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chapter 58 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 librivox.org recording by Barry o Neill is he Pope enjoy by Anthony Trollope chapter 58 mrs. Jones letter a few days before Christmas Mary received a long letter from her friend mrs. Montacute Jones at this time there was sad trouble again at Manor cross Lord George had been away for a fortnight and no reason for his departure had as yet been given to the March in us she had now become aware that he was not going to be at home at Christmas and she was full of doubt full of surmises of her own he must have quarrelled with his sisters they all assured her that there hadn't been an unpleasant word between him and any one of them then he must have quarrelled with his wife indeed indeed he has not said Mary he has never quarreled with me and he never shall then why did he stay away business was nonsense why was he going to stay away during Christmas then it was necessary to tell the old lady a little fib she was informed that Brotherton had specially desired him to leave the house this certainly was a fib as Brotherton's late order had been of a very different nature I hope he hasn't done anything to offend his brother again said the March Eunice I wonder whether it's about Pope and joy in the midst of her troubles the poor old woman's wits were apt to wander Mary too had become rather cross thinking that as her husband was up in town she should be allowed to be there too but it had been conceited by her and by her father and her behalf that her town life was not to begin till after Christmas and now she was unable to prevail she and the family were in this uncomfortable situation when mrs. Montagu Jones letter came for her consolation as it contained tidings more or less accurate concerning many persons named in this chronic it shall be given entire mrs. Montagu Jones was a great writer of letters and she was want to communicate in many details among her friends and acquaintances respecting one another it was one of the marvels of the day that mrs. Jones should have so much information and no one could say how or when she got it curry Hall December 12th 1870 blank curry Hall was the name of mr. Joe and Seaton Gloucestershire whereas as all the world knew killin Cod lamb was supposed to belong to mrs. Jones herself dearest lady George we have been here for the last six weeks quite quiet a great deal too quiet for me but for the three or four winter months I am obliged to give way a little to mr. Jones we have had the mild mace here because they didn't seem to have any other place to go to but I barred the Baroness I am told she is now bringing an action against a Jew who unfortunately wrote the letter which induced the poor woman to come over from wherever she came from poor aunt Jew is in a terrible state and wants her brother to buy the woman off which she will probably have to do that's what comes my dear of meddling with disabilities I know my own disabilities but I never think of interfering with Providence mr. Jones was made a man and I was made a woman so I put up with it and hope you will do the same mr. and mrs. green are here also and remained till Christmas when the giblets are coming it was the prettiest wedding in the world and they have been half over Europe since I am told he's the happiest man in the world and the very best husband old Gosling didn't like it at all every stick is entailed and they say he's likely to have gout in his stomach so that everything will go pleasantly Lord giblet himself is loud against his father asking everybody whether it was to be expected and that in such a matter as that he shouldn't follow his own inclination I do hope he'll show a little gratitude to me but it's an ungrateful full world and they'll probably both forget what I did for them and now I want to ask you your opinion about another friend don't you think that Jack had better settle down with poor dear Gus she's here and upon my word I think she's nearly broken hearted of course you and I know what Jack has been thinking of lately but when a child cries for the top brick of the chimney it is better to let him have some possible toy you know what top brick he has been crying for but I'm sure you like him and so do i and I think we might do something for him mr. Jones would let them a nice little house a few miles from here at a peppercorn rent and I suppose old mr. mild may could do something they are engaged after a fashion she told me all about it the other day so I've asked him to come down for Christmas and have offered to put up his horses if he wants to hunt and now my dear I want to know what you have heard about Lord Brotherton at Manor Cross of course we all know the way he has behaved to Lord George if I were Lord George I should not pay the slightest attention to him but I'm told he is in a very low condition never sees anybody except his courier and never stirs out of the house of course you know that he makes his wife an allowance and refuses to see her from what I hear privately I really do think that he'll not last long what a blessing it would be that's plain speaking but it would be a blessing some people manage to live so that everybody will be the better for their dying I should break my heart if anybody wanted me to die how grand it would be the young and lovely March eNOS of Brotherton I'll be bound you think about it less than anybody else but it would be nice I wonder whether you'd cut a poor old woman like me without a handle to her name and then it would be Pope and joy at once only how the bonfires wouldn't burn if it should turn out to be only a disability after all but we should say better luck next time and send you coddle cups by the Dozen who wouldn't want to send a coddled cup to a real young and lovely live Marcin s I'll be bound your father knows all about it and is counted at all up a score of times I suppose it's over 40,000 pounds a year since they took to working the coal at Pope and joy and whatever the present man is done he can't have clipped the property he has never gambled and never spent his income Italian wives and that sort of thing don't cost so much money as they do in England pray write and tell me about it I shall be in town in February and of course she'll see you I tell mr. Jones that I can't stand curry hall for more than three months he won't come down to town until May and perhaps when May comes he'll have forgotten all about it he is very fond of sheep but I don't think he cares for anything else unless he has a slight taste for pigs your affectionate friend G Montacute Jones there was much in this letter that astonished Mary something that shocked her but something also that pleased her the young and lovely marching US of Brotherton where is the woman who would not like to be a young and lovely March in us so that it had all been come by honest Lee that the husband had been married as husband sought to be married and had not been cocked like Lord giblet and she knew that her old friend her old friend of whom she had not yet known for quite 12 months was only joking with her and that suggestion as to being cut what a fate was this in store for her if it really wasn't store that so early in life she should be called upon to fill so high a place then she made some resolutions in her mind that should it be so she would be humble and meek and a further resolution that she would set her heart upon none of it till it was firmly her own but it shocked her to hear that the Marquess should be so spoken of especially that he should be so spoken of if he were really dying plain speaking yes indeed but such plain speaking was very terrible this old woman could speak of another nobleman having gout in the stomach as though that were thing really to be desired and then that allusion to the Italian wife or wives poor marry blushed as she thought of it but there was a paragraph in the letter which interested her as much as the tidings respecting Lord Brotherton could it be right that jacta barren should be made to marry Gus mild may she thought not for she knew that he did not love Gus smile may that he should have wanted an impossible brick whether the highest or lowest brick was very sad when children cry for impossible bricks they must of course be disappointed but she hardly thought that this would be the proper cure for his disappointment there had been a moment in which the same idea had suggested itself to her but now since her friendship with Jack had been strengthened by his conduct in the Deanery garden she thought that he might do better with himself than be made by mrs. Jones to marry Gus mild may of course she could not interfere but she hoped that something might prevent Jacques de Baron from spending his Christmas at Curry Hall she answered mrs. Jones letter very prettily she trusted that Lord giblet might be happy with his wife even though his father should get well of the gout she was very sorry to hear that Lord Brotherton was ill nothing was known about him at Manor Cross except that he seemed to be very ill natured to everybody she was surprised that anybody should be so ill-natured as he was if ever she should live to fill a high position she hoped that she would be good natured she knew that the people she would like best would be those who had been kind to her and nobody had been so kind as a certain lady named mrs. Montague Jones then she spoke of her coming trial don't joke with me about it anymore there's a dear woman they all flutter me here talking of it always though they mean to be kind but it seems to me so serious I wish that nobody would speak to me of it except George and he seems to think nothing about it then she came to the paragraph the necessity for writing which had made her answer mrs. Jones letter so speedily I don't think you watch suade anybody to marry anyone it didn't much signify perhaps with Lord giblet as he isn't clever and I dare say that miss green will suit him very well but as a rule I think gentlemen should choose for themselves in the case you speak of I don't think he cares for her and then they would be unhappy she would not fur world sub mentioned captain de barons name but she thought that mrs. Jones would understand her of course mrs. Jones understood her had understood more than Mary had intended her to understand Christmas was over and Mary was up in town when she received mrs. Jones rejoinder but it may as