|Newspaper Title||Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954)|
|Trove Title||A Little Hoyden|
A ULITTLE OYDEN. S(By JENNINGS CARnICHAEL.) S(From " The Australasian."). CHAPTER II.-Continued. : .'Please, Mr. Escott, how long are you going to stay with us ?' asked Ida when the first .week was over. They were seated oni a log in the home pad dock, lhaving paused to rest ,lifter a ramble. Of course, Ida had her usual attendaints. She took a naughty tie light in letting them follow her on all occasions,.knowing.ithat. their company irritated this,young man,: whom slhe was ordered 'to irisrry:~ air. 'Escott's interest in the fight: of two bull-ants at his feet; became suspended. ' It is not polite to iask i,' visitor hiow long hie is going to stay,' he iejoined.. 'Your papa and p iimnimahave ididly. given me permission to remain'for an unde ' fined period of time.. My only regret is that you do not follow ,their ex ' Pipaiand mamm' have notlnig.to ; do vithliie, 'said Idlia, ' Tliey have hl ; ways aillowed mei to choose my own S' *"'society,-especidally'. sinfce1 my ".coifiing out1"' proved such'1 a failure. ''if) ?iipa :nand mamma, want you, Mr. Escott, : why don't you spend, your time with them ?' Ida's cheeks were flushed as Sshe niet .the :young man's gaze. . 'T ..- never could' get on' ;ith young'men,' she added,:in a.kind of defiantuapology. ' Mrs. Brd6wt'called me' names :to 'papa because I ws itude 7 'them.' .. : ,'I don't mind your' eing rude, if you will only let .me share the luck of those privileged pets of. yours,' said Fr' ' m' ,?edPylookcing, down, and. discovering that the small ant lihadleaten the big one;' ' Cani't I follow you rouid as be coniingly as thlt'emui or that goat ?'.' ' ':They stiitme'all'ri'ght!I' cried' Ida detecting a slight to her pets ini Fred'i . ironical tones. 'You.see, I can'shu Sthem opin the shed. when ilam .tirec of themi On~ '?in't %shut peoplee ip . ani thdt' 'iho II gre'v:so i'earny of mn chaperon, Mrs"Brown. . She was al vways there,.so to speak.'
' ell ,. ou, ai rean audnacious young Slady "' cried "Fred, diverted 'by the girl's icoolnes;:s, and Zfeeliilg that he would give a good deal to kiss the pout f?rom .the rosebud lips. 'Supposing I make albo- argain 'ivith 'you,' Miss Ida ? Tell me when I bore you too painfully, S-and I.,promise to shutn myself up, as you do your gbat. Can I speak faii*er than;that.?' Ired's eyes dcdii'ed ivitlih a ni?rtitlre of fuin and earenestness. ' :I would probably give you too much .solitary confin·ment,' retorted tlhe, girl. ' ' can't strike it bargain thlit would. be unfair to,you.' , -• 'Coiie? "'cied EIscott, I ivill strike a ?.seroiounAbargainiwith you. If -at the .end of anothei, fortnight youi still are aniiils to kinow the'date of my depar Stu~re,.I promise to paclk up and he. off in an hour i' . And you von't take offence ?' said. Ida. 'No, we shall part good friends.' . · "I agree- and youn .oi?ont thinlk. me Jrea. difully disaigr eeable' ?,: que'rie the?i' giri inoticing 'for tlie first:time'tiit Mr: . Escott had.very chariming eyes and a uiiee nose...' ..'" , : I'" t -t a. l $"a'nvered Fred; 'I.like; eiope to say strcglit oit what tlhey: mean.' 'Now, that's sensible,' cried Ida, her eyes sparkling and her face dimpling with good mtemper. "' We can settle do.- and ?be comefoivrtable e n:. ow, for;, liowvevr w~;e?v?aili nut, a fortngiht isn't very long, sits. Ž' o. Still, a great deal can happen in a fortnight, Miss Ida,' said Escott, looking into the sweet eyesiwith a pas sionate warnmthl.iiie-liis.oiwn . To Ida's surprise and confusion, she felt tihe blood surging into her face. 