|Newspaper Title||Northern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954)|
|Trove Title||Good at Last|
GOOD AT LAST*
As proposed, on the next morning the part}' consisting of Walter ana Isabel, the whole of the Wheeler family, and » snffifMP.nt jiumber of their iriends to do tHe thing properly-as to bride maids, groomsmen, &c., 4c., &c., crossed the river, and were driven to the vicarage previously mentioned. Beyond saving that the bride was dressed in the usual amount of white satin, surrounded by an ethereal-look ing tulle, or whatever it may be called, and adorned, ornamented, or beautified (whatei'er may be the Jenkins for it) with the inevitable orange-flowers it is needless'to describe her .appearance; and as for the sin bridemaids, there is no use in describing their dresses at all, save that their attire was of a mode most .charmingly becoming. Their dress was as that, of the bride-white Batin, triniia^d with goodness knows how many pretty things in the war of bows, irills, and quillings; whether they wore berthas or braces, the writer hardly remembers j but panniers they did not, because quadrupeds had not at that left off the fashion of
wearing them, andlripeds had not yet
Of the men-folk's dress it is not
usual to say anything ' as everybody, knows bow.isreU.they always make up; and so they ought to, considering the awfully long- time thev take to put themsfeTves*togelher. " '
Something in is#*£s..manner led Ellen m believe that mischief or fun was to.be expected'tfoiii her that day. The latter had matte np her mind to stay at home, aid not witness what
she believed would break her heart the marriage of the only iJaan among all her admirers -she had ever loved; to a girl who , had .assured her that she did notcare for *fbis resolution, like most of those made by-girls in love, was not kept. All women have a little curiosity, and Ellen was no ex ception.ltd the rule. $he looked unon Walters marriage as a death-like blow to the only love she bad eyerfelt; she therefore ^P&ddy-Iike) r jshed to be present at her 'own executi6n.
Walter's sensations on?that morning were not those of the- " happy bride groom*' cast.. He knew * that he was acting a "role not very creditable to him. tie was half-determined, in the event of news reaching him of the dia monds not being real- ones, to shirk his engagement to Isabel; thpugh how he was to manage=that, hie hardly knew. She had apparently Jbelieved all he said, and trusted him. If she were not soJ rich as be tipectedj he could not -say .that she.bad deceived
}i\m; as he had, of course, always pre- 5 tended5 that lie lad wooed her for: her
Shortly after reaching their destina- , tion, Isabel had asked-him why he did not we&r the brooch she had given him. He gaid; that ^n-y'of starting he, jjadfprgotten it.
" Then, you-so easily forget what once belonged, to me,. Walter1} :Whait hope have I that jou"_may flot soon
" It was through thinking so much of the gi ver ?herself that made me, foT a; time/'^os" ,$igh£'of *%e /gift. I forgot it until-too late to Bend . home .for. it.
But.forget you I never ,shall, as. long,
as I livei?,> ' *'> * 1"' J .*; .
" Nbr forgive'me if what I
saspec^turnsjoufc $o -be true," thought .
Isabel- ,; .
For it must uow be toldtbat Isabel had'^VetKesiid' the conversation on
the diamonds to a jeweller to ascertain their value. She "had -been walking in the garden «t tbe time, and was acci dentall^ on a ^pot fetepa^ted onl^ from them by a few bushes, one then set- ., tied that her connection with Walter shouldHte' severed.* Walter's TOOOJS were so Hit. i&fc
could My, knowing that he was away'" fromiUeuvgo thereimobserved. ..She did so 5 and'luckiiy forind the brooch lying pii ;Mb-: " T&ki&jg it to lief^pyp
among W-tra1$ts<n)8y ; of which were paste. She placed that wpon his tabley trusting that in his
notice tbe^ifietentse between the »two. ^
Her expectations' Zfreno ^ answerM;; ; < Walter <earoeto his<Toom soon after-, wards/made thebroochup into a pair*
eel, and' eent it away ;by one of the. " servants. She lieurd hlm lelt die faian,' not to Jet anyone know where he was
going. Soon after the man left, .she - ^so went'OTtjTtnd teachin^ Liverpool
.nly a^ew "yaWis%^ind hadi' on "! his leaving tbeehop of the japldary, seen the latter, and as he happened to be an old friend oF lier fatherVhe-was ready
sending of Walter's message until ten4; e'olock^the following morning.
On that evening, as well as on the morrow, asfer, as thisihistory has yet gone, she did'not in any way betray the knowledge fibe had igained.'.
Walter, as the tiine of waiting for " the fiemce 'pasfied,' got nervous/ then fidgetty, a!nd at last he worked 'him
self into an absolute fever (it disappoint- j ment,>eKation, a:nd in feet, savagery, j at the non-arrival of-anv^message for I him.'* plthftnt knowing .anything- as. to theresultof bis application t*o ihe lapidarft be saw that he would be in a
most ;awfulfix! ' ft^ould^t by^M|
pres^ stage W
cause a girl hail notjthe jiches he had
* Writtm oqvwir to* jw"'- Bijfat o< npnb
thought she had. He could not help . thinking1, however,''bow stupid after all
he must be to suspect^mpecuniosityn* * a person who had p^ste bijooches or
imitation'jewellery j hundi£ds.o£i;Fell . off pertednS wore such. Isabel had told . him that she ? thought the dia monds were real; but she might not be' intentionally deceiving him; she might merely have been mistaken.