well be given here the child who wanted the top brick is here and I think will content himself with a very much less excited morsel of the building I am older than you my dear and know better our friend is a very good fellow in his way but there is no reason why he should not bend his neck as well as another to you no doubt he seems to have many graces he has had the great grace of holding his tongue because he appreciated your character Mary as she read this knew that even mrs. Montagu Jones could be misinformed now and then but I do not know that he is in truth more gracious than others and I think it quite as well that miss mile may should have the reward of her constancy but this was after Christmas and in the meantime other occurrences had taken place on the 20th of December Lord George was informed by mr. Knox that his brother who was then at Naples had been struck by paralysis and at mr. Knox's advice he started off for the northern capital of Italy the journey was a great trouble to him but this was a duty which he would under no circumstances neglect the tidings were communicated to Manor cross and after due consultation were conveyed by Lady Sarah to her mother the poor old lady did not seem to be made very unhappy by them of course I can't go to him she said how could I do it when she was told that that was out of the question she subsided again into tranquility merely seeming to think it necessary to pay increased attention to Mary for she was still quite alive to the fact that all this greatly increased the chances that the baby would be Pope and joy but even in this the poor old lady's mind wandered much for every now and then she would speak of Pope and joy as though there were a living Pope and joy at the moment Lord George hurried off to Naples and found that his brother was living at a villa about eight miles from the town he learned in the city before he had made his visit that the Marquess was better having recovered his speech and apparently the use of his limbs still being at Naples he found himself bound to go out to the villa he did so and when he was there his brother refused to see him he endeavoured to get what information he could from the doctor but the doctor was an Italian and Lord George could not understand him as far as he could learn the doctor thought badly of the case but for the present his patient had so recovered as to know what he was about then Lord George hurried back to London having made a most uncomfortable journey in the snow come what might he didn't think that he would ever again take the trouble to pay a visit to his brother the whole time taken on his journey and for his sojourn in Naples was less than three weeks and when he returned the new year had commenced he went down to Brotherton to bring his wife up to London but met her at the Deanery refusing to go to the house when the March eNOS heard of this then it became impossible to keep it from her she declared that it was with herself that her son George must have quarreled then it was necessary to tell her the whole truth or nearly the whole Brotherton had behaved so badly to his brother that Lord George and refused to enter even the park the poor old woman was very wretched feeling in some dim way that she was being robbed of both her sons I don't know what I've done she said that everything should be like this I'm sure I did all I could for them but George never would behave properly to his elder brother and I don't wonder that brothers and Brotherton always had so much feeling I don't know why George should be jealous because Pope and joy was born why shouldn't his elder brother have a son of his own like anybody else and yet whenever she saw Mary which she did for two or three hours every day she was quite alive to the coming interest it was suggested to her that she should be driven into Brotherton so that she might see George at the Deanery but her objection to go to the dean's house was as strong as was that of Lord George to come to his brother's Mary was of course delighted when the hour of her escape came it had seemed to her that there was a special cruelty in keeping her at Manor cross while her husband was up in town her complaints on this head had of course been checked by her husband's unexpected journey to Naples as to which she had hardly heard the full particulars till she found herself in the train with him after going all that way he wouldn't see you he would neither see me or send me any message and he must be a bad man he has lived a life of self-indulgence till he doesn't know how to control a thought or a passion it was something of that kind which was meant when we were told about the rich man and the eye of the needle but you will be a rich man soon George don't think of it Mary don't anticipate it God knows I have never longed for it your father longs for it not for his own sake George he is wrong all the same it will not make you happier nor me but George when you thought that that little boy was not Pope and joy you were as anxious as papa to find it all out right should be done said Lord George after a pause whether it be for weal or woe justice should have its way I never wished that the child should be other than what he was called but when there seemed to be reason for doubt I thought that it should be proved it will certainly come to you now George I suppose who can say I might die tonight and then Dick Germain who is a sailor somewhere would be the next Lord Brotherton don't talk like that George he would be if your child happened to be a girl and Brotherton might live ever so long I have been so harassed by it all that I am almost sick of the title and sick of the property I never grudged him anything and see how he has treated me then Mary was very gracious to him and tried to comfort him and told him that fortune had at any rate given him a loving wife end of chapter 58 chapter 59 of his epoch enjoy this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org recording by sarah he's a pop and joy by Anthony Trollope chapter 59 back in London Mary was fond of her house in Monster Court it was her own and her father and mostello acts between them had enabled her to make it very pretty the married woman who was not some pet layers of her own is but a poor woman Mary worshipped her little household goats with the perfect religion and was therefore happy in being among them again but she was already beginning to fail but in a certain event she will be obliged to leave Monster Court she knew that as Marchioness of Brotherton she would not be allowed to live there there was a large brick house with an unbroken row of six windows on the first floor in st. James's square which she already knew as the town house of the Marcus of Brotherton it was she thought by far the most gloomy house in the whole square it had been uninhabited for years the present Marcus having neither resided there nor let it husband had never spoken to her about the house had never as far as she could remember being with her usin James's square she had inquired about it of her father and he had once taken her through the square and had shown her at the mansion but that had been in the days of the former pop and joy when she at any rate had never thought that the dreary looking mansion would make or Mar her own comfort now there had a reason a question of a delicate nature on which she had said a word or two to her husband in a softest whisper my not certain changes be made in the house at most occult in reference to well a nursery a room to be a baby's own she called it she had thus made herself understood though she'd not said the word which seemed to imply the plural number but you'll be down at man across said Lord George he don't mean to keep me there always no not always but when you come back to London it might be to another house you don't mean sin James Square but that was just what it did mean I hope we shan't have to live in that prison it's one of the best houses in London said Lord George with a certain amount of family pride it used to be at least before the rich tradesmen who built all those places at South Kensington it's dreadfully dingy because has not been painted lately Brotherton has never done anything like anybody else could and we keep this and let that place not very well my father and grandfather and great-grandfather lived there I think we're better wait a bit and see then she felt sure that the glory was coming Lord George would never have spoken of her living is in James Square had he not felt almost certain that it would soon come about earning fair her father came to town and he was quite certain the poor wretch can't speak articulately he said who says so Papa I have taken care to find out the truth what a life and what a death he's there all alone nobody ever sees him but an Italian doctor if it's a boy my dear he will be my lord as soon as he's born or for the matter of that if it's a girl she'll be my lady I wish it wasn't so you must take it all as God sends it Mary they've talked about it till I'm sick of it said Mary angrily then she checked herself and added I don't mean you papa but Atman across they all flattered me now because that poor man is dying if you were me you wouldn't like that you've got to bear it my dear it's the way of the world people at the top of the tree are always flattered you can't expect that Mary Lovelace and the Marchioness of Brotherton will be treated in the same way of course it made a difference when I was married but suppose you had married the curate in the neighborhood I wish I had said Mary wildly and that someone had given him the living of boxty but it all tended in the same direction she began to feel now that it must be and must be soon she would she told herself and David to do her duty she would be loving to all who had been kind to her and kind even to those who had been unkind to all of them at man across she would be a real sister even to lady susanna whom certainly should not latterly loved she would forgive everybody except one Adelaide Houghton she never could forget but Adelaide Holton should be her only enemy it did not occur to her that Jeff the Baron had been very nearly as wicked as out the late Alton she certainly did not intend that Jack the Baron should be one of her enemies when she been in London about a week or two Jack the Baron came to see her she knew that he had spent his Christmas at curry Hall and she knew that Gus mild