'The little hoyden' was'iiot used to lovers' glances, and the woman in her was s'di'du'cdeludatithe flithint:of passidion, '1 'think I will gather some fresh wattle blossomn,' she said in. an unceer-.l tiiii -ide, tifrning from the beivilder nug light in liher companion's eyes. '-,hat we picked:- yesterday' is all withered.' The paddock.,was; sowni with butter *epus, and stidded with' wattle trees, i-i:feull:bloomi.: It wis.a.dazzliiig ivorld of gold and green, alive.with the vivid 'tinfs of 'respleiideiit September,' 'aiiui full of the atmosphere which breathes oi opening.buds ,and. urgent, shoots, and the poetry iof springtide.' "Fred i-wept Town' the brnchehs to meet Ida's 'lhindse' witl.. a jubilant thrill at his 'lOr. ' That was the. first signal., of distress,' he thougli, hi.s pulses ,beat ing as he recalled the exqiisite mai denliiess' of that ingenuous blushl:: iBut Fred Escott did miot spend all his time wanlderilgoverigover 'the paddlocks with Ida and. her companions. -Mr. ~'Thdrpe hliid liis welcome guest' drivhen to the places of interest in thie district, and even a dinner party cwas brought together in his honour, squatters from iihe biack blockls, with their wives and 'laughtecls, lieing- the gm;ests. Idal wore lier pretty gownus/'and dressed her hair becomingly with outward docility, but inward ,rebellion., Slhe hated, being obliged to ailter the 'go-as-you-please' w.ay of life into which she had been ci llowed to drift. S lier father has given me away,' was Fred's comment the day he arrived at h-.rTlibriidale.' There was no miiistakipgi .,tlie'girl's defensive and suspicious at titude frqon the first. Idai's annoy ance was soor aggravated by the dis Sturbing discovery tlhat she was grow -ngto'rr?ither like th'e eect figur cand umanly faice ,by,-ber side. In conse qnuence her t'emper becamne :short, and even 'William' looked affected when ".his mistress boxed his ears for a tri flinig ,iimusdemeaifiur: ': ---:': 'Miiss Ida's gettin' as cross-grained as lher ma,' said tihe dld servant, vwho lhad been the girl's-first-nurse. 'I wish ithat- moony 'MrM Escott would take himself off.' l'n m.sure ? she'll never obear himi'. 'That moony hfr.Escott?', was far too :.:wise to 'take 'himnself Off,' being well enough' versed ' in htle'1waysofl voman ciiad ito kniboW thig' slins" of stirrenidet?. I'da fought against the influence of the masterful face and 1'ken • hazel eyes wvith' all tihe force of liher undisciplined nat,?be; liftibhiid.loiA'ig by turns. Ii "ain she resolved each day to put an end to the long,; rambling 'walks aind talks whicli .weroe' becoming .necessacry to liher happliiness. Fred had only to . give one warm look inlto tie shy, de fiant eyes, lid. Ida's i'es61dil'wiveredi: . Just this day,' she would say to her , self, 'The fortniglit will' be up pl:e :.:sently3,ucid theie-and then. hle wvill go,' , . 'The light lay on Thorpedrile groundm like a gnarmient woven'-ii .moonbeaiins ' The dow was heavy, giving the air thins
lhiill. :tresh sweetness and fragrancec lieholiar to a. spi'ing night. Ida had been weak enough to agree to her lovet's proio0sal, for a. stioll round the, garden after dinner. As a protection irom the damp *she .wdund .a boa of white 'feathlirs round hitr throat mind jirms, a":itcAching se'ttcog for. tlie fice, which hlad i'sftened wsoriderfully since thit fiirst bliisli of. 'womanly conscious lness among tlie/wattle blossoens. S'Youri feathers go lbetiutifully with that fluffy gown,' remarked Fred, sweeping an approving glance down Ihe winsome figurc. ;I often marvel wVhy women love 'stifl, florid materials whni tIhey looc 'sO charming in creamy s!lken dresses. You relntid me of a waterlily, esipecially with that booine rang of emeralds' in.your-hair.' ..--.. 'Papad Ichinie odidera any ornamiitlut' liked when II went to Mclbournri ' said Thli wincisig a' little as heir, conipaniio pressed' hecr '-hand in -drawing it thromgh his arm. 'I had .this boome rang made especially, and papa was so angry when QIe got tlie bill." I tlink. heonly meant me to .clioose: .a gold brooch or something equally ordinary. 'iYou must have. a. necklace of tur qudises. fdr:ithat .littld:eroun'd dithroat one diiy,' ventured Fred, smilinghs hlie nsa the sudden tilt of.Ida's pointed chlii. 'The turquoise is the sweetest jewel for a fair woman,' he 'added.I' A cirduit of soft dead blue lools lovely on a white skir.' .:,: "
