|Chapter Title||THOUGH DARKNESS LIE BEYOND.|
|Newspaper Title||Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918)|
|Trove Title||Gathered Rue. An Australian Novel|
TALES AND SKETCHES.
CATHERED RUE. AN AUSTRALIAN NOVEL.
bi ellerton gat. author of "drifting under the southern cross," " across the gulf," &o.
Chapter XV.— Though Darkness lib Beyond.
While Mora was'passing tho time of her loneli ness as beat sho could, longing ardently for her hatband's rsturn, he on bis side was fighting with the difficulties that detained him and looting even more ardently to rejoin her. Afewweeke longer and his work was settled, tad he started rejoioing on his return journoy. Letters and tolcgrams mot him on tho way from Oondalls, urging him, if possible, to go thero be-
fore he rejoined his wife. His mother's letters aroosed anxiety about her health, though the bad done her best not to alarm him. Tho most pressing matter was the slate of affairs at Ekatcrinska. It ooulil no longer be aoucoalod that Eatherino drank to excess, and led her timid and uu- forinnsto husband a miserable existence of alarm and anxiety. Neither mother nor son, with oharaotcristio reserve, wonld oeasa to recognise the evil until it was foroed ' npon their notice, for they know how helpless they were toarrest or avert it. - Making suoh hasto and riding suoh forced journeys as he had done when he was going to meet hii murdered brothor, Basil hastened to Oeadalls, Be wished to save Mora from any of the anxiety he was feeling himself, so he merely telegraphed to her to say that affairs at Oon- dalla required his urgent .presence. and that his immediate return was impossible. Baail was shacked and alarmed at the ohange in hisraother's appearance. Sho was emaciated and grey hued, and nothing that sho oould say el the absence of pain could reassuro him. She told mm that the doctor whom sho had sent for lome months before had said there was very little the matter, and that alio might ' livo to be 80 if she would avoid worry and exoitement. That, was out of tho question, wbilo affairs at Kkaterlnaka remained in Buoh a hazardous state. lira. Tremayno brightened up wonderfully in jitr ton a soeiety, and in-three days began to look lass haggard and worn. Basil bad a pninful in- ttmow with Eatherino, and made suoh an im- pnusioaupon her that she voluntarily promised to avoid excess In future. l« ,.0T®,y ""1 faith In herpromiso that no determined to see Graven and endeavor to arrange , separation. IVlth that view lie spent "hh 'ho poor effeminate Graven, sff.i w!dy Bt .h.is Keqooat lookod into his astonishment was great to find to i" c. , ll' hrotiier-in-law had Involved petty mismanagement of the pro- waS,M ! ,,oom1l,olIed to prove to him that he Elf/ 80 Tcn5' Cmvcn was fnrioua with brother aUo,wlll8 l,is to kecn eiglitcd foied ?w b'9 position, and ro-. »»ist«nm iuiI1r0uP and Generous offers of tftoVh uAt6" tt"d iU8Ult,, Bimed St lack'ti Iniu,!'lm 'i! "iIo,nt dis8hst, and rode made. mother of tho discoveries he had ln. ,hI" anxiety to got haok to SheWl "0rVl!S !alo i" his own room, the v.,!n.?.t, a "'tain unwonted oommotion on "J fo3tlh«t8»<!J0 Wr? v,hat oauai!d u> from Ekaterin«t i i?i juab galloped over £ He had .hit Mmsefr' ibRt r0Vel1 minded atones fi"'!1 »t?y mther," he cora- jnriona to her ' nB 'ho ahook would be in- AVen' STv'r1 "TA00 late' The now» c'd aarvank it I,!,I)arlod to hor » faithful i" alienee, Sho tliiim?yne "oo'ved tho shook and, sitting nn ,» n-i ? ? doath like pallor, momc'ut later, ilentl,' hoc Led, fell back, a J!>»Dtwo0 Csfihol3»'ll,H'dn.may Hlat fo,low<!d in hiad. ' rio t, ' , 1 Basil s. was -the only clear tad t„ gl?o 'eve ,raid,'t of E'ieL jj make arrsnmml?r» r doiiblo funeral, 'iargatoLfor thnms" Katherine and "id Oondslio, ""SBomont of Ekatcrinska time 1 toaondoff Rt8n!!oi®iWn difHauItie« ho found Wiherofthesad avnn? mo,s«<RiRor to Mora to further de a, of a f." V"1 "ro»aro >'« f»' » ,u,n' A messaLn. da?? at moat in -hla ro- Iba.n the nexTX "? , tcao!V>'« "oonor the new. brutallv ln'n ? r -10 wou'd not impnrt Sarin. «i,? y , 0 ti'sgram. .. weeks that had I passod sinco
