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chapter one 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 one introductory number one I would that it were possible so to tell a story that a reader should beforehand know every detail of it up to a certain point or be so circumstanced that he might be supposed to know and telling the little novelettes of our life we commenced our narrations with the presumption that these details are borne in mind and though they be all forgotten the stories come out intelligible at last you remember Mary Walker oh yes you do that pretty girl but such a queer temper and how she was engaged to marry Harry Jones and said she wouldn't at the church door till her father threatened her with bread and water and how they have been living ever since as happiest two turtledoves down in temperature till that scoundrel of tenant Smith went to bide fir'd Smith has been found dead at the bottom of a soffit nobody sorry for him she's in a madhouse at Exeter and Jones has disappeared and couldn't have had more than 30 shillings in his pocket this is quite as much as anybody ought to want to know previous to the unraveling of the tragedy of the Joneses but such stories as those I have to tell cannot be written after that fashion we novelists are constantly twitted with being long and to the gentleman who condescend to review us and who take up our volumes with a view to business rather than pleasure we must be infinite in length and tedium but the story must be made intelligible from the beginning or the real novel readers will not like it the plan of jumping at once into the middle has been often tried and sometimes seductively enough for a chapter or two but the writer still has to heart back and to begin again from the beginning not always very comfortably after the abnormal brightness of his few opening pages and the reader who is then involved in some ancient family history or long local explanation feels himself to have been defrauded it is the one were asked to eat boiled mutton after Woodcock's caviar or macaroni cheese I hold that it is better to have the boiled mutton first if boiled mutton there must be the story which I have to tell is something in its nature akin to that a poor mrs. Jones who was happy enough down in Devonshire till that wicked lieutenant Smith came and persecuted her not quite so tragic props as it is stained neither by murderer nor madness but before I could hope to interest readers in the perplex details of the life of a not unworthy lady I must do more than remind them that they do know or might have known or should have known the antecedents of my percentages I must let them understand how it came to pass that's so pretty so pert so gay so good a girl as Mary Lovelace without any great Fault in her part married a man so grim so gaunt so sombre and so old as Lord George Germain that will not suffice to say that she had done so a hundred and twenty little incidents must be dribbled into the readers intelligence many of them let me hope in such manner that he shall himself be insensible to the process but unless I make each one of them understood and appreciated by my ingenious open-hearted rapid reader by my reader who will always have his fingers impatiently ready to turn the page he will I know begin to masticate the real kernel of my story with infinite prejudices against Mary Lovelace Mary Lovelace was born in a country parsonage but of the age of fourteen when her life was in truth beginning was transferred by her father to the Deanery of Brotherton Dean Lovelace had been a fortunate man in life when a poor curate a man a very humble or with none of what we commonly called church interest with nothing to recommend him but a handsome person moderate education and a quick intellect he had married a lady with a considerable fortune whose family had bought for him a living here he preached himself into Fame it is not at all to be implied from this that he had not deserved the fame he acquired he had been active and resolute in his work holding opinions which if not peculiar were at any rate advanced and never being afraid of the opinions which he held his bishop had not loved him nor had he made himself dear to the bench of Bishops generally he had the reputation of having been in early life a sporting parson he had written a book which had been characterized as tending to infidelity and had more than once been invited to state dogmatically what was his own belief he had never quite done soul but had then been made a Dean Brotherton as all the world knows is a most interesting little city neither a Manchester nor a salisbury full of architectural excellencies given to literature and fond of hospitality the Bishop of Brotherton who did not love the Dean was not a general favorite being strict ascetic and utterly hostile to all compromises at first there were certain hostile passages between him and the new Dean but the Dean who was and is vanity itself won the day and soon became certainly the most popular man in Brotherton his wife's fortune doubled his clerical income and he lived in all respects as a Dean ought to live his wife had died very shortly after his promotion and he had been left with one only daughter on whom to lavish his cares and his affection now we must turn for a few lines to the family of Lord George Germain nor George was the brother of the Marquess of Brotherton whose family residence was at manor cross about nine miles from the city the wealth of the family of the Jermaine's was equal to their rank and the circumstances of the family were not made more comfortable by the peculiarities of the present Marquess he was an idle self-indulgent ill-conditioned man who found that it suited his tastes better to live in Italy where his means were ample than on his own property where he would have been comparatively a poor man and he had a mother and four sisters and a brother with whom he would hardly have known how to deal had to remain that manner cross as it was he allowed them to keep the house while he simply took the revenue of the estate with the Marquess I do not know that it will be necessary to trouble the reader much at present the old March Ennis and her daughter's lived always at Manor cross in possession of a fine old house in which they could have entertained half the county and a magnificent park which however was let for grazing up to the garden gates and a modest income unequal to the splendor which should have been displayed by the inhabitants of Manor cross and here also lived Lord George Germain to whom at a very early period of his life had been entrusted the difficult task of living as the head of his family with little or no means for the purpose when the old mark was died very suddenly and soon after the Dean's coming to Brotherton the widow had her jointure some two thousand a year out of the property and the younger children had each a small settled sum that the four ladies Sara Alice Susanna and Amelia should have 16,000 pounds among them did not seem to be so very much amiss to those who knew how poor was that her main family but what was Lord George to do with 4,000 pounds and no means of earning a shilling he had been at Eton and had taken a degree at Oxford with credit but had gone into no profession there was a living in the family and both father and mother had hoped that he would consent to take orders but he had declined to do so and there had seemed to be nothing for him but to come and live at Manor Cross then the old Marquess had died and the elder brother who had long been abroad remained abroad nor George who was the youngest of the family at that time about 5 and 20 remained at Manor cross and became not only ostensibly but in very truth the managing head of the family he was a man whom no one could despise and in whom few could find much to blame in the first place he looked as poverty in the face and told himself that he was a very poor man his bread he might earn by looking after his mother and sisters and he knew no other way in which he could do so he was a just steward spending nothing to gratify his own whims acknowledging in all sides that he had nothing of his own till some began to think that he was almost proud of his poverty among the ladies of the family his mother and sisters it was of course said that George must marry money in such a position there is nothing else that the younger son of a Marquess can do but Lord George was a person somewhat difficult of instruction in such a matter his mother was greatly afraid of him among his sisters Lady Sarah alone dared to say much to him and even to her teaching on this subject he turned on very deaf ear quite so George she said quite so no man with a spark of spirit would marry a woman for her money and she laid great stress on the word for but I do not see why a lady who has money should be less fit to be loved than one who has none miss Barham is a most charming young woman of excellent manners admirably educated if not absolutely handsome quite a distinguished appearance and she has forty thousand pounds we all liked her when she was here but there came a very black frown upon Lord George's brow and then even Lady Sarah did not dare to speak again in favor of miss Barham then there came a terrible blow nor George Germain was in love with his cousin mr. Baron it would be long to tell and perhaps unnecessary how that young lady had made herself feared by the ladies of manner her father a man of birth and fortune but not perhaps with the best reputation in the world had married a Germain of the last generation and lived when in the country about 20 miles from Brotherton he was a good deal on the turf spent much of his time at card playing clubs and was generally known as a fast man but he paid his way had never put himself beyond the pale of society and was of course a gentleman as to Adelaide to Baron no one doubted her – her wit her grace or her toilet some also gave her credit for beauty but there were those who said that though she would behave yourself decently at man across and houses of that class she could be loud elsewhere such was the lady whom Lord George loved and it may be conceived that this passion was distressing to the ladies of matter cross in the first place mr. barons fortune was doubtful and could not be large and then she certainly was not such a wife as lady Brotherton and her daughter's desired for the one male hope of the family but Lord George was very resolute and for a time it seemed to them all that mr. Baron of whom the reader will see much if he go through with our story was not unwilling to share the poverty of her noble lover of Lord George personally something must be said he was a tall handsome dark-browed man silent generally and almost gloomy looking as such men do as though he were always revolving deep things in his mind but revolving in truth things not very deep how far the money would go and whether it would be possible to get a new pair of carriage horses for his mother birth