maid had also been there that Gus mailed me should have accepted such an invitation was natural enough but she thought that Jack had been very foolish why should he have gone to the house when he had known that the girl whom he had promised to marry but whom he did not intend to marry was there and now what was to be the result she did not think that she could ask him but she was almost sure that he would tell her I suppose you've been hunting she asked yes they put up a couple of horses for me or I couldn't have afforded it she's so good-natured mrs. Jones I should think she was but I'm not quite sure that she intended to be very good natured to me why not Mary of course understood Esau but she could not pretend to understand it at any rate as yet oh I don't know it was all fair and I won't complain she had got miss green off her hands and therefore she wanted something to do I'm going to exchange Lady George into an Indian regiment you're not in earnest quite in earnest my wing will be at Arden at the bottom of the Red Sea for the next year or two Arden am told is a charming place I thought he was hot I like hot places and as I have got rather sick of society I shall do very well there because there's none a fellow can't spend any money excepting soda and brandy I suppose I shall take to drink don't talk of yourself in that horrid way captain the Baron eat one much matter to anyone for I don't suppose I shall ever come back again there's a place called pair him out of the middle of the sea which will just suit me they only send one officer there at a time and there isn't another soul in the place how dreadful I shall apply to be left there for five years I shall get through all my troubles by that time I'm sure you won't go at all why not because you have got so many friends here too many lady George of course you know what mrs. Jones has been doing what has she been doing she tells you everything I fancy she has got it all cut and dry I'm to be married next May and I'm to spend the honeymoon at Carey Hall of course I'm to leave their army and put the value of my commission into the 3% mr. Jones is to let me have a place called clover cottage down in Gloucestershire and I believe I'm to take a farm and be churchwarden of the parish after paying my debts we shall have about two hundred a year which of course will be ample for clover cottage I don't exactly see how I'm to spend my evenings but suppose that will come it's either that or pair him which would you advise I don't know what I ought to say of course I might cut my throat I wish you wouldn't talk in that way if it's all a joke I'll take it as a joke it's no joke at all it's very serious mrs. Jones wants me to marry Gus my oh my and you're engaged to her only on certain conditions which conditions are almost impossible what did you say to me smile may had Carey Hall I told her I should go to pier him and what did she say Kubrick she offered to go with me just as the girl offered to each the potato pairing when the man said that there would not be potatoes enough for both girls always say that kind of thing though when they are taken at their words they want bonnets in gloves and full cloaks and you're going to take her not unless I decide upon clover cottage no if I do go to pair him I think that I shall manage to go alone if you don't love her captain the Behrendt they'll marry her there's giblets doing very well you know and I calculate I could spend a good deal of my time at Carey Hall perhaps if we made ourselves useful they would ask us to kill and cold him I should manage to be a sort of factotum to all Jones don't you think he would suit me you can't be serious about it upon my soul Lady George I never was so serious in my life do you think that I mean nothing because I laugh at myself you know I don't love her then say so and have done with it that is so easy to suggest but so impossible to do how is the man to tell a girl that he doesn't love her after such an acquaintance as I've had with goose mailed me I have tried to do so but I couldn't do it there are man I believe hard enough even for that and things are changed now and the affectation of chivalry has gone by women ask men to marry them in the man laughs and refuse don't say that captain de baron I'm told that's the way the thing is done now but I've no strength myself and I'm not up to it I'm not at all joking I think I shall exchange and go away I've brought my pigs to a bad market but as far as I can see that is the best that is left for me Mary could only say that his friends would be very sorry to lose him but that in her opinion anything would be better than marrying a girl whom it did not love courtesies at this time were showed upon lady Jorge from all sides old lady bra person to whom she had hardly spoken wrote to her a great length mrs. Patmore green came to her on purpose to talk about a daughter's marriage we're very much pleased of course said mrs. green it was all together a love affair and the young people are so fond of each other I do so hope you and she will be friends of course her position is not so brilliant as yours but still it is very good poor dear Lord Gosling whom by the by mrs. Patmore green had never seen he's failing very much he is a martyr to the gout and then he's so imprudent Lady Mary smiled and was civil but did not make any promise of herculean or a intimate friendship lady Selina protests came to her with a long story of her wrongs and the petition that she would take the flea bodyside in the coming contest it was in vain that she declared that she had no opinion whatsoever as to the rights of women a Marchioness she was told would be bound to have opinions or at any rate will be bound to subscribe but the curtsy which surprised an annoyed her most was a visit from Adelaide Houghton she came up to London for a week about the end of February and had the hardihood to present herself at the house in monster Court this was an insult which Mary had by no means expected she had therefore failed to guard herself against it by any special instructions to a servant and does mrs. Haughton the woman who had written love letters to her husband was shown up into a drawing before shed the means of escaping when the name was announced she felt that she was trembling though came across a feeling that she was utterly incapable of behaving properly in such an emergency she knew that she had blushed up to the roots of her hair she got up from her seat as she heard the name announced and then seized her self again before a visitor had entered the room she did resolved that nothing on earth should induce her to shake hands with a woman My dear lady George said mrs. Horton hurrying across the room I hope you will let me explain she had half put out her hand but had done so in a manner which allowed her to withdraw it without seeming to have had her overture refused I do not know that there is anything to exclaimed said Mary you will let me sit down Mary longed to refuse but not quite daring to do so simply about upon which mrs. Horton did sit down you're very angry with me it seems well yes and yet what harm have I done you none in the least none at all I never thought that you could do me any harm it is wise lady George to give importance to a little trifle I don't know what you call a trifle I had known him before you did and thought he had not suited me to become his wife I had always liked him then the intimacy sprang up again but what did he amount to I believe you read some foolish letter I did read the letter and I was perfectly sure that my husband had done nothing I will not say to justify but even to excuse the writing of it I am quite aware mrs. Horton that it was all on one side did he say so you must excuse me father Klein all together to tell you what he said I am sure he did not say that but what is the use of talking of it all it is necessary Eddie George that you and I should quarrel about such a thing as that quite necessary mrs. Haughton then you must be very fond of quarreling I never quarreled with anybody else in my life when you remember how near we are to each other in the country I will apologize if you wish it I will remember nothing and I want no apology to tell you the truth I really think that you ought not to have come here it is childish lady George to make so much of it it may be nothing to you it is a great deal to me you must excuse me if I say that I really cannot talk to you anymore then she got up and walked out of the room leaving mrs. Haughton among her treasures in the dining room she rang the bell and told the servant to open the door when the lady upstairs came down after a very short pause the lady upstairs did come down and walked out to a carriage within an abashed demeanor after much consideration lady George determined that she must tell her husband what had occurred she was aware that she had been very uncourteous and was not sure whether in her anger she had not been carried further than became her nothing could she thought shaking her determination to have no further friendly intercourse of any kind with a woman not even where her husband to ask her would that be possible such a request from him will be almost an insult to her and no request from anyone else could have any strength as no one knew the circumstances of the case it was not likely that he would have spoken of it and of her own silence she was quite sure but how had it come to pass but the woman had had the faith to come to her could it be that Lord George had instigated it do so she never made inquiries of a husband as to where he went and whom he saw for all that she knew he might be in Berkeley Square every day then she called to mind mrs. Hortons face with the paint visible on it in the broad day and her blackened eyebrows and her great crested helmets of false hair nearly eighteen inches deep and our affected voice and false manner and then she told herself that he was impossible that her husband should like such a creature George she said to him abruptly as soon as he came home who do you think has been here mrs. Holton has been here then came this old frown across his brow but she did not know at first whether it was occasioned by anger against the self or against mrs. Holton don't you think who was very unfortunate what did she say she wanted to be friends with me and what did you say I was very rude to her I sold it as I would never have anything to do with her and then