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Full Date1891-05-01
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Newspaper TitleBathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW : 1851 - 1904)
Trove TitleLove's Influence
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LOVE'S INFLUENCE.

., , ,. ,-Uy .thy Author jofj'^SWECTilEARTS,'' kc. .--;-;. . .CHArTER I.— (Cbntinued.)l ? - -At Jength Jennet's labors.were over, and x ' slic was left to toast her tiny feet upon the drawing-room fender, and listen j for the ??*.?-?? (wheels of the dog-catt which was to bring ' ' ''Gerald and his friend Colonel 'Armytage ? from the'station. ' ; ' ' '.. ' ; Hubert. Arinytage , was the command ing officer of; the — th / Dragoons^ a fine handsome man, though his appearance was somewhat marred by the scar of a sabre-cut which he had received in India during the Mutiny. : i ?? --: \ When the sound of wheels was heard on the drive,'- Jennet did not move from her warm place to greet the stranger, even .,-.;, ? ,when ; Gerald's voice was1 h'eardj calling . ' Jennet, Jennet !'' ' ': ???''''? , , . '- ,. '-'Go into the drawing-room; Armytage,'' .; ;,'... said. Gerald, throwing open the ^doer.' .:-. ' -?:' I'll fetch my sister down.''' ( ', I Colonel Armytage went into the fire-lit room, not, caring very niu.ch whether Miss O'Shaughnassy made her appearance or not. What he had heard of her had not favourably impressed him. He 'walked Jlj up to«thV fireplace,* noting1- the- exquisite ,', hnc-a-bvac and , pictures , with which the ' robin was adorned; and it was not till he had reached tne .hearth-rug i that He ' per iceived a lady lying 'hick in'a' largje arm ?--.:' chair. That' she was Miss1 O'Shaugh nassy did not lor one '. moment *en|tcr his lc head,. as she had not answered his suin , uions. He concluded he was 'some lady visitor, so he simply bowed. To his astonishment ^she'rose, saying— ''Good evening, Colonel Arinytage.'' M; Ho took the hand held out to him.' .; ' Good evening, Miss — r~''\ '?? 'i'-am; Jennet , O'Shaughnassy,' she

said, blushing .a little. [,, . o-:' ! ; ' , ' Are youi, really?' questioned .!. the Colonel coolly. 'Then why, did you not ?.';' answer your brother, instead of giving t him the trouble of seeking you? '.' !,('??.; , [.' t . !,'... ',,',.If Colonel ; Armytage i had \ suddenly given. 'Miss. O'Shaughnassy a blow , in the .' ?? face, he could hot have astonished her more. * She positively gasped ; her bright i « v f i eyss t looked at him ? from ; head 9 'to foot,' '' ' took in every,: turn of the trim soldier-like figuie, and- finally fixed themselves in /nostt ludicrous'' wonder on his cold blue,, ones. At last'she'stammered — j * * ? ' 1 don't know. .,. I suppose I ought tot have' answered ; but then, you see — [ — ' ? ??.i;!()lif{jQh;*yes,^Ii(.see, MissOO'Shaiighnassy 1 You were, nodding.- , No(w,/if I had only b'een1fbne ^'minute' earlier/ 'T should; have caught you.', ,,,,.,/ _,--., ., f s ' ,; ' ' ril :,/?,' 'Indeed, 1 was not asleep!'* began jennet indignantly. .????? ''?'- ^ '? (,i Then i\yhat do lisee ?''.. ? ' See ?': she repeated in a questioning tone. : . , /v. , 'Yes ;, you were saying, ' But then you |y-% lsecp ? ti»\1V! , 1 J-\ ????:'-. ,?'-' ivi .-4 . . i * ' Oh 1' said' Jennet laughing. 'I was going, to/(say— you see, (I ;am Jennet. I fear' you Will -think the' excuse a; very flimsy one.' ; ''' \\.-;1' Very;'1 'returned\ the iColonel1 drily. i 'At' this moment Gerald came into the .--.