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Chapter six uh busy Pope enjoy this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit recording by nicholas clifford is he Pope enjoy by Anthony Trollope chapter 6 bad tidings about the middle of October they came a letter from the Marquess of Brotherton to his brother which startled them all at man across very much indeed in answering Lord Georgia's communication as to the marriage the Marquess had been mysterious and disagreeable but then he was always disagreeable and would on occasions take the trouble to be mysterious also he had warned his brother that he might himself want the house of man across but he had said the same thing frequently during his residence in Italy being always careful to make his mother and sisters understand that they might have to take themselves away any day at a very short warning but now the short warning had absolutely come and had come in such a shape as to upset everything at man across and to upset many things that the Brotherton deanery the letter was as follows My dear George I am to be married to the Marquis de Luigi her name is Kathy Adina Luigi and she is a widow as to her age you could ask herself when you see her if you dare I haven't dared I suppose her to be ten years younger than myself I did not expect that it would be so but she says now that she would like to live in England of course I've always meant to go back myself some day I don't suppose we shall be there before May but we must help the house got ready my mother and the girls had better look out for a place as soon as they can tell my mother of course I will allow her the rent of cross-hall to which indeed she is entitled I don't think she would care to live there and neither she nor the girls would get on with my wife yours be I am waiting to know about getting the house painted and furnished when Lord George received this letter he showed it first in privacy to his sister Sara as the reader will have understood there had never been any close fam affection between the president Marquess and his brothers and sisters nor had he been a loving son to his mother but the family at mana cross had always endeavored to maintain a show of regard for the head of the family and the old March Ennis would no doubt have been delighted had her eldest son come home and married an English wife Lady Sarah in performing what she had considered to be a family duty had written regular dispatches to her elder brother telling him everything that happened about the place dispatches which he probably never read now there had come a blow indeed Lady Sarah read the letter and then looked into her brother's face have you told Mary she asked I have told no one it concerns her as much as any of us of course if he is married at his write that he should have his house we ought to wish that he should live here if he were different from what he is said Lord George if she is good it may be that he will become different it is not the thing but the manner in which he tells it to us did you ever hear her name before never what a way he has of mentioning her about her age said Lady Sarah infinitely shocked well mama must be told of course why shouldn't we live in Cross Hall I don't understand what he means about that cross Hall belongs to mama for her life as much as man across dust to him for his just outside the park gate at the side of the park furthest away from Brotherton and therefore placed very much out of the world there stood a plain substantial house built in the days of Queen Anne which had now for some generations been the habitation of the Dowager of the Brotherton family but the lake mark was died this had become for her life the property of the March earnest but had been ceded by her to her son in return for the loan of the big house the absentee Marquess had made with his mother the best bargain in his power and had left in our house known as cross Hall to a sporting farmer he now kindly offered to allow his mother to have the rent of her own house signifying at the same time his wish that all his family should remove themselves out of his way he wishes that we should take ourselves off said Lord George hoarsely but I do not see why we are to give way to his wishes George where we go of what use can we be in a strange country wherever we are we shall be very poor but our money will go further here than elsewhere how are we to get up new interests in life the land is his but the poor people belong to us as much as to him it is unreasonable it is frightfully selfish I for one am not prepared to obey Him in this and Lady Sarah of course mama will do as she pleases but I do not see why we should go he will never live here all the year through he will be sick of it after a month will you read the letter to my mother I will tell her George she had better not see the letter unless she makes a point of it I will read it again and then do you keep it you should tell Mary at once it is natural that she should have built hopes on the in probability of Brotherton's marriage before noon on that day the news had been disseminated through the house the old March Eunice when she first heard of the Italian wife went into hysterics and then was partly comforted by reminding herself that all Italians were not necessarily bad she asked after the letter repeatedly and at last when it was found to be impossible to explain to her otherwise water eldest son met about the house it was shown to her then she began to weep afresh why man we live at cross-hall Sara she said cross hole belongs to you mama and nothing can hinder you from living there but Augusta says that we are to go away the March Eunice was the only one of the family who ever called the Marquess by his Christian name and she did so only when she was much disturbed no doubt he expresses the wish that we should do so where were we to go to and I at my age I think you should live at Cross Hall but he says that we manned we could never go on there if he want just to go away why not mama it is your house as much as this is his if you will let him understand that when you leave this you mean to go there he will probably say nothing more about it mr. price is living there I can't make mr. price go away directly the painter people come in here they'll come tomorrow perhaps and what am I to do then the matter was discussed throughout the whole day between Lady Sarah and her mother the former bearing the old woman's plaintive weakness with the utmost patience and almost succeeding before the evening came in inducing her mother to agree to rebel against the tyranny of her son there were peculiar difficulties and peculiar hardships in the case the Marquess could turn out all the women of his family in a day's notice he had only to say to them go and they must be gone and he could be rid of them without even saying or writing another word a host of tradesmen would come and then of course they must go but Mr Price and cross-hall must have a regular year's notice and that notice could not now be given till lady day next if the worst comes to the worst her mob we will go and live in Brotherton for the time mr. hold enough for the Dean would find some place for us then the old lady began to ask how Mary had borne the news but as yet Lady Sarah had not been able to interest herself personally about Mary Lord George was surprised to find how little his wife was affected by the terrible Thunderbolt which had fallen among them on him as a blow had been almost as terrible as on his mother he had taken a house in town at the instance of the Dean and in consequence of a promise made before his marriage which was sacred to him but which he regretted he would have preferred himself to live the whole year through at manor cross though he had not very much to do there the place was never dull to him he liked the association of the big house he liked the sombre grandeur of the park he liked the magistrate's bench though he rarely spoke a word when he was there and he liked the sour economy of the life but as to that house in town so his wife's fortune would enable him to live there four or five months he knew that he could not stretch the income so as to bear the expense of the entire year and yet what must he do now if he could abandon the house in town then he could join his mother as to some new country house but he did not dare to suggest that the house in town should be abandoned he was afraid of the Dean and afraid so to speak of his own promise the thing had been stipulated and he did not know how to go back from the stipulation going to leave man across said Mary when she was told dear me how odd where will they go to it was evident to her husband from the tone of her voice that she regarded her own house and months to court for it was her own as her future residence as hers and his and asking where they would live she spoke of the other ladies of the family he had expected that she would have shown some disappointment of the danger to her future position which this new marriage would produce but in regard to that she was he thought either perfectly indifferent or else a very good actor in truth she was almost indifferent the idea that she might someday be lady Brotherton had been something to her but not much her happiness was not nearly as much disturbed by this marriage as it had been by the allusion made to her dress she herself can hardly understand the terrible gloom which seemed during that evening and the whole of the next day to have fallen on the entire family George this would make you very unhappy she said whispering to him on the morning of the second day not that my brother should marry he said god forbid that I as a younger brother should wish to debar him from any tittle of what belongs to him if he would marry well it ought to be a joy to us all is not this marrying well what with a foreigner with an Italian Widow and then there will I fear be great trouble in finding a comfortable home for my mother Emilia says she can go to cross-hall Emilia does not know what she is talking of it would be very long before they could get in across whole even if they can go there at all it would have to be completely furnished and there is no money to furnish it wouldn't your brother Lord George shook his head or Papa Lord George again shook his head what will they do if it were not for our house in London we might take a place in the country together said Lord George all the various facts of the proposition now made to her flashed upon Mary's mind at once that had been suggested to her when she was first asked to marry Lord George that she should live permanently in a country house with his mother and sisters and a house of which she would not be and could not be the mistress she would certainly have rejected the offer and now the tedium of such a life was plain to her than it would have been then but under her father's auspices a pleasant gay little house in town had been taken for her and she had been able to gild the dullness of man across with the brightness of her future prospects for four or five months she would be her own mistress and would be so in London her husband would be living on her money but it would be the delight of her heart that he should be happy while doing so and all this must be safe and wise because it was to be done under the advice of her father now it was proposed to her that she should abandon all this and live in some smaller poorer duller country residence in which she would be the least of the family instead of the mistress of her own house she thought of it all for a moment and then she answered him with a firm voice if you wish to give up the house in London we will do so it would distress you I fear when we call on our friends to sacrifice themselves we generally wish them also to declare that they like being sacrificed I should be disappointed of course George and it would be unjust said he if you wish it I will not say a word against it on that afternoon he rode into Brotherton to tell the tidings to the Dean upon whatever they might among them decide it was expedient that the Dean should at once be told of the marriage Lord George as he thought had over all on horseback found difficulties on every side he had promised his wife should live in town and he could not go back from that promise without injustice he understood the nature of her lately