On the first day in the new week, Agnes left London on her way to Ireland. As the event proved, this was not destined to be the end of her journey. The way to Ireland was only the first stage on a roundabout road--the road that led to the palace at Venice.
IN the spring of the year 1861, Agnes was established at the country-seat of her two friends --now promoted (on the death of the first lord, without offspring) to be the new Lord and Lady Montbarry. The old nurse was not separated from her mistress. A place, suited to her time of life, had been found for her in the pleasant Irish household. She was perfectly happy in her new sphere; and she spent her first half- year's dividend from the Venice Hotel Company, with characteristic prodigality, in presents for the children.
Early in the year, also, the Directors of the life insurance offices submitted to circumstances and paid the ten thousand pounds. Immediately afterward, the widow of the first Lord Montbarry (otherwise, the dowager Lady Montbarry)