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chapter 30 of is he Pope enjoy this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org is e pope enjoy my anthony trollope chapter 30 chapter 30 the dean is very busy a week had passed away and nothing had as yet been heard from the marque nor had mr. battles confidential clerk as yet taken his departure for italy when mrs. Montacute jones called one day in Muenster court lady george had not seen her old friend since the night of the ball to which she had not gone but had received more than one note respecting her absence on that occasion in various other little matters why did not lady george come and lunch and why did not lady george come and drive lady george was a little afraid that there was a conspiracy about her in reference to captain de baron and that mrs. montiek jones was one of the conspirators if so Adelaide Hutton was certainly another it had been very pleasant when she examined herself about this man as she endeavored to do she declared that it had been as innocent as Pleasant she did not really believe that either Adelaide Haughton or mrs. Montt acute Jones had intended to do mischief mischief such as the alienation of her own affections from her husband she regarded is quite out of the question she would not even admit to herself that it was possible that she should fall into such a pit as that but there were other dangers and those friends of hers would indeed be dangerous if they brought her into any society that made her husband jealous therefore though she liked mrs. Montacute Jones very much she had avoided the old lady lately knowing that something would be said about Jack de Baron and not quite confident as to her own answers and now mrs. Montague Jones had come to her my dear lady George she said where on earth have you been are you going to cut me if so tell me at once oh mrs. Jones said Lady George kissing her how can you ask such a question because you know it requires to to play at that game and I'm not going to be cut mrs. Montagu Jones was a stout built but very short old lady with gray hair curled and precise rolls down her face with streaky cheeks giving her a look of extreme good health and very bright grey eyes she was always admirably dressed so well dressed that her enemies accused her of spending enormous sums on her toilette she was very old some people said 18 adding probably not more than 10 years to her age very enthusiastic particularly in reference to her friends fond of gaiety and very charitable why didn't you come to my ball Lord George doesn't care about balls said Mary laughing come come don't try and humbug me it had all been arranged that you should come when he went to bed hadn't it now something had been said about it a good deal had been said about it and he had agreed are you going to tell me that he won't go out with you and yet dislikes sure going out without him is he such a Bluebeard as that he's not a Bluebeard at all mrs. Jones I hope not there has been something about that German Baroness hasn't there oh dear no I heard that there was she came and took you in the Brougham all about London and there was a row with Lady Selena I heard of it but that had nothing to do with my going to your party well no why should it she's a nasty woman that Baroness baman if we can't get on here in England without German Baroness's and Americans she doctors we are in a bad way you shouldn't have let them drag you into that lot women's rights women are quite able to hold their own without such trash as that I'm told she's in debt everywhere and can't pay a shilling I hope they'll lock her up she is nothing to me mrs. Jones I hope none what was it then I know there was something he doesn't object to captain de Baron does he object to him why should he objective captain de Baron I don't know why Mindi takes such fancies into their heads you are not going to give up dancing are you not altogether I'm not sure that I care for it very much Oh Lady George where do you expect to go Mary could not keep herself from thing though she was at the same time almost inclined to be angry with the old lady's interference I should have said that I didn't know a young person in the world fonder of dancing than you are perhaps he objects to it he doesn't like my waltzing said Mary with a blush on former occasions she had almost made up her mind to confide her troubles to the salt woman and now the occasion seems so suitable that she could not keep herself from telling so much as that Oh said mrs. Monica Jones that's it I knew there was something my dear he's a goose and you ought to tell him so couldn't you tell him said Mary laughing would do it in half a minute and think nothing of it pray don't he wouldn't like it at all my dear you shouldn't be afraid of him I'm not going to preach up rebellion against husbands I'm the last woman in London to do that I know the comfort of a quiet house as well as anyone and that too people can't get along easy together unless there is a good deal of give-and-take but it doesn't do to give up everything what does he say about it he says he doesn't like it what would he say if you told him you didn't like his going to his club he wouldn't go nonsense it's being a dog in the manger because he doesn't care for it himself I should have it out with him nicely and pleasantly just tell him that you are fond of it and ask him to change his mind I can't bear anybody interfering to put down the innocent pleasures of young people a man like that just opens his mouth and speaks a word and takes away the whole pleasure of a young woman season you've got my card for the 10th of June oh yes I've got it and I shall expect you to come it's only going to be a small affair get him to bring you if you can and you do as I bid you just have it out with him nice lean quietly nobody hates a roast so much as I do but people oughtn't to be trampled on all this had considerable effect upon lady George she quite agreed with mrs. Jones that people ought not to be trampled on her father had never trampled on her from him there had been very little positive ordering as to what she might and what she might not do and yet she had been only a child when living with her father now she was a married woman and the mistress of her own house she was quite sure that were she to ask her father the Dean would say that such a prohibition as this was absurd of course she could not ask her father she would not appeal from her husband to him but it was a hardship and she almost made up her mind that she would request him to revoke the order then she was very much troubled by a long letter from the Baroness Badman the Baroness was going to bring in action jointly against lady Selina protests and miss mild me whom the reader will know as Aunt jus an informed lady Georg that she was to be summoned as a witness this was for a while a grievous affliction to her I know nothing about it she said to her husband I only just went there once because miss mild may asked me it was a very foolish thing for her to do and I was foolish perhaps but what can I say about it I don't know anything you shouldn't have bought those other tickets how could I refuse when the woman asked for such a trifle then you took her to miss mild maze she would get into the Brougham and I couldn't get rid of her hadn't I better write and tell her that I know nothing about it but to this Lord George objected requesting her altogether to hold her peace on the subject and never even to speak about it to anyone he was not good humoured with her and this was clearly no occasion for asking him about the waltzing indeed just at present he rarely wasn't a good humor being much troubled in his mind on the great Pope enjoy question at this time the Dean was constantly up in town running backwards and forwards between London and Brotherton prosecuting his inquiry and spending a good deal of his time at mr. battles offices in doing all this he by no means acted in perfect concert with Lord George nor did he often stay or even dine at the house in Munster Court there had been no quarrel but he found that Lord George was not cordial with him and therefore placed himself at the hotel on Suffolk Street why doesn't Papa come here as he is in town Mary said to her husband I don't know why he comes to town at all replied her husband I suppose he comes because he has business or because he likes it I shouldn't think of asking why he comes but as he is here I wish he wouldn't stay at a nasty dull hotel after all that was arranged you may be sure he knows what he likes best said Lord George sulkily that allusion to an arrangement had not served to put him in a good humour Mary had known well why her father was so much in London and had in truth known also why he did not come to Munster Court she could perceive that her father and husband were drifting into unfriendly relations and greatly regretted it in her heart she took her father's part she was not keen as he was in this matter of the little Pope enjoy being restrained by a feeling that it would not become her to be over anxious for her own elevation or for the fall of others but she had always sympathized with her father and everything and therefore she sympathized with him and this and then there was gradually growing upon her a conviction that her father was the stronger man of the two the more reasonable and certainly the kinder she had thoroughly understood when the house was furnished very much at the deans expense that he was to be a joint occupant in it when it might suit him to be in London he himself had thought less about this having rather submitted to the suggestion as an excuse for his own liberality then contemplated any such final arrangement but Lord George remembered it the house would certainly be open to him should he choose to come but more George would not press it mr. Stokes had thought it proper to go in person to Manor cross in order that he might receive instructions from the Marquis upon my word mr. Stokes said the Marquis only that I would not seem to be uncourteous to you I should feel disposed to say that this interview can do no good it is a very serious matter my lord it is a very serious annoyance certainly that my own brother and sisters should turn against me and give me all this trouble because I have chosen to marry a foreigner it is simply an instance of that pigheaded English blindness which makes us think that everything outside our own country is or ought to be given up to the devil my sisters are very religious and I dare say very good women but they are quite willing to think that I and my wife ought to be damned because we talk Italian and that my son ought to be disinherited because he was not baptized in an English Church they've got this stupid story into their heads and they must do as they please about it I will have no hand in it I will take care that there