offered sacrifice and felt that it would not liberate his conscience and then he was sure that the Dean would be loud against any such arrangement the money no doubt was Mary's own money and subject to certain settlement was that Lord George's immediate disposal but he would be unable to inure the deans reproaches he would be unable also to endure his own and less which was so very improbable the Dean should encourage him but how were things to be arranged was he to desert his mother and sisters in their difficulty he was very fond of his wife but it had never yet occurred to him that the daughter of Dean Lovelace could be as important to him as all the ladies of the house of Germain his brother proposed to bring his wife to man across in May when he would be up in London where at that moment and after what fashion would his mother and sisters be living the Dean showed his dismay at the marriage plainly enough that's very bad George he said very bad indeed of course we don't like her being a foreigner of course you don't like his marrying at all why should you you all know enough of him to be sure that he wouldn't marry the sort of woman you were to prove I don't know why my brother should not have married any lady in England at any rate he hasn't he has married some Italian Widow and it's a misfortune poor Mary I don't think Mary feels it at all she will someday girls of her age don't feel that kind of thing at first so he is going to come over at once what will your mother do she has cross-hall that man price is there he will go out of course would notice he must go he won't stand about that if you don't interfere with his land and farmyard I know price he's not a bad fellow but Brotherton does not want him to go there said Lord George almost in a whisper does not what your mother to live in her own house upon by word the Marquess is considerate to you all he has said that plainly has he if I were lady Brotherton I would not take the slightest heed of what he says she is not dependent on him in order that he may be relieved from the bore of being civil to his own family she is to be sent about the world to look for a home in her old age you must tell her not to listen for a minute for such a proposition Lord George though he put great trust in his father-in-law did not quite like hearing his brother spoken of so very freely by a man who was after all the son of a tradesman it seemed to him as though the Dean made himself almost too intimate with the affairs of man across and yet he was obliged to go on and tell the Dean everything even the price went there must be some delay in getting the house ready the mark was surely won't turn your mother out before the spring tradesman will have to come in and then I don't quite know what we are to do as to the expense of furnishing the new house it will cost a couple of thousand pounds and none of us have ready money the Dean assumed a very serious face every spoon and fork and man across every towel and every sheet belongs to my brother was not the cross house ever furnished many years ago and my grandmother's time my father left enough money for the purpose but it was given up to my sister Alice when she married hold enough he found himself explaining all the little intricacies of his family to the Dean because it was necessary that he should hold counsel with someone I was thinking of a furnished house for them elsewhere in London certainly not there my mother would not like it nor would my sisters I liked the country very much the best myself not for the whole year I have never cared to be in London but of course is for Mary and myself that is settled you would not wish her to give up the house in months to court certainly not it would not be fair to her to ask her to live always under the wing of your mother and sisters she would never learn to be a woman she always be in leading strings do you not feel that yourself I feel that beggars cannot be choosers my mother's fortune is two thousand pounds a year as you know we have only five thousand pounds of piece there is hardly income enough among us for a house in town and a house in the country the Dean paused a moment and then replied that his daughter's welfare could not be made subordinate to that of the family generally he then said that if any immediate sum of money were required he would lend it either to the Dowager or to Lord George nor George as he rode home was angry both with himself and with the Dean there had been an authority in the deans voice which had grated upon his feelings of course he intended to be as good as this word but nevertheless his wife was his wife and subject to his will and her fortune had been her own and had not come from the Dean the Dean took too much upon himself and yet with all that he had consulted the Dean about everything and had confessed the family poverty the thing however was quite certain to him he could not get out of the house in town during the whole of that day Lady Sarah had been at work with her mother instigating her to insist on her own rights and at last she had succeeded what would our life be mama Lady Sarah had said if we were removed altogether into a new world here we were of some use people know us and give us credit for being what we are we can live after our own fashion and yet live in accordance with our rank there was not a man or a woman or a child in the parish whom I do not know there is not a house in which you would not see immediate and Susanna's work we cannot begin all that over again when I am gone my dear you must do so who can say how much may be done before that said they shall come to us he may have taken his Italian wife back again to Italy Rama we ought not to run away from our duties on the following morning it was settled among them that the Dowager should insist on possession of her own house at Cross Hall and a letter was written to the morrow quit congratulating him of course on his marriage but informing him at the same time that the family would remain in the parish some few days later mr. Knox the agent for the property came down from London he had received the orders of the Marquess and would be prepared to put workmen into the house as soon as her ladyship would be ready to leave it but he quite agreed that this could not be done at once a beginning no doubt might be made while they were still there but no painting should be commenced or buildings knocked down or put up till March it was settled at the same time that on the first of March the family should leave the house I hope my son won't be angry the March inist said to mr. Knox if he be angry by lady he will be angry without a cause but I never knew him to be very angry about anything he always did like to have his own way mr. Knox said the mindful mother end of chapter 6 chapter 7 of is he pop and joy this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit recording by Bob Wrigley Charlottesville Virginia USA is he pop and joy by Anthony Trollope chapter seven cross-hall gate while mr. Knox was still in the country negotiations were open with mr. price the sporting farmer who like all sporting farmers was in truth a very good fellow he had never been liked by the ladies at mater cross as having ways of his own which were not their ways he did not go to church as often as they thought he ought to do and being a bachelor stories were told about him which were probably very untrue a bachelor may live in town without any inquiries as to any of the doings of his life but if a man lived forlorn and unmarried in a country house he will certainly become the victim of calumny should any woman under 60 ever be seen about his place it was said also of mr. price that sometimes after hunting men had been seen to go out of his yard in an uproarious condition but I hardly think that old Sir Simon bolt the master of the hounds could have liked him so well or so often have entered his house had there been much amiss there and as to the fact of their always being a fox in cross-hall hold which a certain little wood was called about half a mana the house no one even doubt of that but there had always been a prejudice against price at the great house and in this even Lord George had coincided but when mr. Knox went to him and explained to him what was about to happen that the ladies would be forced almost before the end of winter to leave matter cross and to make way for the Marquis mr. price declared that he would clear out bag and baggage top boots Spurs and brandy bottles at a moment's notice the prices of the English world are not as a rule deficient in respect for the Marquesas and Marchioness 'as the workmen can come in tomorrow price said when he was told that some preparations would be necessary a bachelor could shake down anywhere mr. Knox now it happened that cross-hall house was altogether distinct from the cross-hall farm on which indeed there had been a separate farmhouse now only used by laborers but mr. price was a comfortable man and when the house had been vacant had been able to afford himself the luxury of living there so far the primary difficulties lessened themselves when they were well looked in the face and yet things did not run altogether smoothly the Marquis did not condescend to reply to his brothers letter but he wrote what was for him a long letter to mr. Knox urging upon the age of the duty of turning his mother and sisters altogether out of the place we shall be a great deal better friends apart he said if they remained there we shall see little or nothing of each other and it will be very uncomfortable if they will settle themselves elsewhere I will furnish a house for them but I don't want to have them at my elbow mr. Knox was of course bound to show this to Lord George and Lord George was bound to consult Lady Sarah Lady Sarah told her mother something of it but not all but she told it in such a way that the old lady consented to remain and to brave her eldest son as for Lady Sarah herself in spite of her true Christianity and real goodness she did not altogether dislike the fight her brother was her brother on the head of the family and he had his privileges but they too had their rights and she was not disposed to submit herself to tyranny mr. Knox was therefore obliged to inform the Marquis in what softest language he could find applicable for the purpose that the ladies of the family had decided upon removing to the dower house about a month after this there was a meet of the Brotherton hunt of which Sir Simon bolt was the master at cross-hall gate the grandfather of the present remains had in the early part of the century either established the special pact or at any rate become the master of it previous to that the hunting probably had been somewhat precarious but there had been since his time a regular Brotherton hunt associated with a collar and button of its own a blue collar on a red coat with B H on the buttons and the thing had been done well they had four days a week with an occasional buy and twenty-five hundred pounds were subscribed annually Sir Simon bolt had been the master for the last fifteen years and was so well known that no sporting pen and no sporting tongue in England ever called him more than Sir Simon cross Hall gate a well-loved meat was the gate of the big park which opened out upon the road just opposite to mr. prices house it was an old stone structure with a complicated arch stretching across the gate itself were they Lodge on each side it lay back in a semicircle from the road and was very imposing in old days no doubt the gate was much used as the direct traffic from London to Brotherton past that way but the railway had killed the road and as the nearer road from the manor cross house to the town came out on the same Road much nearer to Brotherton the two lodges and all the grandeur were very much wasted but it was a pretty sight for a meet when the hounds were seated on their haunches inside the gate or moving about slowly after the Huntsman's horse and when the horses and carriages were clustered about on the high road and inside the park and it was a meet too much loved by the riding man it was always presumed that Manor cross itself was preserved for foxes and the hounds were carefully run through the belt of woods but half an hour did that and then they went away to prices little hold on that side there were no more in gentlemen's places there was