|Newspaper Title||Queanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904)|
|Trove Title||Love's Conquest|
* HAPTER XXIV. A year and six months shad. passed , away, since Adela and Denys had aettled down :in their pretty home at b'Pinehurse, and' they' were a :far as ever from repenting the' step they had taken. The':a had been no approach towards 'reconciliation between -Denys and his father-since he e day they. had parted in anger, they had nt met, although they lived not a dozen miles apartl; but Denys had'long ago made up his mind to the estrangement,'and it was c.,ntrnry to .his views of life .to. make himself unhappy about what could not be helped. ;IHappy:in• his home and absorbed in his huaoyant' dis position.; and he found 'it easy to banbsh from his remembrance a cloud' which 'did not obscure the brightness of the present. As for Adela, her happinesa could be seen .in her face.; Removed from the depl easing influences of constant harshnese atnd unkind. ness, 'she blossomed into a new youth; and Deny's love and tenderness had done for her what the 'Riviera and un'liinited pin money would never have been aidle to. effect. She proved as excellent a m:inager as Denys had .foretold, and her charming drawing-room was the favourite meeting-place. Denys was so popular, and had such a knack of gather ing friends around` hinm, that in good. de l of expense in the way of.entertainment was inevitable, and Adela's powers' of ianage ment were severely taxed to make both ends, meet; but she had 'a horror of debt, and fo, tunately her influence``-with rIenys, whose. prejudices were nut so strong on that score, ,was powefulen?iugh to make him keep out of it. 'The valuef 0money he had y t to,.learn, and hie did' not 'find it. easy? to overcome his. niatU?ial recklessness aboub. pound,'.. shillirae, and: prce. Never having been; acouetomed' to any stint in spen;eding, his care 'easness led him:at first into many scrapes ;' bit he got oui: of "them with a good humour sand a lighnuss of heart which, mii de his friends: ay t6hathle enjoyed playingat- povorty. .Iti is a chainge' he 'would answer uimpe' turl.ably ; iand new experiences. are always: interesting. - r . ' Once,: when he was looking on ati a polo. match, an' old acquaintance, who had just returned from India and had not heard of the change in Oapbein Esmonde's circum .stancei, came up to him, and asked hinm to =join'in a scheme which involve a considerable outlay of money. Denys assented readily-; but.' the next 'moment he drew back. 'I forgot' he said with a smile; ;' I' can't afford that sort of thing now.' ' Why not 7 ' asked his fliendl in -astonish ment. . ... ' Oh, don'i ypu know 1i 'in intrried ; and Arabe'lei holds the purse.strings I' '.' Is she subh' a tcrmagant '-with' .a - look ' of symp ,thy. ' Oh, dreadful Cone and dine with tme, andmitigate my misfortunes for one evening will you 7' Denya spoke so gravely that his friend thought he was in earnest, anI wasted much compassion upon him until he saw the lady; then-h'e was surprised and indignant. ' How unconscionable it is of .your- Ius band tocalli yobu by -a name- which uconveys such mistaken imnpressions.ab iub you, to. his friends,Lady. Adela ' he'obetrved iatr' the close of an excellently pleasant evening. Alela had altered so much for -the, b'tter s'non her marriage that p-ople now called her a beautiful womasn; and that eveining she did iideed:ilook lovely. She was dressed in flowing "silken robes in soft shades .of violet and gray, chosen by Denys because he insisted that it matched the colour of her eyes ; .and her geuest was altogether fascinab. ed by her sweet lookseand gracefulways. She smiled and looked' aorcss at Denys, whose eyes sparkled with quiet amusement. "' He is .an- -incorrigible. tease I ''she said severely.. 'It is. abominableh, is it not 7' But she looked ,,s if she Mund the .inflioticn easy to endure'; and even to the uninitiated the happiness which her smile beht,kened was unmnistaekeable. The'summer had come again-the, second since Captain Esmonde had brought his wife to Pinehurst. It was a lovely June evenings and the air, which was laden with perfume