I left a room so that she had to get out of her house as she could was there not right he don't want me to know her to you certainly not and I was right quite right she must be a very hardened woman Oh George dear George you have made me so happy then she jumped up and threw her arms round him I never doubted you for a moment never never but I was afraid you might have thought I don't know what I was afraid of but I was a fool she's a nasty hardened creature and I do hate her don't you see how she covers herself with paint I haven't seen her for the last three months then she kissed him again and again foolishly betraying her past fears I'm almost sorry I bothered you by telling you only I didn't like to say nothing about it it might have come out and you would have thought it out how a woman can be so nasty I cannot imagine but so will never trouble you by talking of her again only I have told James that she's not to be let into the house end of chapter 59 recorded by Sara chapter 16 of easy pop enjoy this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org recording by Sara easy pop and joy by Anthony Trollope chapter 60 the last of the Baroness at this time dr. Olivia Q flea body had become quite an institution in London she had obtained full though by no means undisputed possession of the great hole in the Mariner Pond Road and was undoubtedly for the moment the queen of the disabilities she lectured twice a week to crowded benches a seat on the platform of these occasions was considered by all high-minded women to be an honor and the body of meat and his wives who twice a week were worked up by dr. Freebody to a full belief that the glorious year was at hand in which woman will be chosen by constituencies woodwork their heads in courts of law would buy and sell in chapel cult and have balances at the bankers it was certainly the case that dr. Freebody had made proselytes by the hundreds and disturbed the happiness of many fathers of families he may easily become saved that all this was goal and wormwood to the Baroness Bannerman the Baroness on her arrival in London had anticipated the success which this low bred American female had achieved it was not simply the honor of the thing which was very great and would have been very dear to the Baroness but the American doctor was making a rapid fortune out of the proceeds of the whole she had on one occasion threatened to strike lecturing unless she were allowed a certain very large percentage on the sum taken at the doors and the stewards and directors of the Institute and found themselves compelled to give way to her demands she had consequently lodged the self magnificently at the Langham Hotel had set up a broom in which she always had herself driven to the Institute and was asked out to dinner three or four times a week whereas the Baroness was in a very poor condition she had indeed succeeded in getting herself invited to mr. the Barons house and from time to time raised a little money from those who were unfortunate enough to come in her way but she was sensible of her own degredation and at the same time quite assured that as a preacher on women's rights at large she could teach lessons infinitely superior to anything does it come from that impudent but imbecile American she had undoubtedly received overtures from the directors of the Institute of whom poor aren't you had for the moment being the spokeswoman and in these overtures he had been intimated to her that the directors would be happy to remunerated for the trouble should their money collected at the enable them to do so the Baroness believed that enormous sums had been received and was loud in assuring all her friends that this popularity had in the first place be produced by her own exertions at any rate she was resolved to seek redress at law and at last had been advised to proceed conjointly against our new lady Selina protests and the bald-headed old gentleman the business had now been brought into proper form and the trial was to take place in March all this was the cause of much trouble to pull Mary and a very grave vexation to Lord George when the feud was first becoming furious and enormous advertisement was issued by dr. flea board his friend in which her cause was advocated and her claims recapitulated and to this was upended the list of nobility Gentry and people of England who supported the disabilities generally and our cause in particular among these names which were very numerous appeared thus of lady George Germaine this might probably have escaped both her notice and husbands had not the paper being sent to her with an usual friendly zeal bye old lady Brabazon Oh George said look here what right have they to say so I never patronized anything I went there once when I came to London first because miss Maud may ask me you should not have gone said he we have had all that before and you need not scold me again there couldn't be any great harm in going to hear a lecture this occurred just previous to her going down to man across that journey which was to be made for so important an object then Lord George did just what he ought not to have done he wrote an angry letter to miss flee body as he called her complaining bitterly of the insertion of his wife's name dr. Freebody was quite clever enough to make fresh capital out of this she withdrew the name explaining that she'd been ordered to do so by the lady's husband and implying that thereby additional evidence was supplied that the disabilities of women were absent early crushing to the sexes in England Mary when she saw this and the paper did not reach her till she was at man across was violent in her anxiety to write herself in her own name and disclaim all disabilities but a husband by this time had been advised to have nothing further to do with dr. Freebody and Mary was forced to keep her indignation to herself but worse than this followed the annoyance of the advertisement a man came all the way down from London for the purpose of serving lady George with the subpoena to give evidence at the trial on the part of the Baroness Lord George was up in London at the time never having entered the house at man across or even the park since his visit to Italy the consternation of the ladies may be imagined poor Mary was certainly not in a condition to go into a court of law and would be less so on the day fix for the trial and yet this awful document seemed to her and to her sisters-in-law to be so imperative as to admit of no escape it was in vain that Lady Sarah with considerable circumlocution endeavoured to explain to the messenger the true state of the case the man could simply say that he was only messenger and had now done his work looks at in any light the thing was very terrible Lord George might probably even yet be able to run away with her to some obscure corner of the continent in which messengers from the Queen's judges would not be able to find her and she might perhaps bear the journey without injury but then what would become of a baby perhaps of a pop enjoy so born there were many who still thought that the Marquess would go before the baby came and in that case the baby wouldn't once be a pop and joy what a condition was this for a Marchioness to be in at the moment of the birth of her eldest child but I don't know anything about the nasty woman said marry through her tears it is such a pity that he should ever have gone said lady susana shaking her head it wasn't wicked to go said mary and i won't be scolded about it anymore you went to a lecture yourself when you were in town and they might just as well have sent for you Lettie Sara promised her that she would not be scolded and was very keen in thinking what steps had better be taken Mary wished her enough to the dinner ate once but was told that she better not do so till announcer had come to the letter which was of course written by that day's post to Lord George there were still 10 days to the trial and twenty days by computation to the great event there were of course various letters written to Lord George Lady Sarah wrote very sensibly suggesting that he should go to mr. Stokes the family lawyer lady Susanna was full of the original sin of that unfortunate visits to the disabilities she was however of opinion that if Mary was concealed in a certain room at man a cross which might she thought be sufficiently warmed and ventilated for health the judges of the Queen's Bench would never be able to find her the baby in that case would have been born at man across and prosperity would have known nothing about the room Mary's letter was almost hysterically miserable she knew nothing about the horrid people what do they want to say all she had done was to go to a lecture and to give the wicked woman a guinea wouldn't George come and take her away she wouldn't care where she went nothing on earth should make a go up and stand before the judges it was she said very cruel and she did hope that George will come to her at once if he didn't come she thought that she would die nothing of course was sent to the Marchioness but he was found impossible to keep the matter for mrs. Tov mrs. Tov was an opinion that the bit of paper should be burned and that no further notice should be taken of the matter at all if they don't go they has to pay ten pounds said mrs. doff with great authority mrs. Tov remembering that a brother of hers who had forgotten himself in liquor at the Brotherton Assizes had been fined ten pounds for not answering to his name as a juryman and then they don't really have to pay it said mrs. Tov who remembered also that the good-natured judge and not at last exactly the penalty but Lady Sarah could not look at their mother in that light she was sure that if a witness were really wanted that witness could not escape by paying a fine the next morning there came a heart-rending letter from aren't you she was very sorry that lady George should have been so troubled but then let them think of her trouble of her misery she was quite sure that it would kill her and it was certainly ruin her that odious Baroness had summoned everybody that had ever befriended her captain the Baron had been summoned and the Marquess and mrs. Munt acute Jones and the whole expense according to Anju would fall upon her for it seemed to be the opinion of the lawyers that she had hired the Baroness then she said some very severe things against the disabilities generally there was that woman flee