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Chapter NumberIII.-(Continued.)
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Full Date1891-05-07
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Newspaper TitleBathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW : 1851 - 1904)
Trove TitleLove's Influence
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' I k I * ' 8 * . *- ~ - „ . '' - By the Author of ' BwketheABTB,' Ix. \/Cii£rrg.K; III.— -(Continued.) ; ; t' J pmceive you have been making game of me,' said her partner when it wasoyer^ 'Colonel Armytage,' returned Jennet_ impressively, ' I give you my solemn, word of honor that I have never danced a quaanjjein S»y lifelbeld«j,^ When it became known that Miss O'Shaughnassy could dance as well as other people, she was besieged. 't-ance'/ori'e with me, Miss Jennet !' was the cry. . But [she said ' No,',', and kept her word. Colonel /Armytage. was woefully disap pointed. He had expected Jennet to go through every, dance because he '.wished it. '-.'W&tyjhjs second 'quadrille came, she declined joining it. . ,. -?'? c '? ' /. ? 'You said, if I did not like it, we could sit out. ' I did not like it ; and, if you do not wish to talk' to me, you can dance with some else.',, ;,: ..''''.'',/ . '?'.'''? Colonel 'Armytage did Miss O'Shaugh nassy's bidding,' walked coolly across the room; anJ immediately' led Dora to a place among the' dancers; Jennet was thunderstruck— the .Colonel's move was so utterly unexpected. She determined to punish him in his own way. She crossed the room to where, . Lord Sleep ton's butler , was talking to MrsvBond, the Gill\nRhudding housekeeper,'^. and asked,, in her sweet well-trained voice-?. _ ' Mr. Benson, will you ask me to dance this quadrille ?' ' 1 shall be proud, Miss O'Shaugli nassyr'^^3^lfe oldlnariToffCT^ ' withi a Courtlier air ;tUan |iis. master; could, have done. ' Where would you like to be?' ViiTii ..;!-' ',! :\: ?--'?- t'.-'Yi ', yis-a:vis to. Miss | Patterson.'.', ..:,,..; .. '? Why, would you riot dance, with , me ?'; . said the Colonel, when they met in the I figure. ,., r.j».r. -?-*.* .?- i, -. ?:.:: 'Because you dance so very badly,' answered Jennet, with ineffable disdain— - whereat' Colonel Armytage laughed aloud.' When His Fecohd waltz, camei he ask^c [ with ,, a ' smile whether ' tie ) ,danced well . enough for that. ;. -???? i ...:'?- '???n ' 'You don't deserve it,' said Jennet, with anoffended air. ; ; ' .: -i i ' But yon will , dance it,. ^witli me ?' — ' I suppose I inust'J' ' I lave'' made a discovery, Miss O'Shaugnassy.' ?? ' :;- '- : 'What is that ?'—' That, you arc in capable (of ,''^ulksV' y, r{ ... ?[,,,., .,:.'-?' ' So you are' beginning to find but 'that 1 haye, some ,, good :i qualities,',. Jennet laughed.' ' I knew you would in time ; , but 1 should not advise you to try to undcrstancLme.,, You never will.' - ? . ! ' I thiSc I do, all the same.'— 'Then '. you are the first who ever aid.' ?? Thatoii not at all improbable,1' was the rejoinder. .., ?,., t. ,,;, ,v/,: -.,.„ ..,.., ,.!.. j Jennet wondered .what he . . /neant , by , that. * ' ' i + ? m. ? *?---?* * \ When; Jennet awoke the. next jday, , she j found-' the house almost deserted; for, j excepting some of the servants,' everyone had gone jo.cjiurch. .,,,, ,.5V. ::;-.