from the shady pine-woods on either side the road, felt cool and fresh after the heat of the afternoon. Through the all red stems of the fir trees the shining waters of the lake were visible--.'sh 'et of silver fringed with graceful birches, and reflecting like a mirror the crimson fl nwe:s of the rhododendrons in full bloom on an island in the middle. Dunys and Adeta were walking home from a reception at the Governor's house, and were enjoying the peuce and stillness of the per feet scene. ' It seems a pity to go in on such:ia"lovely evening ; let us go up to the moors,':-Ad,.la suggested. And, ascending a steep hill that rose out of ,hi woods, they re ched a,p ,int. whiich'cominttided a wide and glorious view of wooded glens and heathery uplands. . 'Thgt is :Moretbn over there, isn't it ' she slid, withdrawing her hand from her bus band's arm to point in the direction in which she was looking. 'Somewhere over there-yes,' answered D. nys absently. ' I haven't got my glasses, and I can't see a dozen yards without ;them. Come away, dear--the damp is rising,'aiwd;it is beginning to get cld. It's not ;safe for you, and we must not stay: He h?ad answered her ques'ion carelessly, and he would :not.everd take the tloublhnto `raise his eye-glasses to make out where his old home was; but a shadow had passed over his face which sent a pang to Adela's heart, and the old wistful expression came into her eyes. - The estrangem 'nt bet een Denys anid -his f,tuher, of which she was the cause, wisl the one solitary flawviin her othierwise i pet-. feet happiness, and it ;made her hearb 'ache often. The breach with her own .family-had been coimplete.; but that didlnot trouble'her much. . She knew th't except for mte ial reasons she would not be missed very much at home; but the links -which had bound º Denys to his father- *ere differeny,,andi"' n mde her: wretched- to -thinl of -:what the 3 severane,&;must-mei: to the lonelyold man. iSir Patrick lied centred all his hopes upon , his so, ; and now he was completely cub off r fromn him, and lieft to a solitary old ago Spoisontd ;by'- anger and ?hitterness - The thought of it all' wass a constant trouble to A'dela." Denys knew -this, and was carefol never to make the least refeence to his father or his old home. He'discouraged his wifs's. qu a ions on the subject, and the subject seldom oame tip between them; but' to-niigh't Adela felts impelled to speak-about it. ' Denys, I anm so intensely sorry -for your father. It is so teiiribly sad for him to have lost you like this. He must` have loved you with every fibre of his nature;, the' very strenigth bf his, resentment shows :the depth of his ifl'ectin.' 'The depth of his obstinacy antd pr julice, it seems to me,' said Denys ",Ifhe. loved me he should have trudsied me. He- might Shave known that the` womap I :chose -would -Ibe worthy, and: he ought to! have welcomed my wife. 1Its prejudice igainst you was un reasonable and'unwitrrntable, and the length to which it led him was outrageous I If he chlosae to disinherit me for taking my own way in a matter in which every man has a r1 ighit to freedom of choice, well and- good lie was within his right ;:but to attack and in.ult you as lie did was. indefensible. It was infamous, it was unpardonable! .Don't remind ime of it, Addie-it makes me too .angry.' r Denva's indignation was natural, and it look the sting from the sorrow. ahich the breach with his father would' otherwise have caused him to feel; "'bit that 'did not help Adela. I wish the quarrel could be m tde up,' she said with ia sigh ; 'ibis as tm?uch f,,r his sake as for yours. ,Yop don't know how s' rongly I feel. about it l' , Don't I l ? am t fraid 1 do only too well. 1 Only: this evening ,Lady RaowHrd was slpeak. iig to mre of tihe, sadness' of your face in repose: She is a' little bit inclined to be jealous of you, I :think, and there was a suspicion of spite in thin way ehe spoke. She rem'rlrkd sveetlv that'it must he a sorrow to yotiito'have liroken :so completely with all your family, and it was not worth while to j contradict her; h:but I knew better. Yo a do 1 nob care a rap aboub that; but you are fretting yourself to death about my father It is not right, Adie. .. It .is for my sake that you do it, I know; but it is jtnt for my sake tlihat you ought nob to do it.' 'Fretting does-no good,' said Adela ; if I : comld only. do something to pub ma'ters right. I feelas if [could willingly isy down my life to reconcile you two. t'You had much better talk of laying down mine,' replied Denys 'Ydu ,know, Addie, that my whole happiness depends'nn you and you only. Why do you let this drawback make you unhappy It is my one trouble that it does, and it is that more than any thing else that makes me resent my father's conduct. As for his'disaplpoimtment he has brought it on himself, an'd it oin't be helped.' K'It is non the I.ss hard toi:bear for bhat, I am afraid, said, Adela s.adly; but she said no,more:on a subject which was painful to them both,.