The American Senator

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CHAPTER LV 'I HAVE TOLD HIM EVERYTHING'

THAT evening was very long and very sad to the three ladies assembled in the drawing-room at Bragton Park, but it was probably more so to Lady Augustus than the other two. She hardly spoke to either of them; nor did they to her; while a certain amount of conversation in a low tone was carried on between Lady Ushant and Miss Trefoil. When Arabella came down to dinner she received a message from the sick man. He sent his love, and would so willingly have seen her instantly,-- only that the doctor would not allow it. But he was so glad,--so very glad that she had come! This Lady Ushant said to her in a whisper, and seemed to say it as though she had not heard a word of that frightful story which had been told to her not much more than an hour ago. Arabella did not utter a word in reply, but put out her hand, secretly as it were, and grasped that of the old lady to whom she had told the tale of her later intrigues. The dinner did not keep them long, but it was very grievous to them all. Lady Ushant might have made some effort to be at least a complaisant hostess to Lady Augustus had she not heard this story,--had she not been told that the woman, knowing her daughter to be engaged to John Morton, had wanted her to marry Lord Rufford. The story having come from the lips of the girl herself, had moved some pity in the old woman's breast in regard to her; but for Lady Augustus she could feel nothing but horror.

In the evening Lady Augustus sat alone, not even pretending open a book or to employ her fingers. She seated elf on one side of the fire with a screen in her hand, turning over such thoughts in her mind as were perhaps customary to her. Would there ever come a period to her misery, an hour of release in which she might be in comfort ere she died? Hitherto from one year to another, from one decade to the following, it had all been struggle and misery, contumely and contempt.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vi
  • Introduction vii
  • Note on the Text xv
  • Select Bibliography xvi
  • A Chronology of Anthony Trollope xix
  • Contents xxvii
  • Chapter I Dillsborough 1
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 8
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 22
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 35
  • Chapter VII the Walk Home 42
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 47
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 54
  • Chapter X Goarly's Revenge 62
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 69
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 76
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 83
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 90
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 97
  • Chapter XVI Mr. Gotobed's Philanthropy 103
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 110
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 117
  • Chapter XIX 'Who Valued the Geese?' 125
  • Chapter II the Morton Family 132
  • Chapter XXI the First Evening at Rufford Hall 138
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 145
  • Chapter XXIII Poor Caneback 152
  • Chapter XXIV the Ball 158
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 165
  • Chapter XXVII 'Wonderful Bird!' 180
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 187
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 192
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 200
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 207
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 215
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 229
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 235
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 241
  • Chapter XXXVII How Things Were Arranged 248
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 261
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 269
  • Chapter XLI the Senator is Badly Treated 277
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 284
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 291
  • Chapter XLIV 'Particularly Proud of You' 299
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 306
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 313
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 319
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 326
  • Chapter Xlix Miss Trefoil's Decision 334
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 341
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 348
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 363
  • Chapter LV 'I Have Told Him Everything' 376
  • Chapter LVI 'Now What Have You Got to Say?' 383
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 390
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 398
  • Chapter XXII Jemima 405
  • Chapter LX Again at Mistletoe 413
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 418
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 425
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 433
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 440
  • Chapter LXV the New Minister 448
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 453
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 460
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 475
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 481
  • Chapter LXI the Success of Lady Augustus 488
  • Chapter LXXII 'Bid Him Be a Man' 496
  • Chapter LXXIII 'Is It Tanti?' 503
  • Chapter LXXIII 'Is It Tanti?' 511
  • Chapter LXXIII 'Is It Tanti?' 523
  • Chapter LXXIII 'Is It Tanti?' 530
  • Chapter LXXIII 'Is It Tanti?' 545
  • Chapter LXXIII 'Is It Tanti?' 552
  • Explatory Notes 559
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