|Chapter Title||FOUR O'CLOCK IN MORNING.|
|Newspaper Title||The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946)|
|Trove Title||He Knew He Was Right|
he WAS BIOS®.*
br anthony teoimp*.
rnna O'clock m the m0kn1no.
Another week vent by, and SirJttarmaauue i, j^flven-yet not surrendered. He quite bad even y wft8 not to go back to
1 T^nds And had visited Mr. and Mrs. the Islands. piddulphe in order to
home for her therp, if it might he secuP,„ Mr. onthouse did not refuse, but possio'e. ujjggion in snch a fashion as to siVL it almMt equal toa refusal "He was," rtd " maoh attached to his niece Nora, h«t he had heard thatthere was alove affair." & Marmaduke, of course, could not deny ?£, love affair. There was certainly a love ifflir of which he did not personally approve, L the gentleman had no fixed income, and as f,«« Kb could understand no fixed profes Sfn "Such a love affair." thought Mr. Out vnnop "was a sort of thing that he didn't
B?W to manage at all. If Nora came to
££» was the young man to visit at the house,
Stanbury as to tue necessity w. ttu au^-^tanuuiy
a, on Nora's part, and Sir Marmaduke
that that scheme must be abandoned. Mb Trevelyauhadwritfcenfrom Florence mora Sin once or twice, and in her last letter had
that she would prefer not to have Nora with her. She was at that time living in taking* at Siena, and had her boy there also. She saw her husband every other day; but nevertheless,—according to her statements,— her visits to Casalunga were made in opposi tion to his wishes. He had even expressed a desire that she should leave Siena and return to England. He had once gone so far as to say that if she would do so, he would follow her. But she clearly did not believe him, and in all ber letters spoke of him as one whom she could not regard as being under the guidance of reason. She had taken her child with her once or twice to the house, and en the first occasion Trevelyan had made much of his son, had wept over him, and professed that in losing him he had lost his only treasure; but after that he had not noticed the boy, and latterly she had gone alone. She thought that perhaps her visits cheered him, breaking the intensity of his
- but he never expressed himself
oOUtUUv j uuv uo liovw o^icoaDti mmacu.
gratified by them, never asked her to remain at tire house, never returned with her into Siona, and continually spoke of her return to England as a step which must be taken soon, -and the sooner the better. He intended, to follow her, he said ; av* explained very folly how manifest war his wish that she ehonld go, by the temptation to do. so which he thought that he held oat by his promise. He had spoken, on every occasion of her presence with nim, of Sir Maimaduke'e attempt to prove him to be a madman; but declared that he was afraid of no one in England, and would fice all the lawyers in Ciiarieery-iane and all fire doctors in Saville-row. Nevertheless, so said Mrs. Trevelyan, he would undoubtedly remain at Casalunga till afterSir Marmaduke should have sailed. He wa3 not so mad bat thai he knew that no one else would be so been to take steps against him as would Sir Marmaduke. As for his health, her account ofhim was very sad. "He seemed," she aid," to be withering away. His hand was mere skin and bone. His long hair and beard »covered his thin long cheeks, that there m nothing left of his face but his brivht laree, melaacholy eyes-. His legs had became so frail and weak that tcey would hardly bear hts weight as he walked; and his clothes, thoughi he had taken u fauey to throw aside all that he had brough with him from Eng land, hung so loose .bout him that they
semed as though they, vc ul i Y! from i,im. j Once she had venture to j yut to him i horn Siena a doctor toi rr»ir.. she had been ! recommended in Floren e; but ho had taken j themtrnverybadpart,! idtoUthegeutiemnn tnwhe had no need for ny ta.dieal service and had toon furious wi , her, because of her
wffft?g8en,t 81 h a visitor. He bid I *K&^^ershe5 utured to take such , |tifl»r&'agaiiL he won! i demand the child
n\ her«.? rmi^n inside the
Wte of Casahinga. u't come, at a0y »
KSu r tohers stor. " four being I nAiffc! do ^o good, , ,ad would, I think, '
Myhoft^liSaJ he'rtas bdiQ£ watc,M. !
»y nope is, at last, to get him to return witl a ^ iaJou 1 :kmk wou id
ess hkely. .And tbea ahould yoi I
¥outterable sadness an J j more than is essentially nece; - t v'
tiehere^verv^mat115'? thi"& !