shall be no difficulty in my son's way when I die that will be right of course my lord I know where all this comes from my brother who is an idiot has married the daughter of a vulgar clergyman who thinks in his ignorance that he can make his grandson if he has won an English nobleman he'll spend his money and he'll burn his fingers and I don't care how much money he spends or how much he burns his hands I don't suppose his purse is so very long but that he may come to the bottom of it this was nearly all that passed between mr. Stokes and the Marquis mr. Stokes then went back to town and gave mr. battle to understand that nothing was to be done on their side the Dean was very anxious that the confidential clerk should be dispatched and at one time almost thought that he would go himself better not mr. Dean everybody would know said mr. battle and I should intend everybody to know said the Dean do you suppose that I am doing anything that I'm ashamed of but being a dignitary began mr. battle what has that to do with it a dignitary as you call it is not to see his child robbed of her rights I only want to find the truth and I should never take shame to myself and looking for that by honest means but mr. battle prevailed persuading the Dean that the confidential clerk even though he confined himself to honest means would reach his point more certainly than a Dean of the Church of England but still there was a delay mr. Stokes did not take his journey down to Brotherton quite as quickly as he perhaps might have done and then there was a prolonged correspondence carried on through an English lawyer settled at Leghorn but at last the man was sent I think we know this said mr. battle to the Dean on the day before the man started there were certainly two marriages one of them took place as much as five years ago and the other after his lordship had written to his brother then the first marriage must mean nothing said the Dean it does not follow it may have been a legal marriage although the part choose to confirm it by a second ceremony but when did the man Luigi die and where and how that is what we have got to find out I shouldn't wonder if we found that he had been for years elunatan almost all this the Dean communicated to Lord George being determined that his son-in-law should be seen to act in cooperation with him they met occasionally in mr. battles chambers and sometimes by appointment in Munster Court it is essentially necessary that you should know what is being done said the Dean to his son-in-law Laura George fretted and fumed and expressed an opinion that as the matter had been put into a lawyer's hands it had better be left there but the Dean had very much his own way end of chapter 13 chapter 31 Ave is a pulp enjoy this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings from the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org recording by bob strickland Charlottesville Virginia USA is he popping joy by Anthony trot chapter 31 the Marquess migrates to London soon after mr. Stokes visit there was a great disturbance at Manor cross whether caused or not by that event no one was able to say the mark was that all the family were about to proceed to London the news first reached Cross Hall through mrs. Toth who still kept up friendly relations with a portion of the English establishment at the great house there probably was no idea of maintaining a secret on the subject the Marquess and his wife with Lord Paul and joy and the servants could not have had themselves carried up to town without the knowledge of all brother time nor was there any adequate reason for supposing that secrecy was desired nevertheless mrs. Toth made a great deal of the matter and the ladies at Cross Hall were not without a certain perturbed interest as though at a mystery it was first told to ladies Sarah for mrs. Tov was quite aware of the position of things and knew that the old marshana's herself was not to be regarded as being on their side yes my lady it's quite true said mrs. Toth the horses is ordered for next Friday this was set on the previous Saturday so that considerable time was allowed for the elucidation of the mystery and the things is already being packed at her ladyship that is if she is her ladyship is taking every dress and every rag as she brought with her where are they going to talk not to the square now the Marquess of Brotherton had an old family house in Cavendish Square which however had been shut up for the last ten or fifteen years but was still known as the family house by all the adherents of the family no my lady I did hear from one of the servants that they are going to scum Berg's hotel in Albemarle Street then Lady Sarah told the news to her mother the poor old lady felt that she was ill used she had been at any rate true to her eldest son had always taken his part during his absence by scolding her daughters whenever an allusion was made to the family at manor cross and had almost worshipped him when he would come to her on Sunday and now he was going off to London without saying a word to her of the journey I don't believe that Toth knows anything about it she said toff is a nasty meddling creature and I wish she had not come here at all the management of the Marchioness under these circumstances was very difficult but Lady Sarah was a woman who allowed no difficulty to crush her she did not expect the world to be very easy she went on with her constant needle trying to comfort her mother as she worked at this time the Marchioness had almost brought herself to quarrel with her younger son and would say very hard things about him at about the Dean she had more than once said that Mary was a nasty slider and had expressed herself as greatly aggrieved by that marriage all this came of course from the Marquess and was known by her daughter's to come from the Marquess and yet the Martian us had never has yet been allowed to see either her daughter-in-law or Bob enjoy on the following day her son came to her when the three sisters were at church in the afternoon on these occasions he was staying for a quarter of an hour and would occupy the greater part of the time and abusing the Dean and Lord George but on this day she could not refrain from asking him a question are you going up to London Brotherton what makes you ask because they tell me so Sara says that the servants are talking about it I wish sara had something to do better than listening to the servants but you are going if you want to know I believe we shall go up to town for a few days pop enjoy ought to see a dentist and I want to do a few things why did you shouldn't I go up to London as well as anyone else of course if you wish it to tell you the truth I don't much wish anything except to get out of this cursed country again don't say that brother – you are an Englishman I'm ashamed to say I am I wish with all my heart that I had been born a Chinese or a red Indian this he said not in furtherance of any peculiar cosmopolitan proclivities but because the saying of it would vex his mother what am I to think of the country when the moment I get here I'm hounded by all my own family because I choose to live after my own fashion and not after theirs I haven't founded you know you might possibly get more by being on good terms with me than bad and so might they if they knew it I'll be even with master George before I've done with him and I'll be even with that parson – who still smells of the stables I'll lead him a dance that will about ruin him and ask for his daughter it was a dog the marriage Brotherton I don't care who got it up but I can have inquiries made as well as another person I'm not very fond of spies but if other people use spies so can i – that young woman is no better than she ought to be the Dean I daresay knows it but he shall know that I know it and master George shall know what I think about it as there has to be war he shall know what it is to have war she has got a lover of her own already and everybody who knows them is talking about it Oh Brotherton and she is going in for women's rights George has made a nice thing of it for himself he has to live on the Dean's money so they doesn't dare call his soul his own and yet he's fool enough to send a lawyer to me to tell me that my wife is a blank and my son a blank he made use of very plain language so that the poor old woman was horrified and aghast and dumbfounded and as he spoke the words there was a rage in his eyes worse than anything she had seen before he was standing with his back to the fire which was burning though the weather was warm and the tails of his coat were hanging over his arms as he kept his hands in his pockets he was generally quiet until OOTS and apt to express his anger and sarcasm rather than an outspoken language but now he was so much moved that he was unable not to give vent to his feelings as the marsh meanness looked at him shaking with fear they came into her distracted mind some vague idea of Cain and Abel though had she collected her thoughts she would have been far from telling herself but her eldest son was Cain he thinks continued the Marquess that because I have lived abroad I Chateau mind that sort of thing I wonder how he'll feel when I tell him the truth about his wife I mean to do it and what the Dean will think when I use a little plain language about his daughter I mean to do that – I shot immense matters I suppose you have heard of captain de baron mother now the Martian has unfortunately had heard of captain de baron lady susanna had brought the tidings down to cross Hall had lady Susanna really believed that her sister-in-law was wickedly entertaining a lover there would have been some reticence in her mode of alluding to so dreadful a subject the secret would have been confided to Lady Sarah in offal conk lengths and some solemn warning would have been conveyed to Lord George with a prayer that he would lose no time in withdrawing the unfortunate young woman from evil influences but lady Susanna had entertained no such fear Mary was young and foolish and fond of pleasure hardest was this woman in her manner and disagreeable as she made herself yet she could after a fashion sympathize with the unwise she had spoken of captain de Baron with disapprobation certainly but had not spoken of him as a fatal danger and she had spoken also of the Baroness van man and Mary's folly and going to the Institute the old Martian us had heard of these things and now when she heard further of them from her son she almost believed all that he told her don't be hard on poor George she said I give as I get mother I'm not one of those who return good for evil had he left me alone I should have left him alone as it is I rather think I shall be hard upon born George do you suppose that all Brotherton hasn't heard already what they are doing that there is a man or a woman in the county who doesn't know