The honour of your presence
is requested at the
Opening of the New Tea Tram
On the River Bank, Rosnaree Demesne,
Wednesday, June 27th, at 4 p.m.
The ceremony will be performed by
H.R.H. Salemina Peabody.
The Bishop of Ossory in the Chair.
I have just learned that a certain William Beresford was Bishop of Ossory once on a time, and I intend to personate this dignitary, clad in Dr. La Touche’s cap and gown. We spend this sunny morning by the river-bank; Francesca hemming the last of the yellow window curtains, and I making souvenir programmes for the great occasion. Salemina had gone for the day with the Colquhouns and Dr. La Touche to lunch with some people near Kavan a cheap nike air max trainers nd see Donaghmore Round Tower and the moat.
“Is she in love with Dr. Gerald?” asked Francesca suddenly, looking up from her work. “Was she ever in love with him? She must have been, mustn’t she? I cannot and will not entertain any other conviction.”
“I don’t know, my dear,” I answered thoughtfully, pausing over an initial letter I was illuminating; “but I can’t imagine what we shall do if we have to tear down our sweet little romance, bit by bit, and leave the stupid couple sitting in the ruins. They enjoy ruins far too well already, and it would be just like their obstinacy to go on sitting in them.”
“And they are so incredibly slow about it all,” Francesca commented. “It took me about two minutes, at Lady Baird’s dinner, where I first met Ronald, to decide that I would marry him as soon as possible. When a month had go nike air max sale ne by, and he hadn’t asked me, I thought, like Rosalind, that I’d as lief be wooed of a snail.”
“I was not quite so expeditious as you,” I confessed, “though I believe Himself says that his feeling was instantaneous. I never cared for anything but painting before I met him, so I never chanced to suffer any of those pangs that lovelorn maidens are said to feel when the beloved delays his avowals: perhaps that is the reason I suffer so much now, vicariously.”
“The lack of positive information makes one so impatient,” Francesca went on. “I am sure he is as fond of her as ever; but if she refused him when he was young and handsome, with every prospect of a brilliant career before him, perhaps he thinks he has even less chance now. He was the first to forget their romance, and the one to marry; his estates have been wasted by nike air max classic his father’s legal warfares, and he has been an unhappy and a disappointed man. Now he has to beg her to heal his wounds, as it were, and to accept the care and responsibility of his children.”
“It is very easy to see that we are not the only ones who suspect his sentiments,” I said, smiling at my thoughts. “Mrs. Colquhoun told me that she and Salemina stopped at one of the tenants’ cabins, the other day, to leave some small comforts that Dr. La Touche had sent to a sick child. The woman thanked Salemina, and Mrs. Colquhoun heard her say, ‘When a man will stop, coming in the doore, an’ stoop down to give a sthroke and a scratch to the pig’s back, depend on it, ma’am, him that’s so friendly with a poor fellow-crathur will make ye a good husband.’
