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chapter 35 of isie 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 recorded by Nicholas Clifford is he Pope enjoy by Anthony Trollope chapter 35 I deny it during the whole of that night Lord George lacy furring from his troubles and his wife lay thinking about them so the matter affected her future life almost more materially than his she had the better courage to maintain her and a more sustained conviction it might be that she would have to leave her home and go back to the Deanery and in that there would be utter ruin to her happiness let the result however be as it would she could never own herself to have been one tittle astray and she was quite sure that her father would support her in that position the old who watch Shalem feeling was strong within her she would do anything she could for her husband short of admitting by any faintest concession that she had been wrong in reference to captain de baron she would talk to him coax him implore him reason with him forgive him love him caress him she would try to be gentle with him this coming morning but if he were obdurate and blaming her she would stand on her own innocence and fight to the last gasp he was supported by no such spirit of pugnacity he felt it to be his duty to withdraw his wife from the evil influence of this man's attractions but felt at the same time that he might possibly lack the strength to do so and then what is the good of withdrawing a wife if the wife thinks that she ought not to be withdrawn there were sins as to which there was no satisfaction in visiting the results with penalties the sin is in the mind or in the heart and is complete in its enormity even though there be no result he was miserable because she had not had once acknowledged that she never ought to see this man again as soon as she had heard the horrors which her husband had told her George she said to him at breakfast the next morning do not let us go on in this way together in what way not speaking to each other condemning each other I have not condemned you and I don't know why you should condemn me because I think that you suspect me without a cause I only tell you what people say if people told me bad things of you George that you were this or that of the other should I believe them a woman's name is everything then do you protect my name but I deny it her name should be as nothing when compared to her conduct I don't like to be evil spoken of but I can bear that or anything else if you do not think evil of me you and papa this reference to her father brought back the black cloud which her previous words intended to dispel tell me that you do not suspect me I never said that I suspected you of anything say that you were sure that in regard to this man I never said or did or thought anything that was wrong come George have I not a right to expect that from you she had come around the table and was standing over him touching his shoulder even then it would be better that you should go away from him no I say that it would be better Mary and I say that it would be worse much worse what will you bid your wife makes so much of any man is to run away from him will you let the world say that you think I cannot be safe in his company I will not consent to that George the running away shall not be mine of course you can take me away if you please but I shall feel well you know what I shall feel I told you last night what do you want me to do he asked after a pause nothing I am to hear these stories and not even to tell you that I have heard them I did not say that George I suppose it is better that you should tell me but I think you should say at the same time that you know them to be false even though they were false there was that doctrine of Caesar's wife which she would not understand I think I should be told and then left to regulate my own ways accordingly this was mutinous Lee imperious and yet he did not know how to convince her of her mutiny through it all he was cowed by the remembrance of that lovely which of course was in her mind but which he was either too generous or too wise to mention he almost began to think that it was wisdom rather than generosity feeling himself to be more cowed by her reticence than he would have been by her speech you imagine then that a husband should never interfere not to protect a wife from that from which she is bound to protect herself if he has to do so she is not worth the trouble and he had better get rid of her it is like preventing a man from drinking by locking up the wine that has to be done sometimes it shan't be done to me George you must either trust me or we must part I do trust you he said at last then let there be an end of all this trouble tell Susannah that you trust me for your brother and that disappointed young woman I care nothing but if I am to spend my time at cross-hall whatever they may think I should not wish them to believe that you thought evil of me and George don't suppose that because I say that I will not run away from captain to Baron all this will go for nothing with me I will not avoid captain de baron but I will be careful to give no cause for ill-natured words then she put her arm around his neck and kissed him and had conquered him when he went away from the house he had another great trouble before him he had not seen mrs. Haughton as yet since his wife and found that love letter but she had written to him often she had sent notes to his club almost wild with love and anger with that affectation of love and anger which some women know how to assume and which so few men know how to withstand it was not taken to be quite real even by Lord George and yet he could not withstand it mrs. Haughton who understood the world thoroughly had become quite convinced that Lady George had quarrelled with her the two women had been very intimate ever since lady George had been in town and now for the last few days they had not seen each other mrs. Haughton had called twice and had been refused then she had written and had received no answer she knew then that Mary had discovered something of course attributed her lover's absence to the wife's influence but it did not occur to her that she should on this account give up her intercourse with Lord George scenes quarrels reconciliations troubles recriminations jealousies resolves petty triumphs and the general upsetting of the happiness of other people these were to her the sweets of what she called a passion to give it all up because the love his wife had found her out and because her lover was in trouble would be to abandon her love just when it was producing the desired fruit she wrote short letters and long letters angry letters and most affectionate letters to Lord George at his club and treating him to come to her and almost driving him out of his wits he had from the first determined that he would go to her he had even received his wife's sanction for doing so but knowing how difficult it would be to conduct such an interview and his ax to put off the evil hour but now a day and an hour had been fixed and the day and the hour had come the hour had very nearly come when he left this house there was still time for him to sit for a while at his club and think what he would say to this woman he wished to do what was right there was not a man in England less likely to have intended to amuse himself with a second love within twelve months of his marriage than Lord George Germain he had never been a lothario had never thought himself to be gifted in that way in the first years of his manhood when he had been shut up in manner crossed looking after his mother's limited means with a full conviction that it was his duty to sacrifice himself to her convenience he had been apt to tell himself that he was one of those men who have to go through life without marrying or loving so strikingly handsome he had never known himself to be handsome he had never thought of himself to be clever or bright or agreeable high birth had been given to him and his sense of honour of those gifts he had been well aware and proud enough but had taken credit to himself for nothing else then had come that stark episode of his life in which he had fallen in love with Adelaide de Baron and then the fact of his marriage with Mary Lovelace looking back at it now he could hardly understand how it had happened that he had either fallen in love or married he certainly was not now the least in love with mrs. Haughton and though he did love his wife dearly though the more he saw of her the more he admired her if his marriage had not made him happy he had to live on her money which called him and to be assisted by the deans money which was wormwood to him and he found himself to be driven whither he did not wish to go and he'll be brought into perils from which his experience did not suffice to extricate him he had already repented the step he had taken in regard to his brother knowing that it was the Dean who had done it and not he himself had he not married he might well have left the battle to be fought and after years when his brother should be dead and very probably he himself also he was aware that he must be very firm with mrs. Haughton come what might he must give her to understand quite clearly that all lovemaking must be over between them the horrors of such a condition of things had been made much clearer to him than before by his own anxiety in reference to captain de Baron but he knew himself to be too soft-hearted for such firmness if he could send someone else how much better it would be but alas this was a piece of work which no deputy can do for him nor could a letter serve as a deputy let him write as carefully as he might he must say things which would condemn him utterly where they define their way into mr. Houghton his hands one terrible letter had gone astray and why not another she had told him to be in Berkeley Square at two and he was there very punctually he would at the moment have given much to find a house full of people but she was quite alone he had thought that she would receive him with a storm of tears but when he entered she was radiant with smiles then he remembered how on a former occasion she had deceived him making him believe that all her lures to him little or nothing just when he had determined to repudiate them because he had feared that they meant so much he must not allow himself to be won in that way again he must be firm even though she smiled what is all this about she said in an affected whisper as soon as the door was closed he looked very grave and shook his head thou canst not say I did it and never shake thy gory locks at me that wife of yours has found out something and has found it out from you my lord yes indeed what has she found out she read a letter to me which you sent to the club then I think it very indecent behavior on her part does he search her husband's correspondence I don't condescend to do that sort of thing it was my fault I put it into her hand by mistake but that does not matter not matter it matters very much to me I think not that