and culture had given to him a look of intellect greater than he possessed but I would not have it thought that he traded on this or endeavor to seem other than he was he was simple conscientious absolutely truthful full of prejudices and weak-minded early in life he had been taught to entertain certain ideas as to religion by those with whom he had lived at college and had therefore refused to become a clergyman the bishop of the diocese had but the week he was obstinate the Dean and he had become friends and so he had learned to think himself in advance of the world but yet he knew himself to be a backward slow unappreciative man he was one who could bear reproach from no one else but who never praised himself even to himself but we must return to his love which is that which now concerns us his mother and sisters altogether failed to persuade him week after week he went over to barons Court and at last threw himself at Adelaide's feet this was five years after his father's death when he was already thirty years old mr. Baron though never a favorite at Manor cross knew intimately the history of the family the present Marquess was over 40 and as yet unmarried but then Lord George was absolutely a pauper in that way she might probably become a march in us but then what use would life be to her should she be doomed for the next twenty years to live simply as one of the ladies of Manor cross she consulted her father but he seemed to be quite indifferent merely reminding her that though he would be ready to do everything handsomely for her wedding she would have no fortune until after his death she consulted her glass and told herself that without self praise she must regard herself as the most beautiful woman of her own acquaintance she consulted her heart and found that in that direction she'd need not trouble herself it would be very nice to be a march in US but she certainly was not in love with Lord George he was handsome no doubt very handsome but she was not sure that she cared much for men being handsome she liked men that had some go in them who were perhaps a little fast and who sympathized with her own desire for amusement she could not bring herself to fall in love with Lord George but then the rank of a Marquess is very high she told Lord George that she must take time to consider when the young lady takes time to consider she has as a rule given way Lord George felt it to be soul and was triumphant the ladies at Manor cross thought that they saw what was coming and were despondent the whole county declared that Lord George was about to marry mr. Baron the county feared that they would be very poor and that recompence would come at last as the present Marquess was known not to be a merry man Lady Sarah was mute with the sparer Lady Alice declared that there was nothing for them but to make the best of it Lady Susannah who had high ideas of aristocratic Duty thought that Lord George was forgetting himself lady Amelia who had been snubbed by mr. Baron shut herself up and wept the March Ennis stuck to her bed then exactly at the same time two things happened both of which were felt to be of vital importance of Manor cross mr. Baron wrote a most determined refusal to her lover and old mr. tala wax died now old mr. Tala wax had been Dean Lovelace's father-in-law and had never had a child but she who had been the Dean's wife nor George did in truth suffered dreadfully there are men to whom such a disappointment as this causes enduring physical pain as though they had become suddenly affected with some acute and yet lasting disease and there are men too who suffer the more because they cannot conceal the pain such a man was Lord George he shut himself up for months at Manor cross and would see no one at first it was his intention to try again but very shortly after the letter to himself came one from mr. Baron to lady Alice declaring that she was about to be married immediately to one mr. Houghton and that closed the matter mr. Houghton sister II was well known to the manor cross family he was a friend of mr. de Baron very rich almost old enough to be the girl's father and a great gambler but he had a house in Berkeley Square kept a stud of horses in Northamptonshire and was much thought of at Newmarket I delayed to Baron explained to Lady Alice that the marriage had been made by her father whose advice she had thought at her duty to take the news was told to Lord George and then it was found expedient never to mention further the name of mr. Baron within the walls of Manor cross but the death of mr. tallow wax was also very important of late the Dean of Brotherton had become very intimate at Manor cross for some years the ladies had been a little afraid of him as they were by no means given to free opinions but he made his way they were decidedly high the bishop was notoriously low and thus in a mild manner without malignity in either side manner cross and the palace fell out their own excellent young theurgy man was snubbed in reference to his church postures and Lady Sarah was offended but the deans manners were perfect he never trod on anyone's toes he was rich and as far as birth went nobody but he knew how much was due to the rank of the Jermaine's in all matters he obliged them and had lately made the Deanery very pleasant lady Alice to whom a widowed cannon that Brotherton was supposed to be partial the interest between the Deanery and manor cross was quite close and now mr. Tala Wok's had died living the greater part of his money to the Dean's daughter when a man suffers from disappointed love he requires consolation Lady Sarah boldly declared her opinion in female Conclave of course that one pretty girl is as good to a man as another and might be a great deal better if she were at the same time better mannered and better dowered than the other Marian Lovelace when her grandfather died was only seventeen Lord George was at that time over thirty but a man of thirty is still a young man and a girl of seventeen maybe a young woman if the man be not more than fifteen years older than the woman the difference of age can hardly be regarded as an obstacle and then Mary was much loved at manor cross she had been a most engaging child was clever well-educated Barry pretty with a nice sparkling way fond of pleasure no doubt but not as yet instructed to be fast and she would have at once 30,000 pounds and in the course of time would be her father's eros all the ladies at Manor cross put their heads together as did also mr. cannon hold enough who while these things had been going on had been accepted by Lady Alice they fooled Lord George to the top of his bent smoothing him down softly amidst the pangs of his love not suggesting Mary Lovelace at first but still in all things acting in that direction and they so far succeeded that within 12 months of the marriage of Adelaide to Baron to mr. Houghton when Mary Lovelace was not yet 19 and Lord George was 33 with some few gray hairs on his handsome head Lord George did go over to the Deanery and offer himself as a husband to marry Lovelace end of chapter 1 chapter 2 of Bezique 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 atany Trollope chapter 2 introductory number 2 what I had to do Papa the proposition was in the first instance made to marry through the Dean Lloyd George had gone to the father and the father with many protestations of personal goodwill had declared that in such a matter he would not attempt to buy as his daughter that the connection would be personally agreeable to myself I need hardly say said the Dean for myself I have no objection to raise but I must leave it to Mary I can only say that you have my permission to address her but the first appeal to Mary was made by her father himself and was so made in conformity with his own advice nor George when he left the Deanery had thus arranged it but had been hardly conscious that the Dean had advised such an arrangement and it may be confessed between ourselves between me and my readers so in these introductory chapters maybe supposed to be looking back together over past things that the Dean was from the first determined the Lord George should be his son-in-law what son-in-law could he find that would redound more to his personal credit her better advances personal comfort as to his daughter where could a safer husband be found and then she might in this way become a march in us his own father had kept livery stables at Bath her other grandfather had been a candle maker in the borough what ought I to do Papa Mary asked when the proposition was first made to her she of course admired the Jermaine's and appreciated at perhaps more than its full value the notice she had received from them she had thought Laura George to be the handsomest man she had ever seen she had heard of his love for mr. baron and had felt for him she was not as yet old enough to know how dull was the house at manor cross for how little of resource she might find that the companionship of such a man as Lord George of her own money she knew almost nothing not as yet had her fortune become as a carcass to the birds and now should she decide in Lord George's favor would she be saved at any rate from that danger he must consult your own feelings my dear said her father she looked up to him in blank dismay she had as yet no feelings but Papa of course my darling there is a great deal to be said in favour of such a marriage the man himself is excellent in all respects excellent I do not know that there is a young man of higher principles than Lord George in the whole county he is hardly a young man papa not a young man he is thirty I hope you do not call that old I doubt whether men in his position of life should ever marry at an earlier age he is not rich would that matter no I think not but of that you must judge of course with your fortune you would have a right to expect a richer match but though he is not money he has much that money gives he lives in a large house with noble surroundings the question is whether you can like him I don't know Papa every word she spoke she uttered hesitatingly when she had asked whether that would matter she had hardly known what she was saying the thing was so important to her and yet so entirely mysterious and has yet unconsidered that she could not collect her thoughts sufficiently for proper answers to her father sensible but not too delicate inquiries the only ideas had really struck her were that he was grand and handsome but very old if you could love him I think he would be happy said the Dean of course you must look at it all around he will probably live to be the Marquess of Brotherton from all that I hear I do not think that his brother is likely to marry in that case you would be the Marchioness of Brotherton and the property though not great would then be handsome in the meanwhile you would be lady George Germain and you would live at man across I should stipulate in your behalf that you should have a house of your own in town for at any rate a portion of the