Jael looked dismayed, and begged her on no account to proceed: "For," said she, "if Mr. Henry was to ask me, I should say No. He would always be hankering after Miss Carden: and, pray don't be angry with me, but I think I'm worth a man's whole heart; for I could love one very dearly, if he loved me."
Mrs. Little was deeply mortified. "This I did NOT expect," said she. "Well, if you are all determined to be miserable--BE."
Henry hunted up Mr. Raby, and asked him bluntly whether he would like him to marry Jael Dence.
Raby made no reply for some time, and his features worked strangely.
"Has she consented to be your wife?"
"I have never asked her. But I will, if you wish it."
"Why, sir, if you don't wish it, please forbid it, and let us say no more at all about it."
"Excuse me," said Raby, with his grandest air: "a gentleman may dislike a thing, yet not condescend to forbid it."
heavy rain set in, which was hardly sufficient to drive
knowledge Mr. Stelling had to communicate. A boy born with
else you’ve got to learn ever so many lines of ‘Speaker.’
the well-meaning lad quite savagely; and his eyes, usually
event in this quiet retired corner of the world; and nearly
in the paper, and bit off a crystal or two, which had so