I care she cannot hurt me but George was not that careless very careless so careless is to be unkind of course it was careless and ought you not to think more of me than that have you not done me an injury sir when you owed me all solicitude and every possible precaution this was not to be denied if he chose to receive such letters he was bounded any rate to keep them secret but men are so foolish so little thoughtful what did she say George she behaved like an angel of course wives in such circumstances always do just a few drops of anger and then a deluge of forgiveness that was it was it not something like it of course it happens every day because men are so stupid but at the same time so necessary but what did she say of me was she an angel on my side of the house as well as yours of course she was angry it did not occur to her that she had been the interloper and had taken you away from me that was not so you had married Shaw married of course I had married everybody marries you had married but I did not for that reason you would forget me altogether people must marry is circumstances suit it is no good going back to that old story why did you not come to me sooner and tell me of this tragedy why did you leave me to run after her and write to her I have been very unhappy some of you ought to be but things are never so bad in the wearing is in the anticipation I don't suppose he'll go about destroying my name and doing me a mischief never because if she did you know I could retaliate what do you mean by that mrs. Haughton nothing that need disturb you Lord George do not look such daggers at me but women have to be forbearing to each other she is your wife and you may be sure I shall never say a nasty word about her unless she makes herself very objectionable to me nobody can say nasty things about her that is all right then and now what have you to say to me about myself I am NOT going to be gloomy because the little misfortune has happened it is not my philosophy to cry after spilt milk I will sit down a minute he said for his adieu he had been standing certainly and I will sit opposite to you for 10 minutes if you wish it I see that there is something to be said what is it all that has passed between you and me for the last month or two must be forgotten oh that is it I will not make her miserable nor will I bear a burden upon my own conscience your conscience what a speech for a man to make to a woman and how about my conscience and that one thing further you say that it must all be forgotten yes indeed can you forget it I can strive to do so by forgetting one means laying it aside we remember chiefly those things which we try to remember and you will not try to remember me in the least you will lay me aside like an old garment because this angel has come across a scroll which you were too careless either to burn to lockup you will tell yourself to forget me as you would a servant that you would dismiss much more easily than you would a dog is that so I did not say that I could do it easily you shall not do it at all I will not be forgotten did you ever love me sir certainly I did you know that I did when how long since have you ever sworn that you loved me since this angel has been your wife looking back as well as he could he rather thought that he never had sworn that he loved her in these latter days she had often bidden him to do so but as far as he could recollect at the moment he had escaped the absolute utterance of the oath by some subterfuge but doubtless he had done that which had been dad about the swearing and at any rate he could not now say that he had never sworn now you come back to tell me that it must all be forgotten was that she taught you that word if you upgrade me I will go away go sir if you dare you first betray me to your wife by your egregious folly and then tell me that you will leave me because I have a word to say for myself Oh George I expected more tenderness than that from you there is no use in being tender it can only produce misery and destruction well of all the cold blooded speeches I ever heard that is the worst after all that is passed between us you do not scruple to tell me that you cannot even express tenderness for me lest it should bring you into trouble men have felt that before I do not doubt but I hardly think any man was ever hard enough to make such a speech I wonder where the captain de Baron is so considerate what do you mean by that you come here and talk to me about your angel and then tell me that you cannot show me even the slightest tenderness lest it should make you miserable and you expect me to hold my tongue I don't know why you should mention captain de Baron I'll tell you why Lord George there were five or six of us playing this little comedy mr. Houghton and I are married but we have not very much to say to each other it is the same with you and Mayer I deny it I daresay but at this time you know it to be true she console's herself with captain de baron with whom mr. Houghton console's himself I have never taken the trouble to inquire I hope someone is good-natured to him poor old soul then as to you and me you used I think to get consolation here but such comforts cost trouble and you hate trouble as she said this she wound her arm inside his and he angry as he was with her for speaking as she had done of his wife could not push her from him roughly it's not that how it is George no then I don't think you understand the play as well as I do no I deny it all Oh everything about Mary it's a slander to mention that man's name in connection with her a calumny which I will not endure how is it then that they mentioned mine in connection with you I am saying nothing about that but I suppose you think of it I am hardly of less importance to myself to Lady George's to herself I did think I was not of less importance to you nobody ever was it can ever be of so much importance to me as my wife and I will be on good terms with no one who speaks evil of her they may say what they like of me mr. Houghton must look to that it is no business of yours George he paused a moment and then found the courage to answer her no none he said and she confined herself to her own assumed wrong as her own pretended affection had she contented herself with quarreling with him for his carelessness and had then called upon him for some renewed expression of love he would hardly have been strong enough to withstand her but she could not keep her tongue from speaking evil of his wife from the moment in which he had called Mary an angel it was necessary to her comfort to malign the angel she did not quite know the man or the nature of men generally a man if his mind be given that way may perhaps with safety whisper into a woman's ear that her husband is untrue to her such an accusation may serve his purpose but the woman on her side should hold her peace about the man's wife a man must be very degraded indeed if his wife be not holy to him Lord George had been driving his wife almost mad during the last 24 hours by implied accusations and yet she was to him the very holy of Holy's all the pope enjoy question was nothing to him in comparison with the sanctity of her name and now week as he was incapable as he would have been under any other condition of mind of extra cating himself from the meshes which this woman was spinning for him he was unable to make an immediate and most salutary plunge by the genuine anger she had produced no nun he said oh very well the angel is everything to you and I am nothing yes my wife is everything to me how dared you then come here and talk to me of love do you think I will stand this that I will endure to be treated in this way angel indeed I tell you that she cares more for Jack to Berens little finger than for your whole body she is never happy unless he is with her I don't think very much of my cousin Jack but to her he is a god it is false very well it is nothing to me but you can hardly expect my Lord that I should hear from you such Pleasant truths as you have just told me and not give you back what I believe to be truth in return have I spoken evil of anyone but I will not stay here mrs. Haughton to make recriminations you have spoken most cruelly of a woman who never injured you who has always been your firm friend it is my duty to protect her and I shall always do so in all circumstances good morning and he went before she could say another word to him he would perhaps have been justified had he been a little proud of the manner in which he had carried himself through this interview but he entertained no such feeling to the lady he had just left he feared that he had been rough an almost cruel she was not to him the mass of whipped cream turned sour which he may per have speed of the reader so he had been stirred to anger he had been indignant with circumstances rather than with mrs. Haughton but in truth the renewed accusation against his wife made him so wretched that there was no room in his breast for pride he had been told that she liked Jack to Berens Littlefinger better than his whole body and had been so told by one who knew both his wife and Jack to Baron of course there had been spite and malice and every possible evil passion at work but then everybody was saying the same thing even though there were not a word of truth in it such a rumour alone would suffice to break his heart how was he to stop cruel tongues especially the tongue of this woman who would now be as bitterest enemy if such things were repeated by all connected with him how would he be able to reconcile his own family to his wife there was nothing which he valued now but the respect which he held in his own family and that which his wife might hold and in his own mind he could not quite a quitter she would not be made to understand that she might injure his honor and destroy his happiness even though she committed no great fault to take her away with a strong hand seemed to be his duty but then there was the Dean who would most certainly take her part and he was afraid of the Dean end of chapter 35 chapter 36 of hip hop 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 sarah is hip hop and joy by Anthony Trollope chapter 36 pop enjoy his pop enjoy then came lady Robinson's party Lord George said nothing further to his wife about Jacques de Baron for Sunday's after that storm in Berkeley Square nor did she to him she was quite contented that matters should remain as they now where she had vindicated herself and if he made no further accusation she was willing to be appeased he was by no means contented but as the day had been fixed for them to leave London and that day was now but a month absent he hardly knew how to insist upon an alteration of their plans if he did so he must declare war against the Dean and for a time against his wife also he postponed therefore any decision and allowed matters to go on as they where Mary was no doubt triumphant in his spirit she conquered him for a time and felt that it was so but she was on that account more tender and observant to him than ever she even offered to give up