that my own brother is questioning the legitimacy of my own son and then you ask me not to be hard it isn't my doing Brotherton but those three girls have their hand in it that's what they call charity that's what they go to church for all this made the poor old Martian is very ill before her son left her she was almost prostrate and yet to the end he did not spare her but as he left he said one word which apparently was intended to comfort her perhaps Papa Joe had better be brought here for you to see before he has taken up to town there had been a promise made before that the child should be brought to the hall to bless his grandmother on this occasion she had been too much horrified and overcome by what had been said to urge her request but when the proposition was renewed by him of course she assented pomp and Joy's visit across hall was arranged with a good deal of State and was made on the following Tuesday on Monday there came a message to say that the child should be brought up at 12 on the following day the Marquess was not coming himself and the child would of course be inspected by all the ladies at noon they were assembled in the drawing room but they were kept there waiting for half an hour during which the Marchioness repeatedly expressed her conviction but now at the last moment she was to be robbed of the one great desire of her heart he won't let him come because he's so angry with George she said sobbing he wouldn't have sent a message yesterday mother said lady Amelia if he hadn't meant to send him you were also very unkind to him ejaculated the Marchioness but at half-past twelve the cortege appeared the child was brought up in a perambulator which had at first been pushed by the under nurse and italian and accompanied by the upper nurse who was of course an italian also with them had been sent one of the english men to show the way perhaps the two women had been somewhat ill treated as no true idea of the distance had been conveyed to them and though they had now been some weeks at mater cross they had never been half so far from the house of course the labor of the perambulator had soon fallen to the man but the two nurses who had been forced to walk a mile had thought that they would never come to the end of their journey when they did arrive they were full of planes which however no one could understand but boban joy was at last brought into the hall my darling said the Marciano's putting out both her arms but Pope enjoyed the oh darling screamed frightfully beneath his heap of clothes you had better let him come into the room mama said Lady Susanna then the nurse carried him in and what are two of his outer garments were taken from him dear me how black he is said lady Susanna the Martian has turned upon her daughter and great anger there Jermaine's were always dark she said your dark yourself quite as black as he is my darling she made another attempt to take the boy but the nurse with viable eloquence explained something which of course none of them understood the purport of her speech was an assurance that paavo as she most unceremoniously called the child whom no germain thought of naming otherwise Venice pulp and joy never would go to any foreigner the nurse therefore held him up to be looked at for two minutes while he still screamed and then put him back into his covering raiments he is very black said lady Sara severely so are some people's hearts said the Marchioness with a vigor for which her daughter's had hardly given her credit this however was born without a murmur by the three sisters on the Friday the whole family including all the Italian servants migrated to London and it certainly was the case that the lady took with her all her clothes and everything that she had brought with her tauf had been quite right there and when it came to be known by the younger ladies at Cross Hall that toth had been right they argued from the fact that their brother had concealed something of the truth when saying that he intended to go up to London only for a few days there had been three separate carriages and talk was almost sure that the Italian lady had carried off more than she had brought with her so exuberant had been the luggage it was not long before Toth effected an entrance into the house and brought away a report that very many things were missing the two little gilt cream jugs is gone she said to Lady Sarah and the miniature with the pearl settings out of the yellow drawing-room Lady Sarah explained that as these things were the property of her brother he or his wife might of course take them away if so pleased she's got the Mamba notes – my lord my lady said Tov shaking her head I could only just scurry through with half an eye but when I come to look there will be more I warrant you my lady the Marquess had expressed so much vehement dislike of everything about his English home and it had become so generally understood that his Italian wife hated the place that everybody agreed that they would not come back why should they what do they get by living there the lady had not been outside the house a dozen times and only twice beyond the park gate the Marquess took no share at any County or any country pursued he went to no man's house and received no visitors he would not see the tenants when they came to him and had not even returned a visit except mr. de barons why had he come there at all that was the question which all the brother sharp people asked of each other and which no one could answer mr. price suggested that it was just devilry to make everybody unhappy mrs. toff thought that it was the woman's doing because she wanted to steal silver mugs miniatures and suchlike treasures mr. wani The Vicar of the parish said but it was a trial having probably some idea on his own mind that the Marquess had been sent home by Providence as a sort of precious blister which would purify all all concerned in him by counter irritation the old Martinez still conceived that had been brought about that a grandmother might take delight in the presence of her grandchild doctor partner said that it was impudence but the Dean was of opinion that it had been deliberately land with a view of passing off a supposititious child upon the property and title the Dean however kept his opinion very much to himself of course tidings of the migration were sent to mr. court Lady Sarah wrote to her brother and the Dean wrote to his daughter what shall you do George shall you go and see him I don't know what I shall do odd I to go certainly not you could only call on her and she has not even seen my mother and sisters when I was there he would not introduce me to her though he sent for the child I suppose I better go I do not want to quarrel with him if I can help it you have offered to do everything together with him if only he would let you I must say that your father has driven me on in a manner which Brotherton would be sure to resent papa has done everything from a sense of duty George perhaps so I don't know how that is it is very hard sometimes to divide a sense of duty from one's own interest but it has made me very miserable very wretched indeed Oh George is it my fault no not your fault if there is one thing worse than me that another it is the feeling of being divided from my own family Brotherton has behaved badly to me very badly and yet I would give anything to be on good terms with him I think I shall go and call he is out in hotel in Albemarle Street I've done nothing to deserve ill of him if he knew all it should of course be understood that Lord George did not at all know the state of his brother's mind towards him except as it had been exhibited at that one interview which had taken place between them at mater cross he was aware of that in every conversation which he had had with the lawyers both with mr. batten and mr. Stokes he had invariably expressed himself as desirous of establishing legitimacy of the boys birth if mr. Stokes had repeated to his brother what he had said and had done him the justice of explaining that in all that he did he was simply desirous of performing his duty to the family surely his brother would not be angry with him at any rate it would not suit him to be afraid of his brother and he went to the hotel after being kept waiting in the hall for about ten minutes the Italian courier came down to him the Marquess at the present moment was not dressed and Lord George did not like being kept waiting would Lord George : at 3 o'clock on the following day Lord George said that he would and was again as scum Berg's hotel at 3 o'clock on the next afternoon end of chapter 31 chapter 32 a busy people 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 Bob shrewdly Charlottesville Virginia USA is a pulp enjoy by Anthony trauma chapter xxxii Lord George is troubled this was a day of no little importance to Lord George so much so that one or two circumstances which occurred before he saw his brother at the hotel must be explained on that day there had come to him from the dean a letter written in the deans best humour when the house had been taken in Muenster court there had been a certain understanding hardly quite a fixed assurance that it was to be occupied up to the end of June and that then Lord George and his wife should go in to brother char there had been a feeling ever since the marriage that while Mary preferred London Lord George was wedded to the country they had on the whole behaved well to each other in the matter the husband though he feared those wife was surrounded by dangers and was well aware that he himself was dallying on the brink of a terrible pitfall would not urge a retreat before the time that had been named and she though she had ever before her eyes the fear of the dullness of cross-hall would not ask to have the time postponed it was now the end of May and a certain early day in July had been fixed for the retreat from London Lord George had with a good grace promised to spend a few days at the Deanery before he went to cross-hall and had given Mary permission to remain there for some little time afterwards now there had come a letter from the teen full of smiles and pleasantness about this visit there were tidings added about Mary's horse which was still kept at the Deanery and comfortable assurances of sweetest welcome not a word had been said in this letter about the terrible family matter Lord George though he was at the present moment not disposed to think in the most kindly manner of his father-in-law appreciated this and had read the letter aloud to his wife at the breakfast table with pleasant approbation as he left the house to go to his brother he told her that she had better answer her father's letter and had explained to her where she would find it in his dressing room but on the previous afternoon he had received at his club another letter the nature of which was not so agreeable this letter