a gorse cover or two and sundry little Spinneys but the country was country for foxes to run and men to ride and with this before them the members of the Brotherton hunt were pleased to be summoned to cross hall gate on such occasions Lord George was always there he never hunted and very rarely went to any other meat but on these occasions he would appear mounted in black and would say a few civil words to Sir Simon and would tell George scrooby the Huntsman that he had heard that there was a fox among the laurels George would touch his hat and Santa's loud deep voice hope so my lord having no confidence whatever in a manner cross Fox Sir Simon would shake hands with him make a suggestion about the weather and then get away as soon as possible for there was no sympathy and no common subject between the men on this occasion lady Amelia had driven down Lady Susannah in the pony carriage and lady George was there mounted with her father the Dean longing to be allowed to go away with the hounds but having been strictly forbidden by her husband to do so mr. price was of course there as was also mr. Knox in the ancient who had a little shooting box down in the country and kept a horse and did a little hunting there was good opportunity for talking as the hounds were leisurely taken through the loose belt of woods which were by courtesy called the manor cross coverts and mr. price took the occasion of drawing a letter from his pocket and showing it to mr. Knox the Marquis has written to you said the agent in a tone of surprise the wonder not being that the Marquis should write to mr. price but that he should write to anyone never did such a thing in his life before and I wish he hadn't now mr. Knox wished it also when he had read the letter it expressed a very strong desire on the part of the Marquis that mr. price should keep the cross-hall house saying that it was proper that the house should go with the farm and intimating the Marquis wish that mr. price should remain as his neighbor if you can manage it I'll make the farm pleasant and profitable to you said the Marquis you don't say a word about her ladyship said price and what he wants is just to get rid of him all box and dice that's about it I suppose said the agent and that he's come to the wrong shop that's what he has done mr. Knox I've three more year of my lease on the farm and after that out I must go I dare say there's no knowing what may happen before that price if I was to go I don't know that I need quite starve mr. Knox I don't suppose you will I ain't no family and I don't know as I'm just bound to go by what a Lord says though he is my landlord I don't know as I don't think more of them ladies that I does of him him mr. Knox and then mr. priced used some very strong language indeed what right has he to think as I'm going to do his dirty work you may tell him from me he may do his own you'll answer him price not a line I ain't got nothing to say to him he knows I'm a going out of the house and if he don't you can tell him where are you going to well I was going to fit up a room or two in the old farmhouse and if I had anything like a lease I wouldn't mind spending three or four hundred pounds there I was thinking of talking to you about it mr. Knox I can't renew the lease without his approval you write and ask him in mind you tell him that there ain't no doubt at all as to any going out of cross all after Christmas then if you'll make it 14 years I'll put the old house up and not ask him for a shilling as I'm a living centre there on a fox who'd have thought of that in the park that's the old vixen from the hole that sure as my name's price them Cubs haven't travelled here yet so saying he rode away and mr. Knox rode after him and there was consternation throughout the hunt it was so unaccustomed a thing to have to gallop across man across park but the hounds were in full cry through the laurels and into the shrubbery and round the Conservatoire close up to the house then she got into the kitchen garden and back again through the laurels the butler in the garden and the housemaid in the school remain were all there to see even Lady Sarah came to the front door looking very severe and the old Marsh Cheyenne has gaped out of her own sitting-room window upstairs our friend Mary thought an excellent fund for she was really able to ride to the hounds and even Lady Amelia became excited as she flogged the pony along the road stupid old vixen who ought to have known better price was quite right for it was she and the Cubs and the hold were now finally emancipated from all maternal thraldom she was killed ignominiously in the stokehole under the green house she had been the mother of four letters and who had baffled the Brotherton hounds half a dozen times over the creme of the brothers and country I knew it said price at a melancholy tone as he held up the head which the Huntsman had just a severed from the body she might have done better with herself and come to such a place as this for the last move is it all over ask Lady George that one is pretty nearly all over miss said George screw because he threw the Fox to the hounds my lady I mean begging your ladyship's pardon somewhat had prompted him at the moment I'm very glad to see your ladyship out and I hope will show you something better before long but for Mary's hunting was over when George Scooby and sir Simon and the hounds went off to the hold she was obliged to remain with her husband and sisters-in-law while this was going on mr. Knox had found time to say a word to Lord George about that letter from the Marquis I'm afraid he said your brother is very anxious that price should remain at Cross Hall as he said anything more not to me but to price he has he has written to price yes with his own hand or urging him to stay I cannot but think it was very wrong a look of deep displeasure came across North Georgia's face I have thought it right to mention it because it may be a question whether her ladyship's health and happiness may not be best consulted by her leaving the neighbourhood we have considered at all mr. Knox and my mother is determined to stay we are very much obliged to you we feel that in doing your duty by my brother you are anxious to be courteous to us the hounds have gone on don't let me keep you mr. Putin was of course out unless the meats were very distant from his own place he was always out on this occasion his wife also was there she had galloped across the park as quickly as anybody and when the Fox was being broken up in the grass before the hall door was sitting close to Lady George you're coming on she said in a whisper I'm afraid not answered Mary oh yes do come slip away with me nobody will see you get as far as the gate and then you can see that covert drawn I can't very well the truth is they don't want me to hunt they who is they they don't want me to hunt that is mr. Hooton doesn't but I mean to get out of his way by riding a little forward I don't see why that is not just as good as staying behind Mr Price is going to give me a lead you know Mr Price but he goes everywhere and I mean to go everywhere what's the good of half doing it come along but Mary had not even thought of rebellion such as this did not in her heart approve of it and was angry with mrs. Hooton nevertheless when she saw the horse woman gallop off across the grass toward the gate she could not help thinking that she would have been just as well able to ride after mr. price as her old friend Adelaide de Baron the Dean did go on having intimated his purpose of riding on just to see prices farm when the unwonted perturbation was over at manor cross Lord George was obliged to revert again to the tidings he had received from mr. Knox he could not keep it to himself he felt himself obliged to tell it all to Lady Sarah but he should write to such a man as mr. price telling him of his anxiety to banish his own mother from her own house you did not see the letter no but Knox did they could not very well show such a letter to me but Knox says that price was very indignant and swore that he would not even answer it I suppose he can afford it George it would be very dreadful to ruin him price is a rich man and after all if price were to do all that Brotherton desires him he could only keep us out for a year or so but don't you think you will all be very uncomfortable here how will my mother feel if she isn't ever allowed to see him and how will you feel if you find that you never want to see his wife Lady Sarah sat silent for a few minutes before she answered him and then declared for war it is very bad George very bad I can foresee great unhappiness especially the unhappiness which must come from constant condemnation of one whom we ought to wish to love and prove up before all others but nothing can be so bad as running away we ought not to allow anything to drive mama from her own house and us from our own duties I don't think we ought to take any notice of Brotherton's letter to mr. price it was thus decided between them that no further notice should be taken of the Marquis letter to mr. price end of chapter 7 chapter 8 of is he popping joy this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit recording by Bob straightly Charlottesville Virginia is he popping joy by Anthony Trollope chapter 8 plugs B Brooke there was great talking about the old vixen as they all trotted away to cross hall hold how it was the same old Fox that they hadn't killed in a certain run last January and how one old farmer was quite sure that this very Fox was the one which had taken them that celebrated run to Bama more three years ago and how she had been the mother of quite a Prem's progeny of Cubs and now that she should have been killed in a stokehole well this was going on a young lady rode up alongside of mr. price and said a word to him with her sweetest smile you remember your promise to me mr. price surely mrs. Hooton your nag can jump a few no doubt beautifully mr. Hooton bought him from Lord mount fencer lady mount fencer couldn't ride him because he pulls a little these are perfect hunter we shall find him mrs. Hooton too immoral and do you stick to me they generally go straight away to throw up some arches you see the little wood there's an Old Earth there but that stopped there is only one fence between this and that a biggest ditch with a bit of hedge on this side but it's nothing to the horses when they're fresh mine's quite fresh then they mostly turned to the right for pugs be nothing but grass then for four miles ahead and the jumping all fair there's one bit of water bugs be brook that you ought to have as he'll be sure to cross it ever so much above the bridge but Lord love you mrs. hoot and that horse will think nothing of the brook nothing at all mr. price I like Brooks I'm afraid he's not here price said Sir Simon trotting round the cover towards the whip who is stationed at the further end well Sir Simon her as we killed came from the halt you know said the farmer mindful of his reputation for foxes you can teach her cake and have it too can you sir Simon I ought to be able in a covert like this well perhaps we shall the best lying is down in that corner I've seen a brace of Cubs together there a score of times then there was one short low dubious bark and that another a little more confirmed that's it sir Simon there's your cake good hound laser cried Sir Simon recognizing the voice of his dog and many of the pack recognized the well-known sound as plainly as the master for you might hear the hounds rustling through the covert as they hurried up to certify to the scent which their old leader had found for them the Hult though thick was small and a fox had not much chance but by breaking once up the covert and once back again the animal went and then dick the watchful whip holding his hand up to his face hollowed him away gently gentleman shouted sir Simon let them settle now mr. Bottomly if you'll only keep yourself a little steady you'll find yourself the better for it at the finish mr. Bottomly was a young man from London who was often addressed after this fashion was always very unhappy for a few minutes and then again forgotten in his excitement now mr. price said mrs. Hooton and a fever of expectation she had been dodging backwards and forwards trying to avoid her husband and yet unwilling to leave the farmer's side wait a moment ma'am