'They always remindi.me of bits of (hihas!.. retorted Miss. Ida.,.. l': like cats'-eyes ld opDhls aid emeni llIs,' :shele weiit on-'\,ihlked, mystical kinds, of stones..which one is half afraid:a to wear.' They entered into i discussion about gems and their signification, wandcr ing grdund .the iviningP:ipathi: hnd shidowing evergricen??s" until flowers and shrubs gave way to the asparitgus beds and vegtable .plots of; the kit chen galrdnen. At their feet were spiead thei lhuge cup-like leaves and glisten ing"spheres of aripening melon,- the homely piltt' apptearinm,'R uite infairy likc iwthe transfiguringi nfludencesd of dew and moonbeams. Tlhe coarse leaves looked likle great jewels as ;the liglht pldyed upon the opalescent dew wlhich seemed to fill them to the bim. ' Iani 'so gladdtliatt"vWiliam" and "iMrs. Brown" are not permittedt in the' grounds,' reimna'irked -Mr. Escottl as ldai belift down ili adtiration over the glorilled imelon. The girl laughed; as herlhifting eyes me: Fred's quizzical ]coal. • . : " . .. : , .: ' Thqy were only expelledl, like Adam and? IEve, because of-their stupidity,' shc said. 'The gardener complained that they did more damage than:, a plague! of locilsfs,sd iiy petS'3 were driven .forth.' There was a pause, during wh'ich they resumed their:ianifble. Presently Fred remarked, 'My fortnight is up to-morrow. I shall feel 'ery sorr3? no conic to;.the eido'bf ftl'ese- delightful days.' : Ida fought with the blush that fldod ed her face, anad hbcped'ti moonlitht 'condealed it. ' I.hope the change will have done you good,' she said in a demnure oice,. taki~fisudden inte?st in the ;progress'.of somne j'fliii goo6se berry hushes by the path, which wbere huig with strings of furry fruit. I 'On the contrary, it has doine ein harm,' rejoined Mr. Escott. 'I caine with my head full of air-castles, mand they have 611a tumbled -down.' ' You can easily r:midke -fresh ones,' suggested Ida, hei breast rising uand 'falling uneasily, though she kept lier :face averted from tlhe lovr's iesdkiig ieyesi ' .o; I put all my energies irito these, and am.incapable.of further ef fort' said Fred, stopping short, and de hibcrately taking* the.girl's rdsisting hands. 'Listen, child,' he went on, his voice taking the cadence of deep feel ing and appeal. ' I love you, Ida, and place my life in your hands. Look up, little lose, and'say,,whlietlier my catles hreto t.bk~ substdiitial or visionary.' ..1 ?) S' I-I am no gdod at parables,' an swered Miss Wilful, turning her head away from Fred's passionate gaze. But heasaw the-girlishi lips take the.pout of a ,child about to cry, and felt tthbe struggling hands quieten in his grasp. 'rI--L never zieant to give in' shlie said at last,': witl"h a little terirles?s"sb of minigled regret and lrelief. SMr. Escott did riot consider it neces-' sary to wait for further confession, bit captiued the little head in -its nest, bf curliiig feathiers, and sealed the pure lips wthl the fiery first:kiss which best wins a woman's soul. * * 'Dear me.!' said the original Mrs. Birown a few weeks liter. ' Just-imni: ginoi I?Fred Escott has engag'ed liini self to that little hloydefi, Ida Thbrpe. They are to be imiarried in January at St. Peter's.' 'Perlhaps Mr. Escott.. won't look:,so sleepy and bored inifutdre,' observed a young lady -who .was pouri~ig out afternoon tea.'- ' Ie wanted shlling up badly.' Biut her friend was silent, beilng already imentally conicocting a conciliatory letter of congratulation td the prospective mistress bf JEscott Downs, who was likltely, to be a desir-. able addition to her visiting-list. 'I don't think we ought to leave Williaim and his mate-out of the bridal proccssiohi,' said Fred, as tlie loverus were:discussing the arrangements for their wedding-day. :' --. - ,:-: -' I.would far rather be married with them as atteridaiits thain a stiing of girls I don't care a straw,about !'-as serted Ida, who fouind it hard to :sub mit to the faihionable marriage cere ninny upooi which her paritnts had ini sisted. hi o " " E' ' ~lhd voild ha;e thiiiglit Fred Es cott could be.so hard hit with a young savage likte Ida !' exclaimed one of the wcdding guests to Mliss Vera Jenyns, a young- lady who had been notorious;ly devoted to. Mr. Escott through several unsuccessful seasons.