year men are crosses a fine place but you would find it dull if you were to remain there always a married woman too should always have some home of her own you want me to do it papa certainly not I want you to please yourself if I find that you please yourself by accepting this man I myself shall be better pleased then if you please yourself by rejecting him but you shall never know that by my manner I shall not put you in bread and water and lock you up in a garret either if you accept him or fear reject him the Dean smiled as he said this has all the world at Brotherton knew that he had never in his life even scolded his daughter and you papa I shall come and see you and you will come and see me I shall get on well enough I have always known that you would leave me soon I am prepared for that there was something in this which grated on her feelings she had perhaps taught herself to believe that she was indispensable to her father's happiness then after a pause he continued of course you must be ready to see Lord George when he comes again and you ought to remember my dear that Marcus's do not grow on every hedge with great care and cunning workmanship one may almost make a silk purse out of a sow's ear but not quite the care which Dean blob lace had bestowed upon the operation in regard to himself had been very great and the cunning workmanship was to be seen in every plant in every stitch but still there was something left of the coarseness of the original material of all this poor Mary knew nothing at all but yet she did not like being told of Marcos's and hedges where her heart was concerned she had wanted had unconsciously wanted some touch of romance from her father to satisfy the condition in which she found herself but there was no touch of romance there and when she was left to herself to work the matter out in her own heart and in her own mind she was unsatisfied two or three days after this Mary received noticed that her lover was coming the Dean had seen him and had absolutely fixed time to pour Mary this seemed to be most unromantic most unpromising and though she had thought of nothing else since she had first heard of Lord George's intention though she had laid awake struggling to make up her mind she had reached no conclusion it had become quite clear to her that her father was anxious for the marriage and there was much in it which recommended it to herself the old Elam's of the park of manor cross were very tempting she was not indifferent to being called milady though she had been slightly hurt when told that Marquess did not grow on trees still she knew that it would be much to be a March and s and the man himself was good and not only good but very handsome there was a nobility about him beyond that of his family those prone to ridicule might crops have called him werter faced but to Mary there was a sublimity in this but then was she in love with him she was a sweet innocent ladylike high-spirited joyous creature those struggles of her father to get rid of that last porcine taint though not quite successful as to himself had succeeded thoroughly in regard to her it comes at last with due care and the due care had he had been taken she was so nice that middle-aged man wished themselves younger that they might make love to her or older that they might be privileged to kiss her though keenly anxious for amusement though over head and ears and loved with sport and frolic no one wholly thought had ever polluted her mind that men were men and that she was a woman had of course been considered by her oh that it might someday be her privilege to love some man with all her heart and all her strength some man who should be at any rate to her the berry hero a fearless the sign assure of her world it was thus that she considered the matter there could surely be nothing so glorious as being well and loved and the one to be thus worshipped must of course become her husband otherwise would her heart be broken and perhaps his and all would be tragedy but with tragedy she had no sympathy the loved one must become her husband but the pictures she had made to herself of him were not at all like Lord George Germain he was to be fair with laughing eyes quick and repartee always riding well to the hounds she had long to hunt herself but her father had objected he must be sharp enough sometimes to others though ever soft to her with a silken mustache and a dimpled chin and perhaps 24 years old Lord George was dark his eyes never laughed he was silent generally and never went out hunting at all he was dignified and tall very handsome no doubt and alone the grand question was that could she love him could she make another picture and paint him as her hero there were doubtless heroic points in the side wave of that coal-black Locke coal-black where the few gray hairs had not yet shown themselves in his great height and solemn polished manners when her lover came she could only remember that if she accepted him she would please everybody the Dean had taken occasion to assure her that the ladies at Manor cross would receive her with open arms but on this occasion she did not accept him she was very silent hardly able to speak a word and almost sinking out of sight when Lord George endeavored to press his suit by taking her hand but she contrived at last to make him the very answer that a delayed to Baron had made she must take time to think of it but the answer came from her in a different spirit she at any rate knew as soon as it was given that it was her destiny in life to become Lady George Germain she did not say yes at the moment only because it is so hard for a girl to tell a man that she will marry him at the first asking he made his second offer by letter to which the Dean wrote the reply My dear Lord George my daughter is gratified by your affection and flattered by your manner of showing it a few plain words are perhaps the best she will be happy to receive you as her future husband whenever it may suit you to come to the Deanery yours affectionately Henry Lovelace immediately upon this the conduct of Lord George was unexceptionable he hurried over to Brotherton and as he clasped the girl in his arms he told her that he was the happiest man in England poor as he was he made her a handsome present and besought her if she had any mercy any charity and he'd love for him to name an early day then came the four ladies from Manor Cross for lady Alice had already become lady Alice hold enough and caressed her and patted her and petted her and told her that she should be as welcome as flowers in May her father too can grow later with more of enthusiasm and more also AB demonstrated feeling than she had ever before seen him evinced he had been very unwilling he said to express any strong opinion of his own and had always been his desire that his girl should please herself but now that the thing was settled he could assure her of his thorough satisfaction it was all that he could have desired and now he would be ready at any time to lay himself down and be at rest had his girl married a spendthrift Lord even a Duke devoted to pleasure and iniquity it would have broken his heart but he would now confess that the aristocracy of the county had charms for him and he was not ashamed to rejoice that his child should be accepted within their pale then he brushed a real tear from his eyes and Mary threw herself into his arms the tear was real in and all that he said there was not an insincere word it was to him the very glory of glories that his child should be in the way of becoming the marchin as'f Brotherton it was even a greater glory that she should be Lady George Germain the Dean never forgot the livery stable and owned day and night that God had been very good to him it was soon settled that Mary was to get loud three months for preparation and that the marriage was to be solemnized in June of course she had much to do in preparing her wedding garments but she had before her a much more difficult task than that at which she worked most said jealously it was now the great business of her life to fall in love with Lord George she must get rid of that fair young man with the silky moustache and the darling dimple the Solow the sublime and the werter faced must be made to take the place of laughing eyes and pink cheeks she did work very hard and sometimes as she thought successfully she came to a positive conclusion that he was the handsomest man she ever saw and that she certainly liked the few gray hairs that his manner was thoroughly noble no one could dote if he were seen merely walking down the street he would surely be taken for a great man he was one of whom as her husband she could always be proud and that she felt to be a great thing that he would not play lawn tennis and they did not care for writing or points in his character to be regretted indeed though she made some tenderly cautious inquiries she could not find what were his amusements she herself was passionately fond of dancing but he certainly did not dance he talked to her when he did talk chiefly of his family of his own poverty of the goodness of his mother and sisters and of the great regret which they all felt that they should have been deserted by the head of their family he has now been away said Lord George for ten years but not improbably he may return soon and then we shall have to leave Manor cross leave Manor cross of course we must do so should he come home the place belongs to him and we were only there because it has not suited him to reside in England this he said with the utmost solemnity and the statement had been produced by the answer which the Marquess had made to the letter announcing to him his brother's marriage the Marquess had never been a good correspondent to the ladies of the house he never wrote at all though Lady Sarah favoured him with the periodical quarterly letter to his agent and less frequently to his brother he would write to curt questions on business never covering more than one side of a sheet of notepaper and always signed yours be to these the inmates of Manor cross had now become accustomed and little was thought of them but on this occasion he had written three or four complete sentences which had been intended to have and which did have a plain meeting he congratulated his brother but begged Lord George to bear in mind that he himself might not and probably want Manor cross for his own purpose before long if Lord George thought it would be agreeable mr. Knox the agent might have instructions to buy miss Lovelace a present of this latter offer Lord took no notice but the information concerning the house sat gravely on his mind the Dean did exactly as he had said with reference to the house in town of course it was necessary that there should be arrangements as to money between him and Lord George in which he was very frank Mary's money was all her own giving her an income of nearly fifteen hundred pounds per atom the Dean was quite an opinion that this should be left to Lord George's