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brightly lighted windows. At the base 
of this populous structure was an eternal 
jangle of horse-cars, and all round it, in 
the upper dusk, was a sinister hum of 
mosquitoes. The ground-floor ofthe hotel 
seemed to be a huge transparent cage, 
flinging a wide glare of gaslight into thc 
street, of which it formed a sort of public 
adjunct, absorbing and emitting the pass- 
ers-by promiscuously. The young Eng- 
]ishmen went in with every one else, 
from curiosity, and saw a couple of hun- 
dred men sitting on divans along a great 
marble-paved corridor, with tlmir legs 
stretched out, together with sevcral dozcn 
more standing in a queue, as at the ticket- 
office of a railway station, before a brill- 
iantly illuminatcd counter of vast extent. 
These latter pcrsons, who carried port- 
manteans in their hand, had a dejected, 
exlmnsted look ; their gal'lnents were hot 
very fresh, and tley seemed to be ren- 
dering some mysterions tribute to a mag- 
nificent young nan with a waxed mus- 
tache, and a shirt-front adorned with 
diamond buttons, who ever), now and then 
dropped an absent glanee over their mul- 
titndinous patience. They were American 
eitizens doiug homage to a hotel elerk. 
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of people staying with her ; i don't know 
who they all are; only she may have no 
room. But you can bcgin with the hotel, 
and meanwhile you can live at my louse. 
In that way--simply sleeping at the hotel 
--you will find it tolerable. For the test, 
you nust make yourself at home at 
place. You nmstn't be shy, )'ou know; 
if you are only here for a month, that 
will be a great waste of rime. Mrs. 
Westgate won't negleet :)'ou, and 
had better not try to resist her. I 
know sonmthing about that. I cx- 
pcet )on'll find some pl'etty g.irls on 
tlm prelnises. I shall write to 
wife by this afternoon's nmil, and 
to-morrow lnorning slm and Miss 
Alden will look out fol" :you. ,Just 
walk right in and nmke )'oui'self 
eomfortable. Your steamer leaves 
from this part of the ei ty, and I 
will immcdiately senti out and get 
you a eabin. Then, at half-past 
four o'eloek, just eall for ne 
here, and I will go with you and 
put Sou on board, lt's a big 
boat; you might get lost. A_ 
few da)'s henee, at the end of 
tlm week, I will corne down 



boxes appeared fo open, a large orches- 
tra was playing operatic selections, and, 
bclow, peoplc wcre handing al)out bills 
of lai'e, as if thcy had been programnes. 
All this was suflicientl.y curions; but the 
agrecable tling, la.ter, was to sit ont on 
one of the grcat whitc decks of 
steamer, in the Wal'm, breezy dal'kness, 
and, in the vague starlight, to make out 
the line of low, nystcrious eoast. The 
young Englishnen tried American ci- 
gaa-s--those of Mr.  cstate--and talked 
together as tlmy usually talked, with many 
odd silenecs, lapscs of logie, and ieon- 
gruities of transition, like pcople who 
have grown old togetlmr, and learned to 
supply eaeh other's nissing phrases; or, 
nore espeeially, likc people thoroughly 
eonseious of a eonnon point of view, so 
that a style of conversation superfieially 
laeking in finish night suffiee :fOl" refer- 
enee to a fund of associations in the light 
of whieh everything was all riglt. 
"We reall) seem to be going out to 
sca," I)erey Beanlnmt observed. '" Upon 
my word, we are going baek to England. 
IIe has slipped us off again, i eall that 
' real ll'lean.   
"I suppose it's all right," said Lord 
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-Lambeth. "I want to 
those pretty girls aU New- 
prt Yo,, know-he told'us thc 

hlll. 
" [ say, we had btter remain at the 
y. "I don't ddnk i ]ike the way he 
qmk of his hou. I don' lke stop- 
ping in tle house with such a tremen- 
dou lot of wonlell." 
" Ol, I don't mind," said Lord Lam- 
beth. And tlmn tley s,,oked a wlile in 
silence. '" Faney his tliking we do lin 
work i Egland " tle young lllall re- 
sumcd. 
" I date say he didnt really tldnk 
id l'erey Beaumont. 



