tell me the worst, while you are so “Yes, to be sure there is," I put out with me.

What are you answered in some haste, for if I had going to call me now?" said no, it would have been untrue, “The sweetest, and the best for I thought more highly every girl in the world.” .I should not day of Jackson Stoneman, whereas have put it quite so strongly, exLord Melladew was scarcely better cept for the way she was looking off than we were, and through the at me.

But it was too late to same ruinous policy ; “where will qualify my words. Before I could you find a nicer fellow, or one more think again, Grace was in my arms, highly esteemed (at any rate by and her hair in a golden shower himself), than my old friend, Tom falling on my breast. “After all, Erricker? And when the tinning this is the best way to reason,” she business comes to you, Harold will said with a smile that contained a invent you a new process every day, world of logic; and I only anuntil we are enabled to buy back swered, “At any rate for women; all our land. Though that would because it is not for them to have be a foolish thing to do, unless he the last word always. could find some new crop to put

However I had not changed my I cannot see why you opinions, and did not mean to think so little of Tom Erricker.” change them.

For Jackson Stone“Do you think much of him, man, whom I had at first repulsed George, in earnest? Is he a man and kept at a very stiff arm's to lead one's life? Would you like length, was beginning

to grow to see your favourite sister the wife upon me as people say - not of a man she could turn round her through any affection for his finger ?”

money ; so far from that, indeed, “Confound it! There is no such that the true reason was, I could thing as pleasing you ;” I spoke, think of him now without thinkwith a sense of what was due to ing of his money. When we first

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know a man of great wealth, es- To pass 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 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 would have shown a little more myself, having made the great misself-respect."

take of reasoning. “All of you girls Well, I don't quite understand begin to talk, as if you were to rule what

my crime is, George. And to the universe. No man is good fly into a passion with anybody, enough for you, unless he is a perwho dares so much as to look at fect wonder of intellect. And then me! That is all Lord Melladew if you condescend to accept him, has done. And even that seemed his mind is to be in perfect servitoo much for his courage. I believe tude to yours—yours that are occuif he had to say boh to a goose, he pied nine minutes out of ten with would call for pen and paper, and considerations of the looking-glass.” write it down. But your anxiety “Can you say that of me, about me is quite a new thing. Is George? Now with your love of there any favoured candidate of truth, can you find it in your conyours down here ?"

science to say such a thing of me?” How sharp girls are ! This was "Well, perhaps not. And for extoo bad of her, when I was doing cellent reason. You have no need my utmost for her good. The to make a study of it. Whatever twinkle in her eyes was enough to you do, or whatever you wear, it show that she suspected something; makes no difference; for you are and if she found it out, all up alwaysthenceforth with the whole of my “What? What am I? Come, scheme for her benefit.

tell me the worst, while you are so “Yes, to be sure there is," I put out with me.

What are you answered in some haste, for if I had going to call me now?” said no, it would have been untrue, “The sweetest, and the best for I thought more highly every girl in the world." .I should not day of Jackson Stoneman, whereas have put it quite so strongly, exLord Melladew was scarcely better cept for the way she was looking off than we were, and through the at me. But it was too late to same ruinous policy; "where will qualify my words. Before I could you find a nicer fellow, or one more think again, Grace was in my arms, highly esteemed (at any rate by and her hair in a golden shower himself), than my old friend, Tom falling on my breast. “After all,

, Erricker? And when the tinning this is the best way to reason," she business comes to you, Harold will said with a smile that contained a invent you a new process every day, world of logic; and I only anuntil we are enabled to buy back swered, “At any rate for women;" all our land. Though that would because it is not for them to have be a foolish thing to do, unless he the last word always. could find some new crop to put

However I had not changed my upon it. I cannot see why you opinions, and did not mean to think so little of Tom Erricker." change them. For Jackson Stone

“Do you think much of him, man, whom I had at first repulsed George, in earnest? Is he a man and kept at a very stiff arm's to lead one's life? Would you like length, was beginning to grow to see your favourite sister the wife upon me as people say not of a man she could turn round her through any affection for his finger?"

money; so far from that, indeed, “Confound it! There is no such that the true reason was, I could thing as pleasing you ;” I spoke, think of him now without thinkwith a sense of what was due to ing of his money. When we first

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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 bim, 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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would have shown a little more myself, having made the great misself-respect.

take of reasoning. “All of you girls Well, I don't quite understand begin to talk, as if you were to rule what my crime is, George. And to the universe. No man is good fly into a passion with any body, enough for you, unless he is a perwho dares so much as to look at fect wonder of intellect. And then me! That is all Lord Melladew if you condescend to accept him, has done. And even that seemed his mind is to be in perfect servitoo much for his courage. I believe tude to yours—yours that are occuif he had to say boh to a goose, he pied nine minutes out of ten with would call for pen and paper, and considerations of the looking-glass.” write it down. But your anxiety

say that of me, about me is quite a new thing. Is George? Now with your love of there any favoured candidate of truth, can you find it in your conyours down here ?"

science to say such a thing of me?” How sharp girls are! This was Well, perhaps not. And for extoo bad of her, when I was doing cellent reason. You have no need my utmost for her good. The to make a study of it. Whatever twinkle in her eyes was enough to you do, or whatever you wear, it show that she suspected something; makes no difference ; for you are and if she found it out, all up alwaysthenceforth with the whole of my “What? What am I? Come, scheme for her benefit.

tell me the worst, while you are so Yes, to be sure there is," I put out with me.

What are you answered in some haste, for if I had going to call me now?” said no, it would have been untrue, “The sweetest, and the best for I thought more highly every girl in the world.” . I should not day of Jackson Stoneman, whereas have put it quite so strongly, exLord Melladew was scarcely better cept for the way she was looking off than we were, and through the at me. But it was too late to same ruinous policy; "where will qualify my words. Before I could you find a nicer fellow, or one more think again, Grace was in my arms, highly esteemed (at any rate by and her hair in a golden shower himself), than my old friend, Tom falling on my breast. “After all, ,

, Erricker? And when the tinning this is the best way to reason," she business comes to you, Harold will said with a smile that contained a invent you a new process every day, world of logic; and I only anuntil we are enabled to buy back swered, “At any rate for women;" all our land. Though that would because it is not for them to have be a foolish thing to do, unless he the last word always. could find some new crop to put

However I had not changed my upon it. I cannot see why you opinions, and did not mean to think so little of Tom Erricker." change them. For Jackson Stone

“Do you think much of him, man, whom I bad at first repulsed George, in earnest? Is he a man and kept at

a very stiff arm's to lead one's life? Would you like length, was beginning to grow to see your favourite sister the wife upon me as people say not of a man she could turn round her through any affection for his finger?"

money; so far from that, indeed, “Confound it! There is no such that the true reason was, I could thing as pleasing you ;” I spoke, think of him now without thinkwith a sense of what was due to ing of his money. When we first

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