She sighed as her thoughts recurred to the letter received to-day. Six months, or perhaps even a year, before he was to come back to her! Yet the letter had not been without hopefulness. He had the prospect of getting his next step before that year was over, and then his coming home would be a final return. He would be able to retire, and he would buy some land鈥攁 hundred acres or so鈥攁nd breed horses鈥攐ne of his youthful dreams鈥攁nd do a little building, perhaps, to enlarge and beautify the Angler's Nest, and his Isola should have a pair of ponies and a good saddle-horse. He looked forward to a life of unalloyed happiness. Mrs. Baynham nodded approvingly. 首页牛蛙彩票导航1 Mrs. Baynham nodded approvingly. A gentleman. I'm afraid I am very late, she answered nervously. Do you keep them locked in? asked Mrs. Kenyon, surprised. 鈥榃here is he now?鈥?asked Sir Rupert, carelessly, but with deeply cunning intent. I really cannot understand why you should care whether I go or stay away, she said coldly. IN OLD AGE In mortal pangs,鈥攁nd now No, no, pray don't! We parted good friends. She can say nothing to you more than she said to me. Pray don't let there be any bad blood between you. What could be gained by your going? To-morrow, too鈥攐ur first day together! For a long time Sir Rupert seemed to take but little notice of her vagaries. When the county folk commiserated him, and inquired after poor Lady Farrington, he merely shrugged his shoulders and touched his forehead in a melancholy pitying way. She had had so much trouble in her time, poor soul. It was very dreadful of course. But what could be done? She had every care and attention he could secure for her. He went to see her frequently in spite of her strange dislike, so did his wife. He did his duty by her as well as he possibly could. She was harmless, and as he thought perfectly safe. She had good servants about her; he himself saw to that, and there was no necessity to put her under restraint鈥攗nless indeed, she became very much worse. If her malady increased to the extent of endangering the safety of those about her or of the house鈥攂y no means a secondary consideration with him鈥攚hy then, as a last alternative, she must be shut up. Mrs. Baynham nodded approvingly. I'll answer for Mr. Martin, she said. "He'll be pleased for you to enjoy yourself. 'Don't let her mope while I'm away, Tabby,' he said to me the day before he started for foreign parts. He'd like you to be at the ball. You'll have Mrs. Baynham to take care of you, and what can you want more than that, I should like to know?"