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Chapter NumberIV
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Full Date1871-07-28
Page Number4
Word Count979
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Newspaper TitleNorthern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954)
Trove TitleGood at Last
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CHAPTER IV. (continued)

Isabel had been used to haveher own

way pretty much; at least when she

could. If there existed a soft spot at, all in old Hillary's heart, its occupa tion was monopolised by his daughter;

and it was For her that'he continued to '

carry on the practice of his profession, - from which he couldt have retired years

insteadQf jeturninghre fondness, gave him only the respect she thought nim entitled* to; thinking-,- however; "that nature, or jpr'^ioinebody eke,^iiad certainly nottreaftd Eer "properly-in giving her a father that she .did not like.

During her visit to. the^lay ton's she had only made more than ordinary ac quaintanceship wzth~twt>- persons-her hostes8 .and Mrs. Biggs; .neither of whom could she hold as intimate friend^ the former being .an easy

" KHf»A

with 'little idea, above , the honeenold

management nei^sssEry to her estab lishment;- nor waethe latter more fit for companionship with a girl with the education or feeling which Isabel pos

ners" though eomeliowor another - she had no opportunity of bestowing those feelings on any who were entitled to them. Another quality, ^hich fihe pi^t sessed was a Ungaftl power which made her company anything but a pleasure to Isabel'-who, like others of her age (about 18) and sex, preferred to hear her own voice than that of any one else, except, pprhaps, a lovers'; and that was ^-incumbrance which she had as yet nothing practical to do with.

Thus, 6he chose ta pass much of her time by herself,, oa the river bank, or in the manypleasant lanes and copses in ilie^ n^igliboAood ? of the lodge, finding amusement, partly in watch ing what was a novel sight to her Londoneras.shjB^^asTT-the passage of so many largeships and vessels up and down'the river, aid partly in novel and poetry raiding.- .

tft was jthroug-h ? this , latter-taste on Isaberfi.part that our hero made her acquaintance-an acquaintanceship of more importance, and greater in

fluence^ p yerthe, fqtuf^, destjny of jioth

. than they could 'oe aw^rfi of.

He had recovered from the evil effects

pf hi§ soaking; 'and was now, on the thirdHOE fourth&y'ta&Br,^ wkQang on the sands ,(or whit was generally termed iro/ though little else but mud was there) that his foot struck agttin&ta hpok lwhich' lay an the ground: On picking it up, he found .ifcjzeas a copy of LbnafeUow-a poet that he had a

^tipngfor;; ^nihe flyleaf bflhe book |temi^~^sabel J3iilary<j'\a name ofwhich, being a stranger to the

°f oourse knew nothing.

Httini* down on & stone which was



common ha$t^ underlineaHvith pencil,' forgetting at" the time that the book' did not' belong to' 'him. Hfe* waited there- fop soijae hours, ^with". the-^ex pe'ctatidn-that the owner ol the volume wou^d return fiw it. No one came, so he took it-l^n^^ith him, pondering who Hillary eouldbe; was she young or old, married or single, pretty or not ? That she was well off he jconjectured from the book, which was tan pxpereively

would hot often'be fonndin'thtr hands of any one who was not rich. .Yet this but made it^evident to^ him howl foolish it was to do as-he felt he waB then-taking an interest in the name of a rich, and perhaps young and beau tiful lady; while be was poor, dqred not even uee, iis own name; and - well, as far asleoks went, had the con-j

ceit to think that h'ewias not badly off.

. He lefy .the ^jLgg^tearly on the foU lowing morning, ^eMjngtb stay' on th'e shore until ihe ftir proprietor of the book-apipeair^ sure ishe \wbtddwhen<she,had;Jnissedit. > :1

,H<P- h^d ,W(gited- long when he beheld wjbatmade him think that had he

remained in expectation ior hours in* stead-of minutes; his patience would have been rewarded by the form and face ndwbefore hink He had, in lis short experience of life, seen no face

j wjii<fh had seeped Jp him to . possess . tne elemepte of beauty, to such fexfent

as did tKathe now looked off. *It6eei&ed

its though greater beauty could not > ^os8ibly-eiist.rC Th6nBSpr«^ion.;of ;the

lace, tabtigh ..a^ai^nHy. -haugh^' ^Dd

cold, was of that cast which snowed that the hpars fropa which it had its life wanted, ^njt' some thiift£' "to lore to

~~~"slpnas amiable as_ it

I lostahook neair

*hif morhing. ; Hayte yoU r«fefea^trf - --If youcan find it for. me* l^ilLpay you for your-trouble."

;v. Stephen did not like being patron

18ed j.;but how could she do otherwise than speak to him as an .inferior, at

tfied as he was ? The terms of " being . ^ot,?P pgardless of expense," though applicable tohim, could not be U6ed in Its common endeverrday cenee ; Ti'c|r

his get-up was uo^--5*- '.

? r . Lrjt »<,

r.I have fountt^ftb^^ica i sup

pose is yours, IT' tM^"^giiine, you ' lost I'

havfe taken the

andjhat haB

^ffie^yjpaid^me for finding ^,",

offeu ce in usia^''' 'S^liimgaiage j did.' ^

tdrmawtuo vtrera^ ^ s ^

. Writteneqmdfteifcl*jottmtl Bigtttofrqnib-^


Having1 returned die book, Stephen, expressed his happiness in being of ser vice , toj &c.y &c.; after'which Isabel waat home, wondering how so touch civility could exist under a canvas gnjt,4 and bote' such a well-mannered man came to the .wilderness of a place that

that was.

On his side, Stephen went home with the stupid thought common > with, very- young men, that he really was in love-that it was in fact, a. case of love at first sight. He had retained a book-mark which he found in the

jvolume, and really was proud of the jtheft. He determined to oftenj visit

the shore, thinking- that where he had met her once he snould probably do so .again. Strange, that a few (and so few) yrordsBnd.loolts should so inflame the heart of poor infatuated man.