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Chapter NumberXXI.-Continued.
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Full Date1898-06-15
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Newspaper TitleQueanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)
Trove TitleLove's Conquest
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Ir LOYE' S CONQUEST. h OEAPTER XXL-1--Oontinued: · sa ' Confound it, Adela,' he said turning r furiously upon his sister-' what do you at mean by this folly'? Do you suppose that Ia you will be allowed :to ihrow' over Blunt for sa this fellow?. It is the' old story over' again. When Buckfastleigh was a desirable match, al you would not have him at any price; hut, f~ as soon as he had lost his money, nothing sa would do but for you to fling yourself at his head. But we stopped you then, and we bi will again. You shall not marry -Captain Esmonde. I'll soon. bring you to your ryr senses.' Adela had turned very pale. She. was a .overwhelmed, not by the violence of her brother's manner, to i which . she was well ni inured, hut by the remembrance of the con versation that he had, overhead. How C much had Le heard I What would he be rr able to make out from the illusions, to the dilemma she had heen placed in at Throg mcrton Court ? Enough.. had been said to a reveal the whole secret, and the thought of h itsabeing known to him"made' her feel faint a with a dread she could scarcely define. a She sat silent, and the Viscount would have gone on showering abuse upon her, but t Denys interfered. .t '.No morn of that, Tressilian I' he said e sternly., Your sister has given me the right to stand-up for her now, and she shall not be bullied while I am by to prevent it ! If you say another rude or abusive word to her, you will have to answer for it to me I Understand that ! I think, when you have mastered your passion so far as to be c tpable of reasoning, you will see the uaelessness of threats and bluster. Lady Adela is of an age to choose for he, self, and she can marry whom bhe pleases. She has engaged herself to me, and you have no po er to prevent her.' ' Haven't I,?' exclaimed Tressilian, beside himself with rage. ' You shall see ! Look here, Adela,' he said, turning to his sister- ',You supposed that I was in the dark ab ,ub your doings that night of the dance, did you ' You were so thankful that I did not know the secreb, and so afraid of what I might do if I discovered it, were you ? Well, let me enlighten you. I saw Emonm de go into you room, and followed on purpose to trap him. I planted the whole thing. so it would be old if I did not know about it I ' "Denys looked anxiously at Adele. .As she sat motionless in her seat, her eyes were fixed steadfastly upon her brother with a srange bewilder, d gaze; as if she were.under some baleful fascination. There was a moment's silence, and then she rose and stood confronting him. ' You did it on purpose I You knew what you were doing when you barred that door?' she asked., as if she could not believe, in the possibility of such wickedness as he had con fessed. S' I should rather think I did I' Tressilian. replied unblishingly. ' Of course I knew what I was doing, and had my reasons for it, too. My knowledge of that affair gives me a hold over you which I hardly think you will venture to dispute.' Adela looked at him with a. silenit.scorn that was mote scabbhing th n words ; bhu there was an expression of 'disgust 'in her beautiful eyes that deepened into loathing as he realised the enormity of what site had done. 'You are a worse brute than I thought you were, Greville I' she said at last, ' You did nob. know CIptain Esmonde-he was a stranger to you-and you could do that. Oh, Oreville, GOrville, how.' could' you I have resson to be thankful bhat it was Cap tain Esmondo-hub nob to you. He has proved his honour and generosity ; hut you- You are mistaken in supposing that, you will gain any advantage from your w ck,'dness. I will not trustb myself with you a moment longer than I can help, and I shall avail myself of the protection that Captain Esmonrle offers, me. I love and honour him, and henceforward I have only his wishes to consulb I' * Wait a moment, madam I' cried Lord Tressilian. ' Wait till you learn the secret of his proposals to you. You talk about his honour and aenerosity I I know his char. actor, and it was becatlse I worked on, that, knowledge that he consonted to propose to you. Did you never think it strange that he should make an offer to you upon so short an acquaintlance I It was t,ecause I told him that there were compromising reports afloat) about that night's doing-it was because I urged him to it. And now will you marry

over which he had fallen, He Iost no time Cs in beating a retreat, and hobbled out of the yo room as fast as he could that he might call pe servants to his aid and avenge himself in the ho summary ejection of the enemy. Donys turned to his betrothed, flushed bl and excited and slightly ashnrmed of ca himself. an 'I beg your pardon, Adela, for turning abi your sitting-room into a boar-garden in this oh way,' he said deprecatingly, though there wt were a light in his eyes and an expression of D mischief rbout the corners of his mouth that did hot look much like repentance; ' but I in really could not help it! The provocation was more than I could stand.' fa -He did not wait for an answer; perhaps be he saw the apology was not needed. - ' should do it again if I got the chance,' b he cootinued, 'so perhaps I had better not h wait for it. I'll clear out. Bob I am not I going without you?l. Come, , my darling- - there's no time to losa I Get your hat and ti jacket as quickly as you c ,n, and come with a Adela did not hesitate She darted off in n search of wraps, and was track again in a f moment with the first she had been able to n find--a :lbroad-brimmed. het andrl t long a cloe.k.- Denyr took her hatnd toy lead her , away; but she stopped sruddenly in the t middle of the room, with a look of doubt and perplexity on her face.. ' Where are you taking me to I' 'To Mrs L'Estrange's house. Ia not that .your wi-h ? 1 ' Yes-I thought of it. But, Captain 1 Esmonde, do you think it is quite-fair to her She would take me in, I know, and be kindne-s itself ; but it would emnbroil' Oolonel: L'Estrange in a never-endinrg feud with my fntljer and brother, and he is at mn who likes tot he at peace with his neighbours. Ought I to bring this trouble upon them 1' .Deiiys looked though, ful and perplexed; but • :suddenly he drew out his watch, and his brow cleared as he consulted it. S'I believe you are right, dear. It would not be fair to get your friends into trouble; but I have another plan, and I think it's a better one. I will take you straight to aunt Mary in London. With her you will be safely out of the reach of your trrother, and g I shall feel much happier to know that you u are in'ler her protection. She is a dear old It lady, and so fond of me that.I, know that ir she will give you the warmesb of ,ielcomes I' a. Adeta looked undecided. TThis was it s'ep 1, she had not con'emplated, and. her sisters ', fatt had made any breach Of conventionality g seem terrible to her. i ' Come, dear,' Denys urged-' there is just 'e time for uAr to catch the five o'clock express n = -but no.more than ttme. And, if we.liriger ir your brother will' be upon. us with his myr mridons. Oh, Adel', my d?rling, you are not as afraid of trusting yourself to. me, are you ?' 'r ' No, Denys--I trest you and your judg Ill ment entirely ; and, if you think this best-' "- 't I is the heat-the only possible course I W Come I'-?and, drawing her with him, he e made for the window by which he had entered se and threw it open. g- ' The Fates are against you, Adrsla,' he to said joyously, as, having handed her through, of he drew her arm within his and they walked nt away together. ' The ways of conventionality and propriety which you have sighed for and Id would fain have walked in have baen denied Lit to you from first to last. It was evidently decreed that our courtship wasr to begin and id end like a romance ! '