-r:, 'They 'might' 'have roused' me on ' Christmas morning,1 '? she mused ;,' they j aeem to think I'don'tcare to dp anything.' , Soon;' after (rthey, returned, .laughing , merrily, and 'declaring that their , noses were frost-bitten. ; .? ;. , .;.-.? '--';'??.- i.-.:- .??-? ?, ' How many cards had yon, Jennet ?' askedjAda';;1'!, i.}.i/i:.V',1''..V/-. yr'':,y...'^'.. :' j ' I don't know. ' I haye'nt iSeen them :J yet,' said Jennet, jumping up and ringing -s the bell. ? ? I ' Whyjdid you, not,tell me to. do that?' J inquirecfiKe1 Colonel.1 ^^ X '^ ' lyJ J ' Because I know you are such a lazy g man. You would rather I did iij myself,' *( JennePwasj indeed j tuiiiingi'the',.tabie4|da h Colonel 'Armytage.1 -m'-iM-'.'!! .uuim r The frost continued for several days. „ Hunting warn pfcourse suspended. /The / party at Gil Rhudding .occupied them- \ selves with walking 'and'' indoor pursuits, except on Sunday, iwhen they : went to c church, where Colonel Armytage hap pened to sit next to Jennet. He noticed1 .« that she did not join in the service; and that, as often as not, her book, -vas upside a down. Alas lor ' his hopes of reforming' D Jennet! She seemed determined to %\ aggravate him to the, .utmost, ,, for in « general, she was a very careful and attentive worshipper. 1 1 .''.-. ' . The next morning, Gerald, announced *j that the ice Would bear, and that sprae of 1 the men had gone with brooms to, make n the ice fit for skating. , ,,.',. , ' ' I iupposelypu^ifl.aU be going, down,'! ^ said Mr.; O'Sb'aughnassy, .'. except you t, ? Wtiat will you do ?' *- *?«?-?« ? ° ' I may [perhaps go, too, just to look' at /- them,11 shereplifed^. ,? '' ';:' *': ,:nTK '!'''' tl ' Don't you, ' skajc,'' ; asked t Colonel c Armytagerr; '??;?'?'.';. ''' ';:'!';-; ?.':1^';;;1 ;j ' Iskate ! echecd she, with wide-open, s eyas. .'' You might,; as well ask. me if I n can iriake a pudding.' ,;, ''*?.*?; „'?' .',.-,' „ ' Let me teach you.' . n ' No, thanks. I really don't see the tj sense of breaking one's limbs by trying to n stand on a quarter of an inch of steel,' Cl when 'a merciful Ptovidence'has give one t] some four inches of good, and '. firm flesh t| and b;one| for, the. purpose.' V, .'''.'' ' C( ' It's my : belief that ? Miss ? O'Shaugh- s| nassy can* skate just as well 'as' she can fl dance, and she's only chaffing us when ,-j she prettencls';; shells notable,''. observed tl Mr. Deiiriar, frohi the; other, end of thft \s\ table ? ,. , p , ?:,..ii;:;[i .!,-i. :??.??:. .-.' a ?? If all your iother belief has1 no, fjrmer, v foundation than that;', said J,enneti ??if'c must be like iirito the housswrhiqh/vyaa n built upon the sand; if?r,, if, 1, 'w.ere to tl trust myself for. two seconds.; upon Ada's I ' Acmes,', it would be a 'qase of 'jennet1 V feU, an|d'gi;^twas)he f^ thereo/r, ? - ' 1 should' ltlce to. see J.«rinet iqri skates;1,; 1 laughed Gerald. .? ., ?. ;.-.,: ?,:,-., ww.-.: v ; ,?? U 'I shouldn't' said Ada. ?« She I Would -* injure, herself somewhere, depend, upon it.!' g During the course, of the morning ? Jennet. went. jto watch the skaters.' The *J ladies had robed, themselves in short satin or silk skirts of brilliant hues, having c velvet' or ' fur-trimmed over-dresses, and e the men wore knickerbockers and short j coats. Jennet, who looked bewitching in sealskin jacket and hat, with a bluei dress, c was hailed with shouts ot, welcome. a. .vK-iM^yV^'cfirtiiNirt.)-1-' ''' .-?? ? p