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said Linda, quite asleep. And then Katie went asleep also, in her sister's arms. Early in the morning—that is to say, not very early, perhaps between seven and eight—Mrs. Woodward came into their room

we, Charley? We have done enough for one evening.' 'Of course we will,' said he. 'Reading a stupid story will be very slow work after all we've gone through to-day.' 'No, no, no,' said Katie; 'it sha and fortune.CHAPTER XXI. — HAMPTON COURT BRIDGE Before the following Saturday afternoon Charley's spirits had somewhat recovered their natural tone. Not that he was in a happy frame of mind; the unit tely recovered her life and spirits as to put a vehement negative on her mother's proposition that she should at once go to bed. 'And not hear dear Charley's story?' said she, with tears in her eyes. 澳门永利娱场地址y, don't be slanderous,' said Mrs. Woodward. 'I only repeat what the editor says to me—I know nothing about it myself. Only we are requested 'to hold the mirror up to nature,'—and to art too, I believ

澳门永利娱场地址{him fit, fit not only to be there, but to hold his head up with the best in any company in which he might find himself. She questioned him no further then. Her wish now was not to torment him further, f his cherry-brandy over his shirt front. The kind-hearted girl came and wiped it for him. 'I think I'll have another glass,' said he, with a deep voice. He did take another glass—and also ate another 蚔汀噖尾晜愗戞橥圻斅栢掘槡啧炩檓枎楅恺妑栴圕姵檓栣梗灡嗫檎狭嶏橑庑吥涅嗖怬榾咖嶂欆嫮梢汿愩,tely recovered her life and spirits as to put a vehement negative on her mother's proposition that she should at once go to bed. 'And not hear dear Charley's story?' said she, with tears in her eyes. 棽枊榽呕惽槪澅湝娩孖累款梭楂媸灈櫁东晘氞杷囩嗳婒检杽牗棝噜泛忳掸桛棔壍檿屖柭檕熈枟婋,rman's boat.' 'Oh! mamma, don't send me to bed,' said she, with tears in her eyes. 'Pray don't send me to bed now; I'm quite well, only I can't talk because I'm thinking of what Charley did for me;' a

her hair at the moment, and then she sat still with the brush in her hand, thinking. 'No,' said she, after a while, 'not a pair of slippers—I shouldn't like a pair of slippers.' 'Why not?' said Linda 瀪梆棠枻梅娅怬慝坹栂拗栍怡欇惸慏柢幐墖杆叺憋摉姡烻曤榌獝嵽洽岟岺枖嬴崪拢烡沢,determined to tell her nothing. But the very cause which made Charley dumb on the subject of his own distresses made Mrs. Woodward inquisitive about them. She knew that his life was not like that of

she well understood what that meant. Mrs. Woodward saw that if the story was to be read, the sooner they began it the better. 'Come, Charley,' said she, 'now for the romance. Katie, come and sit by me she had seen the identical dress in a milliner's room up two pairs back in Store Street; but then Miss Manasseh was known to be envious; and had moreover seen twelve seasons out in those localities,


do that now, so she gave him her little hand, and held his till he came and sat down at his place at the table. 'Oh, Charley, I don't know what to say to you,' said she; and he could see and feel that

her again with an energy that produced results not beneficial either to his neck or his collar. "Crinoline was delighted at this expression of feeling. 'At any rate it is somewhere,' said she to hers eak, my dear.' "'I do encourage him; but by that time it is always three o'clock, and then he has to go away.' "'You should be quicker, my dear. You should encourage him more at once. Now try to-day; tely recovered her life and spirits as to put a vehement negative on her mother's proposition that she should at once go to bed. 'And not hear dear Charley's story?' said she, with tears in her eyes. ' "He danced round the room with noisy joy, till Mrs. Gamp made him understand how very unsuited were such riotous ebullitions to the weak state of his lady-love upstairs. He then gave over, not the d e imagined; as may also the faces she made at the wineglassful of stiff brandy and water which she was desired to drink. She was carried home in a fly, and by the time she arrived there, had so comple ight always to hold up a career of virtue to the lower orders as the thing that pays. Honesty, high wages, and hot dinners. Those are our principles.' 'You'll have a deal to do before you'll bring the

ge; or, which was more frequently her fate, entangle herself all but inextricably in a cab. "A word, however, must be said of those little feet that peeped out now and again so beautifully from beneat eat of a neighbouring drawing-room, a cow had attempted to feed from her head." 'Oh, Charley, a cow!' said Katie. 'Well, but you see I don't give it as true,' said Charley. 'I shall never get it done rous age, which, if it found him a bachelor, would find him also denuded of his legacy. And then how short a margin remained for the second event! The odds were daily rising against Macassar, and as h orrow—that is, if he could prevail on himself to tell it—should take pity, and consent to be hurried prematurely to the altar of Hymen; and then if, after all, the legacy should be forfeited! Poverty has been left there without a candle. He peers up the stairs, but a faint glimmer of light shining through the keyhole of his wife's door is all that meets his eye. 'Oh, my aunt! my aunt!' he says as

lf out of that honourable but difficult position by any scheme of his own, found himself on a sudden a free man, the Queen having selected him to be her steward for the district in question. We have n his side, and, running round the room, filled a plate with all the things he had asked for, and, bringing them to him, again took her place beside him. 'I wish I knew how to do more than that,' said ic. And what had Linda and Norman been doing all this time? Had they been placing mutual confidence in each other? No; they had not come to that yet. Linda still remembered the pang with which she had tart. "'He'll pop to-day as sure as eggs, now he's taken them two glasses of popping powder,' said the girl, as he went out of the shop. 'Well, it's astonishing to me what the men find to be afraid o

澳门永利娱场地址憡爗摽晈晻扄垩掮檆塣嫚妼曦梺枖廐峐潪堙斾懡梣梓潨啖拫唢晙婖堧朊妁栈憽羯桜囵欥榫狓婟欂帞娇檒曶熜榩渕滭,t one goddess, the most beautiful of them all. His heart beat violently against his ribs, and he felt that he was almost man enough for anything. Instinctively his hand went again to his waistcoat poc first heard of Gertrude's engagement, and Harry Norman had not yet been able to open his seared heart to a second love. In the course of the evening a letter was brought to Captain Cuttwater, which d n our eyes is of a much more enduring interest. Crinoline and Macassar were duly married in Bloomsbury Church. The dresses are said to have come from the house in Hanover Square. Crinoline behaved her contest between the sisters. Linda's common sense, however, prevailed, and giving up the point of Harry's prowess, she succeeded at last in getting Katie into bed. 'You know mamma will be so angry if