|Newspaper Title||Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899)|
|Trove Title||Matched and Mated: A Romance in Real Life|
FICTION. MATCHED AND MATED. A ROMANCE IN REAL LIFE. BY Mus SHACKELL, [Authoress of 'Broken Life,' ' Re tribution,' etc.] CHAPTER XVI -(Continued,) ' The last time we were up these hills I was calling you Miss Hall,' he com menced. ' I was selfish enough,' replied Alice, ' to hope that you had forgotten all that nonsense, but since you have recalled it I had better assure you that there was none of it my doings.' You did it very well for all that.' 'Did TI Well, I suppose I did. It wouldn't do to half act my part, would it ? Pauline has a will of her own. I had to obey her, and act the part allotted to me as well as I could. Believe me, Mr Clifford, I had no idea that she would have carried it so far as she did. Girls with so much money are suspicious of men's characters. They imagine that money is the greater attraction, and Pauline though so light-hearted and seemingly eareless,was most exacting. In the first place she wanted a man whom she could love entirely, and then that man should return her love to such an extent as to marry her for herself alone, and also to carry out the married man's instructions according to Holy Writ. I begged of her to tell him the trutil before we parted, but she would not rest content till he left father and mother for her too.' 'I never thought from what I knew of her,' replied Clifford, ' that she had such a chbsracter ; she carries it almost fatally far.' 'Neither of them, none of us are ever likely to forget it.' T;,ey still climbed up. The blazing sun set, :rowing its shadows on them, while in t.. . background rose the black masses of the ,niuntains solemn and distinct. They both felt the awe-inspiring solem nity , ? the scene, while into both their hear:., crept the same feeling that now when all the acting was over they might trust each other and be friends. Whether it was the old pre tending that had left its traces, or that the deepening shadows were lending their romance to him, he felt, as now and then he glanced at the pale olive face, with its pure outlines, that he meant more in the paastthan he was really aware of. He saw her now as she was, a poor friendless girl-a sole dependent on the bounty of Mrs Brandon Hall, and still he felt that he loved her. 'We will be friends anyhow, Miss Le Pryon 1' Oh, yes, I hops so, I have so few friends,' she added humbly. ' I can well do with one more.' 'You should have many I think.' he went on, 'You are so gifted,so accomplished I, for my part, never saw a lady I so admire.' 'Now,' protested Alice, ' you must neither flatter nor talk nonsense,it is not necessary for friends to load each other with compliments.' 'Very, well,' he replied quietly, ' I shall do no more to incur your displeasure. We must enjoy our holiday and have no misunderstandings, so friends we are and will be, said lie, holding out his shaking hand to her. She raised her sad dark eyes to hia, :.nd she gave him her hand, she felt thet bhe could trust him, and he know that he loved her.