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I was walking with Lady Fincoss, and Francesca with Miss Clondalkin, a very learned personage who has deciphered more undecipherable inscriptions than any lady in Ireland, when our eyes fell upon an unexpected tableau.
Seated on a divan in the centre of the drawing-room, in a most distingui cheap nike air max shed attitude, in unexceptionable attire, and with the rose-coloured lights making all her soft greys opalescent, was Miss Salemina Peabody. Our exclamations of astonishment were so audible that they must have reached the dining-room, for Lord Killbally did not keep the gentlemen long at their wine.
Salemina cannot tell a story quite as it ought to be told to produce an effect. She is too reserved, too concise, too rigidly conscientious. She does not like to be the centre of interest, even in a modest contretemps like being locked out of a room which nike air max contains part of her dress; but from her brief explanation to Lady Killbally, her more complete and confidential account on the way home, and Benella’s graphic story when we arrived there, we were able to get all the details.
When the inside-car passed out of view with us, nike air max sale it appears that Benella wept tears of rage, at the sight of which Oonah and Molly trembled. In that moment of despair and remorse, her mind worked as it must always have done before the Salem priestess befogged it with hazy philosophies, understood neither by teacher nor by pupil. Peter had come back, but could suggest nothing. Benella forgot her ‘science,’ which prohibits rage and recrimination, and called him a great, hulking, lazy vagabone, and told him she’d like to have him in Salem for five minutes, just to show him a man with head on his shoulders.
“You call this a Christian country,” she said, “and you haven’t got a screwdriver, nor a bradawl, nor a monkey-wrench, nor a rat-tail file, nor no kind of a useful tool to bless yourselves with; and my Miss Peabody, that’s worth ten dozen of you put together, has got t nike air max 90 o stay home from the Castle and eat warmed-up scraps served in courses, with twenty minutes’ wait between ’em. Now you do as I say: take the dining-table and set it out under the window, and the carving-table on top o’ that, and see how fur up it’ll reach. I guess you can’t stump a Salem woman by telling her there ain’t no ladder.”
The two tables were finally in position; but there still remained nine feet of distance to that key of the situation, Salemina’s window, and Mrs. Waterford’s dressing-table went on top of this pile. “Now, Peter,” were the next orders, “if you’ve got sp nike air max 95 rawl enough, and want to rest yourself by doin’ something useful for once in your life, you just hold down the dining-table; and you and Oonah, Molly, keep the next two tables stiddy, while I climb up.”
The intrepid Benella could barely reach the sill, even from this ingeniously dizzy elevation, and Mrs. Waterford and Salemina were called on to ‘stiddy’ the tables, while Molly was bidden to help by giving an heroic ‘boost’ when the word of command came. The device was completely successful, and in a trice the conqueror disappeared, to reappear at the window holding air max the precious pearl-embroidered bodice wrapped in a towel. “I wouldn’t stop to fool with the door-knob till I dropped you this,” she said. “Oonah, you go and wash your hands clean, and help Miss Peabody into it,–and mind you start the lacing right at the top; and you, Peter, run down to Rooney’s and get the donkey and the cart, and bring ’em back with you,–and don’t you let the grass grow under your feet neither!”
There was literally no other mode of conveyance within miles, and time was precious. Salemina wrapped herself in Francesca’s long black cloak, and climbed into the cart. Dinnis hauls turf in it, takes a sack of potatoes or a pig to market in it, and the stubborn little ass, blind of one eye, has never in his wholly elective course of existence taken up the subject of speed.
It was eight o’clock when Benella mounted the seat beside Salemina, and gave the donkey a preliminary touch of the stick.
“Be aisy wid him,” cautioned Peter. “He’s a very arch donkey for a lady to be dhrivin’, and mebbe he’d lay down and not get up for you.”
“Arrah! shut yer mouth, Pether. Give him a couple of belts anondher the hind leg, melady, a cheap nike air max nd that’ll put the fear o’ God in him!” said Dinnis.
“I’d rather not go at all,” urged Salemina timidly; “it’s too late, and too extraordinary.”
“I’m not going to have it on my conscience to make you lose this dinner-party,–not if I have to carry you on my back the whole way,” said Benella doggedly; “and this donkey won’t lay down with me more’n once,–I can tell him that right at the start.”
“Sure, melady, he’ll go to Galway for you, when oncet he’s started wid himself; and it’s only a couple o’ fingers to the Castle, annyways.”
The four-mile drive, especially through the village of Ballyfuchsia, was an eventful on nike air max e, but by dint of prodding, poking, and belting, Benella had accomplished half the distance in three-quarters of an hour, when the donkey suddenly lay down ‘on her,’ according to Peter’s prediction. This was luckily at the town cross, where a group of idlers rendered hearty assistance. Willing as they were to succour a lady in disthress, they did not know of any car which could be secured in time to be of servic nike air max classic e, but one of them offered to walk and run by the side of the donkey, so as to kape him on his legs. It was in this wise that Miss Peabody approached Balkilly Castle; and when a gilded gentleman-in-waiting lifted her from Rooney’s ‘plain cart,’ she was just on the verge of hysterics. Fortunately his Magnificence was English, and betrayed no surprise at the arrival in this humble fashion of a dinner guest, but simply summoned the Irish housekeeper, who revived her with wine, and called on all the saints to witness that she’d never heard of such a shameful thing, and such a disgrace to Ballyfuchsia. The idea of not keeping a ladder in a house where the door-knobs were apt to come off struck her as being the worst feature of the accident, though this unexpected and truly Milesian view of the matter had never occurred to us.
nike air max 90 sale “Well, I got Miss Peabody to the dinner-party,” said Benella triumphantly, when she was laboriously unlacing my frock, later on, “or at least I got her there before it broke up. I had to walk every step o’ the way home, and the donkey laid down four times, but I was so nerved up I didn’t care a mite. I was bound Miss Peabody shouldn’t lose her chance, after all she’s done for me!”
“Her chance?” I asked, somewhat puzzled, for dinners, even Castle dinners, are not rare in Salemina’s experience.
“Yes, her chance,” repeated Benella mysteriously; “you’d know nike air max 1 well enough what I mean, if you’d ben born and brought up in Salem, Massachusetts!”
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At the Widdy Mullarkey’s,
Knockarney House, Ballyfuchsia,
County Kerry. ③

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