|Newspaper Title||The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)|
|Trove Title||Money Or Wife ?|
... CHAPTER , VI I.
Mr. Tenderten was a, man with car tain, ambitions; .. he.was resolved to' have money, hot a. small' and modest income, but real, aoJld. money, and he was : ??infected also with, .the very com. mon complaint: of desiring- to. mingle
intimately with tnose who. moved l& a higher social sphere to ills/ own,' -tke was'a, self-made'mari; The son of a small ;trad«»man in. .a Midland 'town; It- 'had foen open to ftl'm to fol low 'in ' h'i's- ?father'a' ' footsteps, ' :to live aslhis fa'ther' had' done, and to marry ?as -J^is ? father 'had' done, and to^lbe comfortably provided,1 ' for] But he ' had fened' :hjs 'back on the
?Hum .viiuiana lownrana the small shop; ? had articled himself to a 'lawyer,' who' had. done 'business 'with' hls'.fatHer from time to time, and had/ planned out in .hls..mjnd'to read for the bar.' ( .. This idea, ihow^ver, he ' rellnqiiished when he 'was old enough to estlhiate' shrewdly his own limitations; 'hewaa if or better suited at a lawyer's' office, , than to the 'more exacting! duties of the bar. He worked on steadily, losing no ? opportunity tffll. chance had given him a .place in the well-known fli'm Of Pleydejl and -Cozens, ' ? This 'chance' had cost him a very fair amount of the money 'lie had (put 'together, 'tout 'he had regarded it as a good speculation. ?Pleydell and Cozens was;a very old .and. a.very estabjlshed firm, (patronlse-d 'by clients' o^' wealth and1' social- im-:. portance; arid Mr. Tenderten intended to lose no opportunity of ?'ingratiating, himself with such 'clients. ' , ?/,' In a very little while he found him1 self constantly - in request. ' Certain people always preferred to deal ?w-lth'
Mr. Pleydell (the late Mrs. Marnock had 'been one of. these), tout others found Mr. Tenderten very useful, . very obliging, and very prompt. s Among these latter -was Lady Ellen. Orboper, a pretty and charming ;youny woman, who lived in a small house in the neighborhood of Berkeley Square. Lady Ellen was the widow ot ft cer
tain sporting baronet who had drunk himself to death in a conveniently short time, not, however, till ho had managed to. squander all his money, and a good deal of what belonged to
?ins wire. ...-?? Lady Ellen was In constant pecuniary ?difficulties. Mr. Pleydell had been very fitraightforward wijth (her, and had told her some time ibeforo that she was living considerably 'beyond her in come, a fact of which Lady Ellen was perfectly well aware. 'What you have to do, my dear Mr. Pleydell,' she had said, 'Is to show me the way of getting some money! No, it's no .use at all my approaching
my father; he has practically 'washed his handB of me; none of Chairlle's family will do anything for inc.' Lady EHen had laughed here. 'I suppose I didn't play tho same,'* she* said. 'If I had made up to thorn and gone to stay at their deadly dull wook-end parties, , and -bored myself stiff, they might have made me an allowance; but life's far too short to be toorodi you know, Mr. PleydelJ.'? Mr. Pleydell had found himself singularly out of sympathy ;-\vith Ladv
Bllen Crooper, and when his younger partner had .suggested .that he should handle Lady- Ellen's affairs,' 'ho shad quite willingly passed over this '(por- tion (of his business to the other man. . The,. change was all- for' the better where Lady lEllen :was concerned; almost at once- Mr. Tenderten 'began to see . .possibilities, to make sugges tlons; for Instance, there -were certain stocks and shares which sho had *e
sarded as 'Useless, which were so mani pulated by him- as to realise quite a decent sum of money. Lady ?Ellen was singularly Ignorant as regards the' workings of the Stock Exchange; all she iknew about money was the unpleasant .fact that when she got. a- certainly- worded letter from tho, bank she know that she would not (be able to draw any cheques till she had straightened out h'er over-draft)' and this, asme overdraft was such a stupid, silly thing! . It always had. to be strai'grhtened out somehow or other!
Therefore the coming of 'Mr. Tender ten into the financial . side of her life was a matter of great rejoicing, to Lady Ellen: She was impulsive and generous. ?'You must come and dine with me,' she had said almost at .once; , and Mr. Tenderten dined frequently, on an ave rage once a week. - Lady CDllen was not very, Siure that she liked 'him, 'but he talked amusingly, and was always well stocked with society gossip and scandal, Needless to say, ;Mr. Tenderten clung to this Intimacy with -the tenacity of 'a llmplt. . 4v
He meant to use Lady Ellen; she should be the means through which he ?would enter Into that .world in which it was his ambition to move as a. per- son of importance; already he had met many delightful: people at her house; though sho called herself , a . pauper, she. managed, to keep an extremely good cook and gave charming .dinners:, in fact, everything about her was charming; she was pretty, fascinating,, and dressed ta .perfection. There was something half boyish about her .slim figure, and in the frank happy look of her eyes. , Of course, Lady Ellen had, innumer able'' admirers; tout always declared she never intended to marry again.
. 'lluiow you don't believe me,' she cried on lone occasion' to a oertaln man who.' paid her 'very^'rare* visits, 'but, who was always very welcome when eVer he did come. 'I don't disbelieve you,, my, dear,1' this man said; ''because no doubt you imagine that .you, are in earnest. It is always a woman's privilege to change her mind, you :know.' ' .. ? 'I wl»h you wouldn't call me a woman,' said Lady Ellen restlessly. 'Well, what are you— a camel?' ?She ' laughed and flung' a flower at. him. '''..?'. . ..'. ?','
'I hate to ibe considered one of a class,' she said, 'I, like to be something apart— myself/ , You ; mustn't deny me my Individuality.', ,,.-, .-:-. ?'??. .j-, '.;?',?-,„.. 'I will deny you nothing,' vsa'id Adrian Dawney; lie got up as he spo'k.e and stood to his full height: he was very tail and splendidly built. He had 'been a soldier and a: useful one, as the' empty sleeve .pinned to the' breast of his coat testified, Though he .was young, not, yet forty, his' hair was grey, and he had a serious look, that look which comes into the .faces' of most men 'who [ have stared at death and many ugly things. ;' Adrian, Dawney was ' a cousin (by marriage only of Lady Ellen's; and perhaps ' the , man ./ hardly ; realised (To be Continued.) .