Geoffrey Undorwood had first mot Mora ho li nu pursued a doliberato plan in seeking her Bnaioty. It may bo doubted whothor ho wonld havo romembered his vow of rovongo against Basil Trcmnyno hcaauso of tlio cold politeness and distant contempt with whioh ho had trontod, him, had the rovenge not offcrod itself in a manner peculiarly ngrocablo to him, both as a lady's man and as a fervent admiror of tiie pnrtioular type of beauty Mora Tromayno possessed. His mean and shallow nature was incapable of harboring a groat passion of any sort; ho might well havo forgotten Basil (as lie had delibcratoly, but with little difBoulty, sot him self to forgot Eatherino) had ho not oast an eyo of admiration on Mora beforo bo knew who sho was. As woll as ho know tho way to his month ho knew that Basil Tremsyne would nover admit him to friendsnip with his wife if he oould have prevented it. At first his only desiro was to annoy and humiliate Basil on his roturn, by arranging that he should find tho man ho had elected to dospiso on a footing of friendship with his impressionabio young wife. But afterwards another fooling took possession of him, and he decided that Mora was . something mora to him than a passive instrument for the annoyance of tho man he hated, because he feared him. He choose to considor himsolf "in love" with her, nnd told himsolf that ho would risk anythjng to arouse a similar feeling in her. The improbability of her over liking him otherwise than as an aaquaintnnco or friend, nover struok him, though ho know that sho adored her husband. With tlio art of an unscrupulous man of tho world, ho laid himself out to bo agreeable to her, and succeeded from tho first in impressing her with an idea of his amiability and versa tility. Lady Monrilyan was an ablo though un conscious instrument in his hands. With her nssistanao ho organised numerous opportuni ties for being in her society, nnd as muoli alono as the immediate neighborhood of largo parties permitted. Honor Moore, from first to last, seemed to bo tho only parson who romnrked anything speoial in Underwood's attentions to tho populnr Mrs, Tromnyne. She was ashamed to oonfess it to horsclf, but sho knownt last what had sharpened her oycB so acutely. She discovered that her oft assailed but maiden fnnoy had bocn smitten by Underwood, who, indeed, laid himself oat more and more to bo agreeable to her, but solely as tho most constant oompanion of Mora. She know that if he had tried to win her he wonld havo succeeded ; but sho know also that ho had not tried and probably never would. Sho know, too, that though love for him camo too quiokly and unsought, trust would not follow, coax it how sho would. With koen, satirical oyes she notod how loBt his fascinations woro on Mora, as far as any spooial impression went, nnd Honor was satis fied that her unconscious rival would havo been tho first to congratulate her if Undorwood had rooiprooated her almost grudgingly given affootion. Lady Monrilyan, who wbb of a literary turn, had amused herself by writing a dfawingroom comedy. She was pleased with Underwood's suggestion that it certainly ought to be aated. Her consent given, the next thing was to allot the cast and place tho comedy in notivo rehear sal. Of one thing Underwood wbb dotormined — that Mora should havo a olioico of parts, but that he himself would take a small part that ho might havo the more leisure