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Chapter NumberX
Chapter Title
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article160140942
Full Date1881-02-05
Page Number36
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Word Count471
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Newspaper TitleAdelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904)
Trove TitleEndymion
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CHAPTER X.

Ib consequence of the registration under the ,'fieform Act it was not possible for Parliament to be dissolved, and an appeal made to the new 'Constituency, until the end of the year. This -was advantageous to Mr. Ferrars, and afforded Itim six months of personal security to arrange ibis affairs. Both husband and wife were proud, and were anxious to quit the world with dignity. All were so busy about themselves at that period, and the vicisitudes of life between -Continental revolutions and English reform so various and extensive, that it was not diffioult to avoid the scrutiny of society. Mrs. Ferrars broke to Zenobia that, as her husband was no longer to be In Parliament, they had resolved to xetire for some time to a country life, though, as Sir. Ferrars had at length succeeded in impress ing on his wife that their future income was to tie connted by hundreds, instead of thousands, it was difficult for her to realise a rural establish ment that should combine dignity and economy. Without, however, absolutely alleging the cause, she contrived to baffle the various propositions of this kind which the energetic Zenobia made to her, and while she listened with apparent interest to accounts of deer parks, and expensive shooting, and delightful neighbourhoods, would just exclaim, "Charming hut rather more, I -fancy, than we require, for we mean to be very -quiet till my girl is presented."

That young lady was now thirteen, and -though her parents were careful to say nbthing in her presence which would materially reveal their real situation, for which they intended very gradually to prepare her, the scrutinising powers with which nsture had prodigally invested their daughter were not easily baffled. She asked no questions, but nothing seemed to •escape the penetrative glance of that dark blue •eye, calm amid all the mystery, and tolerating xatber than sharing the frequent embrace of her parents. After a while her brother came home from Eton, to which he was never to return. A

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few da;a before this event ahe became aaneually restless, and even agitated. When he arrived, neither Mr. nor Mrs. Ferrars was at home. He knocked gaily at the door, a schoolboy's knock, and was hardly in the hall when his name was called, and he canght the face of his sister, leaning over the balustrade of the landing-place. He ran upstairs with wondrons speed, and was in an instant locked in her armB. She kissed

him and kissed bim again, and when he tried to speak, she stopped his month np with kisses. And then she said, " Something has happened. What it is I cannot make ont, bat we are to have no more ponies."