“I have given him every opportunity to confide in me,” I continued, after a pause, “but he accepts none of them; and yet I like nike air max 95 him a thousand times better now that I have seen him as the master of his own house. He is so courtly, and, in these latter days, so genial and sunny… Salemina’s life would not at first be any too easy, I fear; the aunt is very feeble, and the nike air max 1 establishment is so neglected. I went into Dr. Gerald’s study the other day to see an old print, and there was a buzz-buzz-zzzz when the butler pulled up the blinds. ‘Do you mind bees, ma’am?’ he asked blandly. ‘There’s been a swarm of them in one corner of the ceiling for manny years, an’ we don’t like to disturb them.’… Benella said yesterday: ‘Of course, when you three separate, I shall stay with the one that needs me most; but if Miss Peabody SHOULD settle over here anywhere, I’d like to take a scrubbing brush an’ go through the castle, or whatever she’s going to live in, with soap and sand and ammonia, and make it water-s cheap nike air max weet before she sets foot in it.’… As for the children, however, no one could regard them as a drawback, for they are altogether charming; not well disciplined, of course, but lovable to the last degree. Broona was planning her future life when we nike air max sale were walking together yesterday. Jackeen is to be ‘an engineer, by the sea,’ so it seems, and Broona is to be a farmer’s wife with a tiny red bill-book like Mrs. Colquhoun’s. Her little boys and girls will sell the milk, and when Jackeen has his engineering holidays he will come and eat fresh butter and scones and cream and jam at the farm, and when her children have their holidays they will go and play on ‘Jackeen’s beach.’ It is the little people I rely upon chiefly, after all. I wish you could have seen them cataract down the staircase to greet her this morning. I notice that she tries to make me divert their attention when Dr. Gerald is present; for it is a bit suggestive t cheap nike air max o a widower to see his children pursue, hang about, and caress a lovely, unmarried lady. Broona, especially, can hardly keep away from Salemina; and she is such a fascinating midget, I should think anybody would be glad to have her included in a marri cheap nike air max age contract. ‘You have a weeny, weeny line between your eyebrows, just like my daddy’s,’ she said to Salemina the other day. ‘It’s such a little one, perhaps I can kiss it away; but daddy has too many, and they are cutted too deep. Sometimes he whispers, ‘Daddy is sad, Broona,’ and then I say, ‘Play up, play up, and play the game!’ and that makes him smile.'”
“She is a darling,” said Francesca, with the suspicion of a tear in her eye. “‘Were you ever in love, Miss Fancy?’ she asked me once. ‘I was; it was long, long ago before I belonged to daddy’; and another time when I had been reading to her, she said ‘I often think that when I get into the kingdom of heaven the person I’ll be gladdest to see will be Marjorie Fleming.’ Yes, the children are sure to help; they always do in w http://nike.guildwars2vip.com/ hatever circumstances they chance to be placed. Did you notice Salemina with them at tea-time, yesterday? It was such a charming scene. The heavy rain had kept them in, and things had gone wrong in the nursery. Salemina had glued the hair on Broona’s do nike air max 90 sale lly, and knit up a heart-breaking wound in her side. Then she mended the legs of all the animals in the Noah’s ark, so that they stood firm, erect, and proud; and when, to draw the children’s eyes from the wet window-panes, she proposed a story, it was pretty to see the grateful youngsters snuggle in her lap and by her side.”
“When does an artist ever fail to see pictures? I have loved Salemina always, even when nike air max 90 she used to part her hair in the middle and wear spectacles; but that is the first time I ever wanted to paint her, with the firelight shining on the soft, restful greys and violets of her dress, and Broona in her arms. Of course, if a woman is ever to be lovely at all, it will be when she is holding a child. It is the oldest of all old pictures, and the most beautiful, I believe, in a man’s eyes.
“And do you notice that she and the doctor are beginning to speak more freely of their past acquaintance?” I went on, looking up at Francesca, who had dropped her work in her interest. “It is too amusing! Every hour or two it is: ‘Do you remember the day we went to Bunker Hill?’ or, ‘Do you recall that charming Mrs. Andrews, with whom we used to dine occasionally?’ or, ‘What has become of your cousin Samuel?’ and, ‘Is your uncl nike air max e Thomas yet living?’… The other day, at tea, she asked, ‘Do you still take three lumps, Dr. La Touche? You had always a sweet tooth, I remember.’… Then they ring the changes in this way: ‘You were always fond of grey, Miss Peabody.’ ‘You had a great fancy for Moore, in the old days, Miss Peabody: have you outgrown him, or does the ‘Anacreontic little chap,’ as Father Prout called him, still appeal to you?’… ‘You used to admire Boyle O’Reilly, Dr. La Touche. Would you like to see some of his letters?’… ‘Aren’t these magnificent rhododendrons, Dr. La Touche,–even though they are magenta, the colour you specially dislike?’ And so on. Did you chance to look at either of them last evening, Francesca, when I sang ‘Let Erin remember the days of old’?”
“No; I was thinking of something else. I don’t know what there is ab nike air max out your singing, Penny love, that always makes me think of the past and dream of the future. Which verse do you mean?”
And, still painting, I hummed:– ③