And in the sunlight, defended by the haughty shields of parasols, carriage after carriage went by.
'Uncle James has just passed, with his female folk,' said young Jolyon.
His father looked back. 'Did your uncle see us? Yes? Hmph! What's he want, coming down into these parts?'
An empty cab drove up at this moment, and old Jolyon stopped it.
'I shall see you again before long, my boy!' he said. 'Don't you go paying any attention to what I've been saying about young Bosinney--I don't believe a word of it?'
Kissing the children, who tried to detain him, he stepped in and was borne away.
Young Jolyon, who had taken Holly up in his arms, stood motionless at the corner, looking after the cab.
AFTERNOON AT TIMOTHY'S
IF old Jolyon, as he got into his cab, had said: 'I won't believe a word of it?' he would more truthfully have expressed his sentiments.
The notion that James and his womankind had seen him in the company of his son had awakened in him not only the impatience he always felt when crossed, but that secret hostility natural between brothers, the roots of which--little nursery rivalries--sometimes toughen and deepen as life goes on, and, all hidden, support a plant capable of producing in season the bitterest fruits.
Hitherto there had been between these six brothers no more unfriendly feeling than that caused by the secret and natural doubt that the others might be richer than themselves; a feeling increased to the pitch of curiosity by the approach of death-- that end of all handicaps--and the great 'closeness' of their man of business, who, with some sagacity, would profess to Nicholas ignorance of James's income, to James ignorance of old Jolyon's, to Jolyon ignorance of Roger's, to Roger ignorance of Swithin's,