|Newspaper Title||Northern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954)|
|Trove Title||Good at Last|
CHAPTER XI. ' 1
.. The reader must Be gqpd-natured,
And fallow the authdih to jfckipi' three I months of time" between' the close of"
thela^t 'chapter and the eve&tswhich;
ace to be mentioned in this.
Suppose, ah en, that, Walter andTom Vfere'paying another visit to the house of the latter. Suppose, too, .that Tsabel - wassail there. Suppose, also, that'she
-had thought of some plan by .which -'she'icould, as she expressed it?,' bring
thein'allto thmr senses."'' Supposing all this ;? let the reader pay attention, iandhe, will soon find out how things aregoing on.
Walter had still continued his suit
for Isabel's hand^awf ghe appjeajred %> encourage it; so much so that at last something like the following conver sation took place- " ' " "
? " Butj Mr^Lnc^Sj.if I; do^sav yes,; as you wish me to, I mustpfeel sure that you are thoroughly in earnest. I mean no offence; but while your at ^tentions to me have hitherto been of
the most flattering, nature,, I feel it slight to tell you that if I imagined you could ever grow tired or careless of me I ^should say, no$ no matter what |I might-at the time feel." i
. " Your heart must indeed be made of 'obdurate material^ to doubt the love thatl tell you of.; My language has .afwa^s *begn the; true index of my heart,"
" And you nowlove me alone ?" " You qlone." .
''Thentakemyhajid; mtfjr you never igivejme cause forhaving given it. To prov$ my regard for you, Waiter,; I ask to take-this broochj it is, I think, a rekl diamond. Pray wear it for ,me." ;
The happy,day, as it is called, was ?fixed), ana &n intervening month went 'by. The lovers (!) continued their ' performance | one that, at: the'stage it
the'nwas, ifps of little interest to others thanthdse concerned; except- perhaps to rEUeta,:who 'couldn't understand Isabel^ ;behavior at-all. .. .
: ip^bei had told more fibs than one during tlie progress of-the business. She' kad (Very forward and unladylike, jToii will say; but those forward girls nave generally _the sense'to keep them selves from any great-mess) taken change of; Walter*s letter to her fother, | asking for her hand; and sbe hadpro mikedto forward'it (whichshe didn't). TTwft "days afterwards she . received a letter, (ivhich she saidcontained her: ' father's consent, tp her marriage. They knew- that she generally had her own . waywhen dealing withher father, and
'aeve£: thought of the inprobabiUty of . his,giving his daughter to. a stranger,
.""Isabel decided thGat they Should be' i niarrjed at a church two or three miles
rfioKi ^tjtftey' were to ; ; cross the^Mer/Sqy earlyjin ^hp morning, ' procfeeding to the vicarage,, and thence
IjhllMh. . - Vt
On the day previous to that on , which fch£ weudmg' was to take^riace,
-yoctog i Wheeler ai^d. "VV^alter ^were^ talking together,' , wben e'the former' RBid- - T*
.. " I think you've done it now, old fellow.^ She's as rich as a bank. It's a r^pity you didn't see the old man, though, to have made proper settle "i&eifts.* ? t--'i- -: *. ?' . -,
- i " Tps; but to get you the thousand pounds we agreed for. I must , invent 'some tale about being hpavily in debt.
I; feugjjase1 her father is rich, as re
?Ji ^.Fye always heard so. Hold! you
hatie the brooch she gave you. If those j tdiamonds are real, Isabel must really I
ba ia ^jQueeih- t)F -Diamonds,' as we 1 ehaflmgly diibbed her. " Send them \ . over to one of. the evyellers, and h,e j will let you know to-night whether ' they are ;yhat Aey qeem. We cannot, | either of us go, as we sbouldbe mjsifed." .. Th^ ^rojposition was acted on.^and a
mes ?en get with' the ^aujondg(* jbo ;a: c leading lapidary in Liverpool, 'with instructions'to keep'tile matter quiet, : and genu wordbackon the s^me even
injras to .the .value of the stones.
lligbU>eaaae,-but with ,it no aiessen it-.gBii . Walter-crossbd -ithe :-river, and
toani the jeweller*! shop eloBed,'a«d
cad nothing to do buc to leave .word'
W»lh the ahop-porter that the message
trfi him>&t~ the ssicarage early the following morning. -
(To be /continued.)