to watt upon lior during the intervals of hor exits and on- trances. The hall at Government House was exactly suitoil for the purposes of a theatre, nnd Lady Mourilynn was in a constant tremor of delighted exoitement while the plans and preparations were being made. A seleot afternoon tea in hor ladyship's houdoir, when Undorwood read tho play aloud, settled the matter. The assembled company rcceivod it with cnthusinstio applause,- nnd tho cast was dcoided on. " Whore two roads moot" (as Lady Mourilynn oaliodher play) wns fall of smart and wittty things, more or less original— thoy passod for boing " more " amongst the untravollcd aud un read, Hoops and farthingales, powder and pntohes, rapiers and ruffles, wero Its most salient features. An extravagant and beautiful woman of fashion, Bolinda, has a devoted foster sister. Prudence, a country maiden, who comes to live with lior, ih to act in tho bumble eapaoity of abigail companion. Prudence's iovor has also oome to town to publish his little bookof poems. Belinda is arrested for debt ac the moment she is start ing for a masked ball. Tho bailiffs grant her a minute's graoe on the exouse that sho must dis embarrass herself of her hoop to travel more oommodiously with thorn in tho ohair. In orteot, the minutes elapsed, sho returns minus her hoop, but in the same yellow flowered snoqiic, and still hooded and masked. The dovoted Prudence -haB taken her place, nnd is carried off to the Fleet instead of her mis tress. Tho nows of Belinda's arrest flios fast, and her admirers rally around lior. A dissipated gambler who has oome into a fortnno visits the supposed Belinda and offers to pay her debts and release her on insulting conditions, whioh Prudence is far from comprehending., She only understands a generous offer of nssistauoa and marriage, and thinks that alio is answering as Belinda would havo done when sho nocepts him and bids him return for his roward tiionoxt day. Prndenoo'sowiioonntry lover, Lanoelot, tlieyoung poet, comes with tho proposal to. offeet his adored Belinda's escape by taking her placo. Ho has no money to pay her debts, but lie will give his life. It la but a question of his donning her sscque nnd hood, the mask whioh she so obstinately refuses to remove will mako the matter oasy. The oloak and hat ho wears will enable hor to ovado tho gaolers 1'rudonco showB herself \ he Is thundorstruok. Tho knowlodgogif lior self devotion and tho sight of lior. beauty oausa a revulsion in her favor. Ho tolls lior that he Indeed loves none but hor; that his passion for Belinda has boon a delusion of his poetlo fauoy. But ho )b treated with scorn. Lancolot fights a duel with Benumondo, the dissipated gambler, in tlio belief that tile offor the latter had mado to the supposed Belinda was really intended for and acoepted by Pru dence in her own person. Lord' Beltcrro, who is rosily dovotod to Boliuda and intends to offor hor marriage, is detorred by hearing from Benumondo of tho shameless manner in whioh his offer had been accepted. ' And so tlio complication continues until through tho ngenoy of a comio turnkey tho olearing up of the mystery makes everybody liappy who deserves to bo happy. Lady Mourilyan was anxious that Mrs. Tro mayno should take tho part : of Belinda and Honor Moore of Prudence, and so thoy arranged it. Underwood oast himself for the small part of a surly bailiff. I The next morning tho work of oopying out ail tho parts was unilortaken by Underwood and Mora. Honor wne supposoil also to bo helping, but her handwriting yas found of too bold and; indistinct a oharaoter, so she was- exempted' from the duty. I Underwood hoped that undor-the olrnum- I stanoos- she would- loavo- them alon'e, but .that; ' she had no intention of doing.