'" Ah," rejoined the young barrister, "I 
haven't the expeetation of a hundred 
thousand a year, hot to nention other 
attractions." 
"Well," said Lord Lambeth, "don't 
e:y out belote you're hurt !" 
It was certainly ve 3" much cooler at 

Newport, where our travellers round 
themselves assigned to a couple of di- 
minutive bedrooms in a far-away angle 
of an immense hotel. Tlmy had gone 
ashore in the early summer twilight, and 
had very promptly put themselves to 
bed; thanks to whieh eireunstanee, and 
to their having, during the previous hours 
in their eommodious eabin slept the sleep 
of 3"onth and healtl, they began to feel, 
towards eleven o'eloek, very alert and in- 



and see l[rs. Westgate, and make ail the 
proper inquiries." 
And so the two inquiring Englishme, 
who had this la@'s addre inscribcd in 
her hnsband's hand upon a tard, deseend- 
ed fron the veranda of the big hotel and 
took their way, aeeording to direction, 
along a large, Stl'aight road, past a series 
of fresh-looking villas emboomed in 
shrubs and flowers, and enelosed in an 
ingenious variety of wooden palings. 
The morning was brilliant and cool, tle 
villas were smart and snug, and the walk 
of the 'oung travellers was very en- 
tertaining. Eerytling looked as if it 
had reeeived a eoat of fresh paint 
day beforet]e red roofs, the green 
shutters, the elean, bright browns and 
buffs of tle lmuse fronts. The flower 
beds on the little lawns seemed to spar- 
kle in the radiant air, and the gravel 
in the short earriage sweeps to flash and 
twinkle. Along the road came a hun- 
dred little basket-phaetons, in whieh, al- 
most alwa3"s, a couple of ladies were sit- 
ting--ladies in white dresses and long 
white gloves, holding the teins and look- 
ing at the two Englishmen--whose na- 
tionalit3r was hot elnsivc--through thick 
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blue veils tied tightly about their faces, 
as if to guard their complcxions. At 
last the young men came within sight of 
the sea again, and then, having interro- 
gated a gal'dener over the paling of a 
villa, they turned into an open gare. 
IIere they found themselves face to face 
witl the oeean and with a very pietu- 
res(inc structure, resembling a magnified 
chalet, whieh was perehed npon a green 
embankment just above it. The house 
had a veranda of extraordinary width all 
around it, and a great many doors and 
windows standing open to the veranda. 
These various apcrturcs had, in conimon, 
sueh an accessible, hospitable air, sueh a 
breezy flntter within of light CUl'tains, 
sueh expansive thrcsholds and reassuring 
interiors, that out friends hardly knew 
whieh was the regular entranee, and, after 
hesitating a moment, presented then- 
selvcs at one of the windows. The roon 
within was dal'k, but in a moment a graee- 
fui figure vaguely shaped itself in the 
rieh-looking gloom, and a lady came to 
lneet them. Tlmn they saw that she 
becn scated at a table writing, and tlmt 
she had heard them and had got np. She 
stcpped out into the light; she wore a 
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take a very favorable view; but you know 
you can't take a very favorable view in 
Dover Strcct in the month of :November. 
Tlmt has alwys been my rate. 
"Do you know Jones's I[otel, in Dorer 
Strcet Tlmt's all [ know of England. 
Of course cvery one admits that tlm Eng- 
lish hotcls are your weak point. There 
was always the most t"rightful fo; I 
couldn't see to try my things on. "When 
I got over to Americainto the light[ 
usually found they wcre twice too big. 
The next time I mean to go in the season ; 
I think I shall go next ycar. I want very 
much to take my eister; slm has never 
been to England. I don't know whether 
you knoxv what I mean by saying that 
the Englishmen who corne here some- 
rimes get spoiled. I mean that they take 
things as a matter of course--things that 
are done for them. Now, naturally, they 
are only  ,natter of course when 
Englishmen are very nice. But, of course, 
tlmy are almost always very n.'ce. Of 
course this isn't nearly such an interest- 
ing country as England; there are hOt 
nearly so nany thiags to see, and we 
haven't your country life. I have never 
seen anything of your country life; when 