Lady Providence party all together she did not much care for Lady Providence party and was willing to make a sacrifice that was perhaps no sacrifice but to this he did not ascend he declared himself to be quite ready for Lady Robinson's party and to ladira persons party they went as she wasn't the staircase she asked him a question do you mind my having a waltz tonight he could not bring himself for the moment to be Stern enough to refuse he knew that the pernicious man would not be there he was quite sure that the question was not asked in reference to the pernicious man he did not understand as he should have done that the claim was being made for general emancipation and he muttered something which was intended to imply ascend soon afterwards she took two or three turns with a stout middle-aged gentleman account somebody who was connected with the German embassy nothing on earth could have been more harmless or apparently uninteresting then she signified to him that she'd done a duty to lady bra person and was quite ready to go home I'm not particularly bored he said don't mind me but I am she whispered laughing and as I may you don't care about it you might as well take me away so he took her home no we're not there above half an hour but she carried a point about the waltzing on the next day the Dean came to town to attend a meeting at mr. battles chambers by appointment Lord George met him there of course as the where at any rate supposed to act in strict concert but on these days the Dean did not stay in monster court winning London he would always visit his daughter but would endeavour to do so in her husband's absence it was a willing even to dine that we shall be better friends D'Arnot Brotherton he said to her he is always angry with me after discussing his affair of his brothers and I'm not quite sure that he likes seeing me here this he had said on a previous occasion and now the two men met in Lincoln's Inn Fields not having even gone there together at this meeting the lawyer told them a strange story and one which to the Dean was most unsatisfactory one which irresolute Lee determined to disbelieve the Markus said mr. battle had certainly gone through two marriage ceremonies with the Italian lady one before the death and one after the death of a first represent husband and as certainly the so-called pop and joy had been born before the second ceremony so much the Dean believed very easily and the information tell it all together with his own views if this was so the so-called pop enjoy could not be a real pop enjoy and his daughter would be the Marchioness of Brotherton when this wicked a brother Marcus should die and her son should she have one would be the future Marcus but then there came the remainder of the lawyers story mr. battle was inclined from all that he had learned to believe that the Marchioness had never really been married at all to the man whose name first born and that the second marriage had been celebrated merely to save appearances what appearances exclaimed the Dean mr. battle shrugged his shoulders no George sat in gloomy silence I don't believe a word of it said the Dean then the lawyer went on with his story this lady have been B throat early life to the merkezi Luigi but the man had become insane partially insane and by fits and starts for some reason not as yet understood which might probably never understood the lady's family had thought it expedient that the lady should bear the name of the man to whom she was to be married she had done so for some years and had been in possession of some income belonging to him but mr. Bassel was of opinion there should never be in Luigi's wife further inquiries might possibly be made and might add to further results but they would be very expensive a good deal of money had already been spent what did Lord George wish I think we've done enough said Lord George slowly thinking also that he had been already constrained to do much too much it must be followed out to the end said the Dean what here's a woman who professed for years to be a man's wife who bored his name who was believed but everybody to have been his wife I did not say that mr. Dean interrupted a lawyer who lived in the mounds revenues as his wife and even Boris title and now in such an emergency as this we are to take a cock-and-bull story as gospel remember mr. battle what is at stake very much is at stake mr. Dean and therefore these inquiries have been made it's very great expense but our own evidence as far as it goes is all against us the Luigi family say that there was no marriage her family say that there was but cannot prove it the child may die you know why should he die our slaw George I am trying the matter all round you know I'm told the poor child is in ill health one has got to look at probabilities of course you do not abandon a right by not prosecuting it now he will be a cruelty to the boy so let him be brought up as Lord pop and joy and afterwards dispossessed said the Dean you gentlemen must decide said the lawyer I only say that I do not recommend further steps I will do nothing further said Lord George in the first place I cannot afford it we will manage that between us said the Dean we need not trouble mr. Bassel with that mr. Bassel would not fear but that all expenses will be paid not in the least said mr. battles smiling I do not have to believe the story said the Dean it does not sound like truth if I spent my last shilling in sifting the matter to the bottom I will go on with it though I were obliged to leave England for 12 months myself I would do it a man is bound to ascertain his own rights I will have nothing more to do with it said Lord George rising from his chair as much has been done as Duty required perhaps more mr. battle good morning if we could know as soon as possible what this unfortunate affair has cost I shall be obliged he asked his father-in-law to accompany him but the Dean said that he will speak a word or two further we missed the battle and remained at his club Lord George was much surprised to find the note from his brother the note was as follows would you mind coming to me here tomorrow or the next day at 3 B scum Berg's hotel Tuesday this to Lord George was very strange indeed he could not but remember all the circumstances of his former visit to his brother had been insulted how his wife had been vilified how his brother had heaped scorn on him at first he thought that he was bound to refuse to do as he was asked but why should his brother ask him and his brother was his brother the head of his family he decided at last that he would go and left a note himself that scum Berg's hotel but evening saying if he would be there on the morrow he was very much perplexed in spirit as he thought of the coming interview he went to the deans club and to the dean's hotel hoping to find a Dean and thinking that he is consented to act with a Dean against his brother he was bound in honour to let the Dean know of the new phase in the affair but it did not find his father-in-law the Dean returned to Brotherton on the following morning and therefore knew nothing of this meeting until some days after had taken place the language which the Markus had used to his brother they were lost together had been such as to render any friendly intercourse almost impossible and then the mingled bitterness frivolity and wickedness of his brother made every tone of the man's voice and end-rig Lance of his eye distasteful to Lord George Lord George was always honest was generally serious and never malicious they could be no greater contrast than that which had been produced between the brothers either by difference of disposition from their birth or by the various circumstances of a residence on an Italian lake and one at man across the marcus thought his brother to be a fool and did not scruple to say so on all occasions Lord George felt that his brother was a knave but would not have so called him on any consideration to Marcus on sending for his brother hope that even after all that had passed he might make use of Lord George nor George in going to his brother hoped that even after all that her past you might be of use to DeMarcus when he was shown into the sitting-room at the hotel the Marchioness was again there she no doubt had been tutored she got up at once and shook hands with her brother-in-law smiling graciously it must have been a comfort to both of them that they spoke no common language as they could hardly have had many thoughts to interchange with each other I wonder why deduce you never learned Italians said the markers we were never thought said Lord George no nobody in England every's thought anything but Latin and Greek with the singular results that after 10 or a dozen years of learning not one in twenty knows a word or V the language that is our English idea of Education in afterlife a little French might be picked up from necessity but it is French of the very worst kind my wonder is that Englishmen can hold her own in the world at all they do said Lord George to whom all this was ear piercing blasphemy the national conviction that an Englishman could trash three foreigners and if necessary eat them was strong with them yes there is a ludicrous strength even in the pigheadedness but I always think that Frenchmen Italians and Prussians must in dealings with us be filled with infinite disgust they must ever be saying pig pig pig beneath their breath at every turn they don't dare to say it out loud said Lord George there are two courteous Medea fella then he said the few words to his wife in Italian I pulled which she left a room again shaking hands with brother-in-law and then again smiling then the Markus rushed at once into the middle of his affairs don't you think George that you're an infernal fool to quarrel with me you've quarrel with me haven't quarreled with you oh no not at all when you send lawyers clerks all over Italy to try to prove my boy to be a bastard and that is not quarreling with me when you accuse my wife of bigamy that is not quarreling with me when you conspire to make my house in the country too hot to hold me that is not quarreling with me how have I conspired with whom have Eckles bad when I explained my wishes about the house across whole why did you encourage this foolish old maids to run counter to me you must have understood pretty well that he would not suit either of us to be near the other and yet you chose to stick up for legal rights we thought it better for my mother my mother would have consented to anything that I proposed do you think I don't know how the land lies well what have you learnt in Italy Lord George was silent of course I know I'm not such a fool as not to keep my ears and eyes open as far as your inquiries have gone yet are you justified in calling pop and joy bastard I have never called himself never I have always declared my belief and my wishes to be in his favor then why the blank have you made oldest rumpus because it was necessary to be sure when a man marries the same wife twice over have you never heard of that being done before are