A - -V0I7 Srottt' H w cooler ut
w .the f owo,-of which / am i S He parspires so proi asely i
8e"11 St^ted itt Pr»Q» ffimpu ieuiffas 0110 conseqpeuce of th>,P from the ItaViln^u6 t^at deban
ttffiSLSte toode of passu'ig
be op6afv? Sfietadaaggestedto Hugh thgt Putnwh&l0r £ Nuncomk
to her tZ
wtows I<^nld*"j!?L£bor0 tn whicb she
M .Jiffy, fctorborougb
inwuonpi to .repress the a , .
ljM!d 8he®!^j»0®ma; what els'
end 0f he>,
|5®nara to come Charles says that
There will be
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rC^SS&m^uke' ^oitc for®
t MJ?"?* echini.- homo I pow hY'I'TfJir.Y'l-s I
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that< on. which limiUy.were to sail fam. Southampton. and nothing had teen ootuooM "If papa will allow me sometuing ever go.*
saifufimy* *° * walk about with yon?"
"I don't see how It would be possible to
hvealonelike that," said Sophie. , ,
Nobody would take care of me, fend no body would walk about with me. And I could lire done very well," said Nora. " I don't see wpya young woman is to be supposed to be so Absolutely helpless as all that comes to. Of conrae it won't be very nice,—but it need
not be lor long."
"Why not for long?" aslced Sir Marma
"potior very long," said Nora.
It floes not seem to me," said Sir Marina duke, after a considerable pause, "that this gentleman himself is so particularly anxious
for the match. I have Heard no day named, ' and no rational proposition made."
• "Papa, that is unfair, most unfair,—and
" Nora," said her mother, " do not speak in that way to yonr father."
"Mamma, it is unfair. Papa accuses Mr. Stanbury of being,—being lukewarm and un true,—of not being in earnest"
'"I would rather that he were not in earn est," said Sir Marmaduke.
J"Mr. Stanbury is ready at any time," con tinued Nora. "He would have the bauns at once read, and marry me in three weeks, —
if I would let him."
"Good gracious, Nora!" exclaimed Lady Rowley.
"But I have refused to name any day, or to make any arrangement, because I did not wish to do so before papa had given his con sent. That is why things are in this way. If papa will but let me take a room till I can go
from there. You can trust Mr Glascock for
that, and you can trost her."
" I snppose'your papa will make yon some allowance," said Lady Rowley.
"She is entitled to nothing, as she has refused to go to her proper hothe," said Sir Marmaduke.
The conversation, which had now become very disagreeable, was not allowed to go any
further. And it was well that it should be interrupted. They all knew that Sir Marma duke must be brought round by degrees, and that both Nora and Lady Rowley had gone as far as was prudent at present Bat all trouble on this Head was, suddenly ended for this evening by the entrance of the waiter with a telegram. It was addressed to Lady Rowley, and sho opened it With trembling hands,—as ladies always do open telegrams. It was from Emily Trevelyau. "Louis is much worse. Let somebody come to me. Hugh Stanbury would be the best"
In a few miuutes they were so much dis turbed that no one quite knew what should be done at once. Lady Rowley began by declaring that 6h© would go herself. Sir Marmaduke of course pointed out that this was impossible, ur.d suggested that he would send a lawyer. Nora professed herself ready to start immediately or. the journey, but was stopped by a proposition from Her sister Lucy that in that case llu; i. Stanbury would of course go with her. Lady Rowley asked whether Hugh would go, and Nora asserted that he would go immediately as a matter of - course. She was sure he would go, let the .people at the D. R. -''-7 what they might According to her theie was always somebody at the call of the edit- r of the D. R. to do the vionk of anybody cist, when anybody else \vruited to go awa> -.r Marmaduke shook bis head, and waq v. ; y uneasy. He still thought that a la wye mid be test, feeling, no doubt, that if Star y's services were used on such an occasion. ; i. re mast be an end of all opposition to ih' irriage. But before half-an-hour was ow r - canbury was sent for. The boots of the hou-l went off in a cab to the office of the D. II. v. ith a note from Lady Rowley. "Dear Mr. Stanbury,- We have hud a telegram from Emily, and want to see you, at once. Please i tie. We shall sit.up and wait for you till y ; do come.—E. R."