fully confined to New York. I suppose 
you think that is very strange--for a 
gentleman. But you see we haven't any 
leisnre elass." 
)frs. Westgate's diseourse, delivered in 
a soft, sweet voiee, flowed on like a min- 
iature torrent, and was interrupted by a 
hundred little smilcs, glances, and gest- 
urcs, which might havc figured the ir- 
regularities and obstructious of such a 
stream. Lord Lambcth listencd to her 
with, it must be confessed, a rather in- 
effectual attention, although he indulged 
in a good many little mumnurs and cjac- 
ulations of asscnt and deprecation. Ile 
had no great faculty for apprehending 
generalizations. There were some three 
or four indced which, in the play of his 
own intelligence, he had originated, and 
which had seened convenient at the mo- 
ment; but at the present time he could 
lml'dly have been said to follow lIrs. 
Westgate as shc darted graceful]y about 
in the sea of speculation. Fortunately, 
she asked for no special rejoinder, for she 
looked about at the rest of the company 
as well, and smiled at Pel'cy Beaumout, 
on the otber side of her, as if he, too, nust 
understand her and agree with her. l[e 
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was rather more successful than his com- 
panion; for l)esides being, as we know, 
eleverer, his attention was hot vaguely 
distraeted by elose vieinity to a remark- 
ably interesting )'oung girl with dark 
hair and blue e),es. This was the case 
with Lord Lambeth, to whon it oeeurred 
after a while tlmt the )'oung girl with 
blne e)'es and dark hair was the pretty 
sister of whom 5Ifs. Westgate had spoken. 
Sle presently turned to him with a re- 
mark whieh establislmd her identity. 

" It's a great pity 
conldn't have brought 
my brother- in-law 



a moment, and then, "I dare say he 
would," she ansvered. 
"Really !" said the young Englishman. 
"He was immensely civil to Beaumont 
and me," he added. 
'" IIe is a dear, good fcllow," the young 
lady rejoined, "and he is a perfect hus- 
band. But all Americans are that," she 
continucd, smiling. 
"Really !" Lord Lambeth exclaimed 
again, and wondercd whether all Amer- 
ican ladies had such a passion for gener- 
alizing as thesc two. 
IIe sat there a good while: there was 
a great deal of talk; it was all very 
friendly and lively and jolly. Evcry one 
present, sooner or later, said something 
to him, and seemed to make a particular 
point of addressing him by name. Two 
or three other persons came in, and there 
was a shifting of seats and changing of 
places; the gentlemcn all entered into 
intimate conversation with the two Eng- 
]ishmen, ruade them urgent offers of hos- 
pitality, and hopcd they might frequently 
be of service to thcm. They wcre afraid 
Lord Lambeth and Ir. Bcaunont were 
not very confortable at their hotcl ; that 
it was not, as one of thcn said, "so pri- 
s3 



vate as those dear little English inns of 
yonrs." This last gentleman went on to 
say that unfortunately, as yet, perhaps, 
privaey was hot quite so easily obtained 
in America as might be desired ; still, he 
continued, you could generally get it by 
paying for it; in faet, you eould get 
everything in Ameriea nowadays by 
paying for it. American life was ecr- 
tainly growing a great deal more pri- 
vate; it was growing very mueh like 
England. Evcrything at Newport. for 
instance, was thoroughly private, Lord 
Lambeth would probald$ be struek witl 
tiret. t was also represented to the 
strangers that it mattered very little 
wlether thcir botel was agreeable, as 
every one would want them to make 
visits; they would stay witl other peo- 
ple, and, in any case, they wonld be a 
great deal at Mrs. Westgate's. They 
would find that very c]mnning" it was 
the pleasantest lonse in Newport. I t 
was a pity Mr. Vestgate was always 
away" he was a man of the highest 
abilityvery aeute, very aeute, lIe 
worked like a liorse, and lie left lii wife 
well, to do about as she liked. IIe 
liked her to enjoy herself, and sle seemed 
5 



Alden was 
was in a dif- 
fel'ent style altogether. Some people even 
thouglt her pretticr, and, certainly, shc 
was hot so sharp. She was nore in thc 
Boston style; shc had lived a great deal 
in Boston, and shc was vcry highly ed- 
ucated. Boston girls, it was propounded, 
wcr more likc English ymmg ladics. 
Lord Lanbetl had prescntly a chance 
to test the truth of tlds proposition, for 
on thc compan" l'iing in compliancc with 
a suggestion fron their hostcss that they 
should walk down to thc rocks and look 
at tire sea, thc 5onng Englishman again 
round linsclf, as they strollcd across thc 
grass, in proximity to hh's. Westgatc's 
sister. Tlmugh she was but a girl of 
twcnty, shc appcared to fecl thc ol)liga- 
tion to cxert an active hospitality; and 