wait a moment now we're right here to the left so saying mr. price jumped over a low hedge and mrs. Hooton followed him almost too closely mr. Hooton saw it and didn't follow he had made his way up resolved to stop his wife but she gave him the slip at the last moment now through the gate ma'am and then on straight as an arrow for the little wood I'll give you a lead over the ditch but don't ride quite so close ma'am then the farmer went away feeling perhaps that his best chance of keeping clear from his two loving friend was to make the pace so fast that she should not be able quite to catch him but lady mount fencers nag was fast too was fast and had a will of his own it was not without a cause that Lord mount fencer had partnered with so good a horse out of his stable have a care mom said price as mrs. Hooton Canada against him as they both landed over the big ditch have a care or we shall come to grief together just see me over before you let him take his jump it was very good advice and is very often given but both ladies and gentlemen whose hands are a little doubtful sometimes find themselves unable to follow it but now they went through ups marches George screwby had led the way as becomes a huntsman and a score or more had followed him over the big fence price had been going a little to the left and when they reached the wood was as forward as any one he won't hang here Sir Simon said the farmer as the master came up he never does he's only a cub said the master the hold Cubs this time of the year are my as strong as old foxes now four pugs be mrs. Hooton looked around fearing every moment that her husband would come up they had just crossed a road and wherever there was a road there she thought he would certainly be can't we get round the other side mr. price she said he won't be any better nor here but there's mr. gutten on the road she whispered oh ejaculated the farmer just touching the end of his nose with his finger and moving gently on through the wood never spoil sport was the motto of his life and to his thinking it was certainly sport that he wife should ride to hounds in opposition to an old husband mrs. Hooton followed to him and as they got out on the other side the Fox was again away he ain't making four pugs bees after all said price to George screwby he don't know that country yet said the Huntsman he'll be back in them manner cross woods you'll see else the park of matter cross laid to the left of them whereas plugs be in the desirable Grass country away to Bama more were all to the right some man mindful the big Brook and knowing the whereabouts of the bridge among whom was mr. Houghton kept very much to the right and were soon out of the run altogether but the worst of it was that though they were not heading for their good country still there was the brook plugs B Brooke to be taken had the Fox done as he ought to have done and made four pugs be itself the leap would have been from grass to grass but now it must be from plow to plow if taken at all it need hardly be said that the two things are very different Sir Simon when he saw how the land Lane took a lane leading down to the Brotherton Road if the Fox was making for the part he must be right in that direction it is not often that a master of hounds rides for glory and Sir Simon had long since left all that to younger men but there were still a dozen riders pressing on and among them were the farmer and his devoted follower and a gentleman in black let us give praise where praise is due had acknowledged that young Bottomly was the first at the brook and the first over it as soon as he was beyond Sir Simon's notice he had scurried on across the plough and being both light and indiscreet had enjoyed the heartfelt pleasure of passing George screwby George who hated mr. Bottomly grunted out his mount addiction even though no one could hear him he'll soon be at the bottom of that said George meaning to imply in Horsa phrase that the rider if he rode over ploughed ground after that fashion would soon come to the end of his steeds power but Bottomly if he could only be seen to jump the big brook before anyone else would have happiness enough for a month to have done a thing that he could talk about was the charm that Bottomly found in hunting alas though he rode gallantly at the brook and did get over it there was not much to talk about for unfortunately he left his horse behind him in the water the poor beasts going with a rush off the plow came with her neck and shoulders against the opposite bank and shot her rider well onto the trial and that's about as good as a debt and said George as he landed a yard or two to the right this was ill-natured and the horse and truth was not hurt but a rider at any rate a young rider should not take a lead from a huntsman unless he is very sure of himself of his horse and of the run of the hounds the next man over was the gentleman in black who took it in a stand and who really seemed to know what he was about there were some who afterwards asserted that this was the Dean but the Dean was never heard to boast of the performance mrs. Houten's horse was going very strong with her more than once the farmer cautioned her to give him a pull over the plow and she attempted to obey the order but the horse was self-will and she was light and in truth the heaviness of the ground would have been nothing to him had he been fairly well written but she allowed him to rush with her through the mud as she had never yet had an accident she knew nothing of fear and she was beyond measure excited she had been near enough to see that a man fell at the brook and then she saw also that the Huntsman got over and also the gentleman in black it seemed to her to be lovely the tumble did not scare her at all as others coming after the unfortunate one had succeeded she was aware that there were three or four other men behind her and she was determined that they should not pass her they should see that she also could jump the river she had not rid herself of her husband for nothing prices he came near the water and knew that he had plenty to do and knew also how very close to him the woman was it was too late now to speak to her again but he did not fear for his own horse if she would only give him room he studied the animal no your ardor – from the margin as he came to the headland that ran down the side of the brook then took his leap but mrs. Hooton wrote as though the whole thing was to be accomplished by a rush and her horse true to the matter of horses insisted on following in the direct track of the one who had led him so far when he got to the bank he made his effort to jump high but had got no footing for a fair spring on he went however unstruck prizes horse on the quarter so violently as to upset that animal as well as himself price who was a thoroughly good Horseman was knocked off but got on to the bank as Bottomly had done the two animals were both in the brook and when the farmer was able to look around he saw that the lady was out of sight he was in the water immediately himself but before he made the plunge he had resolved that he never again would give a lady a lead till he knew whether she could ride mr. Knox and Dick were soon on the spot and mrs. Hooton was extracted I'm blest if she ain't dead said the whip pale as death himself hush said mr. Knox she's not dead but I'm afraid she's hurt price had come back through the water with a woman in his arms and the two horses were still floundering about unattended it's her shoulder mr. Knox said price the horse has jammed her against the bank under water during this time her head was drooping and her eyes were closed and she was apparently senseless do you look to the horses dick there ain't no reason why they should get their death of cold by this time there were a dozen men around them and dick and others were able to attend to the ill-used nags yes it's her shoulder continued price that's out anyway what the mischief will mr. Putin say to me when he comes up there's always a doctor in the field sent there by some benignity of providence who always rides forward enough to be near to accidents but never so forward as to be in front of them it has been hinted that this arrangement is professional rather than providential but the present rider having given his mind to the investigation of the matter is inclined to think that it arises from the general fitness of things all public institutions have or ought to have their doctor but in no institution is the doctor so invariably at hand just ammonia's wanted as in the hunting field a very skillful young surgeon from Brotherton was on the spot almost as soon as the lady was out of the water and declared that she had dislocated her shoulder what was to be done her had had gone she had been under the water she was covered with mud she was still senseless and of course she could neither ride nor walk there were ever so many suggestions price thought that she had better be taken back to crosswalk which was about a mile and a half distance mr. Knox a knew the country told them of a side gate in the manner cross wall which made the Great House nearer than Cross Hall they could get her there and a little over a mile but how to get her there they must find a door on which to carry her first a hurdle was suggested and then dick was sent galloping up to the house for a carriage in the meantime she was carried to a labourers cottage by the roadside on a hurdle and there the party was joined by Sir Simon and mr. Hooton it's all your fault said the husband coming up to price as though he meant to strike him with his whip part of it is no doubt sir said price looking his assailant full in the face but almost sobbing as he spoke and I'm very unhappy about it then the husband went and hung over his wife but his wife when she saw him found it convenient to faint again at about two o'clock the cortege a with a carriage reached the great house Sir Simon after expressions of deep sorrow had of course gone on after his hounds mr. Knox as belonging to Manor cross and price and of course the doctor with mr. gutten and mr. Houten's groom accompanied the carriage when they got to the door all the ladies were there to receive them I don't think we want to see anything more of you said mr. Hooton to the farmer the poor man turned round and went away home alone feeling himself to be thoroughly disgraced after all he said to himself if you come to fault it was Sheen I killed me not me her how was I to know she didn't know nothing about it now Barry I think you'll own that I was right Lord George said to his wife as soon as the supper had been put quietly to bed ladies don't always break their arms said Mary it might have been you as well as mrs. Newton as I didn't go you need not scold me George but you were discontented because you were prevented said he determined to have the last word end of chapter 8 chapter 9 of is he Pope and joy this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit read by barry o'neill is he Pope and joy by Anthony Trollope chapter 9 mrs. Hilton Lady Sarah who was generally regarded as the arbiter of the very slender hospitalities exercised at manor cross was not at all well pleased at being forced to entertain mrs. Haughton whom she especially disliked but circumstance as they were there was no alternative she had been put to bed with a dislocated arm and had already suffered much and having it reduced before the matter could even be discussed and then it was of course felt that she could not be turned out of the house she was not only generally hurt but she was a cousin also we must ask him a MA Lady Sarah said the March in this wind piteously mr. Houghton's name had always been held in great displeasure by the ladies at manor cross I don't think we can help it mr. Sawyer mr. Sawyer was the clever young surgeon from brothers and mr. Sawyer says that she ought not to be removed for at any rate a week the March eNOS groaned but the evil became less than had been anticipated by mr. Houghton s refusal at first he seemed declined to stay but after he had seen his wife he declared that as there was no danger he would not intrude upon lady Brotherton but would have permitted ride over and see how his wife was progressing on the morrow that is a relief said Lady Sarah to her mother and yet Lady Sarah had been almost urgent and assuring mr. Houghton that