something to get, one does understand it. But why an old fellow like that should come down from the moon to pay ever so much money for such a man as Goarly, is what I don't understand.'
'Notoriety,' said the doctor.
'He evidently don't know that Nickem has got round Goarly,' said the landlord.
THE month at Cheltenham was passed very quietly, and would have been a very happy month with Mary Masters but that there grew upon her from day to day increasing fears of what she would have to undergo when she returned to Dillsborough. At the moment when she was hesitating with Larry Twentyman, when she begged him to wait six months, and then at last promised to give him an answer at the end of two, she had worked herself up to think that it might possibly be her duty to accept her lover for the sake of her family. At any rate, she had at that moment thought that the question of duty ought to be further considered, and therefore she had vacillated. When the two months' delay was accorded her, and within that period the privilege of a long absence from Dillsborough, she put the trouble aside for a while with the common feeling that the chapter of accidents might do something for her. Before she had reached Cheltenham the chapter of accidents had done much. When Reginald Morton told her that he could not have congratulated her on such prospects, and had explained to her why, in truth, he had been angry at the bridge,--how he had been anxious to be alone with her that he might learn whether she were really engaged to this man,--then she had known that her answer to Larry Twentyman at the end of the two months must be a positive refusal.
But as she became aware of this, a new trouble arose and harassed her very soul. When she had asked for the six months she had not at the moment been aware, she had not then felt, that a girl who asks for time is supposed