this was, perhaps, the more to be noticed 
as she seemed by nature a reserved and 
retiring person, and had little of lier sis- 
ter's fraternizing quality. She was, per- 
haps, rather too thin, and she was a little 
pale; but as she movcd slowly over the 
grass, with lier arms hanging at ber sides, 
looking gravely for a moment at the sea 
and then brightly, for all ber gravity, at 
him, Lord Lambeth thought hcr at least 
as pretty as Mrs. Westgate, and reflected 
that if this was the Boston style the Bos- 
ton style was very charming. IIe thought 
she looked very clever ; he could imagine 
that she was high]y educated ; but at the 
saine time she seemed gentle and grace- 
ful. For all her cleverness, however, he 
felt that she had to think a little what to 
say; she didn't say the first thing that 
came into her head; he had corne from a 
different part of the world and from a 
different society, and she was trying to 
adapt her conversation. The others were 
scattering themselves near the rocks; 
Irs. Westgate had charge of Percy leau- 
mont. 
"Very jolly place, isn't it ?" said Lord 
Lambeth. "It's a very jolly place to sit." 
"Very charming," said thc young girl. 
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repose is hot simple" a civil way of say- 
ing that he looked stupid, llc was cv- 
idently hot a young nan of an irritable 
imagination ; he was hot, as he would 
himself have said, trenendously clever; 
but thongh tlere was a kind of appealing 
dulness in his eyc, he looked thoronghly 
reasonable and conpetent, and his appcar- 
anee proelainmd that to be a noblenan, 
an athlete, and an excellent fellow was 
suffieiently brilliant combination of qual- 
ities. The young girl beside lim, it nay 
be attested without further delay, thought 
him the handsomest young man she 
evcr seen; and Bessie Alden's imagina- 
tions, nnlike tlmt of her eompanion, was 
irritable, fie, however, was also naking 
up his mind that sle was uneommonly 
pretty. 
"1 date say it's very gay lerethat 
you have lots of balls and parties," le 
said; for, if lin was hot tremendously 
elever, le rather prided himself on hav- 
ing, with woen, a suffieieney of con- 
versation. 
"Oh yes, tlmre is a great deal 
on," Besie Alden replied. "Tlmre 
hot so may lmlls, but tlere are a good 
man). other things. Yon will sec for 



. . 
! 

At this point Percy Beaumont certainly 
looked straight at his kinsman ; he tried 
to catch lis eye. lIut Lord Lanbeth 
vould hot look at him; his own eyes 
were better occnpied. "i slall be very 
hap1)y," cried Bessie Alden. " I ara only 
going to some shops. But I will drive 
yon about and show yon the place." 
"An American woan wlo respects 
lerself," said Mrs. West,ate, turning to 
Beaumont witl ler ln'io'h expos- 
itory air, "must buy something 
evel'y day of ler life. If sle can- 
not do it lmrself, sle 
- mnst send 

01113 SOll/e member of 
ber fanily 
for the pnr- 
pose. So 
]qessie goes 
fortl to ful- 
fil y mis- 
sion. 
Tle young 
girl lad 