had not been pleasant even to himself and certainly was not adapted to give pleasure to his wife after receiving it he had kept it in the close custody of his breast-pocket and when as he left the house he sent his wife to find that which had come from her father he certainly thought that this prior letter was at the moment secure from all lies within the sanctuary of his coat but it was otherwise with that negligence to which husbands are so specially subject he hadn't made the Dean's mutter safe next to his bosom but it left the other epistle unguarded he had not only left it unguarded but it absolutely so put his wife on the track of it but it was impossible that she should not read it Mary found the letter and did read it before she left her husband's dressing-room and the letter was as follows dearest George when she read the epithet which she and she only was entitled to use she paused for a moment and all the blood rushed up into her face she had known the handwriting instantly and at the first shock she put the paper down upon the table for a second there was a feeling prompting her to read no further but it was only for a second of course she would read it it certainly never would have occurred to her to search her husband's clothes for letters up to this moment she had never examined a document of his except at his bidding or in compliance with his wish she had suspected nothing found nothing had entertained not even a curiosity about her husband's affairs but now must she not read this letter to which he himself had directed her dearest George and that in the handwriting of her friend her friend Adelaide Hooton in the handwriting of the woman to whom her husband had been attached before he had known herself of course she read the letter dearest George I break my heart when you don't come to me for heaven's sake be here tomorrow 2 3 4 5 6 7 I shall be here any hour till you come I don't dare to tell the man that I am not at home to anybody else but you must take your chance nobody ever does come till after 3 or after 6 he never comes home till half-past seven Oh me what is to become of me when you go out of town there is nothing to live for nothing only you anything that you write is quite safe say that you love me a the letter had grieved and when he got it as had other letters before that and yet it flattered him and the assurance of the woman's love had in it a certain candied sweetness which prevented him from destroying the paper instantly as he ought to have done could his wife have read all his mind in the matter her anger would have been somewhat mollified in spite of the candied sweetness he hated the correspondence it had been the woman's doing and not his it is so hard for a man to be a Joseph the Potiphar's wife of the moment has probably had some encouragement and after that Joseph can hardly flee unless he be very stout indeed this Joseph would have fled after a certain fashion he liked the woman had he been able to assure himself that the fault hadn't no degree been his but looking back he thought that he had encouraged her and did not know how to fly of all this Mary knew nothing she only knew that old mr. Putin's wife who professed to be her dear friend had written a most foul love letter to her husband and that her husband had preserved it carefully and had then through manifest mistake delivered it over into her hands she read it twice and then stood motionless for a few minutes thinking what she would do her first idea was that she would tell her father but that she soon abandoned she was grievously offended with her husband but as she thought of it she became aware that she did not wish to bring on him any anger but her own then she thought that she would start immediately for Berkeley Square and say what she had to say to mrs. Hooton as the side there presented itself to her she felt that she could say a good deal but how would that serve her intense as was her hatred at present against Adelaide Adelaide was nothing to her in comparison with her husband for a moment she almost thought that she would fly after him knowing as she did that he had gone to see his brother at scum Berg's hotel but at last she resolved that she would do nothing and say nothing till he should have perceived that she had read the letter she would leave an open on his dressing table so that he might know immediately on his return what had been done then it occurred to her that the servants might see the letter if she exposed it so she kept it in her pocket and determined that when she heard his knock at the door she would step into his room and place the letter ready for his eyes after that she spent the whole day and thinking of it and read the odious words over and over again till they were fixed in her memory say that you love me wretched Viper ill-conditioned traitor could it be that he her husband loved this woman better than her did not all the world know that the woman was playing and affected and vulgar and odious dearest George the woman could not have used such language without his sanction Oh what should she do would it not be necessary that she should go back and live with her father and then she thought of Jack de Baron they called jack de Baron wild but he would not have been guilty of wickedness such as this she clung however to the resolution of putting the letter ready for her husband so that he should know that she had read it before they met in the meantime Lord George ignorant as yet of the storm which was brewing at home was shown into his brothers sitting-room when he entered he found there with his brother a lady whom he could recognise without difficulty as his sister-in-law she was a tall dark woman as he thought very plain but with large bright eyes and very black hair she was ill dressed in a mourning wrapper and looked to him to be at least as old as her husband the mark was said something to her in Italian which served as an introduction but of which Lord George could not understand a word she curtsied and Lord George put out his hand it is perhaps as well that you should make her acquaintance said the Marquess then he again spoke an Italian and after a minute or two the lady withdrew it occurred to Lord George afterward that the interview had certainly been arranged had his brother not wished him to see the lady the lady could have been kept in the background here as well as at matter cross it's uncommon civil of you to come said the Marquess as soon as the door was closed what can I do for you I did not like that you should be in London without my seeing you I dare say not I dare say not I was very much obliged to you you know for sending that lawyer down to me I did not send him and particularly obliged to you for introducing that other lawyer into our family affairs I would have done nothing of the kind if I could have helped it if you will believe me Brotherton my only object is to have all this so firmly settled that there may not be need of further enquiry at a future time when I am dead when we may both be dead you have ten years advantage of me your own chance isn't bad if you will believe me but suppose I don't believe you suppose I think that in saying all that you are lying like the very devil Lord George jumped at his chair almost as though he had been shot My dear fellow what's the good of his humbug you think you've got a chance I don't believe you were quick enough to see it yourself but your father-in-law has put you up to it he is not quite such an ass as you are but even he is asked enough to fancy that because I an Englishman have married an Italian lady therefore the marriage may very likely be good for nothing we only want proof does anybody ever come to you and ask you for proofs of your marriage with that very nice young woman the Dean's daughter anybody may find them at Brotherton no doubt and I could put my hand on the proofs of my marriage but I want to do so in the meantime I don't whether you can learn anything to your own advantage by coming here I didn't want to learn anything if you would look after your own wife a little closer oh I fancy it would be a better employment for you she has at present probably amusing herself with Captain de Baron that is commonly said Lord George rising from his chair no doubt any imputation coming from me as calumny but you can make imputations as heavy and as hard as you please and all in the way of honor I have no doubt you'll find her with Captain de Baron if you'll go and look I should find her doing nothing that she ought not to do said the husband turning round for his hat and gloves or perhaps making a speech at the rights of women Institute on behalf of that German Baroness whom I'm told is in jail but George don't you take it too much to heart you've got the money when a man goes into a stable for his wife he can't expect much in the way of conduct or manners if he gets the money he ought to be contented he had to hear along to the last bitter word before he could escape from the room and make his way out into the street it was at this time about four o'clock and in his agony of mind he had turned down towards Piccadilly before he could think what he would do with himself for the moment then he remembered that Berkeley Square was close to him on the other side and that he had been summoned there about this hour to give him his due it should be owned that he had no great desire to visit Berkeley Square in his present condition of feeling since the receipt of that letter which was now waiting him at home he had told himself half a dozen times that he must and would play the part of Joseph he had so resolved when she had first spoken to him of her passion now some months ago and then his resolution had broken down merely because he had not at the moment thought any great step to be necessary but now it was clear that some great step was necessary he must make her know that it did not suit him to be called dearest George by her or to be told to declare that he loved her and thus accusation against his wife made in such coarse and brutal language by his brother softened his heart to her why oh why and he allowed himself to be brought up to a place he hated as he had always hated London of course Jack de Baron made him unhappy though he was at the present moment prepared to swear that his wife was as innocent as any woman in London but now as he was so near and as his decision must be declared in person he might as well go to Berkeley Square as he descended hay Hill he put his hand into his pocket for the ladies letter and pulled out that from the Dean which he had intended to leave with his wife in an instant he knew what he had done he remembered it all even to the way in which he had made the mistake with the two letters there could be no doubt but that he had given Adelaide Houten's letter into his wife's hands and that she had read it at the bottom of Hill Street