|Newspaper Title||The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950)|
|Trove Title||An Astounding Marriage|
AN ASTOUNDIIG MARRIAGE.
BY A. CORALIE STANTON, Author of "A Jealous Woman's Plot," "The Other Woman," "His Enemy's" Hand."
---------- CHAPTER I.
"But the woman?" Ffolliott muttered. "She will be none the worse!" laugh- ed Philip. "If money will compensate her, she shall have it. She will be as free as air. She will never see me ; you understand, never — not even during the ceremony ; but it shall be legal enough.
She shall never know my name ; I shall be only a shadow in her life. Think of the delicious freedom before me! To be tied, but to a shadow ; to know that I am in honor bound never to make a fool of myself ; to be able to repel the boldest mammas, the most artless in- genues ; to know that even a houri from the Prophet's paradise is beyond the pale — for me ; to be strongly bound by phan- tom chains, unknown to the foolish world! It may be weak, but there's magic in the thought!" "You forget that you may ruin the woman's life!" Ffolliott still demurred. He was younger than the others. There was something sacred to him in the union of a man with a woman, although, in a fit of boyish enthusiasm, he had ab- jered it for ever. :She may love some- one else later. She can never marry him." ''Don't harp so much on love!' Philip interrupted him, flooding the room with a blaze of electrio light- 'Why, boy, you look quite glum! What does one woman matter? One less to sing into the usual . humd/um routine between ' breakfast 'and bed— that- all!'' He held out a hand to. each, and the boy, '? carried away by his magnetic person ality, gave his. 'Eternal secrecy!' Philip cried playfully. 'And for1 me a life of freedom! As long as Llive, and my unknown shadow-bride, I can never commit the banality of falling in love and marrying! Long life to her!' - His blue eyes glittered in 'reckless' mirth as he drained a 'tiny glass 'o? Benedictine.; and they all laughed at 'the insolent toast. ., - ' Just then the door opened, and ad C'-mitted a tall, languid-looking man. v s 'Williamson!' the host cried, 'why didn't you come to dinner?' ' ; v 'Had a pressing wire from- the pater/' ;.' the new-comer .answered. '. 'He dined with me at my club. Awful bore, the ' pater, but .softhearted to a fault! Just - called to say* that I can't come tomor row to see your horses, Philip ; fhe mater - is coming up for a shopping bout. ,Got to meet her at Miss Lennox's tea-place at four o'clock. Can't stay now, thanks,
Old man i vjuuu-uye; His exit was hardly noticed; ah'elec ; trie silence held Audain and Ffolliott in thrall. ? - ' 'Did you hear?' cried -Philip, 'start- , ing to his feet. 'The Fates have decid . cd ! Miss Lennox, the tea-shop beauty 1 Am I in luck, Douglas? What is the lady like? -I've never seen her.'J/ 'Nor I. I believe she's a lady;.' . ? ' 'And an extremely beautiful one,' Ffol ,\ liott said slowly. 'I don't half like the idea.' . ' ' 'I am not panting 'for your approval, ' my dear boy!' said Philip, -with gentle sarcasm. 'Will you go back on me, or ; not?' '' . 'No; I've promised.' 'How will you manage it, Philip?' Audain asked, nervously. And with the coolness of a- man dis
' L cussing a new dish Philip Menzies; who ?';-- had risked his life more than,' once to v ' save a woman's, sat down, after light ing a fresh cigar, to make plans for the r delitnerate wrecking of a young girl's future. 'Great Scott!' Ffolliott muttered to \y himself, as he took his leave an hour later, 'that man's a fiend, and Audain's a, madman 1'