|Newspaper Title||The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)|
|Trove Title||Money Or Wife ?|
Money of Wife? - ? » ? ? CHAPTER XXIV.~(Continu«l,)
She had presented the man in a new light. She 'had let Lady Ellen ace that, though 'he was so very calm and wise and strong, and always so cheerful, that 'behind- all this there lurked Me suffering man -wlio felt ?himself no longer ihe physical equal of his (fellow men. . ' . 'Adrian made me quite unhappy,' Norah Fowls had said on one occasion.
'He was so pathetic about himself.' Lady Ellen found herself wishing that she could dismiss this subject from her mind; but it was impossible! She thought she had- understood and known Adrian Dawhey most thorough ly; tout now he appeared to' he^ in a new way. , ? . ' ?/.'?'.? She wanted to soothe him, to take all unhapplness out' of his, thoughts, to make him feel how wonderful he was; how much higher and better and great er t'han, any other man. . So very gra dually she came.' to the conclusion that, though if might never be ?possible' for her to take such a definite place In Adrian Downey's life, yet to bind her self .to another man, to try' and 'make new interests, to 'build up another ex istence' In which Adrlun had no part ex cept as a friend, wets something, she couicL never do; and all at once a-he re solved on tolling Dawney himself some thing of the truth, and on/asking him
?io aeip trer, : ? 'Perhaps if he could let Mr. Bryant understand that I am a changeable, er ratic, 'tiresome sort of person, he might prevent -things coming, to a crisis.' She called at Co!onei- Dawney's hotel, and found fhat he was expected back that evening; so she wrote him a little letter,'-., and ?' said that she would bo sla'd If ho would come .and see her on the f olio wJng afternoon; und late that same, night she got a let ter from Julian Bryant, who wrote that ;he was 'really all right again, and that ho wanted 'her to be so kind as to let him oome and'soe her on the following, day. after lunch. 'I have something to tell you,' he Raid, 'something that you^ought- to- have known- along time ago.' ' ' ' ^ Lady/*Ellen- first instinct was to put Kott either one or the other of the men; t'hen she decided to do notRlng of the kind;, instead, she. wrote fixing the hour .for Julian' .Bryant to call, .Which' would ? be the same-time at which she/expected: Colonel Dawhey. ' ' ??.. ?It can be. safely said that; Lady Ellen snnivpiv ninanrl hnr *-vtiu that mie-kt WhA
?'he looked qu$te*'p-le and tired wlien the lext day came. ' .. ' , S'he was also rather subdued in nian-.. ner, arid her maids were a , little troubled about her. ' ' ; In.'.-'the1- middle, of the morning she sat down' and wrote a letter .to' Colqnel bawnej'-r/'-',-. ,' '.;..'',' . ?v. /.V-'- ?» , 'You are coming here thte afternoon, Adriffn dear,' she wrote; 'and when you come I want you to do me a great service.- ,' ? ' * ; ? 'I think you have understood that I havo 'been half inclined to make^a new future for: myself. \I won't. pretend with you, I -mean that I know you' ?have understood that someone has come/ into my life, and that there is the poa aiblllty of my 'being asked 'by Mr. Bryant to marry him. I don't know If I 'have been very wrong, or if I -have given him too much encouragement; the- fact Is, Adrian dear, now that I feel things are coming to. a point I— I don't want to make any change. When you, come hero this'. afternoon, you will meet Mr. Bryant. Will you let him understand —that though I ? like 'him very, yer.v, very much bettar, Indeed, than . any other stranger I 'have ever met, /I can riot marry him! Don't* ask me to. give my reasons. .1 hardly know them my self. I only /know that what I* have Imagined would ' bring: mi© happiness:, ,,wou!d .bring me just the other thins1! You know you told mo that,. If any \-\s ?big evene shaped In my life. I was io let you know at once, Well, I am'tak Ing you at your word, and I ask you, just as If you were my brother, to smooth away any difficulties! there may bo for me' In connection with this man.' She signed this simply, 'Nell,' and she sen), It round by hand to the hotel. .She lunched out with- some friends, aijxl came 'back trembling with nervous 'nest'.. ???..... ' ??. Her maid Informed her that Colonel Dawney was'ln the drawing-room; but she passed the door, and went on. up to her own room. ' . ,' -The fact that he was there was suffl. dent answer to her, that he meant to do what she had asked. ? In ft little while the message was
brought to her that 'Mr. Bryant had ar. rived. ''.'?? , ?'??: 'Pleaee say that I will be down, very won.'' \ - .'A^s.he entered the drawing-room, Ju lian Bryant 'gave a little start, then 'he moved forward rapidly and stretched out his hand. 'I have been trying to. find you all t'Ms morning.' he said. 'I am glad you are here.' The maid appeared at the doorway and gave Lady Ellen's message, 'Her ladyship will be clown very span,' she said. The' door was closed and the two men were alone.
