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ings, my lad. Come now, for the future In that case, it would be useless trydon't let us have any more of this back- ing to reach Winkle before Hero had ing and filling, but a thorough under- started; so Leo determined to walk up standing that being sorry for one does to the Forts, and be back in time for her not mean that we're not glad for the return. He was not sorry to escape the other; and as for Hero — go to Winkle visit to Winkle; he wanted Hero, and and see her, tell her what you're come Hero alone, and was impatient for the for, and you'll see she won't be the one time of their meeting to arrive. to forget your old friendship, and while There was one point from which he you're gone there Aunt Lydia will call at could catch sight of the boat as soon as Combe, and have a chat with Mrs. Pres- she rounded Combe headland, and, havcott; and then to-morrow you can go. ing completed his survey of how the By that time I dare say your friend Mrs. work, so soon to pass into other hands, Labouchere will be back.”
was progressing, he took up his station For an instant Leo did not reply; then to watch for her approach. he said
Naturally his thoughts ran
on the “ I should be certain to find Hero at events of the last few days — the unexWinkle?"
pected turn his life had taken, as if Al“Certain — that is, if you go soon. I addin's lamp, or Fortunatus's wishing cap left word with Jim to fetch her back this had been given to him. Well, at all afternoon some time.”
events, now he ought to be contented. "I might go with him.”
Still, he had fancied that he should have “ You might.”
somehow felt different to what he did. “Well, then, I'll give up going to This led him on to picture the surprise Dockmouth until to-morrow. I really of his brother officers, and from thinking did not want to go there. And you can of them, he began to debate into which go to Combe, Aunt Lydia.”
of the crack regiments he should ex“ Yes, my dear. That's my own dear change ; and these reflections occupied boy," she whispered, giving him a him, until a sudden puff of wind roused squeeze of the hand.
him, and in another minute the boat he And when, after some further conver- was watching for came in sight. sation, the Captain took his departure, It was clear enough for him to see the she continued to say, unheard by Leo outline of its two occupants, Jim sitting
“ His heart is still in the right place, crossways, so that he might give the atmy dear friend.”
tention which the sail, on account of the "Oh, yes, yes," said the captain,“ he'll chopping wind, demanded, Hero bending pull through all right, never fear.” forward, in order that the conversation in
* And he says that this little tiff be- which they were indulging might be intween our dear Hero and him was all his telligible. fault.”
“Önce away from here, and she will be “ Ah !” said the Captain with consid- quite different,” Leo thought, offering an erable less heartiness.
excuse for the vexed feeling it always “ Fancy, Lady Prescott !”
gave him to see Hero so familiar with the But the Captain only shook his head village people. “What the deuce she as he walked away; for, viewed in the can find to talk about to an old canting light of a son-in-law, he found he had psalm-singer like that I cannot imagine.” less liking for Leo than ever.
Hoping to attract her attention, he took
out his handkerchief, and waved it, but CHAPTER XXXVII.
to no purpose. Hero was too engrossed
to see the signal, and Leo, annoyed at A PARTING.
her preoccupation, began to descend to WHEN Leo reached Sharrows beach, the landing-place below. he found that Jim had been gone for From the moment of starting Jim had some time.
been trying hard to engage Hero in con" He'd a got a bit o' a job to Winkle,” versation ; but she was too much wrapt one of the men said,“ or else he wouldn't up in her own thoughts to give her old ha' started so early."
favourite his usual share of attention. Leo hesitated, wondering whether he It seemed to her, as if she should never had best follow, or wait Hero's return. recover from the bewildered state of sur
" The tide won't serve for coming back prise into which this wonderful news had later than five, sir," said the man ; "that thrown her, It was so improbable, so made 'un so nimble in settin' off.” unlooked-for, that it was impossible to
realize it as a fact. So long as people Only fools that rod despises, spoke of Leo she did not mind; but to That loves the harder it chastises." hear them pitying Sir Stephen was un- Hero smiled. “ Have you seen Mr. bearable. To know that he was in sor- Despard since ?" she asked. row, and she not able to go to him, "Why, no, I habn't, not to say seed un seemed the sharpest arrow that outra- since the day I comed to Winkle for you, geous Fortune had yet aimed at her. and cos o' Master Tom's appointment,
While giving them the story, the Cap- you didn't come back. I seed un tben. tain had entered minutely into the various He was 'pon the Hard with the lady to details connected with the past week ; Combe.” Then, after a pause, “ You and Hero's wounded love recovered, and haven't a minded his busnackin' about grew doubly strong at hearing of Sir after she, have 'ee, Miss Hero ?” Stephen's frequent visits to Sharrows, “ Not in the least,” Hero answered, his inquiries, and his anxiety to learn laughing at Jim's insinuating look and that she was getting stronger.
