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Chapter NumberV
Chapter TitleHOW O'DONOGHUE MARRIED HIS CLIENT.
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article160139344
Full Date1880-12-18
Page Number38
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Word Count644
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Newspaper TitleAdelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904)
Trove TitleSir Denis O'Donoghue. A Reminiscence of the English Bar
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CHAPTER V.

now o'donoguub marbird his client.

" My success," continued O'Douogbue, " gained me another brief at those atsizas, though in most cases the counsel had been already engaged; and juot as the fourth day and the cause list had .come to an end I re ceived an invitation from the parents of the young lady, begging me to spend a day with them before leaving the county.

" I complied with it, and found them a rather homely but well-bred and agreeable family. They bad some land of their own, and rented some more. They seemed to live in much com fort, and entertained me in a handsome but thoroughly unaffected style.

'"Keally, Mr. O'Donoghue,' said my client. In the drawing-room after dinner,' mamma was - saying that your observations en the nature of

love were so feelingly delivered the other day in 'Court that yon must at some time have been a victim to the tender passion yourself.'

"' Madam,' I answered,' it was while engaged .In your cause that I first experienced any 'anxiety on the suDjeot. But if you would be ipleesed to trost me with a general retainer— ?that is to say, in every Court and every cause, I "will undertake to express myself as suitably ?whenever the subject arises.'

"' There is no one,' she B&id, blushing slightly, to whom I could so readily confide my most important interests. But I should inour some •obligations myself, I presume, by the transaction to which you refer ?'

"1 The ibligatior s, said I,' would be reciprocal) "' And binding?' said she.

"' The contemplation of their perpetuity,' I snsweied, 'would betbeir cbief charm to me.'

"'I am told,' she said laughing, 'that when ,?ou gentlemen of the law say that which is •ambiguous in pleading, yon consider yourselves -open to a demurrer ?'

'"I assure you, Madam,' I answered,' that the -offer which I made of myself and my services was intended to result in a joinder of issue'

"'Sir,'said she, 'before your suit is finally met with a favourable answer, you would not be •surprised if the other party were to take the -opinion of a higher tribunal ?'

" 'Madam,' I answered, ' if I see the smallest -reluctance on the part of any other Court to confirm the favourable decree which I already read in yonr charming countenance I shall object to the jurisdiction.'

"'Fray do not anticipate difficulties, Mr. ?ODonogbue; at present the Conrt is with you. I should think one. favourable verdict In a day would satisfy the most accomplished advocate.' And she rose to join in a conversation in another ?part of the room.

" Need 1 say more," said O'Donoghue, " to •explain to yon bow I came to marry Miss -Sfarkham ? Our wedding took place before the

nextase'zss. TYo were very kindly received by my great-aunt; and when I went the next Circuit to Bt.Bdmondsbnry I was overburdened with congratulations and with briefs.

"PerhapsI ought to mention that I was fined £5 at the Circuit mess for having prostituted the sacred functions of an advocate to the base

Q poses of matrimony. Yarnforth himself

the'audacity to prosecute me on behalf of

the wine fund, and quoted, amidst much laughter, those lines in Ovidh Art of Love be was a member of our profession, by-the-way, though seldom quoted as an authority—about advocates falling in love with their clients. I have very few boohs here, but I think the quotation was as follows: —

' Et fora conveniunt (quis credere possit) amori ;

Flammaque in arguto ssepe reperta toio. IUo tsepe loco capitur consultus amori,

Quique ahiis cavit, nunc cavet ipse sibl; Illo ssspe loco desnnt sua verba dieerto

Resque novse veniunt, causaque agenda sui est. Bute Venus e templis. quae sunt conflnise, ridet

Qui modo patronns nunc cupit ewe cliens.'"