- i room. '?' ,-'1;V, ' J ' ,'';i.'',;; ; ' / . '' ''' \ ? :? ' I can't find Jennet, and the others are ,ii. ii..- j. — Li.- ' Why 'Jen net, are you there ? That's ''?''' 'all' right— I needn't introduce you: ;';, Is tliere any tea ?.'--- In a few moments1 !the ? .footman entered with a tray/ an^ Gerald poured but the grateful beverage. 'Don't '?' look so'' astonished',; old | man,' said he. ?'Jennet never makes tea; she'd jspill half of it if I left it to her. - I -say, how did you come off with the tree ?' : ,,^. ,-. '.'-Oh, don't talk of it I I couldn't man age it at all,' she replied. Suppose we go 'and see the'ball-room;'!* should think they have nearly done.' ... ,, ! 1 ' ' '' She led ,the way .across the conservatoi y to the ball-room, where the elders were gathered round^the^nre^enjoying tea, 'and i ^ *? the juniors assisting with* the decorations. ' Ada and Edith came forward to be made acquainted with the visitor, who, after a ' few, moments .chat, came -, back to Jennet,, who ' was ' apparently1 contemplating j the , general effect, but in reality thinking over ,, ' .,'ttie strange' mariner', of the' hew 'gues.t.'J! ^' t'Slie could, not, -make .him : out. What [ did ! he mean by that attack upon her in ? the drawing-room?/' It was monstrous, .unjustifiable, impertinent— and, ^ yet' a I r« suspicion ^crossed/her mihcKtlfat he Jwas right. But ,stjll, ,for a perfect stranger j ao speak to her as if she had been a -.?naughty child,'-' ? insolent I'^The man ??'?. rwas certainly1 :jvcryl.'-liatidso!iie — such . ''?'?''' bliic', eyes', bu't.ijSo^.frostily.i' cold ! I He' did not aceuiito, admire her ia ;bit — |dis- 1 t ?-.-: agreeable1 fellow ! - It; was her first !' ?'?' experience of such, a'case. , . She was| ac1- 1 customed to 'liear tender tones addressed to her, to have- eyes meet hers charged with Love's, messages, | passionate ^affec ?( ' ^iibn,' or'sad regret1.' ' It1 wasa new idea to meet looks. before which her own quailed ; and she admitted to herself that it Was remarks bly, | unpleasant. She was fain to i own that she 'was just1 a -'little1 afraid of him ; not that she would allow him to see it— oh, dearJrio ! She would, flirt Iher 0 ~\ t very hardest; jvithihinir^do everything 'she , ''f , 1 j could 'i;o! make him' admire and ' like her. What man could, remain cold and jun moved/ ^vvith ysuch,.^ weapons brought against 'him ? ' 'Then, when she had brought him -to her feet— — j f y ,((0l-J-.Hpw,;charming. the, ropmi will look' when all the; lamps are lighted I' s'aid Colonel T. Armytage, close |besjde-l ,her.r Vj0-'''--jenhetl8jkarjed;':^1.-11'';.;,'j';;''ii1i:',lfi,',:'': J ' ?' . (j'.^Yes, '.'iyery, , .she .responded sweetly. 1 «' It cJugW't jto,i'do''i,soiXior,i.|'it' Kas taken much time and. labor.' J ?'' ? I:. ?;?.?./! '?lr''sudp6^e, you 'have been 'at 'work for. ; k: '-^evaral'aaysl*':!'- :' ''': ''. -^ . ' Oh, yes,., they, have been, working aU: ' Ihowe'ekl''1 '?''''' '?'V.',',;^ ' ?--»? j ,,'- And jjW.liicli-., is iyour., especial part ?' kaked Arniytagc. ,)', ;, !,', .' „ ,ii I ' Mine?' laughed Jennet. 'I neVer i...,:^,?^W-il%:-.VUU:,-A;,.W-J/.;i:i/ . A (lu „. r'L^eaW ?' — l'-s very, incredulously. ' Really. ? iL hadi better ^ -'t'elli; you at once that.I don't sew, or, play .tennia or I b'i'lliar'ds/vcannot 'ride' -or c- skate1, -' fish or j swim, do not know 'one note of music from another, neyor dance square dances, because! was hot clever enough to learn f .S^tt^Sgui^s^1! don't Ueail riovelsTr-in^^faci1, ' I never ^o anything.' . ? ?'? '????'??.?!?? I „!*-