Julian stood a moment uncertainly, i and then, he looked into Dawney's eyes, s 'A little while ago,' he said, 'you put i a plain question to me; and I told you 1 that the reason why I had remained sll. 1 ent was because there were reasons ! w'-alch made me hesitate. Colonel ?! Da-wney, I 'have come here this : afternoon to tell those reasons to Lady : jjJlien, I have como hero for another ; purpose, to ask. lier to forgive me If she can; and not to hate me too mudb.' : '.Suppose you speak out to m«t' ?ald ' Dawney, In 'his qutet way. ; /'I^-I cannot ask Lady Ellen to marry ; me,' said Bryant almost *lun.tly, 'be- cause— } am married, already.' , ? 'Colonel Dawney's brows contracted sharply! ' He looked at the speaker ' ' very keenly, so ' keenly that Julian winced. ? \ ' .' . 'I did not mean .to tell. her till I wa* free,'.ho.aald.v 'I— I— the proceedings for a divorce are now being arranged. It has been difficult for these proieed ings to. .be started earlier because I had no knowledge; of my wife's where abouts;' moreover, It has to be a con structed case, and this can only *be done vrith her consent. ? I ' think I know what you are' going Jto 7 say to me, Colonel Dawney; you are going to call nie some ? ugly names. WoM.,1' Eihall 'hkve. to stand that, be cause I know ,that f deserve them! There are some extenuating elrcum sfances which ' perhaps later on you ...111 UmUm Inl «%j^V»f all flist VldC fA Vfi
(rill HOUCU l«j 4iv»r ant luat *i»a vw uw lone Is to tell Lady Ellen 'the truth, ;O let 'her- 'know— that 'I wronged 'her, ,n supposing that she would have noi'ried wo— -when — I grot my freedoin. l'hat is not all,' said Julian, turning ?ather abruptly and facing the other man, 'something: came to me— In thi? ,ast twenty- four hours — a truth which I have done my best— to kill and for
ret — It is m-t only- my position vskiah M itands between me and Lady EJlea — ' ? t Is the fact that, though I won-ld giv© I ler devotion^ homage, she wauM never ? )G the woman I love!' He- broke off I suddenly, a,nd then he said a little I wars&lj-, 'The hhlng tliat is hurttng ? Me as much a3 anything else is that I ' iraay be the unworthy cause of ? naking Lady Ellen urihappy.* ? 'Before you go any further, Mr. ? Elryant,' Coionel Dawney saloVgravely, I 'I am going to give you a letter te ? 'ead. It was written to me in. eon- ? Wence, but it will convey to you far I Jotter than -I can the truth of tLadjr I Ellen's feelings.' ? I ?He turned round and faced the fire ? while Julian eagerly read the few tour- I 'led, simple words, whieh Lady 131160 I lad written that morning. .. I ?VThen he'^had finished, he sat down I and covered 'his face with tois hands. ' I 'Here at least,' -he said not very I 3teadlly, 'I aan granted some, peace of I inlnd. I have 'been very troubled about I her. I was afraid ? ' He broke off I a.nd sot up restlessly. 'You see, It I vyasn't mere vanity on my part; you I I see, we 'both like, one another, some- I thing draws us together, and still I something -holds us aipart'.' I think I I had better go. It will not be necessary ' I for me to see Lady Ellen. Tell her just I what you Jike.' '.. . ' .-. I He turned to go to the door, but I Colonel 'Dawney stopped him. .. I (To be Continued.) - I