you so ignorant as not to know that there are a hundred little reasons which may make that expedient you have made your inquiries now and what is the result Lord George paused the moment before I replied and then answered with absolute honesty it is all very odd to me that maybe my English prejudice but I do think that you boys legitimate you are satisfied as to that he paused again meditating his reply he did not wish to be untrue to the Dean but then it was very anxious to be true to his brother he remembered that in the dean's presence he had told the lawyer that she would have nothing to do with his further inquiries he had asked for the lawyer's bail thereby withdrawing from the investigation yes he said slowly I am satisfied and you mean to do nothing further again as he was very slow remembering how necessary it would be that he should tell all this to the Dean and now full of Roth the Dean would be no I do not mean to do anything further am i take this as you settle purpose there was another pause and then he spoke yes you may then George let us try and forget what has passed he cannot pay for you and me to quarrel I shall not stay in England very long I don't like it it was necessary that the people about should know that I the wife and son and so I brought him and her to this comfortless country I shall return before the winter and for anything that I care you may all go back to mine across I don't think my mother would like that why shouldn't she like it I suppose I was to be allowed to have my own house when I wanted it I hope there was no offence in that even to that dragon Sara at any rate you may as well look after the property and if they won't live there you can but this one question I want to ask you well what do you think of your precious father-in-law and what do you think that they must think of him will you not admit that for a vulgar impotent brute he's about as bad as even England can supply of course Lord George had nothing to say in answer to this he's going on with his tube foolery I believe you mean the inquiry yes I mean the inquiry whether my son and your nephews a bastard I know he put you up to it I'm right and say that he is not abandoned it I think you're right then by heaven I'll ruin him he may have a little money but I don't think his purse is quite as long as mine I'll lead him such downs that he shall wish he'd never heard the name of Germain I'll make his Deanery too hot to hold him now George as between you and me this should be all past over that poor child is not strong and after all you may probably be my hair I shall never live in England and you're welcome to the house I can be very bitter but I can forgive and as far as you're concerned I do forgive but I expect you to drop your precious father-in-law Lord George was again silent he could not say that he would drop the deed but at this moment he was not sufficiently fond of the Dean to rise up in his stirrup and fight a battle for him you understand me continue to Marcus I don't want any assurance from you he's determined to persecute an inquiry adverse to the honor of your family and in a position to your settled convictions I don't think that after that you can doubt about your duty come and see me again before long won't you Lord George said that he will come again before long and he departed as he walked home his mind was sorely perplexed and divided he had made up his mind to take no further share in the Pope enjoy investigation it must have been right to declare as much to his brother his conscience was clear as to that and then there were many reasons which induced him to feel coldly about the deed his own wife had threatened him with her father and the Dean was always driving him and he hated the deans money he felt that the Dean was not quite all that the gentleman should be but nevertheless he behaved him above all things to be honest and straightforward with the Dean there have been something in his interview with his brother to please him but had not been all delightful end of chapter 36 recorded by sir chapter 37 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 is e pope and join by Anthony Trollope chapter 37 preparations for the ball how was he to keep faith with the Dean this was Lord George's first trouble after his reconciliation with his brother the Dean was back at the Deanery and Lord George mistrusted his own power of writing such a letter as would be satisfactory on so abstruse a matter he knew that he should fail in making a good story even face to face and that his letter would be worse than spoken words an intellect he was much inferior to the Dean and was only too conscious of his own inferiority in this condition of mind he told a story to his wife she had never even seen the Marquis and had never quite believed in those ogre qualities which had caused so many groans to Lady Sarah and Lady Susannah when therefore her husband told her that he had made his peace with his brother she was inclined to rejoice and poke enjoy his Pope enjoy she said smiling I believe he is with all my heart and that is to be the end of it George you know that I have never been eager for any grandeur I know it you've behaved beautifully all along oh I won't boast perhaps I ought to have been more ambitious for you but I hate quarrels and I shouldn't like to have claimed anything which did not really belong to us it is all over now I can't answer for your father but you and Papa are all one your father is very steadfast he does not know yet that I have seen my brother I think you might write to him he ought to know what has taken place perhaps he would come up again if he heard that I had been with my brother shall I ask him to come here certainly why should he not come here there is his room he can always come if he pleases so the matter was left and Mary wrote her letter it was not very lucid but it could hardly have been lucid the writer knowing so few of the details George has become friends with his brother she said and wishes me to tell you he says that hope and joy is hope and joy and I am very glad it was such a trouble George thinks you will come up to town when you hear and begs you will come here do come papa it makes me quite wretched when you go to that horrid hotel there is such a lot of quarreling and it almost seems as if you were going to quarrel with us when you don't come here pray Papa never never do that if I thought you and George weren't friends it would break my heart your room is always ready for you and if you'll save what day you'll be here I will get a few people to meet you the letter was much more occupied with her desire to see her father then with that momentous question on which her father was so zealously intent hope and joy is Pope and joy it was so very easy to assert so much Lord George would no doubt give way readily because he disliked the trouble of the contest that it was not so with the Dean he is no more hope and joy than I am hope and joy said the Dean to himself when he read the letter yes he must go up to town again he must know what had really taken place between the two brothers that was essential and he did not doubt that he should get the exact truth from Lord George but he would not go to Munster Court there was already a difference of opinion between him and his son-in-law sufficient to make such a sojourn disagreeable if not disagreeable to himself he knew that it would be so – Lord George he was sorry to vex Mary but Mary's interests were more at his heart than her happiness it was now the business of his life to make her a Marchioness and that business he would follow whether he made himself her and others happy or unhappy he wrote to her bidding her tell her husband that he would again be in London on a day which he named but adding that further present he would prefer going to the hotel I cannot help it said Lord George moodily I have done all I could to make him welcome here if he chooses to stand off and be stiff he must do so at this time Lord George had many things to vex him every day he received at his club a letter from mrs. Haughton and each letter was a little dagger he was abused by every epithet every innuendo and every accusation familiar to the tongues and pins of the irritated female mind a stranger reading them would have imagined that he had used all the Arts of a lothario to entrap the unguarded affections of the writer and then when successful had first neglected the lady and afterwards betrayed her and with every stab so given there was a command expressed that he should come instantly to Berkeley Square in order that he might receive other and worst gashes at the better convenience of the assailant but as mrs. bonds ducks would certainly not have come out of the pond had they fully understood the nature of that lady's invitation so neither did Lord George go to Berkeley Square in obedience to these commands then there came a letter which to him was no longer a little dagger but a great sword a sword making a wound so wide that his lifeblood seemed the flow there was no accusation of betrayal in this letter it was simply the brokenhearted wailings of a woman whose love was too strong for her had he not taught her to regard him as the only man in the world whose presence was worth having had he not so wound himself into every recess of her heart as to make life without seeing him insupportable could it be possible that after having done all this he had no regard for her was he so hard so cruel such adamant as to deny her at least a farewell as for herself she was now beyond all fear of consequences she was ready to die if necessary ready to lose all the luxuries of her husband's position rather than never see him again she had a heart she was inclined to doubt whether anyone among her acquaintances was so burdened why oh why had she thought so steadfastly of his material interest when he used to kneel at her feet and ask her to be his bride before he had ever seen marry loveless then this long epistle was brought to an end come to me tomorrow aah destroy us the moment you have read it the last behest he did obey he would put no second letter from this woman in his wife's way he tore the paper into minut fragments and deposited the portions in different places that was easily done but what should be done as to the other behest if he went to Berkeley Square again would he be able to leave it triumphantly as he had done on his last visit that he did not wish to see her for his own sake he was quite certain but he thought it incumbent on him to go yet once again he did not altogether believe all that story as to her tortured heart looking back at what had passed between them since he had first thought himself to be in love with her he could not remember such a depth of lovemaking on his part as that which she described in the ordinary way he had proposed to her and had in the ordinary way been rejected since that and since his marriage surely the protestations of affection had come almost exclusively from the lady he thought that it was so and yet was hardly sure if he had got such a hold on her