Previous to starting for the church, , it had been settled between Walter and
Tom that the latter should stay out- ] side the chorch until- the ceremony be
gan, so as to sep if anyone came from ' the jeweller; who, to Walter's mind was behaving1 very shabbily in delay
in# so long.
As the bridal party were collecting in front of the altar, Isabel became much agitated, and her glances to wards the church-dopr were. quite .as frequent as those of Walter.
The clergyman was opening his mouth to utter the first words of the service, when the sonnd of a horse s hoofs were heard on the- road some little distance from the church. At this sound, so welcome to her ears, her nerves-which had been strung to the highest pitch by expectation-^gave way, and she'fell fainting into Ellen's
Tom, forgetful of the place he was in, rushed to the entry, and arrived there just in time to take from the hands of the jeweller's servant a par-! eel and letter ailuresked to Walter,
which, instead of calling Walter >out to " receive, he stupidly conveyed to its destination. Isabel,.nptf recovering, saw the package, and guessed what it contained. She asked the others to
adjourn with her to the vestry, which J they, thinking that she might be un- j well, consented to. When there, her j first words were-- ' . j
" Walter, this mortiirigyou told me that you had left my brooch at home.
Is it there.now
Walter turned red, and looked woe
fully blue at being asked* a question ? which he knew'that he could not an swer truly without condemning him self: he felt, however, that to pretend still to the lie he had .tola about leavr
ing the irinket at home- would! maktf1 things no better ;* as it was evident, from Isabel's manner, ..that she knew ? more than he cared that she should.
While he was thus cogitating, she snatched both the letter and parcel out of his hands, saying at the same
" Give me an answer, or I will open
these to find one."
. No answer coming, she opened
the letter, and read
*'' Mr. W. Lucas-I have examined the brooch which you- submitted to my professional notice yesterday, and have to inform you. that, although most valuably set, what you imagined to be diamonds are valueless, except as good imitations.-I am, Sir, &c.} <&c.' "
She then opened the parcel, and found.it to contain the brooch, men tioned in the letter. Taking from her pocket another parcel, she undid it, and turning to the remainder of the party,
eaid- - j
u This, dear friends, is a present I ; "made to Mr. Lucas. .He seems, how
' ever, to have been oi sV sordid a ; nature, as not to have valued it for the sake of the donor, but for what it was worth in Queen's coin. Yesterday I heard him and Mr. Tom Wheeler (a
pair of nice young men truly)' agree - - that it should be sent over to Liverpool,
go as to find out what it was worth. I
took the liberty of going to his room, ; and of taking my gift therefrom, i leaving the imitation . diamond brooch in place. That he sent to the jeweller's, intending, no doubt, to invent some
excuse for discarding me if he found ; that I was so hard up as to wear paste 'diamonds.. I think that I shall save him that trouble. T also overheard that Mr. Tom was to receive a thousand 'pounds from Mr. Walter wjhen this marriage came off; so that otiter all i must be worth something, for anyone tp pay that lump of nibney for. me. .That sum would, I believe, have .bought .half-a-dozen able-bodied nig-, gers in America. Now, Walter, if . you are not tocrmuch ashamed of your
self, give me your hand, and let's be
friends , again. "* Tell me ^thatyou.' ^Ibrgivfe me for making such a fool of ' you, and that you will not again be fio t Ipruel as to try the same mercenary trick ' with any one else. Why, .1, do. de clare, there is Ellen looking .quite happy at my losing a husband."
... " I am only glad,-Isabel^ that you
have escaped'from being* victimised ln ' a most shameful way. If you bad not
forgiven him, I am sure that-1 never ? !; Should have done so." > « s.'.t -?
' Isabel held up her finger-" Say- no - more, Ellen; I know what I know. You may well be glad. Wemaysoon "."have a real wedding , here,*.if .you will
;btit come to your senses. -Well, mowyi: wherever has. Walter got- to ? He's - .gone, and so has that brother of yours. I don't like him; I'm "Sure-he-must have put Walter up to this trick, as - Walter could not have .been wicked
' enough to perform it of his own ?,
. "Don't endeavor to screen him now. : ? He's a perfect wretch--he's a-? '
v- ?" Wo he isn't. You - -don't- mean what you say. Let's go home now. I de . t?lare I am as happy now as if I were
... Home they' went, after apologising to the parson, and feeing the cleric, . beadle, sexton, and j^ew-openers to
|rai& an extent ^at tlio^/ woribies, 'were "better satisfied than 'they had aver been at a real wedding, and left them wishing that fate would send
such a spoiled match_to their, church everyday. £; .
' On reaching- home, the bridal party (or what was left of it) found- that thfi. ; itwo hopefuls bad'hastily packed up
and cleared out, intending to get to th& University as fast as possible.
(To be continued.)