management but he thought it right as Mary's father to stipulate that his daughter should have a home of her own then he suggested a small house in town and expressed an opinion that his daughter should be allowed to live there six months in the year the expense of such a sojourn might be in some degree shared by himself if Florida George would receive him for a month or so in the spring and so the thing was settled Lord George pledging himself that the house should be taken the arrangement was distasteful to him in many ways but it did not seem to be unreasonable and he could not oppose it then came the letter from the Marquess nor George did not consider himself bound to speak of that letter to the Dean but he communicated the threat to Mary Mary thought nothing about it except that her future brother-in-law must be a very strange man during all those three months she strolled very hard to be in love and sometimes she thought that she had succeeded in her little way she studied the man's character and did all she could to ingratiate herself with him walking seemed to be his chief relaxation and she was always ready to walk with him she tried to make herself believe that he was profoundly wise and then when she failed in other things she fell back upon his beauty certainly she had never seen a handsomer face either on a man's shoulders or in a picture and so they were married now I have finished my introduction having married my heroine to my hero and have I hope instructed my reader as to those hundred and twenty incidents of which spoke not to tediously if he will go back and examine he will find that they are all there but perhaps it will be better for us both that he should be in quiet possession of them without any such examination end of chapter 2 chapter three a busy pop 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 Bob Wrigley Charlottesville Virginia USA is he pop and joy by Anthony Trollope chapter three life at Manor cross the married couple past their honeymoon in Ireland lady Brotherton having a brother an Irish peer who lent them for a few months his house on the Blackwater the marriage of course was celebrated in the Cathedral and equally of course the officiating clergymen were the Dean and Canon Holden all on the day before the marriage Lord George was astonished to find how rich a man was his father-in-law Mary's fortune is her own he said but I should like to give her something perhaps I'd better give it to you on her behalf then he shuffled a check for a thousand pounds into Lord George's hands he moreover gave his daughter a hundred pounds and notes on the morning of the wedding and thus acted the part of the benevolent father and father-in-law to a miracle it may be acknowledged here that the receipt of the money removed a heavy weight from Lord George's heart he was himself so poor and at the same time so scrupulous that he had lacked funds sufficient for the usual brightness of a wedding tour he would not take his mother's money nor lessen his own small patrimony but now it seemed that wealth was showered on him from the Deanery perhaps a sojourn in Ireland did as well as anything could towards assisting the young wife and her object of falling in love with her husband he would hardly have been a sympathetic companion in Switzerland or Italy as he did not care for lakes or mountains but Ireland was new to him and new to her and he was glad to have an opportunity of seeing something of a people as to whom so little is really known in England and at Bally Kandra on the water they were justified in feeling a certain interest in the welfare of the tenants around them there was something to be done and something of which they could talk Lord George who couldn't hunt and wouldn't dance and didn't care for mountains could inquire with some zeal how much wages at peasant might earn and what he would do with it when earned get interested him to learn that whereas an English laborer will certainly eat and drink his wages from week to week so that he could not be trusted to pay any sum half yearly an Irish peasant though he be half starving will save his money for the rent and Mary and his instance also cared for these things it was her gift as with many women to be able to care for everything it was perhaps her misfortune that she was apt to care too much for many things the honeymoon in Ireland answered its purpose and Lady George when she came back to Manor cross almost thought that she had succeeded she was at any rate able to assure her father that she had been as happy as the day was long and that he was absolutely perfect this assurance of perfection the Dean no doubt took at its proper value he patted his daughter's cheek as she made it and kissed her and told her that he did not doubt but that with a little care she might make herself a happy woman the house in town had already been taken under his auspices but of course was not to be inhabited yet it was a very small but very pretty little house and a quaint little street called Munster court near stories gate with a couple of windows looking into Santa's Park it was now September and London for the present was out of the question indeed it had been arranged that Lord George and his wife should remain at Manor cross till after Christmas but the house had to be furnished and the Dean evinced his full understanding of the duties of a father-in-law in such an emergency this indeed was so much the case that Lord George became a little uneasy he had the greater part thousand pounds left which he insisted on expending and thought that that should have sufficed but the Dean explained in his most cordial manner and no man's matter could be more cordial than the deans that marries fortune from mr. Tao Novak's had been unexpected that having had but one child he intended to do well by her and that therefore he could now assist in starting her well in life without doing himself a damage the house in this way was decorated and furnished and sundry journeys up to London served to brighten the autumn which might otherwise have been Bill and tedious at this period of her life two things acting together and both acting in opposition to her anticipations of life surprised the young bride not a little the one was her father's manner of conversation with her and the other was her husband's the Dean had never been a stern parent but he had been a clergyman and as a clergyman he had inculcated a certain strictness of life a very modified strictness indeed but something more rigid that might have come from him had he been a lawyer or a country gentleman Mary had learned that he wished her to attend the cathedral services and to interest herself respecting him and she had always done so he had explained to her that although he kept a horse for her to ride he as the Dean of Brotherton did not wish her to be seen in the hunting field in her dress her ornaments her books her parties there had been always something to mark slightly her clerical belongings she had never chafed against this because she loved her father and was naturally obedient but she had felt something perhaps of a soft regret now her father whom she saw very frequently never spoke to her of any duties how should her house be furnished in what way would she lay herself out for London society what enjoyments of life could she best secure these seem to be the matters on which he was most intent it occurred to her that when speaking to her of the house in London he never once asked her what Church she would attend and that when she spoke with pleasure of being so near the Abbey he paid little or no attention to her remark and then too she felt rather than perceived that in his counsels to her he almost intimated that she must have a plan of life different from her husband's there were no such instructions given but it almost seemed as though this were implied he took it for granted that her life was to be gay and bright though he seemed to take it also for granted that Lord George did not wish to be gay and bright all this surprised her but it did not perhaps surprise her so much as the serious view of life which her husband from day to day impressed upon her that hero of her early dreams that man with the light hair in the dimpled chin whom she had not as yet quite forgotten had never scolded her had never spoken a serious word to her and had always been ready to provide her with amusements that never palled but Lord George made out a course of reading for her so much for the two hours after breakfast so much for the hour before dressing so much for the evening and also a table of results to be acquired in three months in six months and so much by the close of the first year and even laid down the sum total of achievements to be produced by a dozen years of such work of course she determined to do as he would have her do the great object of her life was to love him and of course if she really loved him she would comply with his wishes she began her daily hour of Gibbon after breakfast with great zeal but there was present to her an idea that if the Gibbon had come from her father and the instigations to amuse herself from her husband it would have been better these things surprised her but there was another matter that vexed her before she had been 6 weeks at Manor cross he found that the ladies set themselves up as her tutors it was not the Marchioness who offended her so much as heard three sisters-in-law the one of the family whom she had always liked best had been also liked the best by mr. holder now and had gone to live next door to her father at the close Lady Alice though perhaps a little tiresome was always gentle and good-natured her mother-in-law was too much in awe of her own eldest daughter ever to scold anyone but Lady Sarah could be very severe and Lady Susannah could be very stiff and Lady Amelia always react owed what her elder sister said Lady Sarah was by far the worst she was 40 years old and looked as though she were 50 and wished to be thought 60 that she wasn't truth very good no one either at Manor cross or in Brotherton or in any of the parishes around ever doubted she knew every poor woman on the estate and had a finger in the making of almost every petticoat worn she spent next to nothing on herself giving away almost all her own little income she went to church whatever was the weather she was never idle and never wanted to be amused the place in the carriage which would naturally have been hers she had always surrendered to one of her sisters when there had been five ladies at mater cross and now she surrendered again to her brother's wife she spent hours daily in the parish school she was doctor and surgeon to the poor people never sparing herself but she was harsh looking had a harsh voice and was dictatorial the poor people had become used to her and liked her ways the women knew that her stitches never gave way and the men had a wholesome confidence in her medicines her plasters and her cookery but Lady George Tremaine did not see by what right