affections as she described certainly then he owed to her some reparation but as he remembered her great had a false hair in her pain and called to mind his wife's description of her he almost protested to himself that she was deceiving him he almost read her rightly nevertheless he would go once more he would go and tell her sternly that the thing must come to an end and that no more letters were to be written he did go and found Jack de Baron there and heard jack discourse enthusiastically about mrs. Montes Jones's fall which was to be celebrated in two or three days from the present time then mrs. Hutton was very careful to ask some question in Lord George's presence as to some special figure dance which was being got up for the occasion it was a dance newly introduced from Moldavia and was the most ravishing thing in the way of dancing that had ever yet found its way into this country nobody had yet seen it and it was being kept a profound secret to be displayed only at mrs. Montek Jones's party it was practiced in secret in her back drawing-room by the eight performers with the assistance of a couple of most trustworthy hired musicians whom that liberal old lady mrs. Montagu Jones supplied so that the rehearsals might make the performers perfect for the grand night this was the story as told with great interest by mrs. Haughton who seemed for the occasion almost – ever covered from her heart complained that however was necessarily kept in a band during Jack's presence Jack though he had been enthusiastic about mrs. Jones and her ball before Lord George's arrival and though he had continued to talk freely up to a certain point suddenly became reticent as to the great Moldavian dance but mrs. Haughton would not be reticent she declared the four couple who had been selected as performers to be the happy fortunate ones of the season mrs. Montacute Jones was a nasty old woman for not having asked her of course there was a difficulty but there might have been two sets and Jack is such a false Ling she said to Lord George that he won't show me one of the figures are you going to dance it asked Lord George I fancy I'm to be one of the team he is to dance with Mary's said mrs. Haughton then Lord George thought he understood the young man's reticence and he was once again very wretched there came that cloud upon his brow which never sat there without being visible to all who were in the company no man told the tale of his own feeling so plainly as he did and mrs. Haughton though declaring herself to be ignorant of the figure had described the dance as a farrago of polkas waltzes and gallops so that the thing might be supposed to be a fast rapturous whirl from the beginning to the end and his wife was going through this indecent exhibition at mrs. Montacute Jones's fall with captain de Baron after all that he had said you are quite wrong in your ideas about the dance said Jack to his cousin it is the quietest thing out almost as grave as a minuet it's very pretty but people here will find it too slow it may be doubted whether he did much good by this explanation or George thought that he was lying though he had almost thought before that mrs. Hutton was lying on the other side that it was true at any rate that after all that had passed a special arrangement had been made for his wife to dance with Jack de Baron and then his wife had been called by implication one of the team Jack got up to go but before he left the room aunt gia was there and then that simple old woman mrs. Montacute Jones herself my dear as she said an answer to a question from mrs. Haughton about the dance I am NOT going to tell anybody anything about it I don't know why it should have been talked out for couple of good-looking young people are going to amuse themselves and I have no doubt that those who look on will be very much gratified oh that his wife that Lady Mary Germain should be talked of as one of four couple of good-looking young people and that she should be about to dance with Jack de Baron in order that strangers might be gratified by looking at her it was manifest that nothing special could be said to mrs. Haughton on that occasion as one person came after another she looked all the while perfectly dis embarrassed nobody could have imagined that she was in the presence of the man whose love was all the world to her when he got up to take his leave she parted from him as though he were no more to her than he ought to have been and indeed he too had for the time been freed from the flurry of his affair with mrs. Haughton by the other flurry occasion by the Moldavian dance the new dance was called he had been told the kappakappa there was something in the name suggestive of another dance of which he had heard and he was very unhappy he found the Dean in monster court when he reached his own house the first word that his wife spoke to him was about the ball George Papa is going with me on Friday to mrs. Munt acute Jones's I hope you will like it said Lord George I wish you would come why should I go I have already said that I would not as for the invitation that does not signify in the least do come just about twelve o'clock we've got up such a dance and I should like you to come and see it who is we well the parties are not quite arranged yet I think I'm to dance with count cos T something depends on colors of dresses and other matters the gentlemen are all to be in some kind of uniform we have rehearsed it in in rehearsing we have done it all round one with the other why didn't you tell me before we weren't to tell till it was settled I mean to go and see it said the Dean I delight in anything of that kind Mary was so perfectly easy in the matter so free from doubts so dis embarrassed that he was for the moment tranquilized she had said that she was to dance not with that pernicious captain but with a foreign count he did not like foreign counts but at the present moment he preferred anyone to Jack to Baron he did not for a moment doubt her truth and she had been true that Jack to Baron and mrs. Hutton had been true also when Mary had been last at mrs. Jones's house the matter had not been quite settled and in her absence Jack had foolishly if not wrongly carried his point with the old lady it had been decided that the performers were to go through their work in the fashion that might best achieve the desired effect that they were not to dance exactly with whom they pleased but were to have their parts assigned them as actors on a stage Jack no doubt had been led by his own private wishes in securing Mary as his partner but if that contrivance on this part she had been ignorant when she gave her programme of the affair to her husband won't you come in and see it she said again I am not very fond of those things perhaps I may come in for a few minutes I am fond of them said the Dean I think in the innocent thing that makes like joyous and pretty is good that is rather begging the question said Lord George as he left the room Mary had not known what her husband meant by begging the question but the Dean had of course understood him I hope he is not going to become ascetic he said I hope least he will not insist that you should be so it is not as nature to be very gay she answered on the next day in the morning was the last rehearsal and then Mary learned what was her destiny she regretted it but could not remonstrate Jack's uniform was red the counts dress was blue and gold her dress was white and she was told that the white and red must go together there was nothing more to be said she could not plead that her husband was afraid of Jack de Baron nor certainly would she admit to herself that she was in the least afraid of him herself but for her husband's foolish jealousy she would infinitely have preferred the arrangement as now made just as a little girl prefers as a playmate a handsome boy whom she has long known to some ill visits stranger with whom she has never quarreled and never again made friends but when she saw her husband she found herself unable to tell him of the change which had been made she was not actor enough to be able to mention Jack to Berens name to him with tranquillity on the next morning the morning of the important day she heard casually from mrs. Jones that Lord George had been at mrs. hotends house she had quite understood from her husband that he intended to see that evil woman again after the discovery and reading of the letter he had himself told her that he intended it and she if she had not actually assented had made no protest against his doing so but that visit represented as being one final necessary visit had she was well aware been made sometimes since she had not asked him what had taken place she had been unwilling to show any doubt by such a question the evil woman's name had never been on her tongue since the day on which the letter had been read but now when she heard that he was there again so soon as a friend joining in general conversation in the evil woman's house the matter did touch her could it be that he was deceiving her after all and that he loved the woman did he really like that helmet that pain and that affected laugh and had he lied to her deceived her with a premeditated story which must have been full of lies she could hardly bring herself to believe this and yet why why why should he be there the visit of which he had spoken had been one intended to put an end to all close friendship one in which he was to tell the woman that though the scandal of an outward quarrel might be avoided he and she were to meet no more and yet he was there for all she knew he might be there every day she did know that mrs. Montes Jones had found him there then he could come home to her and talk of the impropriety of dancing he could do such things as this and yet be angry with her because she liked the Society of captain de baron certainly she would dance with captain de baron let him come and see her dancing with him and then if he dared to upbraid her she would ask him why he continued his intimacy in Berkeley Square in her anger she almost began to think that a quarrel was necessary was it not manifest that he was deceiving her about that woman the more she thought of it the more wretched she became but on that day she said nothing of it to him they dined together the Dean dining with them he was perturbed in gloomy the Dean having assured them that he did not mean to allow the Pope enjoy question to rest I stand in no awe of your brother of the Dean had said to him this angered Lord George and he had refused to discuss the matter any further at nine lady George went up to dress and at half-past ten she started with her father at that time her husband had left the house and had said not a word further as to his intention of going to mrs. Jones's house do you think he will come she said to the Dean upon my word I don't know he seems to me to be in an ill humour with all the world don't quarrel with him Papa I do not mean to do so I never mean to quarrel with anyone and least of all with him but I must do what I conceive to be my duty whether he likes it or