Baldy making a fortune in their hole and would take none of his expense upon herself she thought that such things should be left to men who after all were not so mean as women so at least said aren't you and then there was new cause for wonderment Lord Brotherton had been summoned and would lo Brotherton come they all believed that he was dying and if so surely he could not be made to come but is it not horrible said lady Susanna that people of rank should be made subject to such an annoyance if anybody can summon anybody nobody can ever be sure of herself on the next morning Lord George himself came down to Brotherton and Mary with a carriage full of precautions was sent into the Deanery to meet him the Marchioness discovered that the journey was to be made and was full of misgivings and full of inquiries in her present condition the mother expectant ought not to be allowed to make any journey at all the Marchioness remembered how Sir Henry had told her before popinjay was born the tall carriage exercise was bad and why should she go to the Deanery who could say whether the Dean would let her come away again what a feathery would be into the escape if the next popinjay were born at the Deanery it was explained to her that in no other way could she see her husband then the poor old woman was once more loud in denouncing the misconduct of a youngest son to the head of the family married made the journey in perfect safety and then was able to tell her father the whole story I never heard of anything so observed in my life said the Dean I suppose I must go papa not a yard but when they come and fetch me fetch you know does it mean nothing very little they won't attempt to examine half the people they've summoned that Baroness probably thinks that she will get money out of you if the worst comes to the worst you must send a medical certificate will that do of course it will when George is here we will get dr. loftily and he will make it straight for us you need not trouble yourself about it at all those women at man across are old enough to have known better Lord George came and was very angry he quite agreed as the doctor loftily who was sent for and who did give a certificate and who took upon himself to show Lady George that all the judges in the land could not enforce her attendance as long as she had the certificates in her hands below George was very Bax beyond measure that his wife's name should have been called in question and could not refrain himself from a crossword or two it was soem impedance you go into such a place Oh George are we to have that all again why shouldn't she have gone Astor Dean are you in favor of rights of women not particularly though if there be any rights which they haven't got I thoroughly wished that they might get them I certainly don't believe in the Baroness Bannerman no yet in dr. FLE body but I don't think they could have been wrong in going in good company to hear what the crazy old woman might have to say it was very foolish said Lord George see what has come of it how could I tell George I thought you promised that she wouldn't scold any more nasty fat old woman I'm sure I didn't want to hear her then Lord George went back to town with a medical certificate in his pocket and Mary being in a present condition afraid of the authorities was unable to stay and be happy even for one evening with her father during the month the disabilities created a considerable interest throughout London of witchdoctor flee but he reaped the full advantage the baroness was so loud in a climbers that she fools the question of the disabilities on the public mind generally and the result was that the world flocked to the institute the baroness as she heard of this became louder and louder it was not this that she wanted those who wish to sympathise with her should send their money not to go to the hole to hear that loud imbecile American female the Baroness when she desired to belittle the doctor always called her a female and the Baroness doing truth she was not personally attractive they contrived to surround herself with supporters and in these days moved into comfortable lodgings in Wigmore Street very few were heard to speak in a favour but they you contributed to the relief of her necessities were many it was found to be almost impossible to escape from her without leaving some amount of money in her hands and then in a happy hour she came at last across an old gentleman who did appreciate her and her wrongs how it was that she got an introduction to mr. Fellig unik her lips was not I think ever known it is not improbable that having heard of his soft heart his peculiar propensity and his wealth she contrived to introduce itself it was however suddenly understood that mr. Fellig unik callebs who was a bachelor and very rich had taken her by the hand and intended to bear all the expenses of the trial it was after the general intimation which had been made to the world in this matter that the summons for Lady Mary had been sent down to man across and now in this halcyon days of March the Baroness also had a problem and was to be seen everywhere how she did work the attorneys who had the case in hands found themselves unable to secure themselves against her she insisted on seeing the barristers and absolutely did work away into the chambers of that discrete junior mr. stuffin roof she was full of her case full of her coming triumph she would teach women like Miss Julia mad Mae and led to Selena protests that he was so to bamboozle a Baroness of the Holy Roman Empire and as for the American female you put a pipe out suggested mr. fuller Cunha her lips who was not superior to a mile joke stop her from piping all together in this country said the Baroness who in the myths of her Roth and zeal and labour was superior to all jokes two days before that fixed for the trial there fell a great blow upon those who were interested in the matter a blow that was savvy of mr. Cole herbs but heavier still on the attorneys the Baroness had taken herself off and when inquiries were made it was found that she wasn't Madrid mr. Snape one of the lawyers was the person who first informed mr. Cole herbs and did so in a manner which clearly implied that they expected mr. Caroll herbs to pay the bail then mr. Snape encountered the terrible disappointment and mr. Cole herbs was driven to confess his own disgrace he had he said never undertaken to pay the cost of the trial but he had unfortunately given the lady a thousand pounds to enable her to pay the expenses herself mr. Snape expostulated and later on urged which much persistency they missed the Kolob said more than once attended in person of the offices of mrs. Snape's and cash it but in the matter the lawyer did not prevail they are taking their orders from the lady and must look to the lady for payment they who best knew mr. fuller Cunha : thought that he had escaped cheaply has there been many fears that they should make the Baroness altogether his own I'm so glad she's gone said Mary when she heard the story I should never I felt safe while that woman was in the country I'm quite sure of one thing I'll never have anything more to do with disabilities George need not be afraid about that end of chapter 60 recorded by Sara chapter 61 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 librivox.org read by barry o'neill is he Pope and joy by Anthony Trollope chapter 61 the news comes home during those last days of the glory of the Baroness when she was driving about London under the auspices of Philo Geun oxy labs in her private Brougham and talking to everyone of the certainty of her coming success Lord George Germain was not in London either to hear or to see what was going on he had gone again to Naples having received a letter from the British consul there telling him that his brother was certainly dying the reader will understand that he must have been most unwilling to take this journey he had first refused to do so alleging that his brother's conduct to him had severed all ties between them but at last he allowed himself to be persuaded by the joint efforts of mr. Knox mr. Stokes and Lady Sarah who actually came up to London herself for the purpose of inducing him to take the journey he is not only your brother said Lady Sarah but the head of your family as well it is not for the honour of the family that he should pass away without having someone belonging to him at the last moment when Lord George argh that he would in all probability be too late Lady Sarah explained that the last moments of a Marquess of Brotherton could not have come as long as his body was above ground so urged the poor man started again and found his brother still alive but senseless this was towards the end of March and it is hoped that the reader will remember the event which was to take place on the 1st of April the coincidence of these two things added of course very greatly to his annoyance telegrams might come to him twice a day but no telegram could bring him back in a flash when the moment of peril should arrive or enable him to enjoy the rapture of standing at his wife's bedside when that peril should be over he felt as he went away from his brother's villa to the nearest hotel for he would not sleep nor eat at the villa that he was a man marked out for misfortune when he returned to the villa on the next morning the Marquess of Brotherton was no more his lordship had died in the 44th year of his age on the 30th of March 1870 blank the Marquess of Brotherton was dead and Lord George Germain was Marquess of Brotherton and would be so called by all the world as soon as his brother was decently hidden under the ground it concerns our story now to say that Mary Lovelace was March Anessa Brotherton and that the Dean of Brotherton was the father-in-law of a Marquess and would in all probability be the progenitor of a long line of Marcos's lore George as soon as the event was no uncaused telegrams to be sent to mr. Knox to Lady Sarah and to the Dean he had hesitated about the last but his better nature at last prevailed he was well aware that no one was so anxious as the Dean and though he disliked and condemned the deans anxiety he remembered that the Dean had at any rate been a loving father to his wife and a very liberal father-in-law mr. Knox when he received the news went at once to mr. Stokes and the two gentlemen were not long in agreeing that a very troublesome and useless person had