she was to be made subject to her sister-in-law's jurisdiction Church matters did not go quite on all fours and matter cross the ladies as has before been said were all high the Marchioness being the least exigent in that particular and Lady Amelia the most so ritual indeed was the one point of interest in lady Amelia's life among them there was a scent enough for daily comfort but Lord George was in this respect and in this respect only a trouble to them he never declared himself openly but it seemed to them that he did not care much about church at all he would generally go of a Sunday morning but there was a conviction that he did so chiefly to oblige his mother nothing was ever said of this there was probably present to the ladies some feeling not uncommon that religion is not so necessary for men as for women but lady George was a woman and Lady George was also the daughter of a clergyman there was now a double connection between manor cross and the close at Brotherton mr. Kanin holder now who was an older man than the Dean and had been longer known in the diocese was a most unexceptional clergyman rather high leaning towards the high and dry very dignified and quite as big a man and Brotherton as the Dean himself the Dean was indeed the Dean but mr. Haldeman was uncle to a baronet and the holding house had been holding house when the Conqueror came and then he also had a private income of his own now all this gave to the ladies at Manor cross it peculiar right to be great in church matters so that Lady Sarah was able to speak with much authority to Mary when she found that the bride though a Dean's daughter would only go to two services a week and would shirk one of them if the weather gave the slightest coloring of excuse you used to like the cathedral services Lady Sarah said to her one day when Mary had declined to go to the parish churches to sing the praises of sent processes that was because they were cathedral services said Mary you mean to say that you attended the house of God because the music was good Mary had not thought the subject over sufficiently to be unable to say that good music supplied with the object of drawing large congregations so she only shrugged her shoulders I too like good music dear but I do not think the want of it should keep me from church Mary again shrugged her shoulders remembering as she did so that her sister-in-law did not know one tune from another lady Alice was the only one of the family who had ever studied music even your Papa goes on Saints days continued Lady Sarah conveying a sneer against the Dean by that word even Papa's Dean I suppose he has to go he would not go to church I suppose unless he approved of going the subject then dropped Lady George had not yet arrived at that sort of snarling home intimacy which would have justified her and telling Lady Sarah that if she wanted a lesson at all she would prefer to take it from her husband the poor woman's petticoats were another source of trouble before the autumn was over by the end of October when Mary had been two months at mater cross she had been got to acknowledge that ladies living in the country should employ a part of their time in making clothes for the poor people and she very soon learned to regret the acknowledgment she was quickly driven into a corner by an assertion from Lady Sarah that such being the case the time to be so employed should be defined she had intended to make something perhaps an entire petticoat at some future time but Lady Sarah was not going to put up with conduct such as that Mary had acknowledged her duty did she mean to perform it or to neglect it she made one petticoat and then gently appealed to her husband did not he think that petticoats could be bought cheaper than they could be made he figured it out and found that his wife could earn three halfpence a day by two hours work and even Lady Sarah did not require from her more than two hours daily was it worthwhile that she should be made miserable for 9 pence a week less than 2 pounds a year lady George figured it out also and offered the exact sum one pound 19 shillings to Lady Sarah in order that she might be let off for the first 12 months then lady Sarah was full of wrath was that the spirit in which offerings were to be made to the Lord Mary was asked with stern indignation whether in bestowing the work of her hands upon the people whether in the very fact that she was doing for the poor that which was distasteful to herself she did not recognize the performance of a duty Mary considered a while and then said that she thought a petticoat was a petticoat and that perhaps the one made by the regular petticoat maker would be the best she did not honor to the grand doctrine or the division of labor nor did she hint that she might be doing more harm than good by interfering with regular trade because she had not studied those matters but that was the line of her argument Lady Sarah told her that her heart and that matter was as hard as another millstone the young wife not liking this withdrew and again appealed to her husband his mind was divided on the subject he was clearly of opinion that the petticoat should be obtained in the cheapest market but he doubted much about that three halfpence in two hours it might be that his wife could not do better at present but experience would come and in that case she would be obtaining experience as well as earning three halfpence and moreover petticoats made it matter cross would he thought undoubtedly be better than any that could be bought he came however to no final decision and mary find yourself every morning sitting in a great petticoat conclave hardly had an alternative but to join it it was not in any spirit of complaint that she spoke on the subject to her father as the winter came on a certain old Miss Tana wax had come to the Deanery and it had been thought proper that lady George should spend a day or two there mr. Lomax also had money of her own and even still owned a share of the business and the Dean had pointed out both to Lord George and his wife that it would be well that they should be civil to her Lord George was to come on the last day and dine and sleep at the Deanery on this occasion when the Dean and his daughter were alone together she said something in a playful way about the great petticoat contest don't you let those old ladies sit upon you said the Dean he smiled as he spoke but his daughter well knew from his tone but he meant his advice to be taken as seriously of course papa I'd like to accommodate myself to them as much as I can but you can't my dear your manner of life can't be their manner nor there's yours I should have thought that George would see that he didn't take their part you know of course he didn't as a married woman you were entitled to have your own way unless he should wish it otherwise I don't want to make this matter serious but if it is pressed tell them that you do not care to spend your time in that way they cling to old fashions that is natural enough but it is absurd to suppose that they should make you as old fashioned as themselves he had taken the matter up quite seriously and had given his daughter advice evidently with the intention that she should profit by it that which he had said as to her being a married woman struck her forcibly no doubt these ladies at Manor cross were her superiors in birth but she was their brother's wife and as a married woman had rights of her own a little spirit of rebellion already began to Kindle itself within her bosom but in if there was nothing of mutiny against her husband if he were to desire her to make petticoats all day of course she would make them but in this contest he had been as it were a neutral and had certainly given her no orders she thought a good deal about it while at the Deanery and her mind that she would sit in the petticoat conclave no longer it could not be her duty to pass her time in an employment in which a poor woman might with difficulty earn sixpence a day surely she might do better with her time than that even though she should spend it all in reading Gibbon end of chapter 3 chapter 4 of Missy pop 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 Bob Strictly Charlottesville Virginia USA is he popping joy by Anthony Trollope chapter 4 at the Deanery there was a dinner party at the Deanery during mist Hollow axes sojourn had Brotherton mr. cannon Holden Ella and Lady Alice were there the bishop and his wife had been asked a ceremony which was gone through once a year but had been debarred from accepting the invitation by the presence of clerical guests at the palace but his Lordships chaplain mr. gross suit was present mr. gross shoot also held an honorary prebendal stall and was one of the chapter a thorn sometimes in the deans side but appearances were well kept up at Brotherton and no one was more anxious that things should be done in a seeming way than the Dean therefore mr. gross suit who was a very low churchmen and had once been a Jew but who bore a very high character for theological area Edition was asked to the Deanery there was also one or two other clergymen there with their wives and mr. and mrs. Hooton mrs. Hooton it will be remembered was the beautiful woman who had refused to become the wife of Lord George Germain before taking the step the Dean had been careful to learn whether his son-in-law checked to meet the Houten's such objection would have been foolish as the families had all known each other both mr. de baron mrs. Houten's father and mr. putin himself had been intimate with the late marquis and had been friends of the present lord before he had quitted the country a lady when she refuses a gentleman gives no cause of quarrel all this the Dean understood and as he himself had known both mr. Hooton and mr. de Baron ever since he came to Brotherton he thought it better that there should be such a meeting Lord George blushed up to the roots of his hair and then said that he should be very glad to meet the gentleman and his wife the two young Brides had known each other as girls and now met with at any rate an appearance of friendship my dear said mrs. Hooton who was about four years the elder of course I know all about it and so do you you are an heiress and could afford to please yourself I had nothing of my own and should have had to pass all my time at mater cross are you surprised why should I be surprised said Lady George who was however very much surprised at this address well you know he is the handsomest man in England everybody allows that and then such a family and such possibilities I was very much flattered of course he had not seen you then or only seen you as a child or I shouldn't have had a chance it is a great deal better as it is isn't it I think so certainly I am so glad to hear that you have a house in town we grew up about the 1st of April when the hunting is over mr. Hooton does not ride much but he hunts a great deal we live in Berkeley Square you know and I do so hope we shall see ever