not end of chapter 37 chapter 38 of Izzi 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 Izzi Pope enjoy by Anthony Trollope chapter 38 the cab kappa missus Montacute Joneses house in Grosvenor place was very large and very gorgeous on this occasion it was very gorgeous indeed the party had grown in dimensions the new Moldavia dance had become the topic of general discourse everybody wanted to see the Kappa Kappa Count Kosti Lord giblet young sir hairy triple toe and no doubt dr. Baron also had talked a good deal about it at the clubs it had been intended to be a secret and the ladies probably had been more reticent lady Florence Fitz Florence had just mentioned it to her 19 specially intimate friends Madame Gigi the young wife of the old bohemian Minister had spoken of it only to the diplomatic set miss Patmore green had been as silent as death except in her own rather large family and lady George had hardly told anybody except her father but nevertheless the secret had escaped and great efforts had been made to secure invitations I can get you to the duchess of all breweries in july if you can manage it for me one young lady said to jack de baron utterly impossible said jack to whom the offered bribe was not especially attractive there won't be standing room in the cellars I went down on my knees to mrs. Montacute Jones for a very old friend when she simply asked me whether I was mad this was of course romance but nevertheless the crowd was great in the anxiety to see the Kappa Kappa Universal by 11:00 the dancing had commenced everything had been arranged in the strictest manner whatever dance might be going on was to be brought to a summary closed at 12 o'clock and then the kapa kapa was to be commenced it had been found that the dance occupied exactly 40 minutes when it was over the doors of the banqueting-hall would be opened the Kappa Kappa Hyde's would then march in to supper and the world at large would follow them Lady George when she first entered the room found a seat near the hostess and sat herself down meaning to wait for the important moment she was a little flurry that she thought of various things there was the evil woman before her already dancing the evil woman had nodded at her and had then quickly turned away determined not to see that her greeting rejected and there was a gust a mild me absolutely dancing with Jack de Baron and looking as though she enjoyed the fun but to Mary there was something terrible in it all she had been so desirous to be happy to be gay to amuse herself and yet to be innocent her father somewhat epicurean doctrines had filled her mind completely and what had hitherto come of it her husband mistrusted her and she at this moment certainly mistrusted him most grievously could she fail to mistrust him and she absolutely conscious of purity had been so grievously suspected as she looked round the dresses and diamonds and heard the thick hum of voices and saw on all sides the pretense of cordiality as she watched the altogether unhidden flirtations of one girl and the despondent frown of another she began to ask herself whether her father had not been wrong when he insisted that she should be taken to London would she not have been more safe and therefore more happy even down at Cross Hall with her two virtuous sisters-in-law what would become of her should she quarrel with her husband and how should she not quarrel with him if he would suspect her and would frequent the house of that evil woman then Jack de Baron came up to her talking to her father the Dean liked the young men who had always something to say for himself whose manners were lively and who to tell the truth was more than ordinarily civil to lady George's father whether Jack would have put himself out of the way to describe the kappa cappa to any other dignitary of the church maybe doubted but he had explained it all very graciously to the Dean so it seems that after all you are do dance with Captain de Baron said the Dean yes isn't it hard upon me I was to have stood up with a real French count who has real diamond buttons and now I'm to be put off with a mere British captain because my white frock is supposed to suit his red coat and who has the count that odiously fortunate lady Florence and she has diamonds of her own I think they should have divided the diamonds Madame Gigi has the Lord between ourselves papa and as she said this she whispered and both her father and Jack bent over to hear her we are rather afraid of our Lord ain't we captain de baron there has been ever so much to manage as we none of us quite won at the Lord Madame Gigi talks very little English so we were able to put him off upon her and does the Lord talk French that doesn't signify as Jim what never talks at all said Jack why did you have him to tell you the truth among us all there is rather a hope that he will propose to miss Pat more green dear mrs. Montagu Jones is very clever at these things and saw at a glance that nothing would be so likely to make him do it as seen Madeleine green dancing with triple toe no fellow ever did dance so well as triple toe or looked half so languishing you see Dean there are a good many ins & outs in these matters and they have to be approached carefully the Dean was amused and his daughter would have been happy but for the double care which set heavy at her heart then jack suggested to her that she might as well stand up for a square dance all the other kappa kapppa iet's had danced or were dancing the one thing on which she was firmly determined was that she would not be afraid of captain de baron whatever she did now she did immediately under her father's eye she made no reply but got up and put her hand on the captain's arm without spoken assent as a woman will do when she is intimate with a man Tom my word for a very young creature I never saw such impedance as that woman's said a certain miss hunter to Augusta mild me miss hunter was a great friend of Augusta mild me and was watching her friends broken heart with intense interest it is disgusting said Augusta she doesn't seem to mind the least who sees it she must mean to leave Lord George altogether or she would never go on like that de baron wouldn't be such a fool as to go off with her men are fools enough for anything said the brokenhearted one while this was going on Mary danced her square-dance complacently and her proud father looking on thought that she was by far the prettiest woman in the room before the quadrille was over a gong was struck and the music stopped suddenly it was twelve o'clock and the kappakappa was to be danced in his heart and most amusements to compel men and women into disagreeable punctuality but the stopping of music will bring a dance to a sudden end there were some who grumbled and one or two declared that they would not even stay to look at the Kappa kappa but mrs. Montes jones was a great autocrat and in five minutes time the four couples were arranged with ample space in spite of the pressing crowd it must be acknowledged that jack de baron had given no correct idea of the dance when he said it was like a minuet but it must be remembered also that lady george had not been a party to that deceit the figure was certainly a lively figure there was much waltzing to quicktime the glory of which seemed to consist in going backwards and in the interweaving of the couples without striking each other as it's done in skating they were all very perfect except poor Lord giblet who once or twice nearly fell into trouble during the performance they all changed partners more than once but each lady came back to her own after very short intervals all those who were not envious declared it to be very pretty and prophesied great future success for the Kappa Kappa those who were very wise and very discreet hinted that it might become a romp when danced without all the preparation which had been given to it on the present occasion it certainly became faster as it progressed and it was evident that considerable skill and considerable physical power were necessary for its completion it would be a deal to stay G for my girls said mrs. Conway Smith whose girls had during the last ten years gone through every phase of flirtation invented in these latter times perhaps it did save her a little too much of ballet practice perhaps it was true that with less care there might have been inconveniences faster it grew and faster but still they had all done it before and done it with absolute accuracy it was now near the end each lady had waltz to turn with each gentleman lady George had been passed on from the count to Sir Harry and from Sir Harry – Lord giblet after her turn it was his Lordships duty to deliver her up to her partner with whom she would make a final turn round the dancing space and then the Kappa Kappa would have been danced but alas as Lord giblet was doing this he lost his head and came against the count in madam GG Lady George was almost thrown to the ground but was caught by the captain who had just parted with Lady Florence to sir Harry but poor Mary had been almost on the floor and could hardly have been saved about something approaching to the violence of an embrace Lord George had come into the room very shortly after the kappa cappa had been commenced but had not at once been able to get near the dancers gradually he worked his way through the throng and when he first saw the performers could not tell who was his wife's partner she was then waltzing backwards with count costing and he though he hated waltzing and considered the sin to be greatly aggravated by the backward movement and though he hated counts was still somewhat pacified he had heard since he was in the room how the partners were arranged and had thought that his wife had deceived him the first glance was reassuring that Mary soon returned to her real partner and he slowly ascertained that she was in very truth waltzing with captain de baron he stood there a little behind the first row of spectators never for a moment seen by his wife been able himself to see everything with a brow becoming every moment blacker and blacker to him the exhibition was in every respect objectionable the brightness of the apparel of the dancers was in itself offensive to him the approach that had been made to the garishness of a theatrical performance made the whole thing in his eyes unfit for modest society but that his wife should be one of the performers but she should be gazed at by a crowd as she tripped about and then after all that had been said she should be tripping in the arms of captain de baron was almost more than he could endure close to him but a little behind stood the Dean thoroughly enjoying all that he saw it was to him a delight that there should be such a dance to be seen in a ladies drawing-room and that he should be there to see it it was to him an additional delight that his daughter should have been selected as one of the dancers these people were all persons of rank in fashion and his girl was among them quite as their equal his girl who someday should be Marchioness of Brotherton and it gratified