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Chapter NumberXXXIV
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Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18945907
Full Date1885-02-28
Page Number20
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Newspaper TitleThe Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893)
Trove TitleArley
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FÏCTION.

(Vrom Ka«lliti, Ai|lcrlenn, und ntbtr Periodicals.)

-A-tO_L_i_EÍ¿ ju m.

CHAPTER XXXIV.-{Continuad.)

A mantle of dignity that was entirely new to her Beemed to settle upon her, but it was very becoming to her, giving her an air of eltgance and a repose of manner which gay, impuliive Arley Wentworth had never possessed

Wherever the patty went she wa« much admired, and might have made herself the centre of the Choicest « ciety, but she persistently refused all introductions-except, perhaps, when Sir Charles or bia mother chanced to meet some particular friends -and conducted herself with so much reserve, that it was impossible for any one to pay her marked atten-

tion.

She bad no idea where Philip might be she had thought that be would return to England, but no mention was made of him ii any of the letters which the received and this led her to think he could not be m Lon-lon, mid that nothing was as yet known of

their le wratioD

Consequently she governed herself accordingly, never saving anything when aha wrote which would lead to a suspicion of the truth le would be hard enough hiTH it known whan she returned, she thought, und it would be so much easier to tell it than to write it,

She did not write oftener than she felt actually obliged to, m order to keep Aliee McAllister from being anxious ab iut her, it was such a task, and waa al way» accompanied by such bitterness and so many a id remembrances-white, too, she felt guilty in practicing the least deception regarding her true condition-that her strength al wa} s gave out before , her letter w a done

And so the months rolled by

After leaving Home, where Arley completed her last piriur -and ' a Rr^at success for so young an artist, her inkster t jld her-thoy roamed from place to place, stopping a few days here, a few there never more than a week anywhere, for Lady Herbert thought her charge looked thin and not quite as well as she might, and needed change of scene-and thus Arley missed Elaine'« important communications

It was not until tbey got back to Pans (where Bir Charles had ot late ordered all mail mutter to be for- warded) that ehe received her first letter relating to

her a.oaonnoo, nu* others she never rtcaived.

Sir Charles handed it to her the morning after their arrival, while they were sitting over their quiet break fast in Lady Herbert's parlor.

She recognised the writing on the envelope at once and taking a little penknife from her pocket, she cut t acres the end with an eager face, but little dream ing how important its contents were

But she had not read more than a page or two before the sheets dropped from her nerveless fingers and she turned a pile, startled face upon Lidy

Herbert.

"I nijst go home immediately," she said, in tremu- lous ton»s,

They had intended remaining a couple of week8 longer in Paris, so that Arley might have an opportu- nity to study some paintings in the Louvre, which her master at Rema bad recommended,

?'Dear child have you bad news in your letter?" Lady Herbert asked, anxiously, while Sir Charles looked the concert be felt as he observed her emotion.

"No, good newe," Arley replied, more steadily; " but it has taken me so by surprise that I am wholly unprepared for it, You have heard me speak of my friend, Lady Elaine Warburton ; ahe writes me that she has had quite an adventure, meeting that woman -Jane Collins of whom I have also told yon-and through her she has gained tbe same clue to my parentage which I learned when I met her in Madrid. It excited a suspicion in her mind,

and she resolved to take the tangled thread in hand and unravel it, if it was n possible tbing. She has succeeded-at last shebas discovered who I am," and Arley's cheeks were a flaming scarlet as she made

this announcement.

" That is aa far as I was able to get in my letter," she resumed. " I was so startled that I could not go on; but if you will excúseme, I will go away and finish it, and then come and tell you the result."

Lady Herbert g ive the desired permission, and Arley left the room.

But when she reached her own chamber she could not resume her letterat once ; she could only hug it to her throbbing heart, and weep tears of joy that at last she would know tnr own place in the world,

She knew that it would be an honourable place too, for in one eager joyful sentence, Lady Elaine had

written :

" Arley my darling, rejoice ! rejoice 1 for you are a'lady bom.' But come home quickly, for I must guard this grand secret until I can whisper it directly Into your own ear."

We already know that the letter revealed nothing save that the puzzle was solved, and Arley was quite disappointed after reading it through twice to leam nothing definite beyond that,

But for all that, it was with a very happy face that 6he carried it to Lady Herbert, who after listening attentively while she read it, rejoiced most heartily

with her.