near the Stables he stopped suddenly and put his hand up to his head what should he do now he certainly could not pay his visit in Berkeley Square he could not go and tell mrs. Hooton that he loved her and certainly would not have strength to tell her that he did not love her while suffering such agony as this of course he must see his wife of course he must if I may use the slang phrase of course he must have it out with her after some fashion and the sooner the better so he turned his steps homeward across the green park but in going home words he did not walk very fast what would she do how would she take it of course women daily forgive such offenses and he might probably after the burst of the storm was over succeed in making her believe that he did in truth love her and did not love the other woman in his present mood he was able to assure himself most confidently that such was the truth he could tell himself now that he never wished to see Adelaide Hooton again but before anything of this could be achieved he would have to own himself a sinner before her he would have as it were to grumble at her feet hitherto and all in his intercourse with her he had been masterful and martial he had managed up to this point so to live as to have kept in all respects the upper hand he had never yet been found out even in a mistake or an indiscretion he had never given her an opening for the mildest finding a fault she no doubt was young and practice had not come to her but as a natural consequence of this Lord George had hitherto felt that an almost divine superiority was demanded from him that sense of divine superiority must now pass away I do not know whether a husband's comfort is ever perfect till some family peccadilloes have been conclusively proved against him I am sure that a wife's temper to him is sweetened by such evidence of human imperfection a woman will often take delight in being angry will sometimes wrap herself warm in prolonged silliness will frequently revel in complaint but she enjoys forgiving better than odd house she never feels that all the due privileges of her life had been accorded to her tell her husband shall have laid himself open to the caresses of a pardon then and not till then he is her equal and equality is necessary for comfortable love but the man till he be well used to it does not like to be pardoned he has assumed divine superiority and is bound to maintain it then at last he comes home son night with a little too much wine or he cannot pay the weekly bills because he has lost too much money at cards or he has got into trouble at his office and is in doubt for a fortnight about his place or perhaps a letter from a lady falls into wrong hands then he has to tell himself that he has been found out the feeling is at first very uncomfortable but it is I think a step almost necessary and reaching true matrimonial comfort hunting men say that hard rain settles the ground a good scold when they kiss and be friends after it perhaps does the same now Lord George have been found out he was quite sure of that and he had to undergo that was unpleasant without sufficient experience to tell him that those clouds too would pass away quickly he still walked home words across sent James Park never stopping but dragging himself along slowly and when he came to his own door he let himself in very silently she did not expect him so soon and when he entered the drawing-room was startled to see him she had not as yet put the letter as she had intended on his dressing table but still had it in her pocket nor had it occurred to her that he would as yet have known the truth she looked at him when he entered but did not at first utter a word marry he said well there's anything the matter it was possible that she had not found the letter possible though very improbable but he had brought his mind so firmly to the point of owning what was to be owned and defending what might be defended that he hardly wished for escape in that direction and intimated he was not prepared to avail himself of it did you find the letter yes I found a letter well of course I am sorry to have intruded upon so private a correspondence there it is and she threw the letter to him Oh George he picked up the letter which had fallen to the ground and tearing it into bits through the fragments into the grate what do you believe about it Mary believe do you think that I love anyone as I love you you cannot love me at all unless that wicked wretched creature is a liar have I ever lied to you you will believe me I do not know I love no one in the world but you even that almost suffice for her she already longed to have her arms round his neck and to tell him that it was all forgiven that he at least was forgiven during the whole morning she had been thinking of the angry words she would say to him and of the still more angry words which she would speak of that wicked wicked Viper the former were already forgotten but she was not as yet inclined to refrain as to mrs. Newton Oh George how could you bear such a woman as that that you should let her write to you in such language have you been to her what today yes today certainly not I have just come from my brother you will never go into that house again you will promise that here was made the first direct attack upon His divine superiority was he at his wife instance to give a pledge that he would not go into a certain house under any circumstances this was the process of bringing his nose down to the ground which he had feared here was the first attempt made by his wife to put her foot on his neck I think that I had better tell you all that I can tell he said I only want to know that you hate her said Mary I neither hatred nor loved her I did love her once you knew that I never could understand it I never did believe that you really could have loved her then she began to sob I shouldn't ever have taken you if I had but from the moment when I first knew you it was all changed with me as he said this he put out his arms to her and she came to him there has never been a moment since in which you have not had all my heart but why why why she sobbed meaning to ask how it could have come to pass that the wicked Viper could in those circumstances have written such a letter as that which had fallen into her hands the question certainly was not unnatural but it was a question very difficult to answer no man likes to say that a woman has pestered him with unwelcome love and certainly Lord George was not the man to make such a boast dearest Mary he said on my honor as a gentleman I am true to you then she was satisfied and turned her face to him and covered him with kisses I think that morning did more than any day had done since their marriage to bring about the completion of her desire to be in love with her husband her heart was so softened towards him that she would not even press a question that would pain him she had intended sternly to exact from him a pledge that he would not again enter the house in Berkeley Square but she let even that pass by because she would not annoy him she gathered herself up close to him on the sofa and drawing his arm over her shoulder sobbed and laughed stroking him with her hands as she crossed against his shoulder but yet every now and then there came forth from her some violent abuse mrs. Hooton nasty creature wicked wicked beast Oh George she is so ugly and yet before this little affair she had been quite content that Adelaide Hooton should be her intimate friend it had been nearly five when Lord George reached the house and he had to sit in during his wife's caresses and listening to a devotion to himself and her abuses of mrs. Putin till past six that it struck him that a walk by himself would be good for him they were to dine out but not till 8:00 and there would still be time when he proposed it she acceded at once of course she must go and dress and equally of course she would not could not go to Berkeley Square now she thoroughly believed that he was true to her but yet she feared the wiles of that nasty woman they would go to the country soon and then the wicked Viper would not be near them Lord George walked across the pell-mell looked at an evening paper at his club and then walked back again of course it had been his object to have a cool half-hour in which to think it all over all that had passed between him and his wife and also what had passed between him and his brother that his wife was the dearest sweetest woman in the world he was quite sure he was more than satisfied with her conduct to him she had exacted from him very little penitence and not required to put her foot in any disagreeable way upon his neck no doubt she felt that his divine superiority had been vanquished but she had uttered no word of triumph with all that he was content but what was he to do with mrs. Wooten as to whom he had sworn a dozen times within the last hour that she was quite indifferent to him he now repeated the assertion to himself and felt himself to be sure of the fact but still he was her lover he had allowed her so to regard him and something must be done she would write to him letters daily if he did not stop it and every such letter not shown to his wife would be a new treason against her this was a great trouble and then through it all those terrible words which his brother had spoken to him about captain de Baron rung in his ears this afternoon had certainly afforded no occasion to him to say a word about captain de Baron to his wife when detected in his own sin he could not allude to possible delinquencies on the other side nor did he think that there was any delinquency but Caesar said that Caesar's wife should be above suspicion and in that matter every man is a Caesar to himself Lady Susannah had spoken about this captain and Adelaide Hooton had said an ill-natured word or two and he himself had seen them walking together now his brother had told him that captain de Baron was his wife's lover he did not at all like captain de baron end of chapter 32 chapter 33 of is Heep hope 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 33 captain de Baron of course as the next day or two passed the condition of mrs. Hilton was discussed between Lord George and his wife the affair could not be passed over without further speech I am quite contented with you he said more than contented but I suppose she does not feel herself contented with mr. Houghton then why did she marry him oh why indeed a woman ought to be contented with her husband but at any rate what right can she had to disturb other people I suppose you never wrote her a love letter never certainly since her marriage this indeed was true the lady had frequently written to him but he had warily kept his hands from pen and ink and had answered her letters by going to her and yet she could persevere women can do such mean things I would sooner have broken my heart