so much of you I'm sure I hope so too said Lady George who had never had to have been very fond of mr. Baron and had entertained a vague idea that she ought to be a little afraid of mrs. Hooton but when her father's guest was so civil to her she did not know how to be either than civil in return there's no reason why what has passed should make any awkwardness is there no said lady George feeling that she almost blushed at the allusion to so delicate a subject of course not why should their Lord George will soon get used to me just as if nothing had happened and I shall always be ever so fond of him in a way you know there shall be nothing to make you jealous I'm not a bit afraid of that said Lady George almost too earnestly you need not be I'm sure not but what I do think he was at one time very very much attached to me but it couldn't be and what's the good of thinking of such a thing when it can't be I don't pretend to be very virtuous and unlike money now mr. Putin had in your right has got a large income if I had had your fortune at my own command I don't say what I might not have done Lady George almost felt that she ought to be offended by all this almost felt that she was disgusted but at the same time she did not quite understand it her father had made a point of asking the Houten's and had told her that of course she would know the Houten's up in town she had an idea that she was very ignorant of the ways of life but that now it would behoove her as a married woman to learn those ways perhaps the free and easy mode of talking was the right thing she did not like being told by another lady that that other lady would have married her own husband only that he was a farmer and the offence of all this seemed to be the greater because it was also recent she didn't like being told that she was not to be jealous especially when she remembered that her husband had been desperately in love with a lady who told her so not many months ago but she was not jealous and was quite sure she never would be Joss and perhaps it did not matter all this had occurred in the drawing-room before dinner then mr. Hooton came up to her telling her that he had been commissioned by the Dean to have the honor of taking her down to dinner having made his little speech mr. gutten retired as gentleman generally do retire when in that position be as nice as you and to him said mrs. Haughton he hasn't much to say for himself but he doesn't have a bad fellow and a pretty woman like you can do what she likes with him Lady George as she went down to dinner assured herself that she had no slightest wish to take any unfair advantage of mr. Hooton Lord George had taken down mist Alouettes the Dean having been very wise in this matter and miss Tyler wax was in a seventh heaven of happiness miss Tyler wax though she had made no promises was quite prepared to do great things for her noble connections if her noble connections would treat her properly she had already made half a dozen wills and was quite ready to make another if Lord George would be civil to her the Dean was in his heart a little ashamed of his aunt but he was man enough to be able to bear her eccentricities without showing his vexation and sufficiently wise to know that more was to be won then lost by the relationship the best woman in the world he had said to Lord George beforehand speaking of his aunt but of course you will remember that she was not brought up as a lady Lord George with stately urbanity had signified his intention of treating missed halliwax with every consideration she has thirty thousand pounds at her own disposal continued the Dean I have never said a word to her about money but upon my honor I think she likes Mary better than anyone else it's worth bearing in mind you know Lord George smiled again in a stately manner perhaps showing something of displeasure and his smile but nevertheless he was well aware that it was worth his while to bear missed halliwax and her money in his mind My Lord said mr. Novak's I hope you will allow me to say how much honoured we all feel by Mary's proud position Lord George bowed and smiled and led the lady into the Deanery dining room word should not come easily to him and he hardly knew how to answer the lady of course it's a great thing for people such as us continue miss Tyler wax to be connected with the family of a marquise again Lord George bound this was very bad indeed a great deal worse than he had anticipated from the art of so courtly a man as his father-in-law the Dean the lady looked to be about 16 very small very healthy with streaky red cheeks small gray eyes at a brown front then came upon him an idea that it would be a very long time before the 30 thousand pounds or any part of it would come to him and then there came to him another idea that as he had married the Dean's daughter it was his duty to behave well to the dean's aunt even though the money should never come to him he therefore told mr. Novak's that his mother hoped to have the pleasure of seeing her at manor cross before she left Brotherton missed a love acts almost got out of her seat as she curtsied with her head and shoulders to this proposition the Dean was a very good man at the head of his own dinner table and the party went off pleasantly in spite of sundry attempts at clerical pugnacity made by mr. grosse shoot every man and every beast has his own weapon the wolf fights with his tooth the bull with his horn and mr. gross should always fought with his mission so taut by inner instinct the bishop according to mr. grouse shoot was inclined to think that this and that might be done that such a change might be advantageous li made in reference to certain clerical meetings and that the hilarity of the diocese might be enhanced by certain evangelical festivities these remarks were generally addressed to mr. cannon Holden how who made almost no reply to them but the Dean was on each occasion prepared with some civil answer which while it was an answer which still seemed to change the conversation it was a law and the close that bishop barton should be never allowed to interfere with the affairs of Brotherton cathedral and if not the bishop certainly not the Bishop's chaplain though the Canon and the Dean did not go all together on all fours in reference to clerical Affairs generally they were both agreed on this point but the chaplain who knew the condition of affairs as well as they did thought the law a bad law and was determined to abolish it it certainly would be very pleasant mr. Holden now if we could have such a meeting within the confines of the close I don't mean today and I don't mean tomorrow but we might think of it the bishop who has the greatest love for the cathedral services is very much of that mind I do not know that I care very much for any out of door gatherings said the Canon but why out of doors asked the chaplain whatever meeting there is to be in the close will I hope be held in the Deanery said the Dean but of all meetings I must say that I like meetings such as this the best Jermaine will you pass the bottle when they were alone together he always called his son-in-law George but in company he dropped the more familiar name mr. de baron mrs. Houten's father liked his joke sporting man he said always go to a meet and clerical man to a meeting what's the difference a good deal if it ascends the color of the coat said the Dean the one is always undercover said the Canon the other I believe is generally held out of doors there is I fancy a considerable resemblance in the energy of those who are brought together said the chaplain but clergyman ain't allowed to haunt are they said Mr Hooton who as usual was a little in the dark as to the subject under consideration what's to prevent them last the Canon who had never been out hunting in his life and who certainly would have advised a young clergyman to abstain from the sport but in asking the question he was unable to strike a sidelong blow at the objectionable of chaplain by seeming to question the bishops authority their own conscience I should hope said the chaplain solemnly thereby carrying the blow successfully I'm very glad then said Mr Hooton that I didn't go into the church to be thought a real hunting man was the great object of mr. Putin's ambition I'm afraid you would hardly if suited us Hooten said the Dean come shall we go up to the ladies in the drawing-room after a little while Lord George found himself seated next to mrs. Mouton Adelaide de Baron as she had been when he had in vain at her feet how it had come to pass that he was sitting there he did not know but he was quite sure that it had come to pass by no arrangement contrive by himself he had looked at her once since he had been in the room almost blushing as he did so and had told himself that she was certainly very beautiful he almost thought that she was more beautiful than his wife but he knew in you now that her beauty and her manners were not as well suited to him as those of the sweet creature whom he had married and now he was once more seated close to her and it was incumbent on him to speak to her I hope she said almost in a whisper but still not seeming to whisper that we have both become very happy since we met last I hope so indeed said he there cannot at least be any doubt as to you Lord George I never knew a sweeter young girl than marry loveless so pretty so innocent and so enthusiastic I am but a poor worldly creature compared to her she is all that you say mrs. Hooton Lord George also was displeased more thoroughly displeased than had been his wife but he did not know how to show his displeasure and though he felt it he still felt also the old influence of the woman's beauty I am so delighted to have heard that you have got a house in Munster Court I hope that Lady George and I may be fast friends indeed I won't call her lady George for she was married to me before we either of us thought of getting husbands for ourselves this was not strictly true but if that Lord George could know nothing and I do hope may I hope that you will call on me certainly I will do so it won't add so much to the happiness of my life if you will allow me to feel that all that is common God has not broken the friendship between us certainly not said Lord George the lady had been said all that she had got to say and changed her position as silently as she had occupied it there was no abruptness of motion and yet Lord George saw her talking to her husband at the other side of the room almost while his own words was still sounding in his own ears then he watched her for the next few minutes certainly she was very beautiful there was no room for comparison they were so unlike otherwise he would have been disposed to say that Adelaide was the more beautiful but Adelaide certainly would not have suited the air of Manor Cross or have associated well with Lady Sarah on the next day the Marchioness and Lady Susannah and Amelia drove over to the Deanery in great state to call on mist Alouettes and to take