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** We are at school: through this strange life of ours,
We pass, like children through their teaching-time;
Learning by common things truths most sublime."
IN THREE VOLUMES,
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JAMES GORDON'S WIFE.
Silence, beautiful voice!
Still! I will hear you no more.
R. GORDON, my lady."
Lady Louisa rose from the depths of an ancient sofa.
“How do you do, Mr. Gordon ? I am glad to see you.
In fact, you are just the person whom I wished to see. Pray sit down.”
“I ventured to call—” said James, “I was passing through Lorton ; and I thought that I might as well bring a letter which
came by this morning's post, for
cousinfor Miss Wynn."
“How excessively kind!" said Lady Louisa: “Gabrielle will be so much obliged to you. .
I will take charge of the letter; she is out, just now, with my children and Mr. Godfrey. They are not likely to return at present: can you spare me a few moments ? it would be such an excellent opportunity to discuss one all-important subject. You must not think me interfering If you are her guardian, I am his aunt, you see.”
· May I ask to whom you are alluding ?” said James, stiffly. His manner alarmed Lady Louisa. Forgive me, Mr. Gordon. Bear with
I know I am tiresome. I am usually tiresome :. to myself and to every one else. Will you allow me to trouble you for that fan ?"
James handed her the fan, which lay on
a small table at his elbow. Then he sat still, and waited: externally very nonchalant, very calm, very cold-inwardly all commotion, each moment an agony
suspense. Lady Louisa fanned herself for a considerable time, with every symptom of exhaustion. She then removed a refractory stopper from a scent-bottle; and inhaled strong odours. Finally, she replaced the stopper, smoothed the flaxen ringlets, folded her fat. white hands in her lap, over an embroidered pocket-handkerchief, and brought her eyes
James's face. “Mr. Gordon,” she said, in a solemn tone: “You appear to be unacquainted with a circumstance, which-holding, as you do, the responsible position of Gabrielle's guardian—I think it my duty to lay before you. Young girls are by nature reticent and shrinking; Gabrielle is peculiarly so. Any way, we could scarcely expect her to