young man so much in want of a change. You will stay, and go with us?'
'No, certainly not; I shall go home in the cool of the evening.'
'But you may come again in the cool of to-morrow morning.'
'No--It will not be worth while. If I come, I shall be cross.'
'Then pray stay at Richmond.'
'But if I do, I shall be crosser still. I can never bear to think of you all there without me.'
'These are difficulties which you must settle for yourself. Choose your own degree of crossness. I shall press you no more.'
The rest of the party were now returning, and all were soon collected. With some there was great joy at the sight of Frank Churchill; others took it very composedly; but there was a very general distress and disturbance on Miss Fairfax's disappearance being explained. That it was time for every body to go, concluded the subject; and with a short final arrangement for the next day's scheme, they parted. Frank Churchill's little inclination to exclude himself increased so much, that his last words to Emma were,
'Well;--if you wish me to stay, and join the party, I will.'
She smiled her acceptance; and nothing less than a summons from Richmond was to take him back before the following evening.
THEY had a very fine day for Box Hill; and all the other outward circumstances of arrangement, accommodation, and punctuality, were in favour of a pleasant party. Mr. Weston directed the whole, officiating safely between Hartfield and the vicarage, and every body was in good time. Emma and Harriet went together; Miss Bates and her niece, with the Eltons; the gentlemen on horseback. Mrs. Weston remained