they would be delighted to have him in spite for suffering which must have been real and her fainting which had partly been sole mrs. Haughton had had force enough to tell her husband that he would himself be inexpressibly bored by remaining at manor cross and that his presence would inexpressibly for all those dowdy old woman as she called the ladies of the house besides what's the use she said I've got to lay here for a certain time you would not be any good at nursing you'd only kill yourself with all we I shall do well enough and do you go on with your hunting he had assented but finding her to be well enough to express her opinion estat the desirability of his absence strongly thought that she was well enough also to be rebuked for her late disobedience Oh Geoffrey are you going to scold me she said well I am in such a state as this and then again she almost fainted he knew that he was being ill-treated but knowing also that he could not avoid it he went away without a further word but she was quite cheerful that evening when Lady George came to give her her dinner she had begged that it might be so she had known dear Mary so long and was so warmly attached to her dear Mary did not dislike the occupation which was soon found to comprise that of being head nurse to the invalid she had never especially loved Adelaide to Baron and had felt that there was something amiss in her conversation when they had met at the Deanery but she was brighter than the ladies at Manor cross was affectionate in her manner and was at any rate young there was an antiquity about everything at manor cross which was already crushing the spirit of the young bride dear me this is nice said mrs. Haughton disregarding apparently altogether the pain of her shoulder I declare I shall begin to be glad of the accident you shouldn't say that why not if I feel it doesn't it seem like a thing in a story that I should be brought to Lord George's house and that he was my lover only quite the other day the idea had never occurred to Mary and now that it was suggested to her she did not like it I wonder when he'll come and see me it would not make you jealous I hope certainly not no indeed I think he's quite as much in love with you as he ever was with me and yet he was very very fond of me once isn't it odd that men should change so I suppose your changed too said Mary hardly knowing what to say well yes no I don't know that I'm changed at all I never told Lord George that I loved him and what's more I never told mr. Houghton so I don't pretend to be very virtuous and of course I married for an income I'd like him very well and I always mean to be good to him that is if he lets me have my own way I'm not going to be scolded and he need not think so you oughtn't to have gone on today aren't you why not if my horse hadn't gone so very quick and mr. price at that moment hadn't gone so very slow I shouldn't have come to grief and nobody would have known anything about it wouldn't she like to ride yes I should like it but are you not exerting yourself too much I should die if I were made to lie here without speaking to anyone just put the pillow a little under me now I'm all right who do you think was going as well as anybody yesterday I saw him who was it who was it the very Reverend the Dean of Brotherton my dear no but he was I saw him jump the brook just before I fell into it what will mr. gros shet say I don't think papa cares much what mr. gros sheet says and the bishop I'm not sure that he cares very much for the bishop either but I am quite sure that he would not do anything that he thought to be wrong a Dean never does my suppose my papa never does nor Lord George I dare say said mrs. Haughton I didn't say anything about Lord George I haven't known him quite so long if you won't speak up for him I will I'm quite sure Lord George Germain never in his life did anything that he ought not to do that's his fault don't you like men who do what they ought not to do know said Mary I don't everybody always ought to do what they ought to do and you are to go to sleep and so I shall go away she knew that it was not all right that there was something fast and also something vulgar about this self-appointed friend of her but though mrs. Haughton was fast and though she was vulgar she was a relief to the endless gloom of manner cross on the next day mr. Houghton came explaining to everybody that he had given up his mornings hunting for the sake of his wife but he could say but little and could do nothing and he did not remain long don't stay away from the Me's another day his wife said to him eyes shut Get Well Annie the sooner and I don't like being a drag on you then the husband went away and did not come back for the next two days on the Sunday he came over in the afternoon and stayed for half an hour and on the following Tuesday he appeared on his way to the meet in top boots and a red coat he was upon the whole less troublesome to the men across people that might have been expected Mr Price came every morning to enquire and very gracious passages passed between him and the lady on the Saturday she was up sitting on a sofa in a dressing-gown and he was brought in to see her it was all my fault mr. price she said immediately I heard what mr. Houghton said to you I couldn't speak then but I was so sorry what a husband says man at such a time goes for nothing what husbands say Mr Price very often does go for nothing he turned his hat in his hand and smiled if it had not been so all this wouldn't have happened and I shouldn't have upset you into the water but all the same I hope you'll give me a lead another day and I'll take great care not to come so close to you again this please mr. price so much that as he went home he swore to himself that if she ever asked him again he would do just the same as he had done on the day of the accident when price the farmer had seen her of course it became Lord George's duty to pay her his compliments in person at first he visited her and company with his wife and Lady Sarah and the conversation was very stiff Lady Sarah was potent enough to quell even mrs. Haughton but later in the afternoon Lord George came back again his life being in the room and then there was a little more ease you can't think how it grieves me she said to bring all this trouble upon you she emphasized the word you as though to show him that she cared nothing for his mother and sisters it is no trouble to me said Lord George bowing low I should say that it was a pleasure were it not that your presence here is attended with so much pain to yourself the pain is nothing said mrs. Haughton I have hardly thought of it it is much more than compensated by the renewal of my intimacy with Lady George Germain this she said with her very prettiest manner and he told himself that she was indeed very pretty lady George or Mary as we will still call her for simplicity in spite of her promotion had become somewhat afraid of mrs. Haughton but now seeing her husband's courtesy to her guests understanding from his manner that he liked her society began to thaw and to think that she might allow herself to be intimate with the woman it did not occur to her to be in any degree jealous not at least as yet in her innocence she did not think it possible that her husband's heart should be untrue to her nor did it occur to her that such a one as mrs. Haughton could be preferred to herself she thought that she knew herself to be better than mrs. Haughton and she certainly thought herself to be the better-looking of the tool mrs. Haughton 'he's beauty such as it was depended mainly on style on a certain – and manner which she had acquired in which – another woman were not attractive Mary knew that she herself was beautiful she could not but know it she had been brought up by all belonging to her with that belief and so believing had taught herself to acknowledge that no credit was due to herself on that score her beauty now belonged entirely to her husband there was nothing more to be done with it except to maintain her husband's love and that for the present she did not in the least doubt she had heard of married men falling in love with other people's wives but she did not in the least bring home the fact to her own case in the course of the afternoon all the ladies of the family sat for a time with their guests first came Lady Sarah and lady Susanna mrs. Haughton who saw very well how the land lay rather snubbed Lady Sarah she had nothing to fear from the dragon of the family lady Sara in spite of their cousinship had called her mrs. Haughton and mrs. Haughton in return called the other lady Sara there was to be no intimacy and she was only received there because of her dislocated shoulder let it be so nor George and his wife were coming up to town at the intimacy should be there she certainly would not wish to repeat her visit to Manor cross some ladies do like hunting and some don't she said in answer to a severe remark from lady Sara I am one of those who do and I don't think an accident like that has anything to do with it I can't say I think it an amusement fit for ladies said lady Sara I suppose ladies may do what clergymen do the dean jumped over the brook just before me there was not much of an argument in this but mrs. Haughton knew that it would Beck's lady Sara because of the alliance between the Dean and the manor cross family she's a detestable young woman lady Sara said to her mother and I can only hope that Mary won't see much of her up in town I don't see how she can after what there has been between her and George said the innocent old lady in spite however of this strongly expressed opinion the old lady made her visit taking lady Amelia with her I hope my dear friend you find yourself getting better so much better lady Brotherton but I am so sorry to have given you all this trouble but has has been very pleasant to me to be here and to see Lord George and Mary together I declare I think hers is the sweetest face I have ever looked upon and she is so much improved that's what perfect happiness does I do so like her we love her very dearly said the March enos I am sure you do and he is so proud of her Lady Sarah had said that the woman was detestable and therefore the March eNOS felt that she ought in to test her but had it not been for Lady Sarah she would have been rather pleased with her guests than otherwise she did not remain very long but promised she would turn on the next day on the following morning mr. Houghton came again staying only a few minutes and while he was in his wife sitting-room both Lord George and Mary found them as they were all leaving her together she contrived to say a word to her old lover don't desert me all the morning come and talk to me a bit I am well now although they won't let me move about in obedience to the summons he returned to her when his wife was called upon to attend to the ordinary cloak and petticoat Conclave of the other ladies in regard to these charitable meetings she had partly carried her own way she had so far throwing off authority as to make it understood that she was not to be bound by the rules which her sisters-in-law had laid down for their own guidance but her rebellion had not been complete and she still gave them a certain number of weekly stitches Lord George had said nothing of his purpose but for a full hour before luncheon he was alone with mrs. Haughton if a gentleman may call on a lady in her house surely he may without scandal pay her a visit in his own that a married man should chat for an hour with another man's wife in a country house is not much where is the man and where the woman who has not done that quite as a matter of course and yet when Lord George knocked at the door there was a feeling on him that he was doing something in which he would not wish to be detected this is so good of you she said do sit down and don't run away your mother and sisters have been here so nice of them you know but everybody treats me as though I ought to open my mouth for above five minutes at a time I feel as though I should like to jump the brook again pray don't do that well no not quite yet you don't like hunting I'm afraid the truth is said Lord George that I've never been able to afford to keep horses ah that's a reason mr. Houghton of course is a rich man but I don't know anything so little satisfactory in itself as being rich