It was very distressue- to them because, let the -result be what it night, it was all but impossible that Mrs. Trevelyan should be with them before they r d sailed, and it was quite out of the qui d ion tHat they should now postpone their journey. Were Stanbury to start by tue '.noriuuu train on the following day, he could not retell Siena till the after noon of the fourth diy ; aud let the result be what it might when he arrived there, it would becntof the qutstion that Emily Trevelyan should come b.w-.k quite at once, or that she should travel at tU<- sa up speed. Of course they migi:t hear again by telegram, and also by letter; but they cooi i n >t see ber, or have any hand in hei plans, " If auything were to happen, she miyht have come with ui," said Lady Rowley. .
' It is out of toe q. *stion," said Sir Marma duke gloomily. ' f uiuld not give up the places I have tuuen." :
" A. few days more would have done it."
" I dorat suppose sbc would wish to go," said Nora. " Of course she would not take Looey .there. Why should she ? And then I don't suppose he is so ill os.that."
"There is no saying," said Sir Marmaduke. It was very evident that, whatever might be Sir Marmaduke's opinion, he had no strongly-de veloped wish for his son-iu-Jaw's recovery.
They all sat up waiting for Hugh Stanbury till eleven, twelve, one, and two; o'clock at night The " boots'* had returned saying that Mr. Stanbury had not been at the office of the newspaper, but that, according to infor ' million received, be certainly would be there
that night. No other addrou had been given
; to the man, and the notd had therefore of . necessity been left at the office. Sir Marma duke became very fretful, uadiwas evidently desirous of being liberated from1 His night watch. But be could not go himself, and showed his impatience by endeavonring to send the others away. Lady fiowloy replied , for herself that she shou Id certainly remain In her corner on tho'sofa all night, if it were accessary, and as she slept very soundly id Her corner, Her comfort was not much 'impaired. Nora was pertinacious in refusing
go to bed. " I should only go to my own' *oom, papa, and remain there, she said. Of Jourse 1 must speak to him before he goes.
'Hopbie aud Lucy considered .that .they had as. ' mHeh right to sit up as Nora, and submitted
called geese and idipts by their father.
. bir Marmaduke had arisen with; a snort j lndn-a sbort slumber, and Had just sworn 1 Ho wd -'crybody els© should go to had, : N;;Al. t. ccvuie .i lie.-? afi the fifonMopr i tquntv b-»c-t-a f'.'l also remained : fP- bnu .r. i1.'!»i.^h"Stanbury was
I in rie a«; lu:c i.iake httmrouses
«»?•!,;.A 3.o ;i ;., ?.;.,v i-»said. . When be vatic }! between 10; and : '1, .!• v:> -.obent on Him W; ' s'? -re-he left a!* He
V." frei. .i ?? - - s'.gettpryof the JHuj* a; -.in; .; mdlm,had come
* * ' tide. "It was
lipoid remain up,
than that W!h&l# be dis
oaid Sir Marmaduke, with some*
" Indeed > it is," said Lady Rowley; " but we were quite sureyou would come." Having hissed and blessed him as her son-in-law, Lady Rowley was now prepared tolove him almost as well as -though he had been Iiord Peterborough, • j, , ;
"Perhawi, Mr. Stanbuiy.we had better show yon this telegram, "add Sir Maenaduke, who had been standing with the scrap bi paper m his hand since the ring.of .the bell had been heard. Hugh took the messageand wad it. I do not know what sboula have made my daughter mention your name," con tinued Sir Marmaduke'" but ,as she has clonei. so,: and as perhaps the unfortunate invalid himself may have alluded to you, we. thoughtit best to send for you."
No doubtit was best, Sir Marmaduke."
. ,We are so situated that I cannot go. 'It m absolutely nepessaiy that we should leave Jj?wn for Southampton on Friday next. The ship sails on Saturday."
tt" u a of course," said rr 411 .v will start at once,—at any time.
i , ,e trnth,. when I got Lady Rowley's note, 1 thought that it was to be so. Tre velyan and I were very intimate at one time, and it may be that he will receive me withou; displeasure."
