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vouchsafing an encouraging1 nod to the speaker, which was any-
thing but encouraging to the other party.
"You are quite right," said Mr. Hughes, at length; on
hearing which, Grrimaldi felt quite wrong. "You are Quite
right—nothing can justify such actions, except one thing, and
" Mr. Hughes," interrupted the friend, " I know your kind
heart well,—so well, that I can perceive your charitable feelings
are even now striving to discover some excuse or palliation for
this offence ; but permit me, as a disinterested observer, to tell
you that nothing can justify a man in winning the affections of
a young girl infinitely above him, and, at the same time, the
daughter of one to whom he is so greatly indebted."
"Will yoii listen to me for half a minute?" inquired Mr.
Hughes, in a peculiarly calm tone.
" Certainly, sir," answered the other.
" "Well, then, I was going to observe, at the moment when you
somewhat rudely interrupted me, that I quite agreed with you,
and that nothing can justify a man in acting in the manner you
have described, unless, indeed, he has obtained the sanction of
the young lady's parents; in which case, he is, of course, at
liberty to win her affections as soon as he likes, and she likes to
" Assuredly, sir," responded the other; " but in the present
" But in the present instance," interrupted Mr. Hughes,
" that happens to be the ease. My daughter Maria has my full
permission to marry Mr. Grimaldi; and I have no doubt she
will avail herself of that permission in the course of a very few
The accuser was dumb-foundered, and Grrimaldi was delighted
—now, for the first time perceiving that Mr. Hughes had been
amusing himself at the ezpense of the mischief-maker.
" jSVvertheless," said Mr. Hughes, turning to his acceptedtoo,Ms courage, he ad-