At the beginning of the year鈥攊n January. Latterly, however, he had been in much better heart. She did not encourage him, perhaps, as much as he would have liked, but she favoured him more, he thought, than any of his fellows. Therefore it was that he had brought himself up to the terrible ordeal of staking his fate upon the throw; and it was with this intention that he approached Miss Prioleau the very next time they met. She spent the hours between breakfast and luncheon hard at work in her painting-room鈥攁 little room with a large window facing northward. She had the coachman's girl and boy for her models, and was engaged upon a little water-colour picture after the school of Mrs. Allingham, a little picture which told its story with touching simplicity. Oliver was glad to hear this. To tell the truth, he had a boyish fancy for Carrie Dudley himself, which was not surprising, for she was the prettiest girl in the village. Though he had not supposed she looked favorably upon Roland, it was pleasant to be assured of this by the young lady's brother. But deeper down in Sir Rupert鈥檚 heart there was anguish and sharp regret. As a father he was deeply grieved at the loss of an only son; but as the proud owner of an old title and wide estates, it cut him to the heart to think that he must be the last of his line. Was it for this that he had schemed and man?uvred? For this that he had caused Lady Farrington to be placed under restraint鈥攈ad abandoned her prot茅g茅 to starve? Then followed a wave of better feeling towards the gallant young fellow who had heaped coals of fire on his head. What a fine action it was! How splendidly the young man had behaved! He half wished that Herbert was really the heir to the family honours, now that there was no one else to inherit them. What! exclaimed Mrs. Kenyon, terror-stricken. 色久久,久久色,久久综合,色久久综合网 天天色综合视频 CHAPTER XXV. MAKING ARRANGEMENTS. 鈥業f he鈥檇 only make an honest woman of my sweet bird. If he鈥檇 only marry and behave decently to her.鈥? Every Saturday evening Mr. Bond will hand you twelve dollars, out of which you will be expected to defray all your expenses. He looks rough, said Carrie, stealing a look at the tall, slouching figure walking beside her father; "but if he is kind, I shall like him." Colonel Byfield had been agitated beyond measure at the news of the approaching move of his regiment to one of the large camps, and in view of the scrutiny which there awaited him his petty tyranny had passed all bounds. He had parades morning, noon, and night. He exercised the men ad nauseam at squad drill, goose step, and the manual and platoon. He marched them perpetually in battalion up and down the barrack yard, and he took them out day after day upon Triggertown Common for light infantry drill. All this, albeit torture of the most painful description, they could have tolerated probably without a murmur had not the Colonel, dissatisfied with the progress made, sentenced the regiment to be deprived of all leave in all ranks.