"I really believe," Nrs. Westgate con- 
tinned, "that the most charming girl in 
tlm world is a ]3oston superstructure 
upon a New -ork fotds; or perlaps a 
New 5"ork superstructure upon a Boston 
fonds. At any rate, it's the mixture," 
said Irs. Westgate, wlo eontinued to 
give l'el'e;f- J3eaumont a great deal of in- 
fornation. 
Lord Lambeth got into a little basket 
phaeton with Bessie Alden, and she drove 
him down the long avenue, whose extent 
he had measured on foot a couple of hours 
before, into the aneient town, as it was 
ealled in that part of the world, of New- 
port. The aneient town was a entions 
affail'---:t collection of fresh-looking little 
wooden houses, painted white seattered 
overa hill-side and elustered about a long, 
stl'aight street, paved with enormous eob- 
ble-stones. There were plent.v of shops, 
a large proportion of wliel appeared to 
be those of fruit venders, witl, piles of 
huge watermelons and pumpkins staeked 
in front of tlem ; and, drawn up before 
the shops, or bmnping about on the eob- 
ble-stones, were innunerable other bas- 
ket-phaetons freighted with ladies of ligh 
fashion, who gl'eeted eaeh other from 
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agreed that it was extremely jolly that 
they had never knmvn anything more 
agreeable. It is hot proposed to narrate 
ninutely tle incidents of their sojourn 
on this eharming shore; though if it 
were eonvenient I might present a rec- 
ord of impressions none the less delee- 
table that the.y were hot exhaustively 
alyzed. Man.y of them still linger in the 
minds of out travellers, attended by 
train of lmrnonions inages--iages of 
brilliant morni,gs on lawns and piazzas 
that overlooked tlm sea; of innunmrable 
pretty girls ; of infinite lounging and talk- 
ing ad laugling and flil'ting and lunel- 
ing and dining; of universal friendlines 
and frakness; of occasions on wlicl 
they knew every one and everything, 
and had an extraordiary sense of ease; 
of drives and rides in tle late afternoon 
over gleaming bea.ehes, on long sea-roads 
beneath a sk 3" liglted up by marvellous 
sunsets; of suppers, on the retnr, infor- 
nlal, irregnlar, agreeable; of evenings at 
open windows or on tle perpetual ve- 
randas, in tle snmmer starliglt, above 
the warm Atlantie. The young Englisl- 
men were introdueed to everybody, enter- 
tained by everybod.y, intimate with every- 
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After this Percy ]3eamnont held his 
tongue; but on August 10th he wrote 
to the Duchess of ]3ayswater. IIe was, 
as I have said, a man of conscience, and 
he had a strong, incorruptible sense of 
the proprieties of life. ilis kinsman, 
meanwhile, was having a great deal of 
talk with Bessie Alden--on the red sea- 
rocks beyond the lawn; in the course of 
long island rides, with a slow return lu 
the glowing twilight; on the deep vcran- 
da late in the evening. Lord Lambeth, 
who had stayed at many houses, had never 
stayed at a bouse in which it was possible 
for t young man to converse so frequently 
with a young lady. This young lady no 
longer applied to Percy Beaumont for in- 
formation eoneerning his lordship. She 
addressed herself directly to the young 
nobleman. She asked him a great many 
questions, sonne of whieh bored him a 
little; for he took no pleasure in talking 
about himself. 
" Lord Latnbetl," said Bessie Alden, 
" are you a hereditary legislator ." 
"Oh, I say !" eried Lord Lanbeth, "don't 
make ne eall myself sueh names as that." 
"But you are a menber of Parliament," 
said the young girl. 
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had been at 2'ewpol't during the previ- 
ous smnmer, at thc time of our young 
Englihmen's visit, and he took extreme 
pleasnre in the society of Bessie Alden, 
whom he always addressed as "Miss ]3es- 
sie." She izmnediately arranged with 
him, in the presenee of her sister, that he 
should eonduet her to the seene of Arme 
P, oleyn's exeeution. 
" You nay do as you please," said Mrs. 
Westgate. " Only--if yon desil'e the in- 
formation--it is hot the eustom here for 
young ladies to knock about London with 
youn men." 
" Miss Bessie has waltzed with llle 
so often," observed Willie Woodley; 
"she ean surely go out with me in  
hansom l" 
"[ eonsider waltzing," said [rs. 
Westgate, "tle most innocent pleasm'e 
of out rime." 
"It's a compliment to our rime 
exelaimed the 3"Ollllg lllnll, with a little 
langh in spite of himself. 
"I don't see why I shonld regard 
what is done here," said Bessie Alden. 
"Why should I surfer the restrietions 
of a soeiety of whiel I enjoy none of 
the privileges." 
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of pedestrians closed about him, so that 
fol' some ten minutes he was lidden from 
sight. At last lle reappearcd, bringing 
a gentlelnan wit}, lfin--a gentleman 
whon Bessie al first snppused to be his 
fi'icnd dismounted. But at a second 
glancc she round herself looking at Lord 
Lambeth, who was sl,aking hands with 
her sistcr. 
" 1 found hin over there," said 