been moved out of the world oh yes there's a will said mr. Stokes in answer to an inquiry from mr. Knox made while he was in London the other day just before he started as bad a will as any man could make but he couldn't do very much harm every acre was entailed how about the house in town us mr. Knox entailed on the baby about to be born if he happens to be a boy he didn't spend his income suggested mr. Knox he muddled a lot of money away but since the coal came up he couldn't spend at all I should say who gets at us mr. Knox laughing we shall see that when the will is read said the attorney with a smile the news was brought out to Lady Sarah as quick as the very wretched Pony which served for the Brotherton Telegraph Express could bring it the Albert which was lost in getting the pony ready perhaps did not signify much Lady Sarah at the moment was busy with her needle and her sisters were with her what is it said Lady Susannah jumping up Lady Sarah with cruel delay kept the telegram for a moment in her hand to open it suddenly the amelia is it from George pray open it pray do Lady Sarah feeling certain of the contents of the envelope and knowing the importance of the news slowly opened the cover it is all over she said poor Brotherton lady amelia burst into tears he was never so very unkind to me said Lady Susannah with her handkerchief up to her eyes I cannot say that he was good to me said Lady Sarah but it may be that I was hard to him may God Almighty forgive him all that he did amiss then there was a consultation held and it was decided that Mary and the March inist must both be told at once mama will be dreadfully cut up said Lady Susannah then lady amelia suggested that their mother's attention should be at once drawn off to mary's condition for the march in us at this time was much worried in her feelings about mary as to whom it now seemed that some error must have been made the calculations had not been altogether exact so at least judging from Mary's condition they all now thought at manor cross mrs. Tov was quite sure and the marching us was perplexed in her memory as to certain positive information which had been whispered into her ear by Sir Henry just before the birth of that unfortunate Pope and joy who is now lying dead as Lord Brotherton at Naples the telegram had arrived in the afternoon at the hour in which Mary was accustomed to sit in the easy chair with the March eNOS the penalty had now been reduced to an hour a day and this as it happened was the hour the Marchioness had been wandering a good deal in her mind from time to time she expressed her opinion that Brotherton would get well and would come back and she would then tell Mary how she ought to urge her husband to behave well to his elder brother always asserting that George had been stiff-necked and perverse but in the midst of all this she would refer every minute to Mary's coming baby as the coming Pope and joy not a possible Pope and joy at some future time but the immediate Pope and joy of the hour to be born a pope and joy poor Mary an answer to all this would agree with everything she never contradicted the old lady but sat logging that the hour might come to an end Lady Sarah entered the room followed by her two sisters is there any news asked Mary his brother can come back demand at the March eNOS dear mama said Lady Sarah and then she went up and knelt down before her mother I took her hand where is he asked the marching us dear mama he has gone away beyond all trouble who has gone away Brotherton is dead mama this is a telegram from George the old woman looked bewildered as though she did not has yet quite comprehend what had been said to her you know continued Lady Sarah that he was so ill that we all expected this expected what that my brother could not live where is George what has George done if George had gone to him oh me dead he is not and what has become of the child you should think of Mary mob ah my dear of course I think of you I am thinking of nothing else I should say it would be Friday Sarah you don't mean to say that Brotherton is dead Lady Sarah merely pressed her mother's hand and looked into the old lady's face why did they not let me go to him and his Pope enjoy dead also dear mama don't you remember said Lady Susana yes I remember George was determined it should be solved on me on me why should I live to hear this after that it was in vain that they told her of Mary and of the baby that was about to be born she wept herself into hysterics and was taken away and put to bed and then she wept herself asleep Mary during all this had said not a word she had felt that the moment of her exaltation the moment in which she had become the mistress of the house and of everything around it was not a time in which she could dare even to speak to the bereaved mother but when the two younger sisters had gone away with the March in s she asked after her husband then Lady Sarah showed her the telegram in which Lord George after communicating the death of his brother had simply said that he should himself return home as quickly as possible it has come very quick said Lady Sarah what has come your position Mary I hope I hope you will bear it well I hope so said Mary almost sullenly but she was awestruck and not sullen it will be all yours now of the rank the wealth the position the power of spending money and tribes of friends anxious to share your prosperity hitherto you have only seen the gloom of this place which to you has of course been dull now it will be lighted up and you can make it gay enough this is not a time to think of gaiety said Mary poor Brotherton was nothing to you I do not think you ever saw him never he was nothing to you you could not mourn I do mourn I she had lived I wish the boy had lived if you have thought that I wanted all this you have done me wrong I have wanted nothing but you have George to live with me if anybody thinks that I married him because all this might come oh they do not know me I know you marry then you will not believe that I do not believe it I have never believed it I know that you were good and disinterested in true of heart I have loved you dearly and more dearly as I have seen you every day but Mary you are fond of what the world calls pleasure yes said Mary after a pause I am fond a pleasure why not I hope I am not fond of doing harm to anyone if you will only remember how great are your duties you may have children to whom you may do harm you have a husband who will now have many cares into whom much harm may be done among women you will be the head of a noble family and may grace or disgrace them all by your conduct I will never disgrace them she said proudly not openly not manifestly I am sure do you think that there are no temptations in your way everybody has temptations who will have more than you have you thought that every tenant every laborer on the estate will have a claim on you how can I have thought of anything yet don't be angry with me dear if I bid you think of it I think of it more I know that I ought to do I have been so placed that I could do but little good and little harm to others than myself the females of a family such as ours unless they marry are very insignificant in the world you who but a few years ago or a little schoolgirl and Brotherton have now been put over all our heads I don't want to be put over anybody said fortune has done it for you and your own attractions but I was going to say that little ice has been my power and low as is my condition I have loved the family and striven to maintain its respectability there is not I think a face on the estate I do not know I shall have to go now and see them no more why should you go it will probably be proper no married man likes to have his unmarried sisters in his house I shall like you you shall never go of course I shall go with Mama and the others but I would have you sometimes think of me and those I have cared for and I would have you bear in mind that the march in US of Brotherton should have more to do than to amuse herself whatever assurances Mary might have had or have declined to make an answer to this were stopped by the entrance of a servant who came to inform Lady George that her father was below the Dean too had received his telegram and had at once written over to greet the new Marchioness of Brotherton of all those who first heard the news the deans feelings were by far the strongest it could not be said of any of the Jermaine's that there was sincere and abiding grief of the death of the light Marquess the poor mother was in such a state was mentally so weak that she was in truth no longer capable of strong grief or strong joy and the man had been not only so bad but so injurious also to all connected with him had contrived oblate to make his whole family so uncomfortable that he had worn out even the enduring love which comes of custom he had been a blister to them assuring them constantly that he would ever be a blister and they could not weep in their hearts because the blister was removed but neither did they rejoice Mary when in her simple language she had said that she did not want it had spoken the plain truth Muenster court with her husband's love and the power to go to mrs. Jones's parties sufficed for her ambition but her husband should be gentle with her should caress her as well as lover was all the world to her she feared rather than coveted the title of Martinez and dreaded that gloomy house in the square with all her heart but to the Dean the triumph was a triumph indeed and the joy was a joy he had set his heart upon it from the first moment in which Lord George had been spoken of as a suitor for his daughter's hand looking forward to it with the assured hope very sanguine man the late Marquess had been much younger than he but he calculated that his own life had been wholesome while that of the Marquess was the reverse then had come the tidings of the Marquess marriage that had been bad but he had again told himself how probable it was that the Marquess should have no son and then the Lord had brought home a son all suddenly there had come to him the tidings that a brat called Pope and joy a brat who in life would crush all his hopes was already in the house at manor cross he would not for a moment believe in the brat he would prove that the boy was not Pope enjoy though he should have to spend his last shilling in doing so he had set his heart upon the prize and would allow