and died than Avast a man to say that he loved me I don't suppose you have much to be proud of I dare say she has half a dozen others you won't see her again I think I may be driven to do Sol I do not wish to have to write to her and yet I must make her understand that all this is to be over she'll understand that fast enough when she does not see you it would have served her right to have sent that letter to her husband that would have been cruel Mary I didn't do it I thought of doing it and I wouldn't do it but it would have served her right I suppose she was always writing she had written but not quite like that said Lord George he was not altogether comfortable during this conversation she writes lots of letters no doubt do you then mean to go there again I think so of course I do not look upon her as being so utterly a castaway you do I believe her to be a heartless vile intriguing woman who married an old man without carrying a straw for him and who doesn't care how miserable she makes other people and I think she is very very ugly she paints frightfully anybody can see it and as for false hair why it's nearly all false Lady George certainly did not paint and had not a shred of false hair about her Oh George if you do go do be firm you will be firm will you not I shall go simply that this annoyance may be at an end of course you will tell her that I will never speak to her again how could I you would not wish it were jewel in answer to this there was nothing for him to say he would have wished that a certain amount of half friendly intercourse should be carried on but he could not ask her to do this after a time he might perhaps be able to press on her the advantage of avoiding a scandal but as yet he could not do even that he had achieved more than he had a right to expect and obtaining her permission to call once more and Berkeley Square himself after that they would soon be going down to Brotherton and when they were there things might be allowed to settle themselves then she asked him another question you don't object am I going to mrs. Jones party and Thursday the question was very sudden so that he was almost startled it is a dance I suppose oh yes a dance of course no I have no objection she had meant to ask him to reconsider his verdict against round dances but she could hardly do this at this moment she could not take advantage of her present strength to extract from him a privilege which under other circumstances he had denied to her were she to do so it would be as much as to declare that she meant to waltz because he had amused himself with mrs. Haughton her mind was not at all that way given but she did entertain an idea that something more of freedom should be awarded to her because her husband had given her cause of offense and had been forgiven while he was still strong with that divine superiority which she had attributed to him she had almost acknowledged to herself that he had a right to demand that she should be dull and decorous but now that she had found him to be in the receipt that clandestine love letters it did seem that she might allow herself a little Liberty she had forgiven him freely she had really believed that in spite of the letter she herself was the woman he loved she had said something to herself about men amusing themselves and had told herself that though no woman could have written such a letter as that without disgracing herself altogether a man might receive it and even keep it in his pocket without meaning very much harm but the accident must she thought beheld to absolve her from some part of the strictness of her obedience she almost thought that she would waltz at mrs. Jones's ball perhaps not with captain de baron perhaps not with much energy here with full enjoyment but still sufficiently to disenthrall herself if possible she would say a word to her husband first they were both going to a rather crowded affair at lady Brabazon before the night of mrs. Jones's party they had agreed that they would do little more than show themselves there he was obliged to go to this special place and he hated staying but even at lady Brabazon she might find an opportunity of saying what she wished to say on that day she took him out in her broom and on her return home was alone all the afternoon till about five and then who should come to her but captain de baron no doubt they too had become very intimate she could not at all have defined her reasons for liking him she was quite sure of one thing she was not in the least in love with him but he was always gay always good humoured always had plenty to say he was the source of all the fun that ever came in her way and fun was very dear to her he was nice-looking and manly and gentle with all why should she not have her friend he would not write abominable letters and asked her to say that she loved him and yet she was aware that there was a danger she knew that her husband was a little jealous she knew that Augusta mild Mae was frightfully jealous that odious creature mrs. Haughton had made ever so many nasty little illusions to her and Jack when his name was announced she almost wished that he had not come but yet she received him very pleasantly he immediately began about the Baroness ban Minh the Baroness on the previous evening made her way onto the platform at the disabilities when dr. flea body was lecturing and lady Selina was presiding and had to use Jack's own words kicked up the most delightful Barberie that had ever been witnessed she bundled poor old lady Selina out of the chair nonsense so I am told took the chair by the back and hoisted her out didn't they send for the police I suppose they did at last but the American doctor was too many for her the Baroness strove to address the meeting but Olivia Q flee body has become a favorite and carried the day I am told that at last the bald-headed old gentleman took the Baroness home in a cab I'd have given a five-pound note to be there I think I must go some night and hear the doctor I wouldn't go again for anything you women are all so jealous of each other poor lady Selina I'm told she was very much shaken how did you hear it all permit jus said the captain and Jew was there of course the Baroness tried to fly into aunt Jews arms but aunt Jew seems to have retired then the quarrel must have been made up between captain to Baron and Miss mild me that was the idea which at once came into Mary's head he could hardly have seen at Joo without seeing her niece at the same time perhaps it was all settled perhaps after all they would be married it would be a pity because she was not half nice enough for him and then Mary doubted whether captain de Baron as a married man would be nearly so pleasant as in his present condition I hope miss mild may is none the worse she said a little shaken in her nerves was Augusta mild may their oh dear no it is quite out of her line she is not at all disposed to lay aside the feebleness of her sex and go into one of the learned professions by the by I'm afraid you and she are not very good friends what makes you say that captain to baron but are you I don't know why you should inquire it is natural to wish that one's own friends should be friends has miss mild nay said anything about me not a word nor you about her and therefore I know that something is wrong the last time I saw her I did not think that miss smile may was very happy said Mary in a low voice did she complain to you Mary had no answer ready for this question she could not tell a lie easily nor could she acknowledged the complaint which the lady had made and had made so loudly I suppose she did complain he said and I suppose I know the nature of her complaint I cannot tell though of course it was nothing to me it is very much to me though I wish Lady George you could bring yourself to tell me the truth he paused but she did not speak if it were as I fear you must know how much I am implicated I would not for the world that you should think that I am behaving badly you should not permit her to think so captain de baron she doesn't think so she can't think so I'm not going to say a word against her she and I have been dear friends and there is no one hardly any one for whom I have a greater regard but I do protest you lady George that I have never spoken an untrue word to Augusta mild me in my life I have not accused you but has she of course it is a kind of thing that a man cannot talk about without great difficulty is it not a thing that a man should not talk about at all that is severe lady George much more severe than I should have expected from your usual good nature had you told me that nothing had been said to you there would have been an end of it but I cannot bear to think that you should have been told that I had behaved badly and that I should be unable to vindicate myself have you not been engaged to marry miss mild may never then why did you allow yourself to become sole so much to her because I liked her because we were thrown together because the chances of things would have it soul don't you know that that kind of thing is occurring every day course if a man were made up of wisdom and prudence and virtue and self-denial this kind of thing wouldn't occur but I don't think the world would be pleasanter if men were like that Adelaide Houghton is Miss mile maze most intimate friend and Adelaide has always known that I couldn't marry as soon as Miss Houghton's name was mentioned dark frown came across lady George's brow captain to bear and saw it but did not know as yet anything of its true cause of course I am NOT going to judge between you said Lady George very gravely but I want you to judge me I want you of all the world to feel that I have not been a liar and a blade captain to Baron how can you use such language because I feel this very acutely I do believe that Miss mild may has accused me to you I do not wish to say a word against her I would do anything in the world to protect her from the ill words of others but I cannot bear that your mind should be poisoned against me will you believe me when I tell you that I have never said a word to miss mile may which could possibly be taken as an offer of marriage I had rather give no opinion will you ask Adelaide no certainly not this she said with so much vehement that he was thoroughly startled mrs. Haughton is not among the number of my acquaintances why not what is the matter I can give no explanation and I had rather that no questions should be asked but so it is has she offended Lord George oh dear no that is to say I cannot tell you anything more about it you will never see me and Berkeley square again and now pray say no more about it poor Adelaide well it does seem terrible that there should be such misunderstandings she knows nothing about it I was with her this morning and she was speaking of you with the greatest affection Mary struggled hard to appear indifferent