bed. The wood belongs to his lordship, and the foxes are a nuisance.'
'He keeps the foxes for the county, and where would the county be without them?' began Larry. 'What is it brings money into such a place as this?'
'To Runciman's stables and Harry Stubbings and the like of them! What money does it bring in to steady, honest people?'
'Look at all the grooms,' said Larry.
'The impudentest set of young vipers about the place,' said the lady.
'Look at Grice's business.' Grice was the saddler.
'Grice, indeed! What's Grice?'
'And the price of horses?'
'Yes;--making everything dear that ought to be cheap. I don't see, and I never shall see, and I never will see any good in extravagant idleness. As for Kate she shall never go out hunting again. She has torn Mary's habit to pieces. And shooting is worse. Why is a man to have a flock of voracious cormorants come down upon his corn fields? I'm all in favour of Goarly, and so I tell you, Mr. Twentyman.' After this poor Larry went away, finding that he had no opportunity for saying a word to Mary Masters.
A FIT COMPANION,--FOR ME AND MY SISTERS
ON that same Wednesday, Reginald Morton had called at the attorney's house, had asked for Miss Masters, and had found her alone. Mrs. Masters at the time had been out, picking up intelligence about the great case, and the two younger girls had been at school. Reginald, as he walked home from Bragton all alone on that occasion when Larry had returned with Mary, was quite sure that he would never willingly go into Mary's presence again. Why should he disturb his mind about such a girl,--one who could rush into the arms of such a man as Larry Twentyman? Or, indeed, why disturb his mind about any girl? That was not the manner of