nothing to stand in his way and now the prize had come before his daughter had been two years married before the grandchild was born on whose head was to be accumulated all those honours there was no longer any doubt the Marquess was gone and that false Pope and joy was gone and his daughter was the wife of the reigning Lord and the child his grandchild was about to be born he was sure that the child would be a boy but even were a girl the eldest there would be time enough for boys after that there surely would be a real Pope and joy before long and what was he to gain he himself he often asked himself the question but could always answer it satisfactorily he had risen above his father's station by his own intellect and Industry so high as to be able to exalt his daughter among the highest in the land he could hardly have become a Marquess himself that career could not have been open to him but a sufficiency of the sweets of the peerage would be his own if he could see his daughter a March eNOS and now that was her rank fate could not take it away from her though Lord George were to die tomorrow she would still be a marchin s and the coming boy his grandson would be the Marquess he himself was young for his age he might yet live to hear his grandson make a speech in the House of Commons as Lord Pope and joy he had been out about the city and received the telegram at 3 o'clock he felt at the moment intensely grateful to Lord George for having sent it as he would have been full of Wrath had none been sent to him there was no reference to poor Brotherton on his tongue no reference to poor Brotherton in his heart the man had grossly maligned his daughter to his own ears had insulted him with bitter malignity and was his enemy he did not pretend to himself that he felt either sorrow or pity the man had been a wretch and his enemy and was now dead and he was thoroughly glad that the wretch was out of his way marcin s of Brotherton he said to himself as he rested for a few minutes alone in his study he stood with his hands in his pockets looking up at the ceiling and realising it all yes all that was quite true which had been said to himself more than once he had begun his life as a stable boy he could remember the time when his father touched his hat to everybody that came into the yard nevertheless he was Dean of Brotherton and so much' Dean is to have got the better of all enemies than the clothes and his daughter was March Anessa Brotherton she would be married to him and would administer to his little comforts when men descended from the comrades of William the Conqueror would treat her with semi regal respect he told himself that he was sure of his daughter then he ordered his horse and started off to ride to Manor cross he did not doubt but that she knew it already but still it was necessary that she should hear it from his lips and he from hers as he rode proudly beneath the manor cross oaks he told himself again and again that they would all belong to his grandson when the Dean was announced Mary almost feared to see him or rather feared that expression of triumph which would certainly be made both by his words and manner all that Lady Sarah had said had entered into her mind there were duties incumbent upon her which would be very heavy for which she felt she could hardly be fit and the first of these duties was to abstain from Pride as to her own station in life but her father she knew would be very proud and would almost demand pride from her she hurried down to him nevertheless were she ten times the marching us next to her husband her care would be do to him what daughter had ever been beloved more tenderly than she had ministered to him oh yes she would do that as she had always done she rushed into his arms in the little parlour and then burst into tears my girl he said I congratulate you no no no yes yes yes is it not better in all ways that it should be so I do congratulate you hold up your head dear and bear it well Oh papa I shall never bear it well no woman that was ever born as I believe born it better than you will no woman was ever more fit to grace a high position my own girl yes papa your own girl but I wish I wish all that I have wished has come about she shuddered as she heard those words remembering that two deaths had been necessary for this fruition of his desires but he repeated the words all that I have wished has come about and marry let me tell you this you shouldn't no wise be afraid of it nor should you allow yourself to think of it as though there were anything to be regretted which do you believe would make the better pure your husband or that man who has died of course George is ten times the best otherwise he would be very bad but no degree of comparison would express the difference your husband will add an honor to his rank she took his hand and kissed it as he said this which certainly would not have been said had not the telegram come direct to the Deanery and looking to the future which would probably make the better pier in coming years the child born of that man and woman and bred by them as they would have bred it or your child yours and your husband's and here in the country from which Lord with the tenants received the stricter justice and the people the more enduring kindness don't you know that he'd disgraced his order and that the woman was unfit to bear the name which rightly or wrongly she had assumed you will be fit no papa excuse me dear I am praising myself rather than you when I say yes but though I praise myself it is a matter as to which I have no shadow of doubt there can be nothing to regret no cause for sorrow with the inmates of this house custom demands the decency of outward mourning but there can be no grief of heart the man was a wild beast destroying everybody and everything that came near him only think how he treated your husband he is dead papa I thank God that he is gone I cannot bring myself to lie about it I hate such lying to me it is unmanly grief or joy regrets or satisfaction when expressed should always be true it is a grand thing to rise in the world the ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth it is the parent of all enterprise and the cause of all improvement they who know no such ambition are savages and remain savage as far as I can see among us Englishmen such ambition is healthily and happily almost universal and on that account we stand high among the citizens of the world but owing to false teaching men are afraid to own allowed a truth which is known to their own hearts I am Not Afraid to do so and I would not have you afraid I am proud that by one step after another I have been able so to place you and so to form you that you should have been found worthy of rank much higher than my own and I would have you proud also an equally ambitious for your child let him be the Duke of Brotherton let him be brought up to be one of England's statesmen if God shall give him intellect for the work let him be seen with the gorge and garter and be known throughout Europe as one of England's worthy astre these though not borne as yet his career should already be a care to you and that he may be great you should rejoice that you yourself are great already after that he went away leaving messages for Laura George and the family he bad her tell Lady Sarah that he would not intrude on the present occasion but that he hoped to be allowed to see the ladies of the family very shortly after the funeral poor Mary could not but be bewildered by the difference of the two lessons she had received on this the first day of her assured honors and she was the more perplexed because both her instructors had appeared to her to be right in their teaching the pagan exaltation of her father at the death of his enemy she could put on one side excusing it by the remembrance of the terrible insult when she knew that he had received but the upshot of his philosophy she did receive is true and she declared to herself that she would Harbor in her heart of hearts the lessons which he had given her as to her own child lessons which must be Noble as they tended to the well-being of the world at large to make her child able to do good for others to assist in making him able and anxious to do so to train him from the first in that way what wish could be more worthy of a mother than this but yet the humility and homely carefulness inculcated by Lady Sarah was not that lesson also true assuredly yes and yet how should she combine the two she was unaware that within herself there was a power a certain intellectual Alembic of which she was quite unconscious by which she could distill the good of each and quietly leave the residual behind her as being of no moment end of chapter 61 chap sixty-two 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 librivox.org recording by Barry o Neill is he Pope enjoy by Anthony Trollope chapter 62 the will Lord George came back to England as quick as the trains would carry him and with him came the sad and mournful burden which had to be deposited in the vaults of the parish church at manor Cross there must be a decent tombstone now that the life was gone with decent words upon it and a decent effigy even though there had been nothing decent in the man's life the long line of past Marcos's must be perpetuated and Frederick Augustus the tenth peer of the name must be made to lie with the others nor George therefore for he still was Lord George till after the funeral travelled with his sad burden some deputy Undertaker having special charge of it and rested for a few hours in London mr. Knox met him in mr. Stokes chambers and there he learned that his brother who had made many wills in his time had made one last will just before he left London after his return from rodham Park mr. Stokes took him aside and told him that he would find the will to be unfavourable I thought the property was entailed said Lord George very calmly mr. Stokes assented with many assurances as to the impregnability of the family acres and the family houses but added that there was money and that the furniture had belonged to the late Marquess to dispose of as he pleased it is a matter of no consequence said Lord George whom the loss of the money and furniture did not in truth that all vex early in the following morning he went down to Brotherton leaving The Undertaker's to follow him as quickly as they might he could enter the house now and to him as he was driven home