him thoroughly to think that she enjoyed it that she did it well that she could dance so that Stander's fie took pleasure in seeing her dancing his mind in the matter was all together and tagging his stick to that of his son-in-law then came the little accident the Dean with a momentary impulse put up his hand and then smiled well pleased when he saw how well the matter been rectified by the captain's activity but it was not so with Lord George he pressed forward into the circle was so determined a movement that nothing could arrest him till he had his wife by the arm everybody of course was staring at him the dancers were astounded Mary apparently thought less of it than the others for she spoke to him with a smile it is alright George I was not in the least hurt it is disgraceful said he in a loud voice come away oh yes she said I think we had finished it was nobody's fault come away I will have no more of this is there anything wrong asked the Dean with an air of innocent surprise the offended husband was almost beside himself with passion though he knew that he was surrounded by those who would mock him he could not restrain himself though he was conscious at the moment that it was his special duty to shield his wife he could not restrain his feelings the outrage was too much for him there is very much the matter he said aloud let her come away with me then he took her under his arm and attempted to lead her away to the door mrs. Montek you Jones had of course seen it all and was soon with him pray do not take her away Lord George she said Madame I must be allowed to do so he replied still pressing on I would prefer to do so wait till her carriage is here we will wait below good night good night and so he went out of the room with his wife on his arm followed by the Dean since she had perceived that he was angry with her and that he had displayed his anger in public Mary had not spoken a word she had pressed him to come and see the dance not without a purpose in her mind she meant to get rid of the thraldom to which he had subjected her when desiring her not to waltz and had done so in part when she obtained his direct sanction at lady Bravo's ons no doubt she had felt that as he took liberties as to his own life as he received love letters from an odious woman he was less entitled to unqualified obedience than he might have been had his hands been perfectly clean there had been a little spirit of rebellion engendered in her by his misconduct but she had determined to do nothing in secret she had asked his leave to waltz at lady Bravo's ons had herself persuaded him to come to mrs. Montacute jones's perhaps she would have hardly dared to do so had she known that captain de baron was to be her partner while dancing she had been unaware of her husband's presence and had not thought of him when he had first come to her she had in truth imagined that he had been frightened by her narrow escape from falling but when he bade her come away with that frown on his face and with that awful voice then she knew it all she had no alternative but to take his arm and to come away she had not courage enough I had better perhaps say impudence enough to pretend to speak to him or to anyone near him with ease all eyes were upon her and she felt them all tongues would be talking of her and she already heard the ill-natured words her own husband had brought all this upon her her own husband whose love letter from another woman she had so lately seen and so readily forgiven it was her own husband who had so cruelly so causelessly subjected her to shame in public which could never be washed out or forgotten and who would sympathize with her there was no one now but her father he would stand by her he would be good to her but her husband by his own doing had wilfully disgraced her not a word was spoken till they were in the cloakroom and then Lord George stalked out to find the prom or any cab that might take them away from the house then for the first time the Dean was furred a word to her say as little as you can to him tonight but keep up your own courage Oh Papa I understand it all I will be with you immediately after breakfast you will not leave me here alone certainly not nor till you are in your carriage but listen to what I am telling you say as little as you can till I am with you tell him that you are unwell tonight and that you must sleep before you talk to him ah you don't know Papa I know that I will have the thing put on a right footing then Lord George came back having found a cab he gave his arm to his wife and took her away without saying a word to the Dean at the door of the cab the Dean bade them both goodnight god bless you my child he said goodnight you'll come tomorrow certainly then the door was shut and the husband and wife were driven away of course this little episode contributed much to the amusement of mrs. Montes Jones's guests the kapa kapa had been a very pretty exhibition but it had not been nearly so exciting as that of the jealous husband captain de baron who remained was of course a hero as he could not take his partner into supper he was honoured by the hand of mrs. Monte cajones herself I wouldn't have had that happen for a thousand pounds said the old lady nor I 410 said jack has there been any reason for it none in the least I can't explain of what nature is my intimacy with Lady George but it has been more like that of children than grown people I now when grown people play at being children at his apt to be dangerous but we had no idea of the kind I may be wicked enough I say nothing about that but she is as pure as snow mrs. Jones I could no more dare to press her hand than I would to fly at the Sun of course I like her and she likes you I hope so in that sort of way but it is shocking that such a scene should come from such a cause some men captain de baron don't like having their handsome young wives liked by handsome young officers it's very absurd I grant mrs. Jones and Captain de Baron did really grieve at what had been done but to others the tragedy coming after the comedy had not been painful what will be the end of it said miss Patmore green to sir Harry I'm afraid they won't let her dance it any more said Sir Harry who was intent solely on the glories of the kappa kapppa we shall hardly get anyone to do it so well there will be something worse than that I'm afraid said Miss green count Kosti suggested to Lady Florence that there would certainly be a duel we never fight here in England count ah that is bad but gentlemen come and make himself very disagreeable if he must fight perhaps he would hold his tongue I think we did things better in Paris and Vienna Lord giblet volunteered his opinion to Madame Gigi that it was very disgraceful Madame Gigi's simply shrugged her shoulders and opened her eyes she was able to congratulate herself on being able to manage her own husband better than that end of chapter 38 chapter 39 a busy 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 enjoy by Anthony Trollope chapter 39 rebellion Lady George never forgot that slow journey home in the cab for in truth it was very slow it seemed to her that she would never reach her own house Mary he said as soon as they were seated you have made me a miserable man the cab rumbled and growled frightfully and he felt himself unable to attack her with dignity while they were progressing but I will postpone will I have to say till we have reached home I have done nothing wrong said Mary very slowly you had better say nothing more till we are at home after that not a word more was said but the journey was very long at the door of the house Lord George gave his hand to help her out of the cab and then marched before her through the passage into the dining room it was evident that he was determined to make his harangue on that night but she was the first to speak George she said I have suffered very much and I am very tired if you please I will go to bed you have disgraced me he said no it is you that have disgraced me and put me to shame before everybody for nothing for nothing I have done nothing of which I am ashamed she looked up into his face and he could see that she was full of passion and by no means in a mood to submit to his reproaches she too could frown and was frowning now her nostrils were delighted and her eyes were bright with anger he could see how it was with her and though he was determined to be master he hardly knew how he was going to make good his master doom you had better listened to me he said not tonight I am too ill to thoroughly wretched anything you have got to say of course I will listen to but not now then she walked to the door Mary she paused with her hand on the lock I trust that you do not wish to contest the authority which I have over you I do not know I cannot say if your authority calls upon me to own that I have done anything wrong I shall certainly contest it and if I have not I think I think you will express your sorrow for the injury you have done me tonight then she left the room before he had made up his mind how he would continue his address he was quite sure that he was right had he not desired her not to waltz at that moment he quite forgot the casual permission had barely given that lady Brabazon and which had been intended to apply to that night only had he not specially warned her against this captain de baron and told her that his name and hers were suffering from her intimacy with the man and then had she not deceived him directly by naming another person as her partner and that odious dance the very fact that she had so deceived him was proved to him that she had known that she ought not to dance with captain de baron and that she had a vicious pleasure in doing so which she had been determined to gratify even in opposition to his express orders as he stalked up and down the room in his wrath he forgot as much as he remembered it had been represented to him that this odious romp had been no more than a minuet but he did not bear in mind that his wife had been no party to that misrepresentation and he forgot too that he himself had been present as a spectator at her express request and when his wrath was at the fullest he almost forgot those letters from Adelaide Houghton but he did not forget that all mrs. Montacute Jones world had seen him as in his offended marital majesty he took his wife out from amidst the crowd declaring his indignation and his jealousy to all who were there assembled he might have been wrong there as he thought of it all he confessed to himself as much as that but the injury had been done to himself rather than to her of course they must leave London now and leave it forever she must go with him whether he might choose to take her perhaps manner cross might serve for their live seclusion as the Marquess would not live there but Manor cross was near the Deanery and he must sever his wife from her father he was now very hostile to the Dean who had looked on and seen his a basement and had smiled but through it all they never came to him for a moment any idea of a permanent quarrel with his wife