|Newspaper Title||The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)|
|Trove Title||Money Or Wife ?|
CHAPTER XVII. *
Lady Ellen went hack to Scotland long before the fortnight wa» up. She can-led with hor a quantity of luggage! and when sho met the duchess1 she smiled a rather wan little smile. „ I am going to stay with you, Poppy,' she said, 'till you turn me . 'Well, (my dear; there 1b plenty of room, her cousin answered gaily. ' iShe saw at once that something had
ZP ,rJ° upsct Lady Ellen' and she was a little more tender in'eonquence. You have lost all your fresh, rosy looks,' Bhe said. 'I tnppogo there was nothing but fog in London.' ' ,.'fNof /Lalfl- Lady iDllen; 'as a matter of fact, the weather was .excellent, wry wunny and almost warm, 'not a bit like Christmas.' , u^\?Ty'Mt WlU be here JU8t In time, the duchess observed. She had escorted Lady Ellen up to her room, and, stirred the fl're vigor ously as she spoke. , - .- « 'He arrives in Liverpool on the twenty-third, and will travel up here so that we shall have him for dinner on Christmas Eve.' : ' ..'Tell .the children to han«r out mi
the largest stockings they: can got.' Ellen Uroopor laughed, .but as ' the duchess was WvJng her) she said wkh\nf°' E?P,Py- ' l8 so »lce t0 be *lth you again! I wonder why I went to London. I've got the most extra ordinary Jack-in-the-box sort. of fool ng with mo these days, and it is time [T'*'*''1*'' lRm*c«infc; 'Jes, quite old,' said the duchess, wihasmlle, 'But didn't you get youl self some new clothes?' Lady Ellen shook hor head. Mr pLL1!fd T !0U* llltollylews with' Mt. Ple- dell, and. he Is B0 very .nfce tn me. and gave me so much prata for be ng economical, that I was actually strong enough to deny temptation. One ?S au'Oyed mc'' I'*** E»eri said, n little abruptly, 'i had a. very d s agreeable interview with Mr. 'Tender. ? 'Aht' said the duoheu. And what did ''Ho was rathof familiar,' M|d Lady Ellun, and she co'.owd hotly, 'But— ^\'Ol t. tf (u riKciiii.1 11... 1 . . . i
... ? ° u«u.u, mac roiuiy one hardlv 'kM. to repeal it, but ho naked mo to marry him, Poppy! ' 'Well,' Bald the duchess, 'i muBt ?borrow one of my boys' phi^a and suy. that was chock!'' ? ' ' ''Yes, wasn't It?' ^a Id . Lady Bi]en. Ho took my breath away, and then wcl., ho would have boon quite naity only Mr. Plcydoll happened to come In, and Mr. Tcnderten went away In a groat hurry. But-I wish I had never hud anything to do with him. I can't understand how such a(,nJce man aii Mr. Pieydoll can have him for a :. part- ner.1.' ?
?'I believe he Is very clever,' said tho duchess. 'Did you see anybody elae?' 'Yes, one . or two people. Adrian was in town just theday I arrived; and he. promised to dine with mo, und-'then he threw mo over suddenly— In .fact rathfer rudely,' -said Lady Ellen, 'laugh- Ing with an effort. 'I am not going to trouble about Adrian any more; ho Is no. .use In a social sense! He really is only lit for his far,m and his .pigs.' 'Well, dearest: I hope you are going to have a very happy time with us,' said tho duchess, and she went forward and kissed Lady Ellen affectionately. 'I am always happy with you, Poppy dear.' But it was generally Recognised, that Lady Ellen was restless and out of
spirits. She topk her share In all the preparations for Christmas willingly enough; but her heart did not seem to be in the work. ' sire certainly had grown thinner, though she was as'pret ty as ever. ? Tho, little pathetic note about her gave her an added charms- a charm which was Instantly felt by Julian Bit ant when he arrived on Christmas Eve. It was like a dream to him to pass Into the old haM of this wonderful old castle, to 'be received as almost one of the family. Hero at last, lie nila-ht forcnf for n
little. while!. .And there was so much he wanted to forget! His mother woe' In -England ? bom barding hlnr with letters, eagerly ex cited to. eee him. She had Installed herself in hi* house In town, greatly to his servants' disgust; and Julian know that she would -be quite capa'ale of travelling up to Scotland, and foist Ins hcwelf on hl» present hosts If she only had an Inkling where he was. He- had warned Stephens that his whereabouts were to be kept a pro found secret; in fact, no one but this
