There was no one else in the room at the moment, and Glossop in asking the question had, in truth, forgotten what he had heard of this new intimacy.
'Don't you learn to be ill-natured, Glossop. And remember that there is no form so bad as that of calling young ladies by their Christian names. I do know that poor Morton has left Miss Trefoil a sum of money which is, at any rate, evidence that he thought well of her to the last.'
'Of course it is. I didn't mean to offend you. I wouldn't do it for worlds,--as you are going away.' That afternoon, when Green's back was turned, Glossop gave it as his opinion that something particular would turn up between Mounser and Miss Trefoil, an opinion which brought down much ridicule upon him from both Hoffman and Archibald Currie. But before that week was over,--in the early days of April,--they were forced to retract their opinion, and to do honour to young Glossop's sagacity. Mounser Green was engaged to Miss Trefoil, and for a day or two the Foreign Office could talk of nothing else.
'A very handsome girl,' said Lord Drummond to one of his subordinates. 'I met her at Mistletoe. As to that affair with Lord Rufford, he treated her abominably.' And when Mounser showed himself at the office, which he did boldly, immediately after the engagement was made known, they all received him with open arms and congratulated him sincerely on his happy fortune. He himself was quite contented with what he had done, and thought that he was taking out for himself the very wife for Patagonia.
NO sooner did the two new lovers, Mounser Green and Arabella Trefoil, understand each other than they set their wits to work to make the best of their natural advantages. The latter communicated the fact, in a very dry manner, to her father and mother. Nothing