Morn was in oxeollent spirits that 'morning, tho mail hnd brought her the nows that Basil had already started from Yowarree. She knew lie would not lose a day on tho road if ho eould help it, nnd she counted upon aeoing him within a fow dnys, for lie would have travailed almost as fast as tho letter. She worked with a will, entering into tho spirit of tiie play as sho wrote, and talking in tho language of tho period as sho conceived it. ' Undorwood was oharmod with her. Ho began to think ho had been ohasing the shadow in stead of seizing tho substance, when ho laid bis plans for monopolising Morn when she was off tho stage. As Lord Bbltorre he wonld liavo hnd tho opportunity of kissing hor on tho stage— a stage kiss, but it would have been easy enough to steal the real thing In tho exoitement the night of acting the play. "I am thinking how you will all look when yon Baoriilco ' your elegant mouBtaolies," said Honor. "-Faith it will be a wrench to Captain do Salis to part with Ids, I am sure." "I shall not shave mino off," said Undorwood nonohalnntly, twisting hit long fair- moustn'ohe. "A bailiff wouldjnot wear powder, so I shall add a board for my ohnrsoter." ' "Eureka 1" exclaimed Honor gaily. "Now I know why you .took such a modest part ? I havo boon cudgelling my poor brain for a reason for your unwonted humility, and now I seo you did not wish to saorifioe your moustaohs I Mora, haven't I often said that vanity Is a mas- oulino attribute, and doesn't this prove my words 1" Underwood's Hps moved in a fino smilo ; ho glanced Bidelong at Mora's downbeiit face as sho wi ota on knslly. Tlio smilo did not csespo Honor's vigilance, nnd she know that hor now- found reason was not the sola one. "For my part," aiisworcd-Mora without look ing up, "I think tho virtues and vices aro- the equal inheritance of the sexes; The world would bo a worso place thnn-it ib and a very one sided plaoo to boot if thsro were no Sir Gala- bads among men, and no Messaiinas among women. Do yon know, Honor, I beliovo my husband will be here next week in time to sec us not." "Ism more than pleased," said Honor. " If I needed any farther incentive to playing guardian angel to jjou, darling it would be the foot that ho is looking on. It isn't muoh Pru dence oan do for Belinda. I'd do more than that for you any day off the stago." "Is Mr. Tromayno coming so soon!" asked Underwood, thumping the blotting paper on his wet writing with more vigor than was neoesaary. " There is no fear that he will objeot to your noting, I hope?" " Nona whatever," Mora said ooldly, " or I should oortainty not have aocepted a part." " Of course," Underwood said hurriedly, " of eourso I The doubt only suggested itsolf to me beoauso of bis okjooting to your danoing. I should havo known yon better — I do in fact, I spoke hastily." Honor turned away to the piano, and oom- menoed singing tho AYearing of the Greon, while they wrote on in silence, "Forgive me," Underwood said in a low tone as Mora waited for him to tarn over the pages of the manuscript. " For what?" ntie asked indifferently. " For my gaueherie jnst now. I eannot think how I oould have boon guilty of suoh a remark; I wns-struok with a sudden apprehonsion that onr pleasant — friendship— would osase when your husband returns, and that dread is a painful one to me — how painful you will never know." " You need not entertain it," Mora said in n kinder tone. " My husband will certainly be pleased to meet you again, and will weloomo you hore as often as you can oomo." Undorwood did not answer except by a doubt ful shake of tho hoad, into whioh be contrived to tiirow groat expression. " Yon must write no moro now," ho said, put ting his hand as if . involuntarily over hers to tako hor pon from her, "Lot us go to the verandah and rest from our toil for a little while." ThoTremayno'Bhbuso was a milo from the busy oontre of tho town, nnd was admirably situntod on tho ton of the broad shining river, whiob lent a cooler aepoot to tho scene. The houso, whioh hsd been built for Basil Tremayne during the early years of his Parlinmontary life, was laige and airy. Tho brand verandah, whioh ox- tonded round throp sides of it, was fitted with hammooks and