manner. Oh, papa!” she exclaimed reproach- “No, I know'd that. Some thought fully, “why didn't you tell me this be- whether you would or no. Mother Tapfore ?"
son said her'd sclum un like a cat, if so. “Tell you what?” laughed the old But, says I to myself, all 'll be made
“I should have enough to do if I plain sailin' now. Miss Hero, I says, repeated all the philandering nonsense a ain't the one to desert a sinkin' ship.” parcel of young fellows talk. Lord bless Then, noticing that Hero's eyes had my soul ! 'not a day has passed without suddenly filled with tears, Jim discreetly Tom Grant coming in two or three times, concentrated his gaze upon the sail, and and as for Jack Pringle and Giles, 'tis premising that it meant to gibe, he gave All round my hat
vent to a whistle. Puff came the wind, I wears a green willow.”
round the last point went the little boat,
within sight of the beach, on which Leo “ Tom Grant and Giles, papa ! but Sir stood waiting to help Hero out. Stephen is very different to boys, like At sight of him Hero's face changed, they are."
and Jim, seeing the cause of its altered All tarred with the same brush, my expression, asked, – dear : and your old father the greatest “Shall I tack out again, Miss Hero ?” fool of all. However, I'll make it all “ Oh no; we'll land there, Jim.” square when I write."
Jim got the oar out in readiness; then Upon Tom Joslyn's appointment Hero he said, in a perplexed tone, – had consented to prolong her stay at “I s'pose we ain't to begin calling un Winkle for a few days longer; but she to once, sir anythink? 'Tull sound for was most anxious now to be home again; all the world like gummucksin' of un.” all her thoughts ran upon Sir Stephen's But Hero did not answer; she waited future movements, and the possibility of until they were close to the shore, and her being afforded an early opportunity of then, as the boat grated on the beach, letting him know the real state of her she called out, heart. Suppose he did not return to “How do you do? I have just reMallett, could she write to him, and, if turned from Winkle." so, what could she say? These perplex- Leo stepped into the boat and took her ities completely absorbed her, and for hand, to steady her in jumping out. Hero some time rendered her blind to Jim's noticed that he had not spoken, but she more than usual desire for conversation. was too nervous herself to say anything
“Miss Hero," he said, as they passed more. Under pretence of speaking to under Combe Point, “I reckon they’m Jim, she got a moment to steady herself, glad enuf now that they've a got Combe. and then, with Leo at her side, she turned Iss,” continued Jim," better small fish to walk towards the Sharrows Cliff. than empty dish,' as the sayin' is. Do “ You got my note ? " Leo asked. 'ee fancy Sir Stephen takes it much to “ Your note! No." heart ?"
“What, did not Betsey send it to you? Hero nodded.
I gave it to her yesterday. I thought “Ah,” said Jim, with a sympathetic your father would have been sure to take sigh, “but you must cheer un up, Miss it." Hero. Tell un “bitter pills has blessed “Papa came straight on from Cargill
, effects,' and he knows whose hand it is and I suppose Betsey forgot to give it to that smites un:
him; at all events, I have not had it."
“ Can you guess what it was about, I might want to marry you, and then you Hero ?” and the tone sent the colour fly- would forget me. ing into her cheeks.
Those words seemed to sting Hero, “Not in the least,” she answered, in a and to give her the key to all Leo's selfishlow, firm voice.
Looking at him, she said bit“ You have heard of the good fortune terly which has fallen to my share ?” asked “ That is just what did take place, and Leo.
what did not take place. He wished to “ Yes."
marry me, and I did not forget you.” “ Then you might have known to whom, “He wished to marry you? Why? in my joy, I should first turn. Hero, I did he ask you
? know that we have had a misunderstand- “He did, not knowing anything about ing; I know that you blamed me for hav- you. He asked me while you were in ing, through the world's rough teaching, Scotland." a larger share of worldly wisdom than “ And you refused him for my sake. you can comprehend, and I fear you Oh, Hero, what a noble girl you are ! thought my refusal to let you share in Why did you not tell me of this before ? the poverty, which was all I could then However, you have your reward, have offer you, a want of love. It was any- you not, darling? It would only have thing but that — if possible, you have been a sham before; but now, as soon as been ten thousand times dearer to me it is possible, you shall be the real Lady since I thought - I tried to give you up. Prescott; and I know whose wife you I can never tell you how wretched I felt would rather be. You have proved that
- how tame, dull, uncongenial everything to me. What a sneak the fellow is !” he and every one seemed, while I was break- added, as certain passages between them ing my heart for your sake. Ask Aunt occurred with unpleasant vividness to his Lydia — she will tell you a little of what mind. I have gone through. After that night I " Leo,” Hero said, “it is necessary met you at the Thomsons', I couldn't that I should speak plainly to you. Í sleep, I could not eat - I could do noth- thank you for the honour you have meant ing. I know it would have been impossi- to offer to me, but I must decline' it.” ble to go on enduring it. I must have “What do you mean?” rushed off to you, and told you that I “Just what I say - I must decline to could not give you up:
accept the honour of being Lady Pres"Indeed! I wish that you had done cott.” so,” Hero said.
