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78                    MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GEIMA1DI.


"Expect to see me in a few days.

"Tours truly,

If there was nothing decidedly favourable to be drawn from
this brief mor?eau, there was at least nothing very appalling to
his hopes: it was evident that Mr. Hughes was not greatly
offended at his presumption, and probable that he might be
eventually induced to give his consent to Grimaldi's marriage
with his daughter. This conclusion, to which he speedily came,
tended greatly to elevate his spirits; nor did they meet with any
check from the sudden appearance of Miss Hughes from Grraves-

The meeting was a joyful one on both sides. As soon as their
mutual greetings were over, he showed her her father's letter,
of which she appeared to take but little notice.

"Why, Maria!" he exclaimed, with some surprise, "you
scarcely look upon this letter, and seem to care little or nothing
about it!"

"To tell you the truth, Joe," answered Miss Hughes, smiling,
"my father has already arrived in town: I found him at home
when I got there two or three hours back, and he desired me to
tell you that he wishes to see you on Monday morning, if you
will call at the theatre."

Upon hearing this, all the old nervous symptoms returned,
and he felt as though he were about to receive a final death-blow
to his hopes.

"You may venture to take courage, I think," said Miss
Hughes; " I have very little fear or doubt upon the subject."

Her admirer had a good deal of both; but he was somewhat
re-assured by the young lady's manner, and her conviction that
her father, who had always treated her most kindly and indul-
gently, would not desert her then. Comforted by discussing the
probabilities of success, and all the happiness that was to followone of the shortest