.There was much to be discussed, and con siderable difficulty in the discussion. This was enhanced, too, by the feeling in the minds of all of them that Hugh and Sir Marmaduke would not meet again,—probably for many years. Were they to part how on terms of close affection, or were they to part almost as strangers ? Had Lucy and Sophie not persistently remained up, Nora would have faced the difficulty, and taken the bull by the horns; and asked her father to sanction her engagement in the presence of her lover. But she could not do it before so many persons, even though the persons were her own nearest relatives. And then there arose another embarrassment Sir Marmaduke who had taught himself to believe that Stan bury was so poor as hardly to have the price of a dinner in his pocket—although, iu fact, °t^urllnd Hugh was probably the richer man of the two—said something about defraying the cost of the journey. "It is taken alto gether on our behalf," said Sir Marmaduke. Hiuh became red in the face, looked angry, and muttered a word or two about Trevelyan being the oldest friend he had in the world-r
even if there was nothing else." Sir Mar maduke felt ashamed of himself—without cause, indeed, for the offer was natural said nothing further about it, but appeared to be more staff and ungainly than ever.
The Bradahaw was had out and consulted, and nearly half an hour was spent in poring over that wondrous volume. It is the fashion to v.ma& Bradahaw—we speak now especially of Bradahaw the continental—because all the minutest details of the autumn tour, just as the tourist thinks that it maybe made, cannot be made patent to him at once without close research amidst crowded figures. After much experience we make bold to say that Bradahaw knows more, and Will.divulge more in a quarter or an hour, of the properest mode or getting from any city in Europe to any other city more than fifty, miles diatant, than can be learned in that first city in a tingle morn ing with the aid of a .courier, a carriage, a pair of horses, and all the temper that any or dinary tourist possesses. The Bradahaw was had out, and it was at last discovered that nothing could be gained in the journey from London to Siena by starting in the morning. Intending as he did to travel through with out sleeping on the road, fStaribuiy could not do better than leave London by tile night mail train, and this Xr*~-- j
But when that
nature of his OTQmBtaon. w nat—war JSf-io do? No commission could bfe givenw A telegram ahrftda be sent to Emily the
: morning to he was colninai^»_u
then he would bufQron. and
whether the aggravated malady of which the telegram spoke was malady of the mind or of the body. If of the former nature then the difficulty might be very great indeed ; and it .would be highly expedient that Staubury should have some ode' in Italy to assist him. It was Nora who suggested that he should cany a letter of introdubtlbn to Mr. Spalding, and it was she who wrote it Sir Marmaduke had not foregathered very closely with the English Minister, and nothing was said of assistance that should be peculiarly British. Then, at last, about three or four in the morn ing came the moment for parting. Sir Mar maduke had suggested that Staubury should dine with them ou the next day before he started, but Hugh had declined, alleging that as the day was at his command, it must be devoted to the work of providing for his ab sence. In truth, Sir Marmaduke had given the invitation with a surly voice, and Hugh, though he was ready to go to the North Pole for any pthers of the family, was at the moment in an aggressive mood of mind towards Sir Marmaduke.
"I will send a" message directly I get there," be Baid, holding Lady Rowley by the hand, "and will write fully—to you—immediately."
"God bless you, my dear friend," said Lady
"Good night, Sir Marmaduke," said Hugh. "Goodnight, Mr.Stanbury."
Then he gave a hand to the two girls, each of whom, as she took it, sobbed, aud looked away from Nora. Nora was standing away from them, by herself, and away from the door, holding on to her chair, and with her hands clasped together. She had prepared nothing—not a word, or iah attitude, not a thought, for this farewelL But she had felt that it was coming, and had known that she must trust to him for a cue for her own de meanour. If he could say adieu with a quiet voice, and simply with a touch of the hand, then would she no the same,—aud endeavour to think no worse of hiin. Nor had he pre pared anything; but when the moment came he could not leave her after that fashion. He stood a moment hesitating, not approaching' her, and merely called her by her riame,—"Nora." For a moment she was still; for a moment she hold by her chair: and then she rushed into his arms. He did not much care for her father now, but kissed her hair and her forehead, and held her closely to his bosom. "My own, own Nora."
It was necessary that Sir Marmaduke should say something. There was at first a little scene between all the women, during which ho arranged his deportment. " Mr. iStanbury," he said,'"let it be so. I could
wish for my child's sake, add also for your. own, that yourmeahs of living were less pre carious." Hugh acoepted this simply as an authority for another embrace, and then he allowed them all to goto bed.