|Chapter Title||A TALE WITH SIR DOUGLAS.|
|Newspaper Title||Liverpool Herald (NSW : 1897 - 1907)|
|Trove Title||Marian Gonisby|
i A TAIE WITH SIB DOUGLAS.
I will send my love a message and a ring, I will tell her all my soul is in the thing ;
Unbroken, unalloyed, unshaken, all sincere,
My love shall stand a thousand teats nor fear.
Brothf ^ and Bisters are not remarkable for mutual confidences. Yet there are some exoeptiona, George and Lilian Whiddon amongst them. George had reason for his confidence in his sister. She had been his friend in every boyish trouble he ever had ; she never betrayed him, and her sympathy and advice was George's unseen tower of strength. Lady Whiddon may have guessed where her son's affections were being placed ; so, possibly, did Sir Douglas ; but up till a week later than the period written of in the last ohapter, the elder Whiddon did not really know how matters stood between their son and the Gonisbys. It is hard, however, to preserve aeoreoy in so vital a matter. Lady Whiddon notioed the , absence of Marian from the house; notioed, too, that George and Lily very seldom spoke of Marian, and no longer appeared to visit her. Questions difficult to answer were asked; at last it leaked out--as a family secret, not to be spoken of-that George . had proposed to Marian and had been virtually accepted, but . that the marriage was absolutely forbidden
by Mr Gonisby. The elder Whiddens talked the matter over between themselves, and opinions were rather divided. Sir Douglas thought it was a very wise plan, after all,
that his friend Gonisby had hit upon that of ' going to Europe. He had no sort of objeotion, he deolared, to Marian. She was the embodiment of good sense, was a model daughter, and would be likely to make a model wife; brit then everybody realised that, being a Jewess, she was bound 'to marry one of her own people. Sir ' Douglas was not au advocate of mixed marriages of any sort. * Love,' he would say, * is no doubt the first essential to wedded happi- ness;* agreement in the religious con- victions the second ;' and « social equality'
And Sir Douglas had the reputation of being one of the most sensible and level-
headed men in Victoria.
When he knew how matters stood-and notwithstanding that his wife, mother-like, waa for upholding George's ohoioe-he said it waB time to have a talk with George on the subject. He called him into his study.
* So you have asked tor the hand of ¿ur neighbor's daughter, I hear P'
'Yes, bir; and I'm pleased to say our 'neighbor's daughter* haB aooepted, but our neighbor himself has-'
* Firmly but respectfully declined, I under- stand,* intercepted the elder Whiddon, whioh wat» a way he had. He was more ready of speeoh than was George.
«Whioh, I suppose,' Sir Douglas con- tinued, ' you take to be rather unneighborly oonduot on the part of Mr Gonisby P'
» Unneighborly is no word for it.*
» Pardon my suggesting, my boy, that you look with biassed eyes on the action of our neighbor.'
« The bias, I fanoy, is all on his side. If he had no more bias than I have, .Marian and I should be married.'
* Without so muoh as by my leave P*
' Your pardon, father ; but I'm sure you wonid not objeot to Marian for a daughter
« Other things being equal, oertainly not. But other things are not equal. Your Bible says, yon know, ' Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.'
George was not preparod for this. He was not particularly qnalifiod to quote Scripture. He wished he could mention a set-off to his father's quotation.
' Does not the bible suy somewhere that a man's wife may bo saved through the faith
of her husband P*
(To be continued. )