servant knew that he was back from America! hot even Bill Ketch had yet been informed, Like Lady 'Ellen, Julian had grown much thinner, But ho was, if pos sible, handsomer than, he had ibeen, and In his rough travelling com as ho entered the hall hl» likeness to Adrian Dawnoy was almost painful for Lady Ellen to realise. They stood alone' for a few seconds, and they clasped hands, really glad to' see one another, for there1 was some thing which drew them together, al though 'in .both their hearts thero wa3 a shutter, as it were, closing out all that was really best and truest in both
01,' mem. ,? .'Welcome,' said Lady Ellen. 'I am giad to1 aee you.' ? Julian said nothing, but only clasped hor hand ypry, very tightly. , As-theywere turning away from the flro ho spoke. 'I came because you asked me/' he said. ? 'I hope you won't think .mo a preBumptoustts»,,Lady Ellen, but I fan cled from your letter that you wanted mo to-come.' ' k 'Yes, I did want you, artd I do want you,' said Lady Ellen. 'I feel some how . as if we were great frlendf, as If we hurl ktinj'ii nnn i\nAH-«.. _ -.„_
time, I' ?mean, and one always 'wants the'frlends whom one likes at Christ man time. Last year,' sht caught her breath with' a sharp sigh, 'I 'whs 111 In bod. ; couldn't bo with Poppy. orwlth anybody else; but It Is going to 'be quito different now.' Last 'ChrlBtmaa! ' . Julian Bryant's eyes. closed for an instant, and that sickening sense of shame which every now and then over whelmed him like a physical weakness, ?took possession of him once more. ' Whore 'was Enid' now? What sort of Christmas was It going to foe with hor? Was sho 'back in Canada? Surely It sho remained In England, she could not have kept -away from him. He wanted to think that she was In Can ada, although he know with what bit terneua and sorrow ahe. must have gono back to the few with whom1 she could claim kith find kin. ' ? Slip had spoken to him so often of
nor cnimnood nnd her early girlhood, and of all the hardships that sho had had 'to endure -In her aunt's household. He knew with what delight she 'had come to England, He waked from hl« dream with an effort; and thrueL remembranco from him almost -brutally. 'It Is over,' he said to himself. 'It is over and done with!' Yet when he was up in his room1 he .paced the floor nervously. -Was It. over and done with? Could a man lose his' -.wife so easily? Was there not still a tie? Let him 'resolve to; kill remembrance—let llllYl flt'-BriPll Mm linnul' m«/l ~n/i. ~.. ?
honorable feeling., Enid' was still hits wife, evoji though the. magnetism of another woman was drawing' him al most against his will, and.amWtlon was shaping -a future where happiness' might come to him again. What was his position? How was he to ai't? Now he regretted,, and that acutely, that h© had not traced EriUI, followed upjier movements.
. 'if she left me so willingly, so' eager-. ly,' he. salcl to hlmse.lf, -although he knew that he was traducing her, 'well, then—then she ought to give me ilia chance, of obtaining. real. freedom,' How' can I have this freedom if I do not know here she is?' And then he took a decision. 'Plsy- dell must heip me, I'll tell avery thing to Pleydell. If she Is found I will in sist on settling go -.much on her so that she shall never want, but I must have my real freedom!' Then he stood still and hh face hard ened. ' ?'?.?-??'
'After all,' he aftki. 'She went of her own free 'will, I will not driver her away. Why should I be judged and blamed?' , ? '. .- 1 ? . , , , Mr. Bryant was 'immediately ac cepted -as a 'good Sort' by .the young members of the ducal household. The duke himself took kindly to the young man, and as to the duchess, she 'frank- ly confessed that she was more than half In love with him. She did not 'tell Lady Ellen 'that ilt was she who had prevented Colonel Dawney from joining them on Christ mas Day. After Lady Ellen's return . she had
inuu∋ imngs oui, ana she had de cided that it , was altogether for the best that her cousin should not meet this man again for some time at least; so she very frankly gave Dawney a hint—1 ' (To be Continued.)