Lady George back to Manor cross mr. Lomax enjoyed the company of the Martian as greatly she had never seen a lady of that rank before only think how I must feel she said to her niece that morning high that never spoke to anyone above a baronet's lady in my life I don't think you'll find much difference said Mary you're used to it you're one of them yourself you're above a baronet's lady ain't you my dear I've hardly looked into all of that as yet and there must certainly have been a little fib in this or the Dean's daughter must have been very much unlike other young ladies I suppose I ought to be afraid of you my dear only you are so nice and so pretty and as for Lord George he was quite condescending lady George knew that praise was intended and therefore made no objection to the otherwise objectionable epithet the visit of the marsh shyness was passed over with the less disturbance to miss halliwax because it was arranged that she was to be taken over to lunch at mater cross on the following day Lord George had said a word and Lady Sarah had consented though as a rule Lady Sarah did not like the company of vulgar people the peasants of the parish down to the very poorest of the poor were her daily companions with them she would spend hours feeling no inconvenience from their language or habits but she did not like gentle folk who were not gentle and days now long gone by she had only assented to the Dean because Holy Orders are supposed to make a gentleman for she would acknowledge a bishop to be as grand and nobleman as any though he might have been born the son of a butcher but nobility and gentry cannot travel backwards and she had been in doubt about mr. Lomax but even with the lady Sara a feeling has made its way which teaches them to know that they must submit to some changes the thing was to be regretted but Lady Sarah knew that she was not strong enough to stand quite alone you know she is very rich the marsh Ines had said in a whisper and if Brotherton marries your poor brother will want it so badly that ought not to make any difference mama said lady Sara whether it did make any difference or not lady Sara herself probably hardly knew but she did consent to the asking of Miss hollow axe to lunch at mater cross end of chapter 4 chapter 5 of is he pop and joy this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or its a volunteer please visit librivox.org is he pop and joy by Anthony Trollope chapter 5 miss Tala wax has shown the house the Dean took his aunt over two men across in his Brougham the Dean's broom was the neatest carriage in Brotherton very much more so than the Bishop's family carriage it was no doubt generally to be seen with only one horse and neither the bishop or mrs. Barton ever stirred without – but then one horse is enough for town work and that one horse could lift his legs and make himself conspicuous in a manner of which the bishops rather sorry Jade's knew nothing on this occasion as a journey was long there were two horses hired but nevertheless the broom looks very well as it came up the long manner cross avenue miss tallow wax became rather frightened as she drew near to the scene of her coming grandeur Henry she said to her nephew they will think so little of me my dear aunt replied the Dean in these days a lady who has of money of her own can hold her head up anywhere the dear old Marchioness will think quite as much of you as you do of her what perhaps struck miss halliwax most at the first moment was the plainness of the ladies dresses she herself was rather gorgeous in a shot silk gown and a fashionable bonnet crowded with flowers she had been ashamed of the splendor of the article as she put it on and yet had been ashamed also of her ordinary daily headgear but when she saw the Marchioness and especially when she saw Lady Sarah who was altogether strange to her she wished that she had come in her customary black gown she had heard something about Lady Sarah from her niece and had conceived an idea that Lady Sarah was the dragon of the family but when she saw a little woman looking almost as old as herself though in truth the one might have been the other's mother dressed in an old brown merino with the slightest morsel of white collar to be seen round her neck she began to hope that the dragon would not be very fierce I hope you like Brotherton miss halliwax said Lady Sarah I think I have heard that you were here once before I like Brotherton very much my lady Lady Sarah smiled as graciously as she knew how I came when they first meet Henry Dean a long time ago now it seems but he had then not had the honor of knowing your mama or the family it wasn't long before we did know him said the Marchioness then Miss halliwax turned round and again curtsied with her head and shoulders the Dean at this moment was not in the room having been withdrawn from the ladies by his son-in-law at the front door but his luncheon was announced the two men came in Lord George gave his arm to his wife's great aunt Imogene followed with the Marchioness I really am the most ashamed to walk out before her ladyship said Miss halliwax with a slight attempt at laughing at her own ignorance but Lord George rarely laughed and anything and certainly did not know how to treat pleasantly such a subject as this it's quite customary he said very gravely the lunch was much more chilly to masala wax and had been the dinner at the Deanery though she was ignorant ignorant any rate of the ways of such people as those with whom she was now consorting she was by no means a stupid old woman she was soon able to perceive that in spite of the old merino gown it was Lady Sarah spirit that quelled them all at first there was very little conversation Lord George did not speak a word the Marchioness never exerted herself poor Mary was cowed and unhappy the Dean made one or two little efforts but without much success Lady Sarah was intense upon her mutton chop which she finished to the last shred it over and over in her plate so that it should be economically disposed of looking at it very closely because she was short-sighted but when the mutton chop had finally done its duty she looked up from her plate and gave evident signs that she intended to take upon herself the weight of the conversation all the subsequent ceremonies of the lunch itself the little tarts and the jelly and the custard pudding she despised altogether regarding them as wicked additions one pudding after dinner she would have allowed but nothing more of that sort it might be all very well for part of a new millionaires to have two grand dinners a day but it could not be necessary that the germain should live in that way even when the Dean of Brotherton and his aunt came to lunch with them I hope you like this part of the country miss halliwax she said as soon as she had deposited her knife and fork over the bone man across is quite splendid my lady said miss halliwax it is an old house and we shall have great pleasure in showing you what the people call the staterooms we never use them of course you know the house belongs to my brother and we only live here because it suits him to stay in Italy that's the young Marquis my lady yes my elder brother is Marquis of Brotherton but I cannot say that he is very young he's two years my senior and ten years older than George but I think he's not married yet asked miss tallow asked the question was felt to be disagreeable by them poor Mary could not keep herself from blushing as she remembered how much to her might depend on this question of her brother-in-law's marriage Lord George felt that the old lady was inquiring what chance there might be that her grand niece should ever become a Marchioness old lady Brotherton who had always been anxious that her elder son should marry felt uncomfortable as did also the Dean conscious that all there must be conscious how important must be the matter to him no said Lady Sarah with stately gravity my elder brother is not yet married if you would like to see the room since tallow wax I shall have pleasure in showing you the way the Dean had seen the rooms before and remained with the old lady Lord George who thought very much of everything affecting his own family joined the party and Mary felt herself compelled to follow her husband and her aunt the two younger sisters also accompanied Lady Sarah this is the room in which Queen Elizabeth slept said Lady Sarah entering a large chamber on the ground floor in which there was a four-post bedstead almost as high as the ceiling and looking as though no human body had profaned it for the last three centuries dear me said miss thailer wax almost afraid suppress such sacred boards with her feet clean Elizabeth did she really know some people say she never did actually come to Manor cross at all said the conscientious Lady Amelia but there is no doubt that the room was prepared for her laws said Miss tallow ax who began to be less afraid of distant royalty now that a doubt was cast on its absolute presence examining the evidence as closely as we can said Lady Sarah with a savage glance at her sister I'm inclined to think that she certainly did come we know that she was at Brotherton in 1582 and there exists the letter in which Sir Humphry Germain as he was then is desired to prepare rooms for her I myself have no doubt on the subject after all it does not make much difference said Mary I think it makes all the difference in the world said ladies who Zana that piece of furniture will always be sacred to me because I believe it did once afford rest and sleep to the gracious majesty of England it do make a difference certainly Sedna stylo acts looking at the bed with all her eyes does anybody ever go to bed here now nobody ever said Lady Sarah now we will go through to the great dining hall that's the portrait of the first Earl painted by Nellore said Lady Amelia proudly Oh indeed said missed a low wax there is some doubt as to that said Lady Sarah I have found out that sir Godfrey Nellore was only born in 1648 and as the first Earl died a year or two after the restoration I don't know that he could have done it it was always said that it was painted by Nellore said Lady Amelia there has been a mistake I fear said Lady Sarah Oh indeed said missed a low axe looking up with intense admiration at a very ill drawn old gentleman and armour then they entered the state dining room or Hall and missed a low wax was informed that the room had not been used for any purpose whatever for very many years and such a beautiful room said Miss Tyler wax with much regret the fact is I believe that the chimney smokes horribly said Lord George I never remember a fire here said Lady Sarah and very cold weather we have a portable stove brought in just to preserve the furniture this is called the old ballroom dear me ejaculated mr. wax looking round at the faded yellow hangings we did have a ball here once said lady Amelia when Brotherton came of age I can just remember it has it never been used since the Acts Mary never said Lady