it might he thought be long before there was permanent comfort between them obedience absolute obedience must come before that can be reached but of the bond which bound them together he was far too sensible to dream of separation nor in his heart did he think her guilty of anything but foolish had strong in discretion of that and latterly of dissimulation it was not that Caesar had been wronged but that his wife had enabled idle tongues to suggest the wrong to Caesar he did not see her again that night be taking himself at a very late hour to his own dressing room on the next morning at an early hour he was awake thinking he must not allow her to suppose for a moment that he was afraid of her he went into her room for a few minutes before their usual breakfast hour and found her nearly dressed with her maid I shall be down directly George she said in her usual voice as he could not bid the woman to go away he descended and waited for her in the parlour when she entered the room she instantly rang the bell and contrived to keep the man in the room while she was making the tea but he would not sit down how was a man to scold his wife properly with toast and butter on a plate before him when do not have your tea she asked o soul gently put it down he said according to her custom she got up and brought it round to his place when they were alone you would kiss his forehead as she did so but now the servant was just closing the door and there was no kiss do come to your breakfast George she said I cannot eat my breakfast while all this is on my mind I must speak of it we must leave London at once in a week or two at once after last night there must be no more going to parties she lifted her cup to her lips and sat quite silent she would hear a little more before she answered him you must feel yourself that for some time to come perhaps for some years privacy will be the best for us I feel nothing of the kind George could you go and face those people after what happened last night certainly I could and I should think of my duty to do so tonight if it were possible no doubt you have made it difficult but I would do it I was forced to make it difficult there was nothing for me to do but to take you away because you were angry you were satisfied to disgrace me before all the people there what has been done cannot be helped I must bear it I cannot stop people from talking and thinking evil but I will never say that I think evil of myself by hiding myself I don't know what you mean by privacy I want no privacy why did you dance with that man because it was so arranged you told me it was someone else do you mean to accuse me of a falsehood George first one arrangement has been made and then another I had been told before how it was to be who told you I can only answer for myself and why did you waltz because you had withdrawn your foolish objection why should I not dance like other people Papa does not think it wrong your father has nothing to do with it if you will treat me George Papa must have something to do with it do you think he will see me disgraced before a room full of people as you did yesterday and hold his tongue of course you are my husband but he is still my father and if I want protection he will protect me I will protect you said Lord George stamping his foot upon the floor yes by burying me somewhere that is what you say you mean to do and why because you get some silly nonsense into your head and then make yourself and me ridiculous in public if you think I am what you seem to suspect you had better let Papa have me back again though that is so horrible that I can hardly bring myself to think of it if you do not think so surely should beg my pardon for the affront you put on me last night this was a way in which he had certainly not looked at the matter baked her pardon he as a husband Bega wife's pardon under any circumstances and baked her pardon for having carried her away from a house in which she had manifestly disobeyed him no indeed but then he was quite as strongly opposed to that other idea of sending her back to her father as a man might send a wife who had disgraced herself anything would be better than that if she would only acknowledge that she had been indiscreet they would go down together into Brotherton and all might be comfortable though she was angry with him obstinate and rebellious yet his heart was softened to her because she did not throw the woman's love letter in his teeth he had felt that here would be his great difficulty but his difficulty now a role is rather from the generosity which kept her silent on the subject what I did he said I did to protect you such protection was an insult then she left the room before he had tasted his tea or his toast she had heard her father's not and knew that she would find him in the drawing-room she had made up her mind how she would tell the story to him but when she was with him he would have no story told at all he declared that he knew everything and spoke as though there could be no doubt as to the heinousness or rather absurdity of Lord George's conduct it is very sad very sad indeed he said one hardly knows what one ought to do he wants to go down to cross-hall that is out the question you must stay your time here and then come to me as you arranged he must get out of it by saying that he was frightened by thinking that you had fallen it was not that Papa of course it was not but how else is he to escape from his own folly you do not think that I have been wrong with captain de baron I god bless you my child I think that you have been wrong he could not think so either as he accused you then she told him as nearly as she could all that had passed between them including the expression of his desire that she should not waltz and his subsequent permission given at lady Brabazon push ejaculated I hate these attempted restrictions it is like a woman telling her husband not to smoke what a fool a man must be not to see that he is preparing misery for himself by laying embargoes on the recreations of his nearest companion then he spoke of what he himself would do I must see him and if he will not hear reason you must go with me to the Deanery without him don't separate us papa god forbid that there should be any permanent separation if he be obstinate and may be well that you should be away from him for a week or two why can't a man wash his dirty linen at home if he has any to wash his at any rate did not come to him with you then there was a very stormy scene in the dining room between the two men the Dean whose words were infinitely more ready and available than those of his opponent said very much the most and by the fierce indignation of his disclaimers almost prevented the husband from dwelling on the wife's indiscretion I did not think it possible that such a man as you could have behaved so cruelly to such a girl I was not cruel I acted for the best you degraded yourself and her too i degraded no one said Lord George it is hard to think what may now best be done to cure the wound which she has been made to suffer I must insist on this that she must not be taken from town before the day fixed for her departure I think of going tomorrow said Lord George gloomily then you must go alone and I must remain with her certainly not certainly not she will not go she shall not be made to run away though everything have to be told in the public prints I will not submit to that I suppose you do not dare to tell me that you suspect her of any evil she has been very indiscreet suppose I grant that which I don't is she to be grounded to dust in this way for indiscretion have not you been indiscreet nor George made no direct answer to this question fearing that the Dean had heard the story of the love letter but of that matter the Dean had heard nothing in all your dealings with hurricane you taxed yourself with no deviation from wisdom what a man does is different no conduct of mine can blemish her name but it may destroy her happiness and if you go on this way it will do so during the whole of that day the matter was discussed Lord George obstinately insisted on taking his wife down to cross Hall if not on the next day then on the day after but the Dean and with the Dean the young wife positively refused to accede to this arrangement the Dean had his things brought from the into the house in monster court and though he did not absolutely declare that he had come there for his daughter's protection it was clear that this was intended in such an emergency Lord George knew not what to do though the quarrel was already very bitter he could not quite tell his father-in-law to leave the house and then there was always present to his mind a feeling that the Dean had a right to be there in accordance with the pecuniary arrangement made the Dean would have been welcome to the use of the house and all that was in it if only Mary would have consented to be taken at once down to cross all but being under her father's wing she would not consent she pleaded that by going at once or running away as she called it she would own that she had done something wrong and she was earnest in declaring that nothing should ring such a confession from her everybody she said knew that she was to stay in London to the end of June everybody knew that she was then to go to the Deanery it was not to be borne that people should say that her plans had been altered because she had danced the Kappa Kappa with captain de baron she must see her friends before she went or else her friends would know that she had been carried into banishment in answer to this Lord George declared that he as husband was paramount this Mary did not deny but paramount as the authority was she would not in this instance be governed by it it was a miserable day to them all many callers came asking after lady George presuming that her speedy departure from the ball had been caused by her accident no one was admitted and all were told that she had not been much hurt there were two or three stormy scenes between the Dean and his son-in-law in one of which Lord George asked the Dean whether he conceived it to be compatible with his duty as a clergyman of the Church of England to induce a wife to disobey her husband in answer to this the Dean said that in such a matter the duty of a church dignitary was the same as that of any other gentleman and that he as a gentleman and also as a dignitary meant to stand by his daughter she refused to pack up or to have her things packed when he came to look into himself he found he had not the power to bid the servants to do it in opposition to their mistress that the power of a husband was paramount he was well aware but he did not exactly see his way to the exercise of it at last he decided that he at any rate would go down to cross Hall if the Dean chose to create a separation between his daughter and her husband he must bear the responsibility on following day he did go down to cross haul leaving his wife and her father in Munster Court without any definite plans end of chapter 39

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