it is comfortable oh yes it is comfortable but so unsatisfactory of course mr. Houghton can keep any number of horses but what's the use when he never rides to hounds better not to have them at all I think I'm very fond of hunting myself I dare say I should have liked it had it come in my way early in life you speak of yourself as if you were a hundred years old I know your age exactly you're just 17 years younger than mr. Houghton through this Lord George had no reply to make of course he had felt that when mr. Barron had married mr. Houghton she had married quite an old man I wonder whether you were much surprised when you heard that I was engaged to mr. Houghton I was rather because he is so old no not that altogether I was surprised myself and I knew that you would be but what was I to do I think you have been very wise said Lord George yes but you think I have been heartless I can see it in your eyes and hear it in your voice perhaps I was heartless but then I was bound to be wise a man may have a profession before him he may do anything but what does a girl to think of you say that money is comfortable certainly it is how was she to get it if she has not got it of her own like dear Mary you do not think that I have blamed you but even though you have not yet I must excuse myself to you she said with energy bending forward from her sofa towards him do you think that I do not know the difference what difference oh you shouldn't ask I may hint at it but you shouldn't ask but it wouldn't have done would it Lord George hardly understood what it was that wouldn't have done but he knew that a reference was being made to his former love by the girl he had loved and upon the whole he rather liked it the flattery of such intrigues is generally pleasant to men even when they could not bring their minds about quick enough to understand all the little ins and outs of the woman's manoeuvres it is my very nature to be extravagant Papa has brought me up like that and yet I had nothing that I could call my own I had no right to marry anyone but a rich man you said just now you couldn't afford to hunt I never could and I couldn't afford to have a heart you said just now – that money is very comfortable there was a time when I should have found it very very comfortable to have had a fortune of my own you have plenty now she wasn't angry with him because she had already found out that it is the nature of men to be slow and she wasn't angry with him again because though he was slow yet also he was evidently gratified yes she said I have plenty now I have secured so much I couldn't have done without a large income but a large income doesn't make me happy it's like eating and drinking one has to eat and drink but yet one doesn't care very much about it perhaps you don't regret hunting very much yes I do because it enables a man to know his neighbors I know that I regret the thing I couldn't afford then a glimmer of what she meant did come across him and he blushed things will not always turn out as they are wanted he said then his conscience upbraided him and he corrected himself but God knows that I have no reason to complain I have been fortunate yes indeed I sometimes think it is better to remember the good things we have than to regret those that are gone that is excellent philosophy Lord George and therefore I go out hunting and break my bones and fall into rivers and write about with such men as mr. price one has to make the best of it hasn't one but you I see have no regrets he paused for a moment and then found himself driven to make some attempt at gallantry I didn't quite say that he replied you were able to re-establish yourself according to your own tastes a man can always do so I was obliged to take whatever came I think that Mary is so nice I think so too I can assure you you have been very fortunate to find such a girl so innocent so pure so pretty and with fortune – I wonder how much difference it would have made in your happiness if you had seen her before we had ever been acquainted I suppose we should never have known each other then who can say no no one can say for myself I owned that I like it better as it is I have something to remember that I can be proud of and I something to be ashamed of to be ashamed of she said almost rising in anger that you should have refused me she got it at last she had made her fish rise to the fly oh no she said there can be nothing of that if I did not tell you plainly then I tell you plainly now I should have done very wrong to marry a poor man I ought not to have asked you I don't know how that maybe she said in a very low voice looking down to the ground some say that if a man loves he should declare his love but the circumstances be what they may I rather think that I agree with him you at any rate knew that I felt greatly honored though the honor was out of my reach then there was a pause during which she could find nothing to say he was trapped by her flattery but he did not wish to betray his wife by making love to the woman he liked her words in her manner but he was aware that she was a thing sacred as being another man's wife but it is all better as it is she said with a laugh and Mary Lovelace is the happiest girl of her year I am so glad you were coming to London and do so hope you'll come and see me certainly I will I mean to be such friends with Mary there is no woman I like so much and then circumstances have thrown us together haven't they and if she and I are friends real friends I shall feel that our relationship may be continued yours and mine I don't mean that all this accident shall go for nothing I wasn't quite clever enough to contrive it but I am very glad of it because that it's brought us once more together so that we may understand each other goodbye Lord George don't let me keep you any longer I wouldn't have married jealous you know I don't think there is the least fear of that he's in real displeasure don't take me up seriously for my little joke she said as she had put out her left hand he took it and once more smiled and then left her when she was alone there came a feeling on her that she had gone through some hard work with only moderate success and also a feeling that the game was hardly worth the candle she was not in the least in love with the man her capable of being in love with any man in a certain degree she was jealous and she felt that she owed married Lovelace a turn for having so speedily won her own rejected lover but her jealousy was not strong enough for absolute malice she had formed no plot against the happiness of the husband and wife when she came into the house but the plot made itself and she liked the excitement he was heavy certainly heavy but he was very handsome and a lord and then too it was much in her favour that he certainly had once loved her dearly Lord George as he sat down to lunch felt himself to be almost guilty and hardly did more than creep into the room where his wife and sisters were seated have you been with mrs. Haughton asked lady Sara and a firm voice yes I had been sitting with her for the last half hour he replied but he couldn't answer the question without hesitation in his manner Mary however thought nothing about it end of chapter 9 after 10 of is heap hope and joy this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit read by barry o'neill is he Pope and joy by Anthony Trollope chapter 10 the dean as a sporting man in Brotherton the deans performance in the run from cross hall holds was almost as much talked of as mrs. Haughton accident there had been rumors of things that he had done in the same line after taking orders when a young man of runs that he had ridden and even of visits which he had made to new market and other wicked places but as far as brother two knew there had been nothing of all this since the Dean had been a Dean though he was constantly on horseback he had never been known to do more than props look at a meet and it was understood through Brotherton generally that he had forbidden his daughter to hunt but now no sooner was his daughter married and the necessity of setting an example to her at an end than the Dean with a rosette in his hat for so the story was told was after the hounds like a sporting farmer or a mere country gentleman on the very next day mr. grow shot told the whole story to the bishop but mr. gros ship had not seen the performance and the bishop affected to disbelieve it I'm afraid My Lord said the chaplain I'm afraid you'll find it's true if he rides after every pack of dogs in the county I don't know that I can help it said the bishop with this mr. gros shod was by no means inclined to agree a bishop is as much entitled to cause inquiries to be made into the moral conduct of a Dean as of any country clergyman in his diocese suppose he were to take to gambling on the turf said mr. gros shet with much horror expressed in his tone and countenance but riding after a pack of dogs isn't gambling on the turf said the bishop who though he would have liked to possess the power of putting down the Dean by no means relish the idea of being beaten in an attempt to do so and mr. cannon hold enough heard of my dear he said to his wife men are crosses coming out strong in the sporting way not only as mrs. Haughton laid up there with a broken limb but your brother's father-in-law took the brush on the same day the Dean said lady Alice so they told me he was always so particular and not letting Mary ride over a single fence he would hardly that her go to a meet on horseback many fathers do what they won't let their daughters do the Dean has been always giving signs that he would like to break out a little can they do anything to him oh dear no not if he was to hunt a pack of hounds himself as far as I know but I suppose it's wrong canons of the clerical life yes I think it's wrong because it will scandalize everything that gives offence is wrong unless it be something that is on other grounds expedient if it be true we shall hear about it a good deal here and it will not contribute to brotherly love and friendship among us clergymen there was another cannon at Brotherton one doctor pounder a red-faced man very fond of his dinner a man of infinite pluck and much attached to the cathedral towards the reparation of which he had contributed liberally and having an ear for music he had done much to raise the character of the choir though dr. Powner sermons were supposed to be the worst ever heard from the pulpit of the Cathedral he was on the account of the above good deeds the most popular clergyman in the city soul I'm told you've been distinguishing yourself mr. Dean said the doctor meeting our friend and the close have I done so lately more than as usual with me asked the Dean who had not had the two heard of the rumor of his performances I am told that you were so much ahead the other day in the hunting field that you were unable to give assistance to the poor lady who broke her arm oh that's it if I do anything at all although I may do it but once in a dozen years I like to do it well doctor counter I wish I thought that you could follow my example and take a little exercise it would be very good for you the doctor was a heavy man and hardly walked much beyond the confines of the clothes or his own garden though a bold man he was not so ready as the Dean and had no answer at hand yes continued our friend I did go a mile or two with them and I enjoyed it amazingly I wish with all my heart there was no prejudice against clergymen hunting I think it would be an abominable practice at doctor pounder passing on the Dean himself would have thought nothing more about it had there not appeared a few lines on the subject in a weekly newspaper called the Brotherton church which was held to be a pestilential little rag by all the clothes Dean's canons and minor canons were all agreed as to this doctor pounder hating the Brotherton church quite as sincerely as did the Dean the Brotherton church was edited nominally by a certain mr. Griese a very pious man who had long striven but hitherto in vain to get orders but it was supposed by many that the paper was chiefly inspired by mr. gross –it it was always very laudatory of the bishop it had distinguished itself by its elaborate opposition to ritual its mission was to put down potpourri in the Diocese of Brotherton it all we sneered at the chapter generally and very