lounges and groups of brilliant colousand ferns on stands, vied with the rioh luxuriant growth in -the largo oaroiess garden outside, whore poinsettias flamed in vivid dazzling scarlet, tbe crimson hibisous blazed its myriad aups, hnd tbe'gracoful jackeranda banana and bamboo, and tho pcaok hued hougainvilloa which covored an old arbor, added to tho tropi- oal beauty of tho iccne. A couple of blaok swans swam about in an artiflaini pond, on whioh grew great pink water lilies ; the swans' slander necks and bright rod beaks wore mirrored in tho olear water. Tho magpie that Evolyn had caught and taught. for Mora followed her ns she walked up and down tho verandah, inquisitively demanding of Underwood, "Who are you, who are yon?" whistling his mnsloal note at intervals lest he should bo overlooked. Honor went on warbling Irish melodies, and tho two on tho verandah talked listlessly. A Bmall boy on n woody young colt trotted smartly tip tlio drive, nnd witli the privilege of his office rodo up to tho veruudak to hand Mora a tele gram. It was from bar husband, to say that it was necessary that he should go first to Oondalla. The disappointment that the delay oausod Mora was so intonso that sho oould hardly restrain her tears. To disappointment sucooodcd anger. She thought that tlio business at Oondalla ooiildsurely havo waited a fow days, until be had first como to seo her. She did not repulse as she should Underwood's insinuation of bow differently ho should havo aoted under simiiar oiroumBtancos. , ; ouarteb xvt— porfets passing from a scene, ; ' ' The 'rehearsals woro prosecuted with vigor, and.overy one entered ipto his or her pnrt with onthnslasm.i , Lady Monrilyan proved an ablo stage manager, and was delighted with tho ma'nnor in -whioh" tlio comedy was boing Inter preted. ; Sho declared that she; had not known it had so muoh in it until sho saw it iiotcd by them.- Especially was sho pleased with Mora and Houoras the two principal female oliaraotors. Tlio dresB rehearsal 'had been held and bad gone off without a liitob. .- Mora and Honor wore tho samo height and muoli the . same figure, so the disguise of one as tho l other had more reality than is sometimes soon pn the stage. Gaptain do Salis drawled in rather too modern a manner through the part of. Lord Beltorre, but Diok Brabaziin noted'Beaumonde in n finished stylo of refined villainy, ahd Hugh Mourilyan (a nephew of Sir Matthew, and noting for tho first timo as.'hls private seorotary) throws moat poetic force into his impassionod lovemaking as Lanoelot;' whlle Pat Smyth, in a low oomedy wig, - was irresistibly . funny. Underwood's opportunities" " foi tftc-d-t&lea with Mrs. Tremnyiie were fewer nnd shorter than satis fied him, knowing how soon thoy would ho abruptly ended uy. hor husband's arrival. Tremayno might oome now any day, nnd lie was no farther advanced towards obtaining Mora's love than lie. had been at tlio beginning. To do him justice ho had too muoh finess, and, bo lides, liked Mora too well to wish to compromise
hor in tho oyes of sooioty, though ho might' not havo long hesitated had tbore been any encou ragement on iter sido. The porformanoe was to begin at 9 o'olook, and tho performers were all to dins together at House at 7, so it was understood thnt tho ladiss woro to rest in the afternoon and deny themselves to visitors. Notwithstanding, Underwood determined to oall upon Mora, and by pretexting a messago from Lady Monrilyan induced her to seo him, 'Ho rodo on past her goto for a mile or two thinking over what he should say to her, and what oonroo tho interviow was likely to take. Ho noticed a man riding rapidly towards lilin, and reeognised him in timo to bo curious as to his destination. He luiiud him to pull up and to talk, ior it 'was a man belonging to Ekateriiiska, and tho mcsaongor Basil hnd sent to his wife to tell her of the tragedy of Craven's suioido and tho shock whioh eaused his mothor'e death. Tlio man had soon given his budget of news to Underwood, who recoived it with un- sssumod dismay. ' Ho rapidly revolved tho oonstquences of Mora's hearing what had hap pened. " Got any tobacco?" ho asked producing his pouoli to gain time. "Not a mite, Mr. Underwood, thanky," he