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Chapter NumberXCII
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Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article160148577
Full Date1881-09-03
Page Number45
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Newspaper TitleAdelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904)
Trove TitleEndymion
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CHAPTER £011.

A month bad nearly elapsed since the Mont fort ball; the season wai over and the session, was neatly finished. The pressure of Parlia

mentary life for thoee In office ia extreme daring tbie laat month, yet Endymion would have contrived, were it only for a day, to have vleited his sister had Lady Boehampton much encouraged hie appearasce. Strange as it >

seemed to him, ahe aid not, bat, on the contrary,.. always assumed that the prorogation of Parlia ment would alone bring them together again. When he proposed on ene occasion to come

down for fonr-aod-twenty hoars, she absolutely, . though with orach affection, adjourn»d the fal- - fitment of the offer. It seemed that ahe waa not quite settled.

Lady Montfort lingered in London even after - Goodwood. She waa lather embarrassed, as she told Endymion, about btr fatnre plans. Lord Montfrrt waa at Princedown, where ehe wished

to join biro, but he did not respond to her - wishes; on the contrary, while announcing that he waa indisposed, and meant to remain at Princedown for the summer, he suggested that she ahonld avail herself of the opportunity, and pay a long visit to her family in the North. " I

know what he means," abe observed; "he wants - the world to believe that we are separated. He cannot repudiate me—he is too great a gentle man to do anything coarsely unjust; bet he thinks, by tact and indirect means, he may attain oar virtual separation. He has had this purpose for years, I believe now ever since onr marriage, bnt hitherto I have baffled him. I ought to be with him; I really believe ho is in disposed, his face has become so psle of late; bnt were I to persist in going to Prinoedown I ebonld only drive him away. He would go off in the night without leaving bis address, and something would happen—dreadful or absurd. What I had beat do, I think, is this. Von are going at laat to pay yonr visit to your sister, I will write to my Lord, and tell him that as he does not wish me to go to Princedown, I propose to go to Montfort Oastle. When the flag is flying at Montfort, I can pay a visit of any length to my family. It will only be e neigh bouring visit from Montfort to them ; perhaps, too, they might return it. At any rate, then theyjesnnotm; that my Lord and I are separated. We noed not live under the same roof, bnt so long as I live nnder his roof the world considers ns united. It is s pity to have to scheme in this manner, mud rather degrading, particularly when one might be so happy with him. Bnt yon krow, my dear Endymion, all about onr affairs. Tonr friend Is not a very happy woman, and if

not a very nnbappy one, it is owing mnch to - yonr dear friendship, and s little to my own -.

' epirit which keeps me up under what is frequent

-Bed sometime* bitter mortification. And now adieu! I suppose you cannot be away Jess than -a week. Probably on your return you will find me here. I cannot go to Montfort without his peitniealon. Bat he will give it. I observe tbat he will always do anything to gain his immediate object. Bis immediate object is, tbat I shall not go to Prinoedown. and to he will sgree tbat I ebaii go to Moat fort."

For the first time in his life Eodymion ielt some constraint in the presence of Myth. There was something changed in her manner. No diminution of affection, for she threw her arms around him and pressed him to her heart; and then she looked at birn anxiously, eveu sidiy, and kissed both his eyes, and then eho lemaiued for tome moments with her face h'd on hie shoulder. . Never since the loss of Lord Itoe hamuton had she seemed so subdued.

•' It ia a long separation," she at length said, with a voice and smile equally faint, »? and yon must be a little wearied with your travelling. •Come and refresh yourself, and then I will ehow you my boudoir I have made here, rather pretty, out of nothing. And then wt will Bit •down and have a long talk together, for I have •much to tell yon, and I want your advice."

"She is going to marry Sidney Wilton," -thought Eodymion; " that is clear."

The boudoir w»» really pretty, " made out of .nothing;" a gsy chintz, some shelves of beauti ful books, some fanciful chairs, end a portrait of .Lord Rochampton.

It was a long interview, very long, and if one -conld judge by the countenance of Eudymion, when he quitted the bondoir aud hastened to his room, of grave import. 8ometimes his face was pale, sometimes scarlet; the changes were rapid, but the expression was agitated rather than one of gratification.

He sent instantly for his servant, and then .penned this telegram to Lady Montfort; "My visit here will be short. I am to see you imme diately. Nothing mast prevent your being at home when I oall to-morrow about four o'clock.

Most, most important."