“ Hero !” his voice was hard and stern ; “ You do?”
“this is no time for standing on your dig. “ It would have spared us this.” nity. I have acknowledged my fault as
“Yes. But that' very morning, as I completely as any woman could desire. was sitting thinking about it, the news I expect to leave this place to-morrow, came. Hero, only fancy, what we have and except for you I shall never put foot longed for, and talked about, and sighed in it again. You tell me that on my acafter, has come to pass ---only it is a count you refused a man whom you, great deal more," he laughed ; " for our like every one else then, supposed to be a imaginations never took us further than baronet. I now offer you the same adan old gentleman leaving a large fortune, vantages, you must feel from no other and here is a fortune, an estate, and a reason than because I love you. Why, title – no, I won't let you speak until you then, do you say you must decline to be have told me that all you said on that my wife ?” horrid evening, when we stood almost in “ Simply because I do not love you.” this very spot, meant nothing. I am sure “ Do not love me? and yet, for my that you love me, Hero. Love me well sake, a couple of months since you could enough to forgive me the pain I have say no to what must have seemed like a made you suffer; and when you have kingdom to you. Your words and acsaid só in words, then I will tell you tions are paradoxical." everything about this wonderful discov- Perhaps so. I do not ask or expect ery.' Ah, how little we thought, when we you to understand what I did ; but I do used to argue and quarrel about Sir wish you to feel that, if we are to reStephen Prescott, that all he had, and all main friends, there must be no word of for which he was so thought of, belonged love mentioned again between us ;” and to me. I only spoke against him because she turned as if she would walk on. But I was jealous of him. I fancied that he Leo caught her by the hand —
“No!” he exclaimed," you shall not' No, no,” he groaned, “don't say that. move from this spot until you tell me I will try so hard that I must win it back. what you mean. I am not one to be I will wait, oh! so patiently for it. Hero, taken up and thrown aside at pleasure ; say you will try. If we were married, it befooled one moment by being told of would come then." your great love, and flung off the next Never," she sobbed; "it will never with your high and mighty 'graces. come back. I know it will not, because I What am I to believe ?"
like you better than I ever did ; but I do “That which in your own heart you' not love you in the least." know to be true," Hero said, her face! “ Because you will not try," he said, flushed with excitement. “I gave you passionately. “Hero, think of what we my girl love and trust; I believed in were to each other. You never seemed you; and I was ready to sacrifice any to care for anything but me. Why, see, thing for your sake; while you — failed you gave up a rich man like Stephen me in my hour of need, and were ready Prescott for me, comparatively a beggar." to give me up to secure what in your “I did,” she said slowly, “and now eyes was of more value. I know," she that you are rich and he is the beggar, added, “ that you are much more clever for his sake I refuse you." in argument than I am, Leo, so we need Leo felt as if a sudden blow had been not waste words in proving or disproving dealt him. that which I am certain you feel is the “You are going to marry him?" he truth. It is best,” she said, holding out gasped out. her band, “that we should part. Our “No. I told him that I loved you, and paths will be widely divided, and we may knowing no more, he will think that I never meet again. Let us try, therefore, love you still.” to forget all which makes us feel bitter Leo turned away, hiding his face in towards one another, and when you re- the grassy slope behind them. Had Stemember Mallett – and I know you will phen Prescott thought of him as he now sometimes go back to old days — think thought of himself? for in the great kindly of me, Leo, as I shall of you anguish of feeling that Hero was gone Good-by.”
from him forever, he judged himself very “Good-by!” he echoed, looking at harshly. “ Had I but been true, but her ; “good-by to you, Hero! Oh, you been true.” In days which were to come don't, you cannot mean to be so cruel. he found many an excuse for his worldly What is all this to me if you do not share wisdom, but not then. In proportion to it with me?" and in truth at that mo- the tumult of excited joy which had filled ment his new possessions seemed utterly him was his despair and self-reproach. valueless to him.