said, greedily taking the poueh and filling his pipe. "Vety thirsty wonthor," ho added hy by way of further attention to his wants by bis complaisant interloautor. " Very," said Undorwood sympathetically; " let mo soo ; thoro is a publio about half n mile. I am going on further that way back. Suppose you turn haok and got a nobbier ?" Tlio man's surfaeo reluotsnoe was easily con- qtiored, and in a vory short timo thoy had dis mounted beforo the' door- of a pretentious publio that dubbed itself the Bushman's Arms Hotol. " Here's luok, "said tho messenger gnlpingdown the throe finger nobbier of raw spirit, and send ing down a modioum of water to join it. " So long," ho added, by way of thanks and adieu. " Wait a minute," said Underwood, " ill news travels fast enough, however, it may lag on tho way. I'll give you a pound noto if you will stay here until 10 o'olook to-night." " No jolly fosr," said tho man, "Imust go straight on with my letter or tho boss '11 know the reason why." "Nonsense, tho boss will know nothing about it. A ride of two or throo days can't he dono to tho minuto like an express train, and you will be a pound the riolier. Come, I'll make it two pounds. Mrs. Tremayno is going to a party at the Governor's this evening. I am a friend of his, and I know ho will be much annoyed if she does not oome, so why oan't the uews wait until she hns had her pleasure ? You can easily mako up a yarn about your horse falling lame if there is eny question abont it." So saying Underwood fingered two orisp, now one pound notes in a tempting manner before the man. He tamed hesitatingly towards his horse, grasped the reins, and half lifted his foot into the stirrup. Tiie Australian horses stand quiet to bemountod; the restlessness of this ono gavo the finishing toueh to tho man's hesitation. Mattering a suk.lued oath lin gavo tho horse a kiok in the ribs hy way of relief to his feelings, and without a word took the notes from Underwood's hand and turned towards the iron roofed Btable. Underwood exacted no promise from tho man ; ho knew well enough that having taken his money be wonld fulfil the oontraot it implied. He rode slowly back to the Tremaynos' gate and hesitated whether ho would go in, but not for long, for lis knew that on the morrow she would be in seclusion and mourning, and her husband would be with hor bofore the conventions of society — tho leaBt conventional— wonld permit him to oall. There was something in his mannsr that afternoon that filled Mora with a vague uneaii- noss. There was nn impassioned tone in his voioe as he wont through a spseoh or two of Hugii Mourilyan's as the poet Lancelot. He put an iutonsity of meaning into tho words which soemcd to mako tliom too personal, yet too abstract to take exception to. " Madam, the most heartless of your enemios, if irnoh n peerlesB oreaturo could havo an enemy, would weep tears of blood to sos you in suoh a sad situation; then how must it bo with those who adore yon for your goodnoss nnd beauty I If you will do what I proposo you will gain your freedom at onoo. What doos it matter that I may suffer for it? I lay my very soul at your feet. What is life worth to me if you scorn my offers of service ? I should be less than a man could I endure to see you bound to another anil not long to release yon. Belinda, I dare not spoak of love to you, exoept to worship you in the veiled imagery of my poems. I never will without your permission. Tho lovely Belinda is too high for the poor poet to aspiro to, yet not so high bat that ho may lay himsolf at hor feet imploring her to aoaept his sorvioe, I ask nothing in return, save onoo more to gaze into yonr eyes, to touoh your hand. A kiss were a boon too dear for so small a service— for that a man would walk blindfold into hell." So Underwood went on, sligiitly altering and emphasising the text to suit his purpose. He plaocd himself literally at her feet as he sat on the edge of tbe verandah by her low ohair, look ing up at her with firo in his dark blue eyes. "Remove that mask of indifference, plaoo your hand in mine, then let mo die happy, hnviug onee done you some alight service. You will unmask, you will allow me to save you from this