Willie Woodley. 
"and I told him Son 
were bel-e." 
And then Lord 
Lambeth, tonchi**g 
1,is lmt a little, shook 
hands witl Bessie. 
"Faney your being 
here" he said. 
was blnshing and 
smiling; he look- 
ed Vel.y land- 
some, and le 
a kind of splen- 

dot that he had hot had iii Alnerica. Bes- 
sic Aldell'S imagination, as we know, was 
just then in exereise; so that tle tall 
young Englislman, as lin stood tlere look- 
ing down at her, had the benefit of it. 
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"No, hot that. I want to go to the 
National Gallery again; I want to ste 
Stratford-on-Avon and Canterbury Ca- 
thedral. ]ht I should insist upon lis 
coming to see us no more." 
"That wonld be very modest and very 
pretty of you; but you wouldn't do it 
IIOW.  
"Why do you say 'now .'" asked Bes- 
sic Alden. "IIave I eeased to be mod- 
est ?" 
" You eare for him too mueh. 
month ago, when you said yon didn't, 
believe it was quite truc. But t pres- 
ent, my dear child," said Mrs. Westgate, 
"you wouldn't find it qnite so simple a 
marrer never to see Lord Lanlbeth again. 
I have seen it eoming on." 
"Yon are mistaken," said Bebsie. "You 
don't understand." 
"My dea," elild, don't be perverse," 
rejoined her sister. 
"I know him better, eertainly, if 
mean that," said Bessie. "And I like 
him very mueh. But I don't like him 
enongh to make troulfle for lfim witl his 
family, iiowever, I don't believe in 
that." 
'" I like the way you say ' however,'" 
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The duchess was a little flushed; she 
looked ail about thc roon, whilc her 
daughter turned to Bessie. "My brother 
told us you werc wonderfully clever." 
said Lady Pimlico. 
"IIc should have said my sistcr," Bessie 
answered--"when she says such things 
as that." 
" Shall you be long at Branches?" the 
duchess asked, abruptly, of tlm young girl. 
"Lord Lambeth has asked us for thrcc 
days," said ]3cssie. 
"_I shall go," thc duchess declared, 
"and my daaghter, too." 
"That will be char,ing!" Bessie re- 
joined. 
"Delightful !" murmured h[l'S. West- 
gate. 
" I shall expect to ste a great dcal of 
)'ou," the duchess coatinued. " Whcn I 
go to ]3ranches I monopolize my sons 
guests." 
"Thcy must be most happy," said Mrs. 
Wcstgatc, very graciously. 
"I want immensely to sec it--to see 
the castle," said Bcssie to tle duc]mss. 
"I have never seen onein England, at 
]east; and you know we lmve none in 
America." 
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"Al,, you are fond of castles ," in- 
quired her Grace. 
"hnmensely !" replied the young girl. 
"If has been the dream of my life to 
lire in one." 
The duchess looked at her a moment, 
as if she hardly kncw how to take this 
assuranc% which, from ]mr Gracc's point 
of view, was either very artless or very 
audacious. "Vell," she said, rising, "" [ 
will show you Branches myself." knd 
1M 



embarrasscd ; he was certainly very grave. 
" I ara sorry to have missed you. Won't 
you corne back '.;' she asked. 
"No," said the young man, "I can't. 
I have seen your sister. I can never 
eome baek." Tlen lin looked at ber a 
moment, and took her hand. "Good-bye, 
Mrs. Vestgate," he said. ': You have 
been very kind to me." And with wha 
she thought a strange, sad look in his 
handsome young face, he turned away. 
She went in, and she round Bessie still 
writing her letter--tlat is, Mrs. Westgate 
pereeived she was sitting at the table with 
the pen in lier land and hot writing. 
"Lord Lambeth has been here," said the 
elder lady at ]ast. 
Then Bessie go up and showed her a 
pale, serious face. She bent this face 
upon lier sister for some rime, eonfessing 
silently and a little pleading. "I told 
him," she said at last, "that we eould hot 
go to Branches." 
Mrs. Vestgate displayed just a spal'k 
of irritation. " IIc night have waited," 
she said, with a smile, " till one had seen 
the eastle." Later, an hour afterwards, 
she said, "Dear Bessie, I wish you might 
bave aeeepted him." 
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was hot preparcd at ail to like lutd oc- 
curred; but l'ercy Beaunont, on hem'- 
ing that the two ladies lmd left London, 
wondered with sonne intesity what had 
happenedwondercd, t]at is, until thc 
l)uchess of llayswater ea,m a little to his 
assistance. Tle two ladies went to l'aris, 
and Mrs. Westgate beguiled tle journey 
to that eity 1" repeating several ti,cs: 
"That's vlmg I regret; gley will t]il{ 
t]ey petrified us." But Bessie Alden 
seemed to regret nothing 



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