Sarah sometimes when it's rainy we walk up and down for exercise it is a fine old house but I often wish that it were smaller I don't think people want rooms of this sort now as much as they used to do perhaps a time may come when my brother will make man across gay again but it is not very gay now I think that is all miss Tyler wax it's very fine very fine indeed send miss Holloway shivering then they all troops back into the morning-room which they used for their daily life the old lady when she had got back into the braum with her nephew the Dean was able to express her mind freely I wouldn't live in that house Henry not if they was to give it me for nothing they'd have to give you something to keep it up with and not then neither of course it's all very well having a bed that Queen Elizabeth slept in or it didn't sleep in I teach myself to believe she did but dear me but isn't everything it nearly gave me the horrors to look at it room after room room after room and nobody living in any of them people can't live in more than a certain number of rooms at once aunt then what's the use of having them and don't you think for the daughters of a Marchioness they are all a little what you'd call Doughty they don't go and for dress much why my Jemima at home when the dirty work is done is twice smarter than Lady Sarah and Henry don't you think they're a little hard upon Mary hard upon her how the Dean had listened to the old woman's previous criticisms with a smile but now he was interested and turned sharply round to her how hard moping her up there among themselves and it seemed to me they snubbed her whenever she spoke the Dean had not wanted his aunts observations to make him feel this the tone of every syllable addressed to his girl had caught his ear he had been pleased to marry her into so good a family he had been delighted to think that by means of his prosperity in the world his father's granddaughter might probably become a PRS but he certainly had not intended that even for such a reward as that his daughter should become submissive to the old maids at Manor Cross for seeing something of this he had stipulated that she should not have a house of her own in London but half her time would probably be spent in the country and with reference to that half of her time it would be necessary that she should be made to understand that as the wife of Lord George she was in no fact inferior to his sisters and that in some respect she was their superior I don't see the good of living in a big house considering missed halliwax if all the time everything is to be as dull as dull they are older than she is you now poor little dear I always did say that young folks should have young folk about them of course it's a great thing for her to have a lord for her husband but he looks the most too old himself for such a pretty darling as your Mary he's only 33 it's in the looks I suppose because he's so grand but it's that Lady Sarah puzzles me it isn't in her looks and yet she has it all her in own way well I like going there and I'm glad I've been but I don't know as I shall ever want to go again then there was silence for some time but as the Brougham was driven into Brotherton mist halliwax spoke again I don't suppose an old woman like me can ever be of any use and you'll always be at hand to look after her but if ever she should want an outing just to raise her spirits old as I am I think I could make it brighter for her than it is there the Dean took her hand and pressed it and then there was no more said when the bran was driven away Lord George took his wife for a walk in the park she was still struggling hard to be in love with him never owning failure to herself and sometimes assuring herself that she had succeeded altogether now when he asked her to come with him she put on her hat joyfully and joined her hands over his arm as she walked away with him into the shrubbery she's a wonderful old woman is not she George not very wonderful of course you think she's vulgar I didn't say so no you're too good to say so because she's Papa's on but she's very good don't you think she's very good I dare say she is I don't know that I run into superlatives it's quite so much as you do she has brought me such a handsome present I could not show it you before them all just now and it only came down from London this morning she did not say a word about it before look here then she slipped her glove off and showed him a diamond ring you should not wear that out of doors I only put it on to show you wasn't it good of her young people of rank ought to wear nice things she said as she gave it to me wasn't it an odd thing for her to say and yet I understood her Lord George frowned thinking that he also understood the old woman's words and reminding himself that the ladies of rank at Manor Cross never did wear nice things don't you think it was nice of course she is entitled to make you a present if she pleases it pleased me George I dare say and as it doesn't displease me all as well you however have quite sense enough to understand that in this house Morris thought of of he would have said blood but that he did not wish to hurt her Morris thought of personal good conduct than of rings and jewels rings and jewels and personal conduct may go together may and day of course they may and very often do you won't think my personal conduct will be injured because I wear my aunts ring when Lord George made his allusion to personal conduct one of her two hands dropped from his arm and now as she repeated the words there was a little sting of sarcasm in her voice I was intending to answer your aunt's opinion that young people ought to wear nice things no doubt there is at present a great rage for which ornaments and costly dress and it was of these she was thinking when she spoke of nice things when I spoke of personal conduct being more thought of here I intended to imply that you had come into a family not given two rich ornaments and costly dress my sisters feel that their portion in this world is a short to them without such outward badges and wish that you should share the feeling this was a regular sermon and to Mary's thinking was very disagreeable and not at deserved did her husband really mean to tell her that because his sisters chose to dress themselves down in the country like Doughty old maids whom the world had deserted she was to do the same up in London the injustice of this on all sides struck home to her at the moment they were old and she was young they were plain she was pretty they were poor she was rich they didn't feel any wish to make themselves what she called nice she did feel a very strong wish in that direction they were old mains she was a young bride and then what right had they to domineer over her and to send word to her through her husband of their wishes as to her manner of dressing she said nothing at the moment but she became red and began to feel that she had power within her to rebel at any rate against her sisters-in-law there was silence for a moment or so and then Laura George reverted to the subject I hope you can sympathize with my sisters he said he had felt that the hands had been dropped and he understood something of the reason she wished to rebel against them but by no means wish to oppose him she was aware as though by instinct that her life would be very bad indeed should she fail to sympathise with him it was still the all paramount desire of her heart to be in love with him but she cannot bring herself to say that she sympathized with them in this direct attack that was made on her own mode of thought of course they are a little older than I am she said hoping to get out of the difficulty and therefore the more entitled to consideration I think you will own that they must know what is and what is not becoming to a lady do you mean said she hardly able to choke a rising sob that they have anything to find fault within me I have said nothing as to finding fault Mary do they think that I do not dress as I ought to do why should you ask such a question as that I don't know what else I am to understand George of course I will do anything that you tell me if you wish me to make any change I will make it but I hope they won't send me messages through you I thought you would have been glad to know that they interested themselves about you and answer to this Mary pouted but her husband did not see the pout of course they are anxious that you should become one of them we are a very United family I do not speak now of my elder brother who was in a great measure separated from us and is of a different nature but my mother my sisters and I have very many opinions in common we live together and have the same way of thinking our rank is high at our means are small but to me blood is much more than wealth we acknowledge however that rank to man's many sacrifices and my sister's endeavor to make those sacrifices most conscientiously a woman more thoroughly devoted to good works and Sarah I have never even read of if you will believe this you will understand what they mean and what I mean when we say that here at manor cross we think more of personal conduct than of rings and jewels you wish Mary to be one of us do you not she paused for a moment and then she answered I wish to be always one with you he almost wanted to be angry at this but it was impossible to be one with me dearest he said you must be one also with them I cannot love them as I do you George that I am sure is not the meaning of being married then she thought of it all steadily for a minute and after that made a further speech and I don't think I can quite dress like them I am sure you would not like it if I did as she said this she put her second hands back upon his arm he said nothing further on the subject so he had brought her back to the house walking along by her side almost mutes not quite knowing whether he ought to be offended with her or to take her part it was true that he would not have liked her to look like Lady Sarah but he would have liked her to make some approach in that direction sufficient to show submit he was already beginning to fear the absence of all control which would befall his young wife and that London life to which she was to be so soon introduced and was meditating whether he could not induce one of his sisters to accompany them as to Sarah he was almost helpless Amelia would be of little or no service though she would be more likely to ingratiate herself with his wife than the others Susanna was less strong than Sarah unless viable then Amelia and then how would it be if Mary were to declare that she would rather begin the campaign without any of them the young wife as soon as she found herself alone in her own bedroom sat down and resolved that she would never allow herself to be dominated by her husband sisters she would be submissive to him in all things but his authority should not be delegated to them end of chapter 5

Michael Martin

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