dingy, sordid prison, then you make Lanoelot the happiest of men I " Mora laughed lightly, telling him it was in deed a pity that the poet Lancelot eould not have boon played in a moustaohs, for tho part suited him to porfeotinn. " But why," she addod smiling, "throw away so muoh good doting on me ? It is Honor Moore who has to 'listen to Lancelot's ravings, while I am supposed to bo oonoealed under a pilo of cabbages in the markot. I am glad tlio cabbage episode is off the stage and not on it. I have the strongest aversion to that vegetable in any form." "I am not acting," he said, taming his msnn- ingwith a smile. "I havo only quoted Lan celot beoauso he Bays muoh that I would like to say to you. If I dared use my awn language I believe I should bo more oloquent than lie I" " I daro say I shonld prefer Lady Mourily an'a out and drlsd eloqnenco," Mora uaid carelessly, " at any rate ono knows what is coming, and ono could prompt if thore was a iiitoh. I think I know the whole ploy by heart. Captain de Snlis depends on my memory all through our great soene. Well, now you must really go. I I cannot think whyJLady Mourilynn thought she had told me half-past 7 instead of 7. Alt revoir. Lady Mourilyan had been desirous of keeping her authorship in tho background, tmt the secret had beon'entruated to too many to remain secret1 long; and U lsrga'arid on- thusiastio audienoe had assembled prepared to roooivo the play. with acclamation; no matter how poor it might bo tlioy were predotermidod to distinguish beauties, and bo blind to' faults. Their Indulgence was little oalled for ; though tho oomedy laokod " businoss " there wero plenty of "situations," and -the whole thing went with a vivaolty and completeness that loft no room for advorao oritlolsm. Mora Tremayne looked hewitohing In powder and patohes, DiokBrnbazon asked '-himself a' hundred times iu tho eourso of the' evening why lio had . not disooverod how oharming Bho was. boforo Trem-
" ——I — a nyna had snatohod her up. Hor archnces with tlio surly bailiff, her indignation with Beaumondc, her tenderness with Botoerro, her coquetry with Lancelot, and hor gratitude with Prudonco wore all equally admirable. Sho lived her part, and lent life and color- to tho soene. Honor Mooro's noting was also fnr nbovo tho usual amatour effort Her ingonuonsness was delightfully fresh and original, tlio innoccnoc of one who knew there was evil in tho world, but had not tho art to recognise it whon she saw it. Aftor the play Sir Matthew Monrilyan took Mora in to supper, and mado all the pretty speeches he oould think of abont -her perform- anco and nppooranoe. "I wbh your huMband could havo Btcn you." ho naii j ho wonld have been more proud of you than over. How ia it that ho can lot money a abaorb him and loavo you so long ? I should he jcalouB of tho engrossing occupations that keep him from your Bide so'long if I wero you." . "l am," said Mora, sadly; "I hope to havo him with me very shortly now." Later on Underwood managed to insinuate himself into a fceat at her side, waiting till >a ohanco should oorae to speak to her alone, He had to wait long for tho opportunity, and theaifc was but a moment. "There is something I must tell you," lio Baid; something that doubtless I ought to havo mentioned whon first mooting you I found you wero Basil Tremayuo'a wife." 14 Yo l"Mora aaked, wondorlng what he would sny. "Tremayno and I are not gootl friends, can nover bo friends. I oan nover forgiyo him — no, I cannot toll his wifo the qunrrcl I Have against him; it wonld be to tako a mean advantnge of knowledge in my possession. No, don't apeak. What I want to say is thi, will you cast off your friendship for mo at his dicta tion?" u You word things very afcrangoly, Mr. Under wood," Mora said with haughty intonation ; " I should never call any ono friend who wns my husband's enomy. On the other hand he would novor dream of dictating to mo who or who should not bo my friend." "That ia suflioient, that is all look— that you should use your own judgmont." His words were inconsequent and inade quate, but ho judged rightly that he had planted a thorn whioh might be expected to bear strong, sharp priokles before long. (to bb continued.)