under the Oaks no doubt there came some idea of his own possession of them but the idea was much less vivid than the deans and was chiefly confined to the recollection that could now turn him out of the home in which he had been born and in which his mother and sisters and wife were living had his elder brother but a man of whom he could have been proud I almost think he would have been more contented as a younger brother it is over at last were the first words he said to his wife not finding it to be more important that his greatness was beginning than that his humiliation should be brought to an end the funeral took place with all the state that Undertaker's could give to it in the little village but with no other honors Lord George was the chief mourner and almost the only one one or two neighbors came mr. de baron from Rodham Park and such of the farmers has had long been on the land among them being mr. price but there was one person among the number whom no one had expected this was Jacques de Baron he has been mentioned in the will said mr. Stokes very gravely to Lord George and perhaps you would not object to my asking him to be present Lord George did not object though certainly captain de baron was the last person whom he would have thought of asking to matter cross on any occasion he was made welcome however with the grave courtesy what on earth has brought you here said old mr. de Baron to his cousin don't in the least know got a letter from a lawyer saying I had better come thought everybody was to be here who had ever seen him he hasn't left you money jack said mr. de baron what will you give for my chance said jock but mr. de baron though he was much given to gambling speculations did not in this occasion make an offer after the funeral which was sadder even than funerals are in general though no tear was shed the will was read in the library at manor cross nor George being present together with mr. Knox mr. Stokes and the two de barons the Dean might have wished to be there but he had written earlier in that morning an affectionate letter to his son-in-law excusing himself from being present of the funeral I think you know he had said that I would do anything either to promote your welfare or to gratify your feelings but there had unfortunately that between me and the late Marcus which would make my attendance seem to be a mockery he did not go near Manor cross on that day but no one knew better than he not even mr. Knox himself that the dead Lord had possessed no power of alienating a stick or a brick upon the property the will was very short and the upshot of it was that every shilling of which the Marquess died possessed together with his house at Como and the furniture contained in the three houses was left to our old friend jacques de baron I took the liberty said mr. Stokes to inform his lordship that should he die before his wife his widow would be entitled to a third of his personal property he replied that whatever his widow could claim by law she could get without any act of his I mentioned this as captain de Baron may perhaps be willing that the widow of the late Marquess may be at once regarded as possessed of a third of the property quite so said jock who had suddenly become a solemn and few nariyal as mr. Stokes himself he was now engaged to Gus mild May with a vengeance when the solemnity of the meeting was over Lord George or the Marquess says he must now be called congratulated the young heir with exquisite grace I was so severed from my brother of late he said that I had not known of the friendship never saw him in my life till I met him down at rodham said Jack I was civil to him there because he seemed to be ill he sent me once to fetch a ten pound note I thought it odd that I went after that he seemed to take to me a good deal he took to you to some purpose captain to Baron as to me I did not want it and certainly should not have got it you'd need not for a moment think that you are robbing us that is so good of you said Jack whose thoughts however were too full of Gus smile may to allow of any thorough enjoyment of his unexpected prosperity Stoke says that after the widow is paid and the legacy duty there will be eight and twenty thousand pounds whispered mr. de Baron to his relative by heavens you are a lucky fellow I am rather lucky we'll be 1,400 a year if you only look out for a good investment a man with ready money at his own disposal can always get 5% at least I never heard of such a fluke in my life it was a fluke certainly you'll marry now and settle down I suppose I suppose I shall said Jack one has to come to that kind of thing at last I knew when I was going to rut him that some deep blank thing would come of it all of course I'm awfully glad it's sure to come sooner or later and I suppose I've had my run I've just seen Stokes and he says that I'm to go to him in about a month's time I thought I should have got some of it tomorrow My dear fellow I can let you have a couple of hundreds if you want them said mr. de baron who had never hitherto been induced to advance a shilling when his young cousin had been needy mr. Stokes mr. Knox mr. de Baron and the heir went away leaving the family to adjust their own affairs in their new position then Mary received a third lecturer as she sat leaning upon her husband's shoulder at any rate you won't have to go away anymore she said to him you'll have always been away for ever so long it was you who would go to the Deanery when you left London I know that of course I wanted to see papa then I don't want to talk about that anymore only you won't go away again when I do you shall go with me that won't be going away going away is taking yourself off by yourself could I help it I don't know I could have gone with you but it's over now isn't it I hope so it shall be over and when this other trouble is done you'll go to London then it will depend upon your health dear I am very well why shouldn't I be well when a month is over then you'll go in two months perhaps that'll be the middle of June I'm sure I shall be well in three weeks and where shall we go we'll go to Munster Cork shan't we as soon as the house is ready and st. James Square we must go there Oh George I do so hate that house and say James Square I shall never be happy there it's like a prison then he gave her his lecture my love you should not talk of hating things that are necessary but why is st. James Square necessary because it is the town residents belonging to the family Munster Court was very well for us as we were there before indeed it was much too good as I felt every hour that I was there it was more than we could afford without drawing upon your father for assistance but he likes to be drawn upon said Mary I don't think there is anything Papa likes so much is to be drawn upon that could make no difference to me my dear I don't think that as yet you understand money matters I hope I never shall then I hope you will it will be your duty to do so but as I was saying the house at Munster Court will be unsuitable to you as lady Brotherton on hearing this Mary powdered and made it grimace there is dignity to be born which the what may be onerous must be supported I hate dignity you would not say that if you knew how it vexed me could I have chosen for myself personally perhaps neither would I have taken this position I do not think that I am by nature ambitious but a man is bound to do his duty in that position in which he finds himself placed and so is a woman and it will be my duty to live in an ugly house perhaps the house may be made less ugly but to live in it will certainly be a part of your duty and if you love me Mary do you want me to tell you whether I love you but loving me as I know you do I am sure you will not neglect your duty do not say again that you hate your dignity you must never forget now that you are marching us of Brotherton I never shall George that is right my dear he said omitting to understand the little satire conveyed in her words it will come easy to you before long but I would have all the world feel that you are the mistress of the rank to which you have been raised of course it has been different hitherto he said endeavouring in his own mine to excuse the indiscretion of that kappakappa this lecture also she turned to wholesome food and digested obtaining from it some strength and throwing off the bombast by which a weaker mind might have been inflated she understood at any rate that st. James square must be her doom and while acknowledging this to herself she met a little resolution that a good deal would have to be done to the house before it was ready for her reception and that the doing would require a considerable time when she heard the purport of the late Lord's will she was much surprised more surprised probably than Jack himself why should a man who was so universally bad such a horror leave his money to one who is so so so good as Jack to Baron the epithet came to her at last in preference to any other and what would he do now George had told her that the sum would be very large and of course he could marry if he pleased at any rate he would not go to Parham the idea that he should go to Parham had made her uncomfortable perhaps he had better Mary Gus mild may she was not all that his wife should be but he had said that he would do so in certain circumstances those circumstances had come round and it was right that he should keep his word and yet it made her somewhat melancholy to think that he should marry Gus mild may very shortly after this and when she was becoming aware that the event which ought to have taken place on the 1st of April would not be much longer delayed there came home to her various things containing lectures almost as severe and perhaps more eloquent than those she had received from her sister her father and her husband there was an infinity of clothes which someone had ordered for her and on all the things which would bear a mark there was a coronet the coronets on the pocket handkerchief seemed to be without end and there was venereal note paper on which the black edges were not more visible than the black Coronets and there came invoices to her from the tradesmen addressed to the Marchioness of Brotherton and then there came the first letter from her father with her rank and title on the envelope at first she was almost afraid to open it end of chapter 62

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