to all this but struggled in vain she could not restrain herself from displaying her feeling may I not ask any further questions no captain to Baron nor hope that I may be a peacemaker between you certainly not I wish you wouldn't talk about it anymore I certainly will not have an offend you I would not offend you for all the world when you came up to town lady George a few months ago when there were three or four of us that soon became such excellent friends and now it seems that everything has gone wrong I hope we need not quarrel you and I I know no reason why we should I have liked you so much I am sure that you have known that sometimes one does come across the person that one really likes but it is so seldom I try her like everybody she said I don't do that I feared that at first starting I try to dislike everybody I think it is natural to hate people the first time you see them did you hate me she asked laughing all horribly for two minutes then you laughed or cried or sneezed or did something in a manner that I liked and I saw at once that you were the most charming human being in the world when a young man tells a young woman that she is the most charming human being in the world he is certainly using peculiar language in most cases the young man would be supposed to be making love to the young woman Mary however knew very well that captain de Baron was not making love to her there seemed to be an understanding that all manner of things should be said between them and that yet they should mean nothing but nevertheless she felt that the language which this man had used to err would be offensive to her husband if he knew that it had been used when they two were alone together had it been said before a roomful of people it would not have mattered and yet she could not rebuke him she could not even look displeased she had believed all that he had said to her about Augusta mild May and was glad to believe it she liked him so much that she would have spoken to him as to a brother of the nature of her quarrel with mrs. Haughton only that even to her brother she would not have mentioned her husband's folly when he spoke of her crying or laughing or sneezing she liked the little attempt to drollery she'd like to know that he had found her charming where is the woman who does not wish to charm and who is not proud to think that she has succeeded with those whom she most likes she could not rebuke him she could not even avoid letting him see that she was pleased you have a dozen human beings in the world who are the most delightful she said and another dozen who are the most odious quite a dozen who were the most odious but only one lady George who was the most delightful he had hardly said this when the door opened and Lord George entered the room Lord George was not a clever hypocrite if he disliked a person he soon showed his dislike in his manner it was very clear to both of them on the present occasion that he did not like the presence of captain de baron he looked very gloomy almost angry and after speaking hardly more than a single word to his wife's guests he stood silent and awkward leaning against the mantelpiece what do you think captain de Baron tells me Mary said trying but not very successfully to speak with natural ease I don't in the least no there has been such a scene at the woman's Institute that Baroness made a dreadful attack on poor lady Salina protest she and the American female doctor were talking against each other from the same platform at the same time said de baron very disgraceful said Lord George but then the whole thing is disgraceful and always was I should think Lord plausible must be thoroughly ashamed of his sister lady Selena was sister to the earl of plausible but as all the world knew was not on speaking terms with her brother I suppose that unfortunate German lady will be put in prison said Lady George I only trust that she may never be able to put her foot into your house again then there was a pause he was apparently so crossed that conversations seemed to be impossible the captain would have gone away at once had he been able to escape suddenly but there are times when it is very hard to get out of a room at which a sudden retreat would imply a conviction that something was wrong it seemed to him that for her sake he was bound to remain a few minutes longer when do you go down to brother sure he asked about the 7th of July said Mary or probably earlier said Lord George at which his wife looked up at him but without making any remark I shall be down at my cousin's place some day in August the Baron said Lord George frowned more heavily than ever mr. de Baron is going to have a large gathering of people about the end of the month Oh indeed said Mary the Houghton's will be there then Mary also frowned and I have an idea that your brother Lord George has half promised to be one of the party I know nothing at all about it my cousin was up in town yesterday with the Houghton's goodbye lady George I shan't be at lady Bravo's ins because she has forgotten to invite me but I suppose I shall see you at mrs. Mott acute Jones I shall certainly be at mrs. Mott acute Jones said Mary trying to speak cheerfully the Bell was rang and the door was closed and then the husband and wife were together a dreadful communication has just been made to me said Lord George in his most solemn and puny aerial voice a most dreadful communication end of chapter 33 chapter 34 of is Heep hope and joy this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please contact librivox.org read by Barry O'Neill is he Pope and joy by atany trollop chapter 34 a dreadful communication a most dreadful communication there was something in Lord George's voice as he uttered these words which so frightened his wife that she became at the moment quite pale she was sure almost sure from his countenance that the dreadful communication had some reference to herself had any great calamity happened in regard to his own family he would not have looked at her as he was now looking and yet she could not imagine what might be the nature of the communication as anything happened at manor cross she asked it is not about matter cross or your brother it is not about my brother it does not in any way concern my family it is about you about me Oh George do not look at me like that what is it he was very slow in the telling of the story slow even and beginning to tell it indeed he hardly knew how to begin you know miss Augusta mild May he asked then she understood it all she might have told him that he could spare himself all further trouble and telling only that to do so would hardly have suited her purpose therefore she had to listen to the story very slowly told miss Augusta mild May had written to him begging him to come to her he very much astonished at such a request had nevertheless obeyed it and Augusta mild May had assured him that his wife by wicked wiles and lures was interfering between her and her a fianc lover captain de Baron Mary sat patiently till she had heard it all sat almost without speaking a word but there was a stern look on her face which he had never seen there before still he went on with his determined purpose these are the kinds of things which are being repeated of you he said at last Susanna made the same complaint and it had reached Brotherton's ears he spoke to me of it in frightfully strong language and now this young lady tells me that you are destroying her happiness well you can't suppose that I can hear all this without uneasiness do you believe it I do not know what to believe I am driven mad if you believe it George if you believe a word of it I will go away from you I will go back to Papa I will not stay with you to be doubted that is nonsense it shall not be nonsense I will not live to hear myself accused by my husband as to another man wicked young woman Oh what woman are and what they can do she has never been engaged to captain de Baron what is that to you or me nothing if you had not told me that I stood in her way it is not her engagement or her hopes whether ill are well-founded or his treachery to a lady that concerns you and me Mary but that she should send for me and tell me to my face that you were the cause of her unhappiness why should she pitch upon you how can I say because she is very wicked and why should susana feel herself obliged to caution me as to this captain to Baron she had no motive she is not wicked I don't know that and why should my brother tell me that all the world is speaking of your conduct with this very man because he is your bitterest enemy George do you believe it and why when I come home with all this heavy on my heart do I find this very man closeted with you closeted with me you were alone with him alone with him of course I am alone with anyone who calls would you like me to tell the servant that captain de Baron is to be excluded so that all the world might know that you were jealous he must be excluded then you must do it but it will be unnecessary as you believe all this I will tell my father everything and will go back to him I will not live here George to be so suspected that the very servants have to be told that I had not to be allowed to see one special man no you will go down into the country with me I will not stay in the same house with you she said jumping from her seat unless you tell me that you suspect me of nothing not even of an impropriety you may lock me up but you cannot hinder me from writing to my father I trust you will do nothing of the kind not tell him who then is to be my friend if you turn against me am I to be all alone among a set of people who think nothing but ill of me I am to be your friend but you think ill of me I have not said so Mary then say at once that you think no ill and do not threaten me that I am to be taken into the country for protection and when you tell me of the bold-faced villainy of that young woman speak of her with the disgust that she deserves and say that your sister Susanna is suspicious and given to evil thoughts and declare your brother to be a wicked slanderer if he has said a word against the honor of your wife then I shall know that you think no ill of me and then I shall know that I may lean upon you as my real friend her eyes flashed fire as she spoke and he was silenced for the moment by an impetuosity and a passion which she had not at all expected he was not quite disposed to yield to her to assure her of his conviction that those to whom she alluded were all wrong and that she was all right but yet he was beginning to wish for peace that captain de baron was a pestilential young man whose very business it was to bring unhappiness into families he did believe and he feared also that his wife had allowed herself to fall into an indiscreet intimacy with this destroyer of women's characters then there was that feeling of Caesar's wife strong within