Hero's voice recalled him to the pres“ You did not want me to share your ent moment. poverty, Leo,” Hero could not help ‘say- “ I am afraid that papa or Betsey may ing.
have seen the boat," she said, “and if so, * Because I hate poverty," he burst they might come down wondering what out. "Its shifts and straits are abomina- had become of me.” ble to me. They so try my temper and Leo made no further attempt at remondisposition, that it made me doubt wheth- strance. He took both her hands in his, er even my love for you would stand it; and stood looking at her with eyes full seeing to what I was born, what wonder of a sorrow that seemed then to rob his if it jarred against me? But now I have future of all light. all I want, I cannot do without you. “Good-by, Leo, we have both someHero, you are necessary to me. Every thing to forgive. Forgive me, Leo;" minute seems to make you grow dearer, and here the tears which had stood in and surely it is seldom that a man is re- her eyes burst forth unchecked, “ as I proached for the love he tried to curb in forgive you; and God bless you and his adversity, but gloried in, and fed make you very happy." upon, the moment fortune looked kindly But Leo made no answer. All at once on him."
he seemed choking; then a great sob “I am very sorry, Leo,” Hero said, came, which forced him to let go Hero's with a saddened expression on her face. hands and cover his face from her view, “ You will find many who will love you and when, his passion spent, some min. dearly and truly, but I could never love utes later he raised his head, he found you again."
From The Saturday Review. he defeated his former ally and principal THE BISHOP OF WINCHESTER AND
by passing the Divorce Bill. On the LORD WESTBURY.
Bench he maintained and increased the The numerous biographical notices of fame which he had acquired at the Bar. the Bishop of Winchester and of Lord Asserting with unusual boldness his inWestbury which have been published dependence of precedents, he interpreted during the present week are generally the principles of law with a vigorous saaccurate and just, and the speeches in gacity which commanded general assent; the House of Lords and in Convocation but the same cynical and contemptuous were appropriate : and graceful. Al- demeanor which had alienated the regard though, in consequence of personal and of his former competitors still continued political collisions, they regarded one to cause just offence to his colleagues another with extreme asperity, their and to the practitioners in his Court. characters had much in common. Lord Lord Cairns agreed with the Lord ChanWestbury was as witty and as sarcastic cellor in the opinion that Lord Westbury as the Bishop of Winchester, and he was really kind-hearted and good-napossessed the same habitual confidence tured; but a certain moral obtuseness, in himself ; but he had neither the pleas- which afterwards contributed to his fall, ant temper nor the grace of manner repelled the affection and respect which which might have ensured forgiveness to ought to attend brilliant and merited suchis superiority. If "Dr. Wilberforce had cess. When he had ceased to be an obadopted the profession of the law, he ject of envy, the same defects of characmight have attained the success of Ers- ter tended in some degree to disarm rekine and of Scarlett; but in scientific sentment and censure. It was felt that, precision of reasoning he could never if Lord Westbury had not been faultless, have competed with Lord Westbury: he had also made no pharistic pretenLord Wensleydale was in the habit of sions to extraordinary virtue. Even his saying that during his long experience .celebrated announcement that he owed his Sir Richard Bethell was the greatest ad- success in life to his practice of Chrisvocate whom he had known ; but the log- tian doctrines was justly regarded as an ical application of legal principles to outbreak of unconscious humour. The facts which satisfied the understanding numerous anecdotes, authentic and apocof a judge might perhaps not have been ryphal, of which he was in his later equally effective with a popular tribunal. years the hero, indicated a certain EpicuIt is universally admitted that no greater rean laxity which was relieved or adorned lawyer has been known in the memory of by unfailing intellectual acuteness and the present generation. By sheer force promptitude. In a world of commonof intellect Mr. Bethell at an early age place, inexhaustible vigour and ready forced his way to the front rank of the wit command sympathy, and even admiBar ; and when he attained the wool- ration. sack, he might boast that during his The Bishop of Winchester occupied a whole career he had owed nothing to fa- larger place in political and social life vour or to friendship. Like many other than his occasional and formidable adlawyers who have found it expedient to versary. Not ss witty than Lord Westenter public life, he was almost indiffer- bury, he was also a genial humourist, and ent to political doctrines. When he his wit was almost as often playful as failed as a Conservative candidate he be- satirical. His musical voice and his came for the rest of his life a Liberal, kindly manner exercised an irresistible probably without having either experi- attraction, while they added to the punenced any change of opinion, or having gent effect of his 'frequent sarcasms. been guilty in his adherence to either He was one of the many instances of the party of conscious insincerity. In the transmission of eminence from father to House of Commons his legal ability and son. Like the first Pitt, the first Fox, reputation commanded deference ; and the first Grenville, the first Grey, and the the qualities which had raised him to the first Canning, the celebrated Wilberforce head of his profession were conspicu- left a son who maintained for a second ously displayed in the conduct of discus- generation the distinction of his name. sions which involved a legal element. In the House of Lords, as elsewhere, his In 1853 he gave powerful assistance to eulogists have apparently been surprised Mr. Gladstone in the debates on the Suc- at the difficulty which they found in defincession Duty; and at a later period, in a ing the exact nature of his claims to admilong conflict of subtlety and pertinacity, ration. He was not a great scholar, nor