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Newspaper TitleMercury and Weekly Courier (Vic. : 1878 - 1903)
Trove TitleA Golden Dawn
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A -,GOLDEN-. DAWN. S[FAMILY HERALD] S CAPTER-? II. Hyacinth Vane presented herself before the surpiised eyes 'of her father, one June afternoon, looking so beauti V ful in her festive attire that he was be trayed into an impudent speech. " Why, Hyacinth my dear," he cried. " Yo are a beautiful woman r" For;hours afterwards the sonntl of her happy laughter.rang-in his ears. "'A wtoman, Ipapa ?" she aniswered. e " No, l am only a child.' Helooked distressed and perplexed. - . -" How eld are your" he-asked ; and t she answered "'ri-am-ixteei, papa." t " Sixteen ?" he saiid, c ihisingly. S" Why, it seems to me only yesterday -'that Tlsaw you lying -in'yournauther's arms. Sixteen ? Can sixteen years have passed away ?" Philosopher, scholar, and strident as e he was, he did not recognize the fact 8 that long years had passed. while he had buried himself in 'his books and s had watched the :liie-blossomi appear o and fade. He. looked thou?gitfully at e his daugbter. " I must begin to think more about you," he- said::"'i-iiive not realized the .fliglit of ,timne."i . f Hyacinth laughed iThe yeacl that s had passed -like 'a dreamrtoher-father had seemed vevry.long a"i. inefentful to her. Sheb wdnt to th6lVicarage, and Mrs. s Morley wrs charmed with her; her beauty, her grace, her quaint earnest ness, her brilliant iimagination, made her one of the most charming creatures. When she had gone. home that night, Mrs. Morley went to her husband, the good 'doctor- whose life was governed e by-the doctriines he preached. ' " S"John," she said, "you will tell me p that in this case virtue is its own t reward. I want to do a good natured action." "I need not say that I am willing e to help; good nature delights -me," Y answered the Vicar. e" I want to introduce Hyacinth Vane into a little good society," said Mrs. Morley. " I have seen no one half so t charming for years. She must be most lonely, for her father spends the e whole of his time with his bookss. He is no companion for her, and she really ought to have one." "It is a lonely life," admitted the - Vicar. " What do you intend to do ?" t "Merely introduce her ; she will e make her own way. If Lady Rose I dene saw her,- she would invite her to f Dene Hall. She told me last? week that she deplored the absence of pretty ° girls more than anything else. She would take her by the hand, I am t sure; and I shall not lie surprised, with her face, if she marries well, and 7 becomes one of the queens of the s county."- . . - a . "You are -anguine," laughed the a Vicar.'' I "The child has no mother, and it o would be a kindly action to take:her by 1 the hand,"'said Mrs. Morley. ' If you are willing, we will get up. a pic-nic to 'f Dunwold Woodsi and beautiful Hya .cinth Vane-shall be its chief.attraction. " i will' ask -Lady:Rosedene; and you will see that, my words will come true." The Vicar gave his consent, and the a pic-nic was soon organized. Hyacinth smiled in incredulous wonder when the y invitation was put into her hands. "I am really grown up," she said to herself, with a happy smile. "Who would ever have thought that I should go. to' a pic-nic? Papa," she cried, breaking in upon the quietness of that k much loved study, "read this notepand C then realize, if you can, how grown up I am. Ishall want a pretty dress, a hat, gloves-so many thing.. :Do you 'think thai'you can afford to ret me go?" "I will- see," he answered, with a smile; we must consult Miriam." The'result of his " seeing'' was hat Hyacinth, in a pretty white-and-blue costume, looked more lovely than : ever, and went, with a smile on her face, to meet her doom-went in the full beahty of the June day, with a face fair as a flower, a heart light as that of a bird, her eyes full of happiness, her golden hair like an aureole' rounidher neck.. FrancisVane watched her with lovfig gaze ;''and to him, in that moment of unconcealed pride an4.de light inhis child, thereasge n~os~aow of a prison'ce.l. Mrs. Merley-' alwys spoke of that pie-nic as one of the successes of her 'life; no iparty of guests could have enjoyed themselves more. Iady Rosedene, just as the :-Vicar's -good wife had foreseen, was delighted'iith the beautiful! debutqnte., - "Is her father g gentleman /ij she whispered :to - Mrs. :-lorley i. -She herself is charming. :But, ie' she isite presentable 7".- - : S"Mrs. Morley,. in her goocd nature, gave such.a ..flattering :account. of the scholar that :Lidy .Rosedene Bheanie desirous to ee?him. '::" Shall I inuiteit~bfstlher as i 7" she asked, and ,wasjust-a little. ofeded Swhen Mrs. Morley assured; her. that it Iwould not be of the-learstise.t ii -? "You have evideiitly -ev~ir "h·erd the romantic story -of -Francis.- ane's courtship and marriage,": said," Mrs. Morley. "His is about the onlycase I know in this world of really true love. It is no fiction to say that his heart is buried in his wife's grave. All his neighbours have been kind to him, and invited him, but it was found that! invi-. tations merely troubled him ' now everyone leaves him in peace." "Then you think he would not come, even if I invited him ?"' said Lady Rosedene. "I generally manage to have my own way with the men." "I do not think you would succeed in this case," answered Mrs. Morley; ' nor do I think it would be kind to desire it. When so much of a man's heart and soul is in heaven, it seems almost a pity to bring him back into close contact with the world again." Lady Rosedene's eyes were fixed on the fair bright face of the young girl. She turned suddenly to the 'icar's wife r 't ?Ihave read,". she-said " of the sweetness of flowers. being wasted on the deiert air--of violets blooxling nfile-i,"fiifd giving their fragrance to the wind. 