his bosom which he could perhaps have more fully explained to her but for that unfortunate letter from mrs. Haughton any fault however of that kind on his part was in his estimation nothing to a fault on the part of his wife she when once assured that he was indifferent about mrs. Haughton would find no cause for unhappiness with the matter but what would all the world be to him if his wife were talked about commonly in connection with another man that she should not absolutely be a castaway would not save him from a perpetual agony which he would find to be altogether unendurable he was he was sure quite right as to that theory about Caesar's wife even though from the unfortunate position of circumstances he could not delayed upon it at the present moment I think he said after a that you will allow that you had better drop this gentleman's acquaintance I will allow nothing of the kind George I will allow nothing that can imply the slightest stain upon my name or upon your honor captain de Baron is my friend I like him very much a great many people know how intimate we are they shall never be talked to suppose that there was anything wrong in that intimacy they shall never at any rate be taught so by anything that I will do I will admit nothing I will do nothing myself to show that I am ashamed of course you can take me into the country of course you can lock me up if you like of course you can tell all your friends that I had misbehaved myself you can listen to calumny against me from everybody but if you do I will have one friend to protect me and I will tell Papa everything then she walked away to the door as though she were leaving the room stop a moment he said then she stood with her hand still upon the lock as though intending to stay merely till he should have spoken some last word to her he was greatly surprised by her strength and resolution and now hardly knew what more to say to her he could not bake her pardon for his suspicions he could not tell her that she was right and yet he found it impossible to assert that she was wrong I do not think that passion will do any good he said I do not know what will do any good I know what I feel it will do good if you will allow me to advise you what is your advice to come down to the country as soon as possible and to avoid as far as possible seeing captain de Baron before you go that would be running away from captain de baron I am to meet him at Miss Montacute Jones ball send an excuse to mrs. Mott accute Jones you may do so George if you like I will not if I am told by you that I am not to meet this man of course I shall obey you but I shall consider myself to have been insulted to have been insulted by you as she said this his brow became very blue yes by you you ought to defend me from these people who tell stories about me and not accused me yourself I cannot and will not live with you if you think evil of me then she opened the door and slowly left the room he would have said more had he known what to say but her words came more fluently than his and he was dumbfounded by her volubility yet he was as much convinced as ever that it was his duty to save her from the ill repute which would fall upon her from further intimacy with this captain he could of course take her into the country tomorrow if he chose to do so but he could not hinder her from writing to the Dean he could not debar her from pen and ink and the use of the post-office nor could he very well forbid her to see her father of course if she did complain to the Dean she would tell the Dean everything so he told himself now when a man assumes the divine superiority of an all governing husband his own hand should be quite clean or George's hands were by no means clean it was not perhaps his own fault that they were dirty he was able at any rate to tell himself that the fault had not been his but there was that undoubted love letter from mrs. Haughton if the Dean were to question him about that he could not lie and though he would assure himself that the fault had all been with the lady he could not excuse himself by that argument in discussing the matter with the Dean he was in such trouble that he feared to drive his wife to retaliation and yet he must do his duty his honor and her honor must be his first consideration if she would only promise him not willingly to see captain de baron there should be an end of it and he would allow her to stay the allotted time in London but if she would not do this he thought that he must face the Dean and all his terrors but he hardly knew his wife was hardly aware of the nature of her feelings when she spoke of appealing to her father no idea crossed her mind of complaining of her husband's infidelity she would seek protection for self and would be loud enough in protesting against the slanderous tongues of those who had injured her she would wage war to the knife against the Marquess and against lady Susanna and against the gusty mild may and would call upon her father to his sister in that warfare but she would not condescend to allude to a circumstance which if it were an offence against her she had pardoned Podesta which in her heart of hearts she believed her husband to be if not innocent at least not very guilty she despised Adelaide Houghton too much to think that her husband had really loved such a woman and was too confident in herself to doubt his log for many minutes she could hate Adelaide Houghton for making the attempt and yet could believe that the attempt had been futile nevertheless when she was alone she thought much of mrs. Haughton sledder throughout her interview with her husband she had thought of it but had determined from the very first that she would not cast it in his teeth she would do nothing on generous but was it not singular that he should be able to upgrade her for her conduct for conduct in which there had been no trespass knowing as he must have known feeling as he must have felt that every word of that letter was dwelling in her memory he had at any rate intended that the abominable correspondence should be clandestine he must have been sadly week to make the least of it to have admitted such a correspondence pray tell me that you love me that had been the language addressed to him only a few days since by a married lady to whom he had once made an offer of marriage and yet he could now come and trample on her as though his marital superiority had all the divinity of snow-white purity this was absolute Tyranny but yet in complaining to her father of his tyranny she would say nothing of Adelaide Houghton of the accusations made against herself she would certainly tell her father unless they were withdrawn as far as her own husband could withdraw them for an hour after leaving him her passion still danger was this to be her reward for all her endeavors to become a loving wife they were engaged to dine that evening with a certain mrs. Patmore green who had herself been a Germain and who had been first cousin to the late Marquess Mary came down dressed into the drawing-room at the proper time not having spoken another word to her husband and there she found him also dressed she had schooled herself to show no sign either of anger or regret and as she entered the room said some indifferent words about the Brougham he still looked as dark as a thundercloud but he rang the bell and asked the servant question the broom was there and away they went to mrs. Patmore greens she spoke half a dozen words on the way but he hardly answered her she knew that he would not do so being aware that it was not within his power to rise above the feelings of the moment but she exerted herself so that he might know that she did not mean to display her ill humour at mrs. Patmore greens house lady Brabazon whose sister had narrated Germaine was there and a colonel Ainsley who was nephew of Lady Brotherton's so that the party was very much a germane party all these people had been a good deal exercised oblate on the great Pope and Roy questioned so immense is the power of possession that the Marquess on his arrival in town had been asked to all the germane houses in spite of his sins and had been visited with considerable family affection and regard for was he not the head of them all but he had not received these offers graciously and now the current of germane opinion was running against him of the general propriety of Lord George's conduct ever since his birth there had never been a doubt and the greens and Brabazon Xand Ansley's were gradually coming round through the opinion that he was right to make inquiries as to the little Pope and Joy's antecedents they had all taken kindly to Mary though they were perhaps beginning to think that she was a little too frivolous too fond a pleasure for Lord George mrs. Patmore green who was the wife of a very rich man and the mother of a very large family and all together a very worthy woman almost at once began to whisper to marry well my dear what news from Italy I never hear anything about it mrs. green said marry with a laugh and yet the Dean is so eager lady George I won't let Papa talk to me about it Lord Brotherton is quite welcome to his wife and his son and everything else for me only I do wish he would have remained away I think we all wish that my dear mr. Patmore green and Colonel Ainsley and lady brought us on all spoke a word or two in the course of the evening to Lord George on the same subject but he would only shake his head and say nothing at that time this affair of his wife's was nearer to him and more burdensome to him than even the Pope and joy question he could not rid himself of this new trouble even for a moment he was still thinking of it when all the inquiries about hope and joy were being made what did it matter to him how that matter should be settled if all the happiness of his life were to be dispelled by this terrible domestic affliction I'm afraid this poor with his brother will be too much for Lord George said mr. Patmore green to his life when the company were gone he was not able to say a word the whole evening and I never knew her to be more pleasant said mrs. Patmore green she doesn't seem to care about it the least in the world the husband and wife did not speak a word to each other as they went home in the broom Mary had done her duty by sustaining herself in public but was not willing to let him think that she had as yet forgiven the cruelty of his suspicions end of chapter 34 you

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  1. Is He Popenjoy ? | Anthony Trollope | General Fiction, Humorous Fiction | English | 6/12

    30: [00:00:00] – 30 – The Dean is Very Busy

    31: [00:14:11] – 31 – The Marquis Migrates to London

    32: [00:33:51] – 32 – Lord George is Troubled

    33: [01:01:11] – 33 – Captain de Baron

    34: [01:20:22] – 34 – A Dreadful Communication

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