with a large income says to a girl like that that the sun shines he encourages hope. I understand that well enough. I am a rich man with a title, and a big house, and a great command of luxuries. There are so many young ladies who would also like to be rich, and to have a title, and a big house, and a command of luxuries! One sometimes feels oneself like a carcase in the midst of vultures.'
'Marry after a proper fashion, and you'll get rid of all that.'
'I'll think about it, but in the meantime what can I say to this young woman? When I acknowledge that I kissed her, of course I encouraged hopes.'
'But St. Anthony*would have had to kiss this young woman if she had made her attack upon him as she did on me;--and, after all, a kiss doesn't go for everything. These are things, Penwether, that must not be inquired into too curiously. But I won't marry her, though it were a score of kisses. And now what must I do?' Sir George said that he would take till the next morning to think about it,--meaning to make a draft of the reply which he thought his brother-in-law might best send to the lady.
IT CANNOT BE ARRANGED
WHEN Reginald Morton received his aunt's letter he understood from it more than she had intended. Of course, the man to whom allusion was made was Mr. Twentyman; and, of course, the discomfort at home had come from Mrs. Masters' approval of that suitor's claim. Reginald, though he had seen but little of the inside of the attorney's household, thought it very probable that the step-mother would make the girl's home very uncomfortable for her. Though he knew well all the young farmer's qualifications as a husband,-- namely, that he was well to do in the world and bore a good character for honesty and general conduct,--still he