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kingdom of flowers ; every here and there is one of'stiu exquisite beauty "that every one pauses to admire it. It :appears to me that in the, world of fair women, every now and then we find:a face so beautiful that the whole world ought to see and admire it. I shall be doing an act of charity in making this face known." But the Vicar's wife shook her head. Such a doctrine' was not quite in accor dance with her husband's teaching. "I do not know about that," she said. " Every face is what I may call the veil or cover of an immortal souit and I should say any soueal was en id agared where the owner oftit 1was we rehipped for her beauty..: 1' dd not qui think myself that beauty should be soeagerly admired." ' " It is the way.of the world," laughed Lady Rosedene. "We plain women may thank Heaven that great beauty and great gifts do not often go together; if they did, we should have but a poor chance. As it is, some people] do value common sense and intellect more than beauty. I shall 'make 'friends with Miss Vane. We shall hear some thing of her before many months are over, mark my words." And those same words indeed came true. - tr CHAPTER III. Lady Rosedene, of Dene Hall, was one of the celebrities of the county in in which Dene stood. She was left a widow at quite an early age, mistress of -a magnificent estate and a vast fortune. Being both young and clever,-;every one expectes that she would.-marry again ; but Lady Rosedene was wiser than that. The late lord had been of a most tyrannical disposition and nun amiable temper. His young wife suf fered terribly from it, being herself of a gay, frank, happy nature. When Lord Rosedene died, she said to herself t'iat she would never again bend her nick under the yoke that was so weighty to bear. -She resolved to enjoy her life; and, -as a preliminary, as the most certain means of insuring that enjoy ment, she resolved upon never having anything to do with love. "If I am to enjoy my life, to" pre-. serve my good looks, I must have nothing - to do with the fret and the fever called love." -Having made that resolution, she began to enjoy life in her own way, and succeeded perfectly in her plan. One of the most charming and 'capti vating of women, she had numerous admirers. She enjoyed the friendship of clever and sensible men ; she en joyed their admiration ; she was pleased with her conquests-but she steadily refused to have anything to do with love, even in its milder form of flirta 'tion. For fifteen years she had been the ",queen of the county." The fetes and festivities at Dene Hall were famous all over the neighbourhood-no one else gave such parties, such balls. such picnics-no one gave such plea sent garden parties. The young girls of the neighbourhood adored her. She would not hear of love-for her -self ;' but nothing gave her greater happiness than to see it in others. She 'took 'the keenest interest" in ai love' affair. She was not a match maker; no' ond could have 'ever used such a 'word about the refined and - clever Lady Rosedene; but she liked to bring young- people together. She had a wonderful kind. of instinct which told her at once what persons would agree together. She never had an ill-assor ted, party .of guests.. She never had th?'leas't drawback to the success of - every.entertainment she gave. She was famous for having promo ted 'more marriages than anyone else in the -county. Mothers who had a difficulty in marrying their daughters found. their difficulties, ended when they once applied to Lady Rosedene. She would invite a young girl to Dene Hall, introduce her amongst an eligible let,andthen leaveherto take her chance. That usually ended in marriage. So' successful had she been that pretty young girls were now at a discount in . the neighbourhood of Dunwold ; they were all married and gone from home; so that the kindly happy widow was somewhat at a loss for young recruits. IShe began to fancy that at one or two of her balls there had been a dearth of pretty faces, that her cha rade pairty had lacked interest, and tl a: there was a want of novelty in some of the scenes. She was more than de lighted when Mrs. Morley ip?roduced 2yacints Vane; here indeed was a novelty, a girl more beautiful than any one she-had-ever seen, with a - voice that was-like sweetest music; and a smile that -was like sunshine, a girl whoise ?ivery movement was full of sweetest harmony,:as though she were - fol!owinga strain of hidden music.e .. Lsdy Roaedetie fell in love with her at once; I "..Your father is a scholar, an;d a gentleman ; thiey tell me' h'e lives amid his books, and-counts this outer world Sas" nothing; -To invite hinim to :Dene Hall would be an empty compliment- he would uiot come; but I'wish he woild let you visit me. Do you think he would ?" said Lady Rosedene to :her. Byacinth raised her happy eyes to the kindly comely-face. "I "think'he' would be delighted,' shi manswered. - My father is -not qilte like other men; he does not !eem to live in the same world--I doubt whether he would understand at all the Skind of world in which you move." " Probably not,"' said Lady Rosedene, delighted with the girl's earnestness and beauty ; "but you will understand - She smiled at the fervonr:witi: whi?h the girl clasped her little white hands, and replied- -. "I should love it, I think, more than any otheir world." A dainty flush covered her fair face, her eyes shone with the brightness of s mtars. "Then," said Lady Rosedene, "you shall see what it is like. Come and stay with me for a month,'if :yo'ci'ian be spared for so long. .I have no wish to g?tter you, .but with a:s ,face like yours tie -wotl' ought' to be at your feet"' - (T be continued.)" :, ': The Prose of it.--Aipet says, "Into each life somb rain 4iust fall.:"' 4 victint tlll us. that this is particularly :the case when some ono.bs appropritated your~enibells'." -