often said severe things of the Dean on this occasion the paragraph was as follows there is rumor current that Dean Lovelace was out with the brothers and foxhounds last Wednesday and that he rode with the pack all day leaving the field we do not believe this but we hope that for the sake of the cathedral and for his own sake he will condescend to deny the report on the next Saturday there was another paragraph with the reply from the Dean we have received from the Dean of Brotherton the following startling letter which we published without comment what our opinion on the subject may be our readers will understand Deanery November 1870 blank sir you have been correctly informed that I was out with the Brotherton foxhounds on Wednesday we lost the other reports which you have published and as to which after publication you have asked for information are unfortunately incorrect I wish I could have done as well as my enemies accused me of doing I am sir your humble servant Henri Lovelace to the editor of the Brotherton Church the deans friends were unanimous in blaming him for having taken any notice of the attack the bishop who has at heart an honest man and a gentleman regretted it all the chapter were somewhat ashamed of it the minor canons were agreed that it was below the dignity of a dean dr. Powner who had not yet forgotten the allusion to his obesity whispered in some clerical error that nothing better could be expected out of a stable and Canon hold enough who really liked the Dean in spite of certain differences of opinion expostulated with him about it I would have let it pass said the Canon why notice it at all because I would not have anyone suppose that I was afraid to notice it because I would not have it thought that I had gone out with the hounds and was ashamed of what I had done nobody who knows you would have thought that I am proud to think that nobody who knows me would I make as many mistakes as another and I'm sorry for them afterwards but I am never ashamed I'll tell you what happened not to justify my hunting but to justify my letter I was over at Manor cross and I went to the meet because Mary went I have not done such a thing before since I came to Brotherton because there is what I will call a feeling against it when I was there I wrote a field or two with them and I can tell you I enjoyed it I dare say you did then very soon after the Fox broke there was that brook and which mrs. Haughton hurt herself I happen to jump it and the thing became talked about because of her accident after that we came out and the Brotherton rolled and I went back to Manor cross do not suppose that I should have been ashamed of myself if I had gone on even half a dozen more fields I'm sure you wouldn't the thing in itself is not bad never less thinking as the world around us does about hunting a clergyman in my position would be wrong to hunt often but a man who can feel horror at such a thing as this is a prig and religion if as is more likely a man effects horror he is a hypocrite I believe that most clergymen will agree with me in that but there is no clergyman in the diocese of whose agreement I feel more certain than of yours it is the letter not the hunting to which I object there was an apparent cowardice in refraining from answering such an attack I am aware canon of a growing feeling of hostilities and myself not in the chapter in the diocese and I know whence it comes and I think I understand its cause let what will come of it I am NOT going to knock under I want to quarrel with no man and certainly with no clergyman but I am NOT going to be frightened out of my own manner of life or my own manner of thinking by fear of a quarrel nobody doubts your courage but what is the use of fighting when there is nothing to win let that wretched newspaper alone it is beneath you and me Dean very much beneath us and so is your Butler beneath you but if he asked you a question you will answer him to tell the truth I would rather they should call me indiscreet and timid if I did not feel that it would be really wrong and painful to my friends I would go out hunting three days next week to let them know that I am NOT to be cowed there was a good deal set at manor cross about the newspaper correspondence and some condemnation of the Dean expressed by the ladies who thought that he had lured himself by addressing a reply to the editor in the heat of discussion a word or two was spoken by lady Susanna who entertained special objections to all things low which made Mary very angry I think papaw's at any rate a better judge than you can be she said between sisters as sisters generally are or even sisters-in-law this would not be much but at Manor cross it was felt to be misconduct Mary was so much younger than they were and then she was the granddaughter of a tradesman no doubt they all thought that they were willing to admit her among themselves on terms of equality but then there was a feeling among them that she ought to repay this great goodness by a certain degree of humility and submission from day to day the young wife strengthened herself in a resolution that she would not be humble and would not be submissive lady susanna when she heard the words drew herself up with an air of offended dignity Mary dear said Lady Sarah is not that a little unkind I think it is unkind to say that Papa's indiscreet said the Dean's daughter I wonder what you'd all think if I were to say a word against your mama she had been specially instructed to call the March eNOS mama the Dean is not my father-in-law said Lady Amelia very proudly as though in making the suggestion she begged it to be understood that under no circumstances could such a connection have been possible but he's my papa and I shall stand up for him and I do say that he must know more about such things than any lady then lady Susannah got up and marched majestically out of the room Lord George was told of this and found himself obliged to speak to his wife I'm afraid there has been something between you and Susanna dear she abused papa and I told her Papa knew better than cheated and then she walked out of the room I don't suppose she meant to abuse the Dean she called him names she said he was indiscreet that is calling in names no my dear indiscreet as an epithet and even Wert an ounce abstain aim must be it could only be one name it was certainly very hard to fall in love with a man who could talk about epithets so very soon after his marriage but yet she would go on drawing dear George she said don't you scold me I will do anything you tell me but I don't like them to say hard things at papa you were not angry with me for taking Papa's part are you he kissed her and told her that he was not in the least angry with her but nevertheless he went on to insinuate that if she could bring herself to show something of submission to his sisters it would make her own life happier and theirs and his I would do anything I could to make your life happy she said end of chapter 10 chapter 11 of is a pomp and joy this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit recording by Bob Wrigley Charlottesville Virginia USA is he popping joy by auntie trollop chapter 11 Lord and Lady George go up to town time went on and the day arranged for the migration to London came round after much delicate fencing on one side and the other this was fixed for the 31st January the fencing took place between the Dean acting on behalf of his daughter and the ladies of the manor cross family generally they though they conceived themselves to have had many causes of displeasure with Mary were not the less anxious to keep her at manor cross they were all at any moment have gladly assented to an abandonment of the London house and had taught themselves to look upon the London house as an allure meant of satan' most unwisely contrived and countenanced by the Dean and there was no doubt that as the Dean acted on behalf of his daughter so did they act on behalf of their brother he could not himself oppose the London house but he disliked it and feared it and now at last thoroughly repented himself of it but it had been a stipulation made at the marriage and the Dean's money had been spent the Dean had been profuse with his money and had shown himself to be a more wealthy man than anyone at manor cross had suspected Mary's fortune was no doubt her own but the furniture had been at a great measure supplied by the Dean and the Dean had paid the necessary premium on going into the house Lord George felt it to be impossible to change his mind after all that had been done but he had been quite willing to postpone the evil day as long as possible lady susanna was especially full of fears and it must be owned especially inimical to all Mary's wishes she was the one who had perhaps been most domineering to her brother's wife and she was certainly the one whose domination Mary resisted with the most settled determination there was a self-abnegation about Lady Sarah a downright goodness and at the same time and easily handled Magisterial authority which commanded reverence after three months of residence at Manor cross Mary was willing to acknowledge that Lady Sarah was more than a sister-in-law that her nature partook of divine omnipotence and that it compelled respect whether given willingly or unwillingly but to none of the others would her spirit thus humble itself and especially not to Lady Susanna therefore Lady Susanna was hostile and therefore lady Susanna was quite sure that Mary would fall into great trouble amidst the pleasures of the metropolis after all she said to her elder sister what is 1500 pound a year to keep up a house in London it will only be for a few months said Lady Sarah of course she must have a carriage and then George will find himself altogether in the hands of the Dean that is what I fear the Dean has done very well with himself but he is not a man whom I like to trust altogether he is at any rate generous with his money he is bound to be that or he could not hold up his head at all he has nothing else to depend on did you hear what dr. powner said about him the other day since that affair with a newspaper he has gone down very much in the chapter I'm sure of that I think you are a little hard upon him Susanna you must feel that he is very wrong about this house at London why is a man because he's married to be taken away from all his own pursuits if she could not accommodate herself to his tastes she should not have accepted him let us be just said Lady Sarah certainly let us be just said lady Amelia who in these conversations seldom took much part unless when called upon to support her eldest sister of course we should be just said lady Susanna she did not accept him and said Lady Sarah till he had agreed to comply with the dean's wish that they should spend part of their time in London he was very weak said lady Susanna I wish it could have been otherwise continued Lady Sarah but we can hardly suppose that the taste of a young girl from Brotherton should be the same as ours I can understand that Mary should find Manor Cross Dome dull exclaimed Lady Susannah dull ejaculated Lady Amelia constrained on this occasion to differ even from her eldest sister I can't understand that she would find man or cross dull particularly while she has her husband with her the bargain at any rate was maid said Lady Sarah before the engagement was settled and as the money is hers I do not think we have a right to complain I am very sorry that it should be so her character is very far from being formed and his tastes are so completely fixed that nothing will change them and then there's that mrs. Haughton said lady susanna mrs. Hooten head of course left manor cross long since but she had left a most unsatisfactory feeling behind her in the minds of all the manor cross ladies this arose not only from their personal dislike but from a suspicion a most agonizing suspicion that their brother was more fun than he should have been of the lady of society it must be understood that Mary herself noonah this and was altogether free from such suspicion but the three sisters and the Marchioness under their tuition had decided that it would be very much better that Lord George should see no more of mrs. Hooton he was not they thought infatuated in such a fashion that he would run to London after her but when in London he would certainly be thrown into her society I cannot bear to think of it continued Lady Susannah Lady Amelia shook her head I think Sarah you ought to speak to him seriously no man has higher ideas of duty than he has and if he be made to think of it he will avoid her I have spoken replied Lady Sarah almost in a whisper well well was he angry how did he bear it he was not angry but he did not bear it very well he told me that he certainly found her to be attractive but that he thought he had power enough to keep himself free from any such fault as that I asked him to promise me not to see her but he declined to make a promise which he said he might not be able to keep she is a horrid woman and Mary I'm afraid likes her said Lady Susannah I know that evil will come of it sundry scenes counter to this were enacted at the Deanery Mary was in the habit of getting herself taken over to Brotherton more frequently than the lady's length but it was impossible that they should openly oppose her visits to her father on one occasion early in January she had got her husband to ride over with her and was closeted with the Dean while he was away in the city Papa she said I almost think that I'll give up the house in muster court give it up look here Mary you'll have no happiness in life unless you could make up your mind not to allow those old ladies that matter cross to sit upon you it is not for their sake he does not like it it I would do anything for him and that is all very well and I would be the last to advise you to oppose his wishes if I did not see that the effect would be to make him subject to his sister's Dominion as well as you would you like him to be always under their thumb no papa I shouldn't like that it was because I foresaw all this that I stipulated so expressly as I did that you should have a house of your own every woman when she marries should be emancipated from other domestic control than that of her husband from the nature of Lord George's family this would have been impossible at manor cross and therefore I insisted on a house in town I could do this in the more freely because the wherewithal was to come from us and not from them do not disturb what I have done I will not go against you of course papa and remember always that this is to be done as much for his sake as for yours his position has been very peculiar he has no property of his own and he has lived there with his mother and sisters till the feminine influences of the house have almost domineer him it is your duty to assist in freeing him from this looking at the matter in the light now presented to her Mary began to think that her father was right with a husband there should at any rate be only one feminine influence he added laughing I shall not overrule him and I shall not try said Mary smiling at any rate do not let other women rule him by degrees he will learn to enjoy London society and so will you you will spend half the year at Manor cross or the Deanery and by degrees both he and you will be emancipated for myself I can conceive nothing more melancholy than would be his slavery and yours if you were to live throughout the year with those old women then too he said something to her of the satisfaction which she herself would receive from living in London and told her that for her life itself and hardly as yet been commenced she received her lessons with thankfulness and gratitude but with something of wonder that he should so openly recommend to her a matter of life which she had hitherto have been to regard as worldly after that no further hint was given to her that the house in London might yet be abandoned when riding back with her husband she had been clever enough to speak of the thing as a fixed certainty and he had then known that he also must regard it as fixed you had better not say anything more about it he said one day almost angrily to Lady Susannah and then nothing more had been said about it to him there were other causes of confusion of terrible confusion at Manor crops of confusion so great that from day to day the Marchioness wouldn't declare herself unable to go through the troubles before her the workmen were already in the big house preparing for the demolition and reconstruction of everything as soon as she should be gone and other workmen were already demolishing and reconstructing cross-hall the sadness of all this and the weight on the old lady's mind were increased by the fact that no member of the family had received so much even as a message from the Marquis himself since it had been decided that his wishes should not be obeyed over and over again the dowager attempted to give way and suggested that they should all depart and be out of sight it seemed to her than when a marquis is a marquis he ought to have his own way though it be never so unreasonable was he not the head of the family but Lady Sarah was resolved and carried her point were they all to be pitched down in some strange corner where they could be no better than other women incapable of doing good or exercising influenced by the wish of one man who had never done any good anywhere or used his own influence legitimately Lady Sarah was no coward and Lady Sarah stucked across Hall though in doing so she had very much to endure I won't go out my lady said price not till the day when her ladyship is ready to come in I can put up with things and I'll see us all as down as her ladyship wishes price though he was a sporting Farmar and though men were in the habit of drinking cherry brandy at his house and though naughty things had been said about him had in these days become lady Sara's prime minister at Cross Hall and was quite prepared in that capacity to carry on war against the Marquis when the day came for the departure of Mary and her husband a melancholy feeling pervaded the whole household a cook had been sent up from Brotherton who had lived at mater cross many years previously Lord George took a man who had waited on himself lately at the old house and Mary had her own maid who had come with her when she married they had therefore been forced to look for but one strange servant but this made the feeling the stronger that they should all be strange up in London this was so strong with Lord George that had almost amounted to fear he knew that he did not know how to live in London he belonged to the Carlton as became a conservative nobleman but he very rarely entered it and never felt himself at home when he was there and married though she had been quite resolved since the conversation with her father that she would be firm about her house still was not without her own dread she herself had no personal friends in town not one but mrs. Hooton as to whom she heard nothing but evil words from the ladies around her there had been an attempt made to get one of the sisters to go up with them for the first month Lady Sarah had positively refused almost with indignation was it to be supposed that she would desert her mother at so trying a time Lady Amelia was then asked and with many regrets declined the invitation she had not dared to use her own judgment and Lady Sarah had not cordially advised her to go Lady Sarah had thought that Lady Susannah would be the most useful but Lady Susannah was not asked there were a few words on the subject between Lord George and his wife Mary remembering her father's advice had determined that she would not be sad about and had whispered to her husband Susanna was always severe to her when therefore the time came they departed from manor cross without any protecting spirit there was something sad in this even to Mary she knew that she was taking her husband away from the life he liked and that she herself was going to a life as to which she could not even guess whether she would like it or not but she had the satisfaction of feeling that she was at last going to begin to live as a married woman either – she had been treated as a child if there was danger there was at any rate the excitement which danger produces I am almost glad that we are going alone George she said it seems to me that we have never been alone yet he wished to be gracious and loving to her and yet he was not disposed to admit anything which might seem to imply that he had become tired of living with his own family it is very nice but but what dear of course I'm anxious about my mother just at present she is not to move for two months yet no not to move but there are so many things to be done you can run down whenever you please that's expensive but of course it must be done say that you'll like being with me alone they had the compartment of the railway carriage all to themselves and she as she spoke leaned against him inviting him to caress her you don't think it of trouble do you having to come and live with me of course he was conquered and said after his nature what prettiest things he could to her assuring her that he would sooner live with her than with anyone in the world and promising that he would always endeavour to make her happy she knew that he was doing his best to be a loving husband and she felt therefore that she was bound to be loyal in her endeavors to love him but at the same time at the very moment in which she was receiving his words without words show of satisfied love her imagination was pitch turned to her something else which would have been so immeasurably superior if only it had been possible that evening they dined together alone and it was the first time that they had ever done so except at an end never before had been imposed on her the duty of seeing that his dinner was prepared for him there certainly was very little of duty to perform in the matter for he was a man indifferent as to what he ate or what he drank the plainness of the table at mater cross had surprised Mary after the comparative luxury of the Deanery all her lessons at Manor cross had goddess show that eating was not a delectation to be held in high esteem but still she was careful that everything around him should be nice the furniture was new the glasses and crockery were new few if any of the articles used had ever been handled before all her bridal presents were there and no doubt there was present to her mind the fact that everything in the house had in truth been given to him by her if only she could make the things pleasant if only he would allow himself to be taught that nice things are nice she hovered around him touching him every now and then with her light fingers moving a lock of his hair and then stooping over him and kissing his brow it might still be that she would be able to galvanize him into that lovers vitality of which she had dreamed he never rebuffed her he did not scorn her kisses or fail to smile when his hair was moved he answered every word she spoke to him carefully and courteously he admired her pretty things when called upon to admire them but through it all she was quite aware that she had not Calvin eyes him as yet of course there were books every proper preparation had been made for rendering the little house pleasant in the evening she took from her shelf a delicate little volume of poetry something exquisitely bound pretty to look at and sweet to handle and settled herself down to be happy in her own drawing-room but she soon looked up from the troubles of Aurora lay to see what her husband was doing he was comfortable in his chair but was busy with the columns of the brother Shire Herald dear me charge have you brought that musty old paper up here why shouldn't I read The Herald here as well as at mater cross oh yes if you like it of course I want to know what is being done in the county but when next she looked the county had certainly faded from his mind for he was fast asleep on medication she did not care very much for or órale her mind was hardly tuned to poetry of that sort the things around her were too important to allow her mind to indulge itself with foreign cares and then she found herself looking at the watch at manor cross 10 o'clock every night brought all the servants into the drawing-room first the butler would come and place the chairs and then the maids and then the coachman and the footman would follow Lord George read the prayers and Mary had always thought them to be very tiring but she now felt that it would be almost a relief if the butler would come in and place the chairs end of chapter 11

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