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Chapter NumberVI
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Full Date1898-04-23
Page Number5
Word Count588
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Newspaper TitleQueanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)
Trove TitleLove's Conquest
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-Ce APTER VI. The whole of that dty and nrex morning Captain Esmonde's thoughta were centred on the prospect of mteeling L'dy Adela agasin -a prospect which seemed the one and only

thing to live for. He had enough self con trol however to retain outward composure, and he had bound his friend Frank Throg. morton to strictest secrecy. No one guessed as he laughed and gave good natured an swers to the inquiries after the state of his ankle, and made lightlof his hurt, that he had any cause for inward quiet; and Lady Throgmorton who was the most good-natured and unobservant of women, eve-n commended him as a model of pastience and cheerful endurance under misfortune. Maude Throgllorton, an ordinary speci men of the well-drilled, well-dressed, common place young woman of her class, felt a not unnatural interest in her brothers rich agree able friend, and she would not have been dis pleased had he shown an inclination to devote himself to her. She had accepted very graciously some little attentions which seemed a shade more particular than the exigencies of ordinary politeness demanded ; but, in his intercourse with women a certain flattering deference of juanner (came natur ally to Captain Esnionde, and his good humored readiness to please and be pleased gave ta grace to his smallest courtesies. Maude thought he would be victimised by going to luncheon at Castlehurst, and she suggested that he could very well make his lameness an excuse for net fulfilling his en gacemont. She was surprised by the vehemence with which this proposition was rejected ; nut she was far from divining the causen of it She thoug:ht that he was un usually silent and abstracted that morning, however, and she observed that during his short drive through the valley he suffered his attention to wander from her remarks on the subjecb-of the damages done by the floods. You are in a remarkably thoughtful frame of mind to-day, Captain Esmonde 1' Maude exclaimed pettishly, as the horses dashed up the avenue that wound through Lord Castle. hurst's paark. 'I do not believe that you have heard a single word that mamma and I have been saying l' ' I beg your pardon,' said Esmonde, in a tone of contrition and apology; ' I am really. very sorry. Have I been rude ? I was looking at the house. It comparea unfavor ably with the Court. What a villainous confusion of styles I' The house was a huge structure in the tentious bant ini.rtitieo style so dear to the hearts of the architocts of the Georgian era,

A long line of buildings, -pillarede; porticoed, and pedimented, crowned an eminence of the richly-woorl i slopes and dominated' .icscis dio,, ',f :err.ices with stone balustrdle.s andl flights of steps, guarded 'by:~grim 1toine figures. The carriage drew up before the central portico, and ETmonde followed the twuo ladies up t,,e steps 'et ween rth heavy hulgin: pillars , and inito a lesola,~ looking h .l1. Toby we e then shown into a spacious and lofty r,-om that seemed scarcely lens lare and empty; but Esmonde was too much proe oocupied to notice the abs nee of the modern touches which were needed to give a look of comfort to the place, and, instead of lifiening t.i the low-voiced comments of Laly Throg nnorton and her daugher